Tutorial - Making a Recycled Junk Christmas Tree with a Twist

November 30th, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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9)  The end result of my tree project!
1)  This project began with a 4 faux white Christmas tree that I bought for $4.00 at a thrift store.  It was not useable as is, so perfect for my project.
2)  It came in 2 sections and was prelit, so the first things I had to do was take off all the wiring and than dismantle the branches.  This photo shows how I lined them up accordingly so that the like branches were together.
3)  I used a vintage drapery pole that Ive had in my basement for a good 10 years and was a freebie.  I eyed it and drilled holes on an angle all the way up the pole.
4)  Then using my fancy hand miter saw I cut the length off after I had measured for the height with the stand I planned to use.
5)  Find a tree stand. My vintage rusty tree stand is a favorite of mine and Ive used it for 3 years for various trees.  It has a round hole at the top that was a perfect fit for the wooden dowel. 
  I added 4 matching buttons to the bottom with glue so that the rust wouldnt damage any flooring.  I should of used black, but didnt have them handy back when I did it.
6)  First before I proceeded any further with this tree project I wanted to paint the accent wall (the darker one in this photo) in my livingroom.  With that completed I painted the pole white and it was ready to assemble the branches onto it.
7)  I started with the bottom holes along the pole and started adding the fullest branches from the bottom up.  It would be better if all of the branches on the tree were cluster style, but on this tree there were a lot of single branches, so I made sure the longest were used at the bottom and smallest at the top.
8)  Continued adding the branches until I ran out of them at the top.  I used the finial that came with the tree for the top of the pole.
9)  The end result of my tree project!

9)  The end result of my tree project!


My goal was to create a themed tree and have it be white this year and rather skinny to take up less room.  I am pleased with the results for $4.00.

Check out the next post to see how I decorated the tree.  Then it has a better result with the extra trimmings added to it.


Pattern or design used: Lanette Lorsung (Lani) - a member on this site
posted in: member junk, seasonal, wood, christmas, tree, faux feathers

Comments (3)

paisleypenguin writes: I love this! I was two minutes too late to get a fake tree at the thrift store last weekend. I have been on the lookout though. Posted: 10:20 pm on December 5th
MimiToria writes: Candy-
Absolutely it is necessary to get that wall painted first. Ha! Ha! I've been dying to try this tree out, but didn't want to go through all the work of putting it together and than having to try to move it, once the wall was painted. The wall was periwinkle with white patches on it, so it was necessary to paint first. : )
Thanks by the way. I'm glad it turned out as good as it did. Would be better if the tree one finds is all of the branch style ones. Lani has just gone and bought a tree at Walmart and than dismantled it, but at $40 for the tree, plus the investment of a porch post, I tried to go a cheaper route.
Gretchen Posted: 11:08 pm on November 30th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This turned out so good, Gretchen! I can't believe how thrifty you were with it because the end result does not show it at all.

I was following your step by step instructions very closely and wanted to see if it was absolutely necessary for me to paint an accent wall before proceeding between steps three and four. Just asking. ;)

Candy Posted: 10:07 pm on November 30th
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