Handmade for Christmas - Trees | Vintage, Paint and more...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Handmade for Christmas - Trees

Written by : Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

After writing yesterday's post about all the
Christmas inspiration that is floating around in blog land,
I thought I would write a series on
A Handcrafted Christmas.
I love to create and craft
Christmas is probably my favorite time of the year to do this.

I have always made most of my decor
instead of using the store bought versions.
First because the price is way more than I want to pay
 second - I get so much pleasure in the challenge of making it myself.
So, today I thought I would start with my new passion.....
Trees, trees and more trees.
I got on this kick of making those cute little cone trees last year
it carried over into this year.
These little guys started the spree I went on.
I made these from buttonholing.
A sewing notion for wedding gowns.
(The tutorial is here which is the basis for all the trees I make)
These little trees were so easy to make that I got a little carried away
have made them out of all sorts of mediums.
I not only display them at Christmas but, year round.
They are so versatile for any decor and look great.
Here are a few more that I have made.
This one is made from white burlap with red beads
a gold partridge atop.
I have it standing on a tall white candlestick.

The tall white one is made of white felt triangles.
I must have cut about 200 I glued on the cone.
Then I added little gold beads and stood it on two candlesticks that are stacked.
The little gold one is made from gold cording.

This one is made from white satin cording
is standing on a candlestick.

I wrapped this cone with fuzzy beige yarn
stood it on an old lamp stand.
I love the vintage look of this one....

This one is made from book pages.
 I cut them into decreasing size squares with decorative edge scissors.
Then I stacked them on a dowel from largest to smallest.
I love this tree a lot but, I am a lover of book page art...

Another book page tree made from an old dictionary.
You can see how to make it here.

And, yet another paper one.
This one is just some Christmas script scrapbook paper that is glued onto the cone.
Then I wrapped a little gold cording around it.

A cute little silver lace one with silver beading wrapped around it.
Sitting next to a Dollar Tree tray that I
painted with chalkboard paint.
On top a little silver bird reading the message....

A more rustic one that I wrapped with twine
actually display this one year round
along with my book page ones.

And these two that are made from burlap ribbon.
The background is actually a pillow cover I made.
The cover is made from my favorite drop cloth fabric.
Then I cut out lots of little leaves and sewed them on the pillow
in the shape of a wreath.
 I used little red buttons sewed on in clusters
to resemble the berries.
I love all these little trees and continue to add to my collection
when I see something I just have use to make one.
They are very versatile and so darn cute.
Think you might be adding some little trees to your d├ęcor this year?
I would love to know what you are crafting.
Tell us about it in the comments below.

I will be adding to the Handmade for Christmas series in next few weeks,
so you will not want to miss a single post.
You can follow me through Bloglovin, Google+, Facebook
my Christmas boards on Pinterest
where you will find all kinds of inspiration.

Until next time
have fun creating something you love....

Click here to see the parties I am linking to this week.
Please visit them and see all the great projects and inspiration found there....


  1. Good Afternoon Cathy, Gosh, you are so very talented. I love your Christmas trees, they are lovely. I thought I would choose a favourite, but they are all so lovely that I couldn't. I will be watching out for your Handmade Christmas series.... I am really looking forward to it.
    Best Wishes

  2. Hi and wow I can't believe all these pretty & beautiful trees you made. What a great job and so much nicer to make it yourself! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy them for Christmas this year. I saw it at krafty cards party. Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  3. So many fun and different Christmas trees. My favs are the book page trees especially the curled dictionary pages.

    I have been trying to gather driftwood on the beach for a driftwood tree, but our beach gets very little driftwood.

  4. Love all the handmade Christmas Trees! :)

  5. Wow Cathy, you have made so many darling tree! I think they are all just wonderful. I made one of the stacked book page ones last year. and some paper ones that I gave to my stitching group friends. This year I made a folded book page one and that's it so far. I have a pinterest board (funky trees). I will be adding this great display. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Cathy, My favorite is the white felt one. It is dreamy but it must have taken you forever to cut all those out. They are all so wonderful and you have a great collection of them.
    Hugs, Lynnie

  7. What a great collection! You must have put so much effort into each one. Love it! Dee :)

  8. These are just so cute...all of them! You are so talented! I love putting them on candlesticks, just makes them even more special. I will feature your post on my FB page! Thanks for linking to TTF!

  9. These are all so precious, and thank you for crediting me for your inspiration for the burlap trees! Yours turned out great!

  10. How pretty, I love all the different trees!!

  11. Thank you for all these different ideas. I recently made a burlap tree, but now I want to make several of the ones you shared.

  12. These trees are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party!
    Have a wonderful Sunday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  13. I love your variety of trees...I want to make them all! visiting from A Bouquet of Talent!

  14. Very creative…love them all! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events….Tammy

  15. Clever and crafty collection of Christmas trees. My favorite is the white felt triangle tree. I can't imagine how much work went into making these!

  16. Hi Cathy, I saw you on Thrifty Things Friday--I love all of your gorgeous trees! I can't decide which to try first. Maybe the burlap...maybe the twine...no, no, the book page...ooh I can't decide...

  17. These are absolutely beautiful! I linked up behind you on the Bloggers brags Pinterest Party--so I pinned your post to my boards and to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. Thanks for linking up!

  18. These are some of the neatest ideas for Christmas trees. I love little ones sitting around the house and you have inspired me for sure. www.mylifeabundant.com

  19. So many great and versatile tree ideas. These could work for more than just Christmas!

  20. What beautiful inspiration you have provided to us all. I am anxiously waiting until after Thanksgiving to start me Christmas decorating but this is post isn't helping lol. - Julie www.lastrawberryadventures.com

  21. Thank you for posting your handmade Christmas trees, I love it! I featured it on my top ten picks this week. Have a great Thanksgiving, Mary

  22. Oh my word, these are all fabulous. I love them all. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  23. I will feature tonight at Home Sweet Home!

  24. Hi stopping by to let you know you have been featured and pinned over at One More Time Events. Thank you for sharing! Tammy

  25. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  26. I adore all the trees, what a fun way to decorate.

  27. Your trees are so beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  28. I am in such awe of all of your trees, that you were able to use so many different materials to make all of them! So creative! I featured your gorgeous trees today on Project Inspire{d}. Thanks so much for linking up! http://www.sillypearl.com/2013/12/project-inspired-link-party-more-than.html

  29. Love love love all of your handmade Christmas trees! I love all of the textures! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! xoxoxo

  30. how incredibly inspiring!!! There isn't one tree i don't completely love. thank you for sharing!!!