Monday, November 29, 2010

My Christmas trees

Yep, I said trees. As in plural. But, I only really have one Christmas tree. The other is a small primitive paper tree I made this weekend. I'll show you some pics of both of them.

Here's my small prim paper tree:

Isn't that cute??? I purchased a small cone shaped styrofoam base and used some brown packaging paper and a few pieces of cream colored paper that I cut into strips to make my "branches". I rolled them around a pencil to make them curl up on the ends. I then glued them on randomly all over my styrofoam base and then added some rusty bells and a rusty star on top as my decorations. A perfect tiny "tree" for my kitchen counter! Easy peasy! And the possiblities for this one are endless! Imagine tiny candy canes made from pipe cleaners or some teeny tiny salt dough ornies would be cute as well for decorations. Ooo, maybe some tiny little homespun bows. O.k., I'll stop now! But you get the idea!!

Now, here's my "real" Christmas tree. I am not extremely pleased with how it turned out. I think I should have added a few more strands of lights. I made the lights blink instead of burn solid and I couldn't get a good picture with the lights on because of this. I made about ninety percent of my ornaments this year. I made some dried orange slices and I really like how they turned out. When they are backlit by the blinking lights, they almost look like stained glass! I will definitely be making more of these next year!

I also did some cinnamon salt dough ornies. I did trees, gingerbread men, and stars. These turned out pretty good as well!

I had some plain jane red ball ornaments that I must have bought at an after Christmas sale in years past, because when I "discovered" them in my storage closet, I had no idea where they came from! I figured what the heck, and decided to cover them with strips of homespun fabric. They turned out pretty good, I must say! Looks almost like a rag ball, don't ya think??

I love a draped garland on a tree but couldn't find anything to buy that I liked. So I again used homespun fabric that I cut down into stips and hot glued the strips together to make a "chain" garland. I am tickled with it! Here's a pic that shows a little bit of it:

Finally, here's a picture of the entire tree. I tried to get one with it lit, but every one I took turned out blurry. So ya just have to see it not lit. I have a bow as a topper in this picture but have since changed it out for a wire angel that I bought at Big Lots. She was a glittery gold but a little bit of burgundy spray paint fixed her right up. I don't have a picture of her but will try to get one downloaded soon. I like her, but I really wanted a prim star topper so I can't say that I am one hundred percent satisified. I used two yards of a burgundy check homespun as my tree skirt. Just gathered it up around the base of the tree, and voila, instant tree skirt! Hey, don't laugh, it's supposed to be simple and primitive!!

Well, that's it for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I'm off to make cookies since I've got a killer sweet tooth right now and nothing in the house to satisfy it!!

Until next time. . .


  1. Your trees and all the homemade decorations look wonderful.
    Love the tree skirt idea. I'm gonna have to go raid my fabric stash and see if I have enough to do that to my tree.
    Have a great evening!

  2. I love your trees and cinnamon salt dough ornies turned out great! I love the homespun skirt too;)

  3. I love your home made decorations! I want to do dried oranges and lemons on our tree too. I've also been hankering to make some salt dough ornaments. We did cinnamon ornaments a couple years ago and still have them!

  4. love your trees and love that little one.;)

  5. I think your trees look gorgeous Donna!
    They are so charming and creative too!

  6. You did a really nice job on your tree Donna and your ornaments are great. I made oranges this year for my tree as well as apple slices. I think they turned out pretty good as well. I love the way they look on the tree. So prim and pretty.
    Enjoy your day.

  7. I love your trees and all your homemade ornaments. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your day,

  8. Very pretty Donna! I love Christmas trees. :)

  9. I love your trees and all your home made ornaments! Very cute idea to wrap homespun around the ball ornaments. They do look just like rag balls, love them! I even like your tree skirt much better than a real skirt!

  10. I'm rather new to this site, as so I am still learning to navigate. I absolutely LOVE what I've seen here with y'all thus far. The Oranges, is there a link, or ask you? How shall I go about makin' these?

    Totally love the candy canes. As I do my tree Prim. usually some wooden stars in various sizes. Pine cones, white lights, sprinkle "snow in a bag" Dark Barn Red velvet ribbons, and of course pine EVERYWHERE.

    You have given me some really great ideas, but always looking for more. If you could direct me, point me, it'd be much appreciated...