Friday, October 19, 2012

Dollar Store Tree Makeover

Yesterday while driving home from the Signed Sealed Delivered Annex store warehouse sale I stopped off at the Dollar Tree store to see what goodie I could find for fall decorating. I thought I might find some foam tree forms but they only had foam wreaths. Then I spied these...

A tinsel tree. They have them in several colors at the Dollar Tree. The shape was right, and at one dollar, the price was really right. The frame is made of plastic and not foam so I would be able to remove the tinsel without destroying the frame.
I began removing all the tinsel, which was really easy. It just popped right off in one big piece. I can even reuse it someday if I need to.
With the tinsel removed, you are left with a very nice little plastic frame.
To hold the frame together I used some twine. I tied four pieces of twine to keep it from spreading apart. You could use wire or twist ties or even fabric. I had twine on hand so I used it.
Next, I cut a circle the same size as the bottom of the frame. I just used some old cardboard I had from a box of paper. Then I stuffed the form with some old newspaper.
Then using my gle gun I glued the cardboard circle to the bottom of the stuffed frame.

I will be using this tree for two seasons this year so I decided to make the tree out of burlap scraps I already had on hand from other projects. I cut the burlap in 2 or 3 " strips and about 24" long.
Then I cut some slits in the burlap about every 1" or so. Towards the top of the tree, I cut the slits closer together.
I rolled the ends of the slit burlap with a pencil to give the tree a more dimensional looks. I found that if I got the burlap damp it was easier to roll and teh curls stayed put.
The next step is to glue the slit burlap strips to the frame. I cut off the excess burlap and set it aside to be used for a smaller layer later. I used one strip for each layer until I got closer to the top then I was able to wrap the strip for a couple of layers. In addition, when I got about 3/4 way done I cut my strips about a 1/2" deep. This made it easy to wrap around the short distance. I also squeezed the burlap to the frame being careful not to burn myself. The shape looked nicer when I did this.

  Towards the top, I cut a few small pieces of burlap about  1/2" by 2" and glued them on top of the tree to cover the peak of the frame. Then I wrapped and glued a couple more layers of burlap strips, squeezed them to the frame, and it was done
Now I have a cute burlap tree that I can use for both Fall and Christmas.
I plan on make several more of these to use throughout the house during the holidays.
I hope you and yours have a blessed week.


Dawn said...

How stinking cute is that. A very thrifty creative idea. Love it. I am your newest follower, and thanks for following at Creative Cain Cabin.
Have a wonderful weekend:)

Debbiedoo's said...

Now that was clever girl! Soooo cute. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Catherine Elizabeth Creations said...

This is absolutely adorable! I have a bit of a burlap obsession so I really love this! Now I need to check out our local dollar store :) New follower from Catherine Elizabeth Creations :)

must love junk said...

This is seriously the CUTEST! You are very creative and talented! I'm now following-I invite you to visit me :)

Gail said...

This is really adorable! Just got a new Ballard Designs catalog in today and they have a page devoted to burlap items, including a few trees. You should submit your tree to Knock-Off Decor cause it looks just like one of Ballard Designs!! Well done!!!

Lola and Bea said...

Thanks Gail. I could not believe it when I opened my Ballard Design catalog and saw their trees. I must have been channeling the designer when I came up with this one.

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh how I loved this tree. I did buy one of those too, but I did not get nearly as creative as you. I should go tear it apart. Thanks so much for sharing with our party.

Lola and Bea said...

I have made so many of those little trees I think I could do it in my sleep. I would love to see yours.

Shannon Fox said...

Super cute trees! Thanks for sharing them at the party. Happy Holidays

Susan @ said...

Great job Joanie! I can't believe you thought to take apart a dollar store tree... great thinking out of the box! This is an awesome project, I'm thinking you could use a styrofoam tree if you had one too. Love this!