Over the years they have made ones that you can have at home that look like this
I also really like this twig topiary by David Stark for West Elm
And as I was talking about in the twilight post I wanted to make one, a hybrid of the two actually.
I wanted to combine the two, the base, childhood memories, and minimal ornaments of the Charlie Brown tree paired with the book covering of the David Stark edition.
- tree branches
- glitter (if desired)
- masking tape
- bendy medal
- book pages (from a Twilight Breaking Dawn book that had seen better days)
- a slat from a wooden pallet
- faux evergreen if desired
The best part of this project? It was all FREE! Tree branches I aquried from someone's pruning pile, glue I had, glitter I omitted (but had if I wanted), masking tape I have plenty of. Bendy metal I had from stipping the snowflake branches I had, book pages from a book I replaced because I had spilled tomato juice during a particuarally turbulant airplane ride, and a pallet slat one of the boys, well technically 2 of the boys from work got me. The first guy got me one I forgot it someone threw it away. I asked a second boy who brought me another. A third boy removed the rusty nails for me.
Remember those branches that I
jacked rescued from the side of the road, well I had been scoping them out everyday on my way to work.
So I cut up the first seven chapters of Breaking Dawn. See the complete idea for the book, and the reason I was cutting it up here.
I started with the branch that Mikey Like the best, as I had brought home three options.
Then I used extra metal bendy things to stabilize certain branches that I was going to put really heavy ornaments on, or to make additional branches all together. Then I wrapped them in masking tape to stay all together.
Years ago when Pier one did their 90% off Christmas decor I purchased this never knowing what I would end up using it for, I am sure it cost me less than a dollar though.
I then wrapped them to the tree tightly with masking tape.
Then I started to decopage the pages on I had cut them to one inch strips and all the boarder off, I also then cut them in half because that was more than enough for the little branches. I am sure when I get to the larger
branches I will have to use a full length. So last night I did a foot and it took me about 40 minutes. This was going to be a long project, it took me about ten hours or so in total.
I however think it looks excellent!
After a few ornaments had been added the vintage typewriter ball no. 2, silver dipped mistletoe, and silver dipped aspen leaves. I will find a home for the tree tomorrow.
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