Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Old Christmas Tree Becomes My New Lantern Stand

Ha!

Talk about recycling…

Last week, I went on a hike in the woods behind my home…

to find my old Christmas tree(s).

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There were two… one from last year and the year before.

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So I grabbed one and cut the remaining branches off… (which makes good kindling)

but…

kept a few short branches on the tree.

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Next, I sprayed it down (wanted to get all the critters off) and put it in an extra tree stand I have…

not ideal…

but sometimes it’s about using what you’ve got… right?

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I used some scrap fabric to cover the base.

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Burlap would be cute… but I didn’t have any…

again…

using what I’ve got!

I tied it with thick hemp string.

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Next, (for this shot) I tucked the green fabric in and hung my collection of old lanterns on the tree.

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I added an old wood frame for interest.

HOWEVER…

I told you I would be decorating early for Christmas this year.

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So I grabbed some garland and wrapped it around the tree.

I think it looks good like this…

even looks like some of the trees I’ve seen in the stores!

But for right now…

it was made for the lanterns so…

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Back on they went!

Oh Yeah…

 I forgot…

now where are those Christmas lights?

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I found ‘em!

Thanks For Stoppin’ By!

Linking to:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

26 comments:

  1. Really cute idea! Love the lanterns hanging on an old x-mas tree. It looks very earthy!

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  2. Lot's of possibilities with this little idea of yours way cute!

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  3. Love this idea! The lanterns look great!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  4. That is adorable! It looks like you got it from some fancy shmancy boutique.

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  5. First I wish I had woods behind my house! Second, boy am I glad I became a follower :) This is awesome!!! I am a big believer in the "use what ya got" idea too.

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  6. Smart! Not only are you doing the ultimate recycling, but it looks fantastic!! Great Job!!

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  7. At first I was trying to figure out what you doing but I love it!!!! That is really neat!!!

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  8. Thats a super cute idea, and all of the options were great! I do however love the one you stuck with in the end!! very winter!! :)

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  9. Kendra, you are one of my fave internet people! LOVE your lantern tree and I also LOVE the fact that after Christmas, you can still use it. Plus, portable from room to room, I mean come on, genius!

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  10. What a great way to recycle! I love it!!!

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  11. Simply beautiful! I love the rustic charm and now I want my old Christmas tree...

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  12. Thanks Everyone!

    Whitey... your right... lots of possibilities with this one!

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  13. Adorable! And you just KNOW you have to post this on SNS's sticks/twigs/branches linkup this weekend, yes?!?!?! HINT. xo :)

    Donna

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  14. I love this idea! Those lanterns are great and that wooden frame popped out at me. That to me gave it just the right umph!!! Great job!

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  15. This is just so creative and better than anything in the stores...love your laterns on it! Nice!! Lezlee

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  16. (oh my. how did I miss this? must have been cleaning out my closet.)

    I love this so much I feel like sending the picture to Smith and Hawken or PB or Ballards so they could start making these and selling them. Or maybe YOU could!!!!!

    You've got the tree/branch thang down!!!!!

    I LOVE IT SO VERY MUCH!!!! and may borrow the idea. just a heads up.

    ~Kolein

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  17. Girl, you are amazingly creative! Wow! I love your lantern post...it's so charming! AdOrAbLe!! Thanks for stopping by Sugar Pie Farmhouse and leaving such a sweet comment! You're a darlin'! Bless you sugar! Keep them ideas bubblin'!
    Aunt Ruthie
    Sugar Pie Farmhouse

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  18. This is ABSOLUTELY Adorable! Thanks for stopping by Rustic Whimsy! I love your blog!!!! Keep the great ideas coming!

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  19. Cute idea. I love all your lanterns.

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  20. I am in awe! so unique and creative. I love it!

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  21. Oh man!!! This is AWESOME!
    I have old lanterns on top of my entertainment center...I know what we are doing this weekend.
    Honey...get out your saw :-)
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Liz

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  22. Excellent idea! This would work great in our authentic-vintage cabin familyroom

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  23. Oh my gosh! I love those lanterns and wouldn't you know now that I can't have a real tree anymore...someone would come up with this awesomely cool idea! Love it to pieces!

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  24. I am so HAPPY to see I was not the only one with this crazy idea. I did this a couple weeks ago, when I cleaned up my garage a bit, and JUST took my Christmas tree out of MY HOME,,, lol. It was bad, BUT, I cut that bad boy up, and right now, he holds on to some shovels, my umbrella, and other misc garage stuff.

    Your tree is so cute, with all those lanterns.

    I seriously love you, (your blog) and you for being so very cool, my kind of art, projects, and creations.

    I'm so happy I found you!!!!

    Hugs,

    Bella :)

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Kendra