Unique Tabletop “Tree” Winter 2012


Hello all!  I got the house decorated, and my final bit that I needed to do was some kind of a tree.  I didn’t have a real tree to decorate this year, mostly because we don’t have room for one, and so I decided to get creative and use some things I had handy and make up a “tree”  of my own.



And no, the windows aren’t dirty–it’s been pouring, beating rain against the windows off and on for many days now :)



Trafford the cat wanted to help, and then got distracted by the birds outside on the butterfly bush, so I left him to his work.  He is deep pure black, but this fall his winter coat grew in with reddish undertones, which you can see around the backs of his ears!


The first issue I had was to create a cone shape out of the objects I had in order to give it a tree-like shape.  The base for my tree is a dark green metal plant stand.  On top of this, I placed an upside-down basket.


The snowy base on which the tree rests is a little bit of thin foam covered with an extra white sheet that I had.  I wanted to make sure it was kind of thick so it wouldn’t scratch the top of the new bookcase where the tree resides in the living room, and that it would give a fanciful feel of snow.  I strung some white lights from top to bottom along each of the plant stand’s quadrants, and then circled the excess around the bottom of the base.  Around the base I also placed a few bay leaf branches for some greenery.



I kept the decorations simple since the “tree” is a little unique to begin with :)  The top row is made up of gold glitter ornaments, and the middle row is of silver bells and a tiny silver bead swag that I ran through the metal curls of the plant stand.



Next I had to deal with the basket.  After the lights were strung, I wrapped the basket with some slender silver tinsel, and I had a pretty piece of white and silver ribbon that I placed on the bottom row just under the tinsel.  I wanted something bright for the top of the tree, so I placed a dark silver candle holder on top of the basket, and an LED chunky white candle on it.



Considering it was created out of random stuff I just had laying around, I thought it turned out pretty cute!





Do you use traditional trees in your decorations, or do you experiment with other items to make a tree?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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12 Responses to Unique Tabletop “Tree” Winter 2012

  1. Mel says:

    Wow anthena, that looks incredible. I haven’t seen your posts in ages on Facebook and have missed them xo

  2. Wow! Again you surprise me with your unique ideas. The only tree I put up is usually real tree… So it’s too early to buy it, otherwise it would be dry for Christmas… I’m going to wait for one more week!
    Magali xxx

  3. Nice! I love taking what I already have and getting what I want, looks like you do too. Have a great weekend.

  4. Betsy says:

    Your tree is so creative and unique. Very pretty indeed, especially those bell ornaments and the LED candle on top. Nice job and kitty things so too:-)

    • AthenaMG says:

      Thank you for your sweet words, Betsy, and yes, Trafford the cat does love to sit on top of that bookcase by the tree–it’s the perfect spot for watching birds and the neighbor’s cats who are frequent visitors to the yard!

  5. Alycia Nichols says:

    This is without question one of the most creative and unique pieces of decor I have seen this season! What a fun idea, Athena! You put a lot of work into it and got terrific results! My imagination runs wild, but I don’t think it ever would have arrived here!!! The candle on top is just the crowning glory! Great job!

  6. Megan says:

    Very unique and beautiful!

  7. nicole says:

    Your tree is the most unique tree I have ever seen! I love the colors and materials you used….very pretty! Thanks for popping by my blog! Yours is lovely and look forward to following along!

  8. Vesna says:

    Great idea and very lovely! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy December!

  9. Kathy says:

    That’s very clever and quite unique, Minerva. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday
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