Friday, December 5, 2014

Junky Lamp Parts Christmas Trees

I'm in love with all the creative junky Christmas trees I've been seeing everywhere this season. Pinterest is loaded with them, my favorite blogs are loaded with them, and I wanted one or two to call my own!

So I headed out to the mounds of junk in my garage and came up with these two versions.

I didn't have a stash of cool funnels or Jello molds, but I did have almost two drawers full of old lamp parts.  I rummaged through the drawers until I came up with just the right parts for a couple of trees.  I could have gone with a third version, but it would have looked more like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.

 Instead of gluing all the parts together I thought it would be easier just to stack them, but they still needed a trunk to keep the pieces from falling all over the place every time someone walked by or slammed a door.  The base on the right came from another repurposing project I made a few years ago and blogged about here.  Ha, maybe it can go back to being a toilet paper holder during the holiday off season.  For the base on the left I drilled a hole in a piece of scrap wood, then glued in a dowel. 

The first Christmas tree is 12 1/2" tall and made up of ten different lamp parts not including the crystals.

 I wrapped a strand of chandelier crystals around that cool rusty part.  Love the patina!

 The tree topper is a vintage rhinestone brooch that was glued to the top of the finial.  I can still pluck it right off if I ever want to wear it.

The second tree is 10 1/2" tall and is made up of eight different lamp parts.  I had to add a few dabs of glue on one layer because the silver piece kept slipping off the glass

  The piece of scrap wood is hidden under the black metal base.

 An upside down glass star ornament with rhinestones is a perfect topper for this tree. 

Now I'm trying to figure out a way to light 'em up.  I thought the little battery operated tea lights would work, but they're too big to fit inside the glass parts.  Maybe just a few little lights nearby will be enough to give them a soft glow.

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