O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree . . .

November 6th, 2008 in projects     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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This is my Home Made Pillar/Post Christmas tree!  Does it get you in the spirit?
First you have to start with an old post. 
Add L brackets to the base of the pillar.
This artificial tree I purchased  inexpensively from a discount store. I chose white, but you can use whatever color you want.  I also like to add  little spritzes of brown paint to the branches so it doesnt look too new. You can flock artificial green brances if you desire.
Next you need to cut the L off each branch from your artificial tree with a bolt cutter.
Start at the top (one branch on the top) and work your way down.  I put one branch on each side of the  square part of the pillar and continued to do that all the way down.  I measure about 8 inches between tiers. 
Use a drill bit the same size as the branch and drill slightly at an angle.  This way, the branch should fit snug, but can still be removed for storage.  You can also glue them if you want as they may spin slightly.
Wa-la!  You have your very own,  unique, one of a kind Christmas tree! 
This is my Home Made Pillar/Post Christmas tree!  Does it get you in the spirit?

This is my Home Made Pillar/Post Christmas tree!  Does it get you in the spirit?

This is a column/post Christmas tree that really is a simple project. All you'll need is an old porch post, or a new one if you want to purchase it from a home store, and a faux christmas tree. I purchased my tree very reasonably at a discount store. You can also try this on fresh greens, or even twigs for a real "Charlie Brown" tree or on a smaller pillar for a table top tree. Use your imagination!

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Comments (9)

gadgetsponge writes: You're a very clever one Lanette! I'm going to post this link on my FB page. Posted: 5:42 pm on December 26th
MimiToria writes: Love, love, love this Lani! Thanks for the info. and yes I plan to come to your open house. I wouldn't want to miss it for the life of me. It is my new "hilite" of the Holiday Season. : ) : )
Nice chatting via the phone tonight. Thanks for the added info. you shared. I think I need to make this project for this year. More and more I'm inspired!!! I found so many great things to go on it, as I have this in mind now when buying items for it. Second Hand Roses was fun and the Saturday Market was outstanding!
Gretchen Posted: 9:53 pm on November 8th
CottageElements writes: Thanks for all your comments! It is a fun and very easy project (even for me). kmayflowers I do have extra branches when I'm done, and have taken some smaller pillars and used the extras on them. One I did I actually took the smaller pillar and stuck it in an large enamel european milk pitcher and put it in my bedroom. I loved how it looked. Gretchen, I have two of these trees. One was in my front room and one on the porch. This year I may do another and group them together. Who knows. You coming on the tour again this year? Can't believe the holidays are almost upon us once again. Where has the year gone?

Posted: 9:04 pm on November 6th
MimiToria writes: Lanette-
Love your tree!!! Is this the one you use on your porch at your open houses? I just love your post.
I am sooooo sick of our green tree and am itching to do something different this year. You've inspired me!
Great directions too.
Gretchen Posted: 4:06 pm on November 6th
shabbychick writes: Lanette, Merry Christmas! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful tree - what a great project, and love how you put the whole look together. (The twigs are a perfect touch!)

Kathy Posted: 1:09 pm on November 6th
fellowjunker writes: Hi Lani
This is just beautiful and I love the way you used the bare branches as part of the design. Your finished vignette is gorgeous. I love your style.
xojanis Posted: 11:31 am on November 6th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: What a great project! I see so many artificial trees at thrift stores for dirt cheap and can see using pieces parts of them for this type of display.

Love the white!

Candy Posted: 10:58 am on November 6th
kmayflowers writes: Lanette, I love this tree. We have had old trees with broken stands & tops & look what we could've done. And it's the slim line that fits so well anywhere. Did you use all the branches or was there some left over? Posted: 10:11 am on November 6th
suewhitney writes: Hi Lanette,

Thanks so much, this is a wonderful project....I love the color scheme! The snow is about to fly everyone (unless you're lucky enough to live in warm weather climates) so I urge you to get your front entries done before that happens. Have you ever tried to put tree toppers in frozen dirt? I have...imagine that!

Take care.
Sue Posted: 7:07 am on November 6th
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