Recycled Junk Christmas Tree Decorated

November 30th, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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I chose aqua, silver, white & taupe for the colors I wanted to use this year.
I have a lot of neutral colors in our livingroom and just decided rather than use the multi colored decor with my faux green tree, I would do something completely different than I had in the past.
I used a minature angel wings for the top of the tree and have several sprinkled through out the tree too.  If you notice the photo above my daughter, Emily, was dressed as an angel when she was 7 for this angel photo that is next to the tree.
This photo shows a heart shaped primitive style oranment that I added vintage jewelry to as well as misc. other items.
I used a mix of homemade ornaments, vintage ornaments and new vintage inspired ornaments.  I found boxes of ornaments for $1.00 at the same thrift store that I bought the broken tree that I created this from.  This store turned out to be a good place to shop.
You may notice I had a hard time figuring out which angel print looked best next to the tree.  My daughter, Emilys softer toned print won out. 
Great patina on this rusty stand I bought about 3 years ago at Buffalo Nickel from Dinah.  I just love it!
Love the curves on this stand.  May have been a flag stand in its former life. 
This full length photo shows you the entire tree, but I have since removed the rope like strands coming from the top, as I didnt like the look of it.
One more area in our livingroom that is ready for the holidays.  Subtle decor such as the silver, vintage millinery rose, and sparkle stars on the mirror.  The lady to the left is one of my favorite treasures and had been my maternal grandmothers.  I believe I inherited her junking genes as well. : )
I chose aqua, silver, white & taupe for the colors I wanted to use this year.

I chose aqua, silver, white & taupe for the colors I wanted to use this year.

This is the results of my new tree I created.  Thanks Lani for the great inspiration!

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Comments (10)

OrnamentsWithLove writes: Great job you did with decorating this tree. I like aqua, silver, white & taupe for the colors that you used. Thanks for sharing.


Fred Posted: 5:15 pm on June 24th
suewhitney writes: Hey Gretchen,

This is delightful and I love your signature color way. The stand is it! Thanks so much for all you do!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 7:25 pm on December 1st
shabbychick writes: Gretchen - your tree is "simply" beautiful!! I love the rusty old stand. Your colors are very calming in this season that can be so hectic!! :)

I have an old white Christmas tree that I love - (from the thrift store). And, a few years ago, I spotted another one while driving my mother-in-law home (it was on the curb - in a pile of free garage sale leftovers) - I had her hop out (after quite a bit of coaxing/begging) and grab it for me - while I drove the getaway car! A funny memory! (I handed that one down to my daughter!)

Kathy Posted: 4:23 pm on December 1st
MimiToria writes: Lani-Deb-Kari - Thanks for the nice comments. I am really thrilled with how this turned out since it really was a different adaption than Lani's tree she built. She had nice full branches through out her tree that she bought as well as the great porch post she used as a base for the tree. My tree is nice and skinny and takes very little room in our space we usually put our tree. It was much simpler to decorate too, as it doesn't have lights and with the white branches it is easy to see/decorate areas that need it.
Deb the rusty color was in my scheme all along, but I hadn't noticed until you commented how well it actually ties in with the rusty stand. Quite a contrast otherwise with the white and rusty color.
Kari - you are too funny. I am a Lani fan, and wouldn't even consider myself close to her class. She's just got that special gift that is a rarity. An excellent eye for design. Posted: 1:55 pm on December 1st
Meadowview_Farm writes: Gretchen:
Lovely, lovely, lovely! I am now feeling that I need a white tree too! Add me to the "just like Gretchen & Lani list"! The stand is wonderful -- very near the shape of the base of a coat rack/stand I have on my porch.
Excellent as always!
Kari Posted: 8:19 am on December 1st
junkinyaya writes: Beeeeutiful! I love also how you added the touch of brown rust with all the pretties....and the stand is ingenious! Love it...very original. xo...deb Posted: 12:44 am on December 1st
CottageElements writes: Great job on the tree, Gretchen! Can't believe you found the faux tree at a thrift store. You are a good shopper! I love white trees, don't you? I think the ornaments show up so much better. Love the colors you put with it, too! I have a zillion vintage ornaments, too, but this year like you I hardly used any. Love the stand you put it in, too. Very unique and a great find! I am planning on making a few more trees to sell with a couple posts I have. Just haven't gotten to them yet!

Posted: 11:42 pm on November 30th
MimiToria writes: Thanks you guys for the nice comments. I have been anxious to get it up and decorated after going on that holiday home tour, it has about killed me to have to wait. The nasty wall that needed painting was the hold up, but worth the wait.
Can you believe I haven't even taken my ornaments out yet, these were all ones I picked up this year for this theme tree. I'm bad with Christmas oranaments. I have a stash of hundreds of vintage, and than I go make and buy all of this. Good thing a bunch were from the Thrift store, Walmart, Lowe's, Menards and Target. Who would think you would find such fun stuff at these places.
Now, Candy keep your eyes open for a cast off white faux tree, so that you can make one too.
Gretchen Posted: 11:11 pm on November 30th
fellowjunker writes: Just stunning Gretchen!! I love this....your stand is amazing. The colour scheme is beautiful and goes so well with the white tree. I think you and Lani should start selling your "new" vintage trees!!
I also loved looking at all the beautiful glittering ornaments.
xojanis Posted: 10:24 pm on November 30th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: So beautiful! I love your color combination and your tree stand is amazing. Your daughter's photo looks perfect alongside the angel wing tree topper. Very pretty.

Great job! Thanks for sharing your project.

Candy Posted: 10:11 pm on November 30th
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