November 17, 2011

Ruffled Christmas Trees (Swell Noel #37)

Today’s Swell Noel post is courtesy of a super sweet girl I met on the very first day of Creative Estates, Jen from Scissors and Spatulas. She is a gem, and her blog is, too! Take it away, Jen!


Hi Positively Splendid readers! I’m so excited to be here today while Amy is taking care of her new bundle of joy! I met Amy back in April at Creative Estates when her baby bump was barely there! We were both walking alone to breakfast the first morning of the conference. Thank goodness I ran into her because I barely knew anyone! She was sweet as can be!

I am Jen, and I love my family, crafting, cooking, decorating and DIY projects. I share my creative endeavors on my blog, Scissors & Spatulas.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I love decorating my house for Christmas! I transform just about every room into a winter wonderland! I even have an entire attic for Christmas decor only! But I can never have enough Christmas decorations, so soon I may have to clean out a closet or two to hold more stuff!

Example: A few months ago I found these cones at the thrift store. At first I walked on by, but I quickly took a few steps back and picked them up. Twenty-five cents each! What was I going to use them for? I dunno. I knew I could figure something out! And I did! 

I ruffled some fabric scraps and grabbed a couple of mismatched wooden candlesticks. {Also from the thrift store. I have a stockpile of these because they are usually fifty cents to a dollar a piece.}
And this is what I made! ruffled Christmas trees! 
How? Keep reading!

I primed both candlesticks and painted one green and one red. Both were paint colors I had on hand. 
Then I scratched it up. If you’ve ever been on my blog, you know that I love to paint and I love to remove paint! I’m a bit of a distressing addict! It gives pieces character!
Starting at the bottom, I took my ruffled fabric and wrapped it around and up the cones, securing it with hot glue. 
I added an additional piece of fabric to the bottom of the cone and
 I attached the candlestick with hot glue.
To finish off the top, I added a big fat striped ribbon. 
And here they are! Two ruffled Christmas trees for under $2! Remember, the cones were twenty-five cents each and the candlesticks were fifty cents each. The fabric was leftover scraps and the paint I had in my garage. Even if you didn’t have all the materials it would probably cost less than $10!  

So what are you waiting for? Go make some Christmas trees!
Thanks again to Amy for having me today! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, but first, please try to relax and enjoy that quickly disappearing holiday that comes first – Thanksgiving! I hope you’ll stop by my blog, Scissors & Spatulas and take a look around. 

Goodness gracious- aren’t these darling? I foresee something like this coming together at Chez Bell very soon!  Thanks so much for the terrific idea, Jen!


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8 Responses to Ruffled Christmas Trees (Swell Noel #37)

  1. Sandy November 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Those are adorable.. definitely going on my Christmas crafting list!

  2. Little ol' Me November 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Precious! I can see these in muslin, or even pretty vintage eyelet!

  3. Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit November 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    these are so adorable!
    I was going to make ruffled Christmas trees this weekend, but the candle sticks take it to a whole new level! BRAVO!!

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now November 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Gasping!! I love this!!!!! Those are beautiful. 🙂

  5. Chrissy.Barile November 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Super cute!! Love the ruffled look!

  6. Ingrid November 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks very very much for this excellent tutorial, It’s a beautiful, quick and easy present to make.
    Greetings from Venezuela!

  7. two_girls November 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    love this, such an easy project that looks expensive! registered & protected

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