Monday, October 15, 2012

Vintage Paper Trees...A Christmas Prep!

I saw an idea for these Vintage Paper trees in a Holiday mag...and tried my hand at it...tweeking as I went and putting my own twist   on them...
 Picked up some cute little glasses @ the GW...filled them with "dry flower foam", (walmarts, Michaels,) etc.
Stick a long skewer with a little glue on the end in the middle of the foam...pointy side "UP". I used two pieces of card stock cut 51/2" square and measured from corner to corner to create an "X" in the center of the card stock.
Poke a hole and gently place the stock cards down the skewer to create a sturdy base.
Now create your tree using whatever paper producs you'd like for the desired effect.
I used vintage books, that I had already removed the covers from for a previous project.
Using a paper cutter I cut approx., 30 squares each, (you may use more) of 51/2",
5", 41/2", 4", 31/2", 3", 21/2", 2", down to as small as you'd like.
and depending on your base size....start as large as you'd like.

The origional directions said to fold each piece of paper to find the center but the vintage pages are too fragile for that so I marked them with a little "X" in the center with a ruler and pencil.
Which worked just fine...
As you pull the papes over the skewer..., just twist the pages.

I added some antique music to my base to cover the flower foam and also added some vintage color ribbons as a topper .
Debating glittering this one...really like it just the way it is, maybe the next one.



 Some of the edges I left rough...I like that...

 The aged patina on these old pages worked magic in creating a very vintage effect...
 OOOooohhhh....my.
 Feel like trying one?...
I KNOW !!!!!!!!!!!
I REALLY LOVE THEM TOO!
Let me know what you think!
xo, Kathy.

18 comments:

  1. so cute!
    I may give this a GO! I have young adults just starting out in our family-- Holiday decorations make great gifts for new homes and young folks just starting out.

    This would be cheap and easy...my favorite kind of project. :) Pat

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  2. Very nicely Cheap! and Easy!Pat.
    Let me know how they turned out.
    Just found an amazing pot @ a resale shop today to make a larger one,,,can't wait to get started,
    xo, Kathy

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  3. Oh Kathy, I am so glad you wrote me. I haven't heard from you....didn't know if you were blogging. I am thrilled to hear from you...that tree is adorable! I love it!

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  4. I love them, too. I may have to try this - thanks for sharing. Sally

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  5. It is darling Kathy! Takes some patience, I bet! Nice result!~Hugs, Patti

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  6. These are just perfect for the holidays! I love the vintage look of the little trees-- this is going to be a very special holiday for you~~

    Vicki

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  7. Hi, Kathy...I've wondered how you and the chef are doing. You won't believe that when I made that downhome country casserole,I told Mr. Sweet that if "Kathy's chef sees this simple dish, he will think Texans are hoodlums...." hahhhaaa....
    Your tree is just adorable. I'd have paper glued to the bottom of my feet, some on my nose and could never get it all together like this. You have so much talent, Kathy girl.
    Glad to hear from you....
    xoxo

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  8. Hey Kathy - it was great meeting you at Amanda's shower!!! I had a few minutes to check out your blog and I love it...I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these paper trees you made...beautiful!!! I've also added you to my RSS feed in my email so I will get pinged anytime you add a new entry! Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you at the end of April for the wedding!!!

    XOXO,

    Jackie Ruppert
    Amanda's MOH

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    1. Hey Jackie!!!!!
      Loved meeting you too...
      Havesome cute photos of your little pumpkin!
      Enjoy her...she'll grow up in a snap!
      xo, Kathy

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  9. I just love this little tree and really want to try my hand making one, Kathy! They would make excellent table toppers for my Christmas brunch. I certainly have enough glassware in my collection (can you say hoarder?) to use as bases and I have numerous music books and old paperbacks that can be utilized. So glad you posted this! Glad to see that you are back posting and enjoying life to its fullest! hugs, Sue

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  10. Absolutely Adorable!! I have got to try my hand at this...
    Can't wait to get into it! Thanks for sharing...
    shug

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  11. Great idea. I can't wait to try this out myself.

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  12. What an enchanting blog you have, I love this tree. Thank you for sharing. May I feature this on my blog?
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  13. Thank You Clonte...
    xo, Kathy

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  14. Fabulous little tree. Thank you very much for sharing your technique. The possibilities are endless. Blissful Creating...

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  15. Very informative post. Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me...I am always encouraged by your kind expressions and thoughtful comments....Know that you are loved....xoxo Kathy.