Little White Trees | Vintage, Paint and more...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Little White Trees

 What a beautiful sunny day it is here today.  After all the rain the past few days it is glorious to see the sun again.  I have been busily making some Christmas decorations and want to show you these little white trees I just finished.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas trees made from poster board and lace

Aren't they just the cutest.  I have fallen in love or should I say obsession with these little trees.  I was seeing them all over Pinterest and blogland made out of all sorts of things.  I just had to have some.  So, I kinda went crazy with them.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas centerpiece made with lace trees and Dollar store tray

These sit on my dining room table.  I made them three different sizes 12", 8" and 6". Then I placed them on a round silver tray ( from Dollar Tree, of course) with Epsom salt and glitter "snow'.  Added a juice glass votive and a few red balls and wallah - a very cute centerpiece...

Love it - easy, peasy.... and
they are quite simple to make.

Vintage, Paint and more... making poster board and lace trees

I used the 12x12 light weight chipboard that comes in  packets of scrapbook paper, ( I had several left over from my store days) but  you can use poster board just as easily.

Vintage, Paint and more... poster board used to make Christmas trees

I cut each of them into this shape.  Stay with me while I explain ( there is probably an easier way to do this but this is the only way I could do it to have an even tree.)

Vintage, Paint and more... homemade protractor

I made a homemade protractor with a straight pin, a piece of 14" string and a pencil.  Tie the string onto the pencil then measure out 12" from the pencil to the end and place your straight pin through the string at the 12" mark.  Cut off any excess.

Vintage, Paint and more... homemade protractor made with string and a pencil

Then pin your straight pin into one of the corners of the square.  Pull your string taut and draw the semi circle from one corner to the next.  Cut this out.

Vintage, Paint and more... poster board trees

And you have this shape.  Now to make more of the same size use this as your template.

Vintage, Paint and more... making small trees from poster board

Now, you just tape the two straight edges together to make a cone like the one above.  ( I forgot to take a pic of the taped cone before I started adding stuff to it)  You can see several of them in the background.  If they are a bit lopsided just shape them or trim them to the look you want.  To make different sizes  I just cut however much I wanted off the curved edge.  Careful though, these can become quite addictive to make.....

Vintage, Paint and more... buttonhole lace for making crafts

On these I used buttonholing.  ( They use it to make those dresses with a thousand buttons going down the back.)  I got it in my sister's fabric store when I was visiting over Thanksgiving.

                                  Vintage, Paint and more... making little Christmas trees with buttonole lace

I just started at the bottom and hot glued it around the cone making sure each row sat directly above the previous row.  To start it I hot glued the end on the inside of the cone.  When I reached the very top I cut it and threaded the end down the top hole and glued it to the inside of the cone.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas trees made with poster board and buttonhole lace

This is a closer look at the way the loops drape over each other.  And you can also see the top of this one.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Christmas centerpiece of handmade poster board and lace trees

I just love these little trees they are so darn cute.... and stay tuned there are lots more to come because after making these.  I searched the house and came up with a couple or about a dozen more of them made in all sorts of materials.  I'm telling you they are addictive!

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Christmas centerpiece of handmade cone trees from lace



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Until next time - enjoy creating something you love.
Cathy



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