Thursday, December 8, 2011

Faux Christmas Tree

Hello Stylish readers!  Are you all decorated for the holidays?  I am!  And, it only took 6 days! While I was busy decorating, I checked in on my little blog and was delighted to learn that my Holiday Mercury Glass post was featured on Tip Junkie!  I'm tickled pink about it!

Now, I've been a very busy lady and I hope you like my latest project.  This Faux Christmas tree may not be for everyone, but it's perfect in my "Zebra Room" and I made it myself!  And, didn't purchase a thing to do it!!  All week long, I kept telling my children that "I was making our Christmas tree this year.  My children were a little worried that the big green traditional tree wasn't going to show up!  But, it did and this unusual tree is just for fun!  Take a look...


I made a tree out of this...


This urn was well past it's prime.  Bring on the spray paint!  But first I'll need to dig out the plants and dump the dirt, which turned into way more work than I anticipated.  Those roots were in there tight!  After it was all cleaned up, it was into the woods to find some branches...
These will work just fine.  Not too skinny and interesting shapes.  Umm, it's kinda looking like a tree already. Sort of...

Krylon to the rescue.  Painted out this urn with a satin brushed nickel paint.  Looks like new!  Woohoo!

Sprayed the branches white and set it in it's new home.  Some branches still had their acorns, which looked so great painted white!  Bet you're wondering how those branches are staying up?

Two brick pavers in the bottom for weight and to wedge bottom of branches in place.  And, a whole bunch of ziplock bags filled with sand (courtesy of my daughter). She's so helpful!  Time to bust out my blue and silver ornaments to compliment my blue walls.  Ready to see the finished tree?
Now, let me tell you something...these photos do not do this tree justice!  It is stunning!  You see it right after you walk in the front door and it stops traffic!


It was tricky wrapping the branches with the lights and impossible to wrap the smaller, more fragile, branches.  Fake snow and some larger balls hide all the sandbags.

So, what do you think of my homemade Christmas tree?  Want to make one yourself?  Not ready for the super-sized 8 foot version that I made?  Try small branches (painted of course) in a glass vase with some rock salt in the bottom and adorn with mini decorations!  Presto!  It's a "mini me" tree!
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Happy Decorating!
~Karen
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7 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's beautiful, Karen! I can certainly believe that it is stunning in person! Love the decorations you added. That urn cleaned up good, too!

Audrey said...

I LOVE it ... It really shows off the pretty ornaments. Maybe I will do something like that next year as it is such a struggle to decorate my tall tree. You did a great job and thanks for the tutorial.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Karen, Your tree is so pretty, I really love, love, love it! This would look perfect in my blue living room at my cottage. Thank you for sharing!
Hugz,
Kim

Sharon said...

I absolutely love this! I already have my tree up...but something similar on my front porch...hhmmmm
it just might work. I am your newest follower! Stop by and see me sometime!
Sharon
Love the mercury glass tutorial...may have to try that one too!

Barb said...

That's awesome - I love it!

Barb
www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Love your tree! Visiting from UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING. Following you now...Merry Christmas :)

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

I love this! I did blue for Christmas this year as well. Merry Christmas.