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Monday, November 26, 2012

My Not So Ordinary Christmas Tree

A few years ago I got fed up with the traditional green, Christmas tree.  The putting it together, stringing lights, taking it down was just wearing thin on me. And I never had a lot of help. Sure the family would show up to hang an ornament or two and then they were off to do other things.

So I decided that, for a few years anyway, I would have some non traditional trees, to make things interesting and different and hopefully easier.  I've even got a pin board on pinterest of nothing but unusual Christmas tree ideas.

The last 2 years I've put up an aluminum tree. These old trees are a snap to put up, and you don't string lights, just hang ornaments.


That was fun for a couple of years, but I was ready for something new, 
something really different!
 

... so I made this



And now it looks like this


I'm really happy with it and it was fun to add the ornaments. You could screw in I hooks in the spindles, but I just tied string on the spindles and hung the ornaments from the string. 
It's not real big, maybe 2 1/2-3 feet. I have it sitting on a high bistro table.

I have instructions available on my tutorials page here

9 comments:

pink*cherub*moon said...

I remember seeing some of those aluminum trees with the colored light wheel when I was a kid. Funny how things have a way of making their way back! Love the spindle tree - what a great idea! I havge that problem too. Everybody wants decorations, but they don't want the work. So, I've put together some things that I like, like a pnk tree this year, and they just go along with it! Unconventional can be really fun! Hugs, Leena

SueAnn Lommler said...

What fun...of all your trees...this is my fav!!
Hugs
SueAnn

trash talk said...

A junker friend of mine had the perfect idea when it came to decorating a tree. She took all the wrapped presents, stacked them in a tree shape, strung lights around it and voila...a Christmas tree. When it came time to open gifts, trash bags were handed out with presents and no mess to clean up afterwards. Brilliant.
Now yours is what I would call a really "green" tree. Think of the trees that could be saved if everybody tried something different.
Deb

Simply Shelley said...

What started out a tree...becomes a tree :) Its a nice wooden tree Margo...its good to do something different sometimes....wishing you a very blessed Christmas season.

Michael Helander said...

LOVE it! Going to feature it in an upcoming post on my blog - recreatedesigncompany.com/blog

Michael

Alison said...

I am loving the pictures of the really young Margo and your two cute boys!

Margo said...

Alison, Is it the Mom jeans that gave me away?

Janelle - The Farmer's Wife said...

LOVE the aluminum!!!! I want one! :)

Curtains in My Tree said...


love your stick tree , I am tired of the old green tree also I am putting mine on the curb and listing it on craigs list FREE

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