Monday, 3 December 2012

rustic recycled christmas




With so much waste in the world, especially at Christmas time, we enjoyed making our Christmas tree from scraps of old wood & driftwood. 
I seem to like unconventional Christmas trees and now my kids are grown up there hasn't been too much protesting about not having a traditional green tree with red decorations.



Every year I buy a few new decorations. I couldn't resist these with the rope hangers!



I glued tiny pieces of driftwood to make a star.


Simple wrapping using mostly recycled paper.


pages from an old book



to make your own tree
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I painted some of the wood pieces white and sanded the edges. I'd like to say I made it all myself but Steve did the hard work, sawing and nailing. We nailed a few small flat head nails to hang decorations & wrapped Christmas lights around the branches.


What kind of Christmas tree are you having this year?

joining
scandi coast home
between naps on the porch
savvy southern style
romantic home





40 comments:

  1. We've got the whole natural, twigs, shells and pinecones thing going on this year at our place. I absolutely love all of your recycled and upcycled ideas!
    Cas x

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    1. suits our climate doesn't it? & thanks cas!

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  2. c'est super beau j'adore cette idée de faire le sapin
    avec de la récupération , bravo !!!!

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  3. It looks fabulous! I never find driftwood at the beach! I love that these trees look great but don't take up too much room either. Great for apartments x

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    1. maybe that's one reason i'm liking it too penny! x

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  4. Love your tree, we made some like this from scrap wood to sell.

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    1. thanks deanne, thought we might do that next year.

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  5. this is great cheryl..must get my fella to help me whip up one for up the coast, how long is your bottom piece of timber and how high is the stem??? ....not that I want to copy or anything..lol ;)
    Bec x

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    1. it's 85cm high bottom branch 73cm. glad you like it! x

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  6. Oh I love your random rustic tree. My main aim this year is to have a relaxing Christmas. Kylie x

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  7. it's so magical. i have this project on my list and can't wait to return home from arizona and begin executing all the diys!

    smiles and sunshine to you.

    michele

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    1. look forward to seeing yours michele x

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  8. i love the different shades of wood and white!

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    1. thanks sarah! white and driftwood are nice together :)

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  9. Hi Michele. You are such a good sharer!! :) Once again you've woven your magic wand with this little tree, and I heart it. Where did you get the baubles from? They're uber cute! Hx

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    1. thank heather.. they're from a shop called papaya in bondi junction. they're probably in other shops as well. :)

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    2. Damn!! ;-) Bondi's just a beach too far....from Brissy! {hee hee} Hoo-evuh, I shall keep an eye open for similar up here. Hope you're surviving your heatwave?! Nudging into the 40s up here tomorrow...yuck, yuck! Hx

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    3. we've had a cooler change here thank goodness! 40's sounds terrible. x

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    4. Just another quickie question....is your tree standing on a base or is it propped up against the wall? It looks like it's happy either way! :) Hx

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  10. Looks lovely! Love that you used recycled pices to make your tree. My tree is the complete opposite though - black, fake and overloaded with colour ;)

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    1. it sounds amazing! look forward to seeing it :)

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  11. You are soooooooooooo clever Cheryl......
    I am about to paint a similar one white but I think yours looks nicer ;O)
    Tania xx

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    1. i nearly made this all white too tania! :)

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  12. I waited to long. I wanted the wrist braclet in navy with the silver clasp and it's sold out.
    oh well. The tree turned out great. And you know I love the wrapping on the package.

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    1. i'll try and find the time to make you one! x

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  13. I love your tree made from scraps! Such a clever idea and it looks great!

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  14. Fabulous Cheryl, I love the idea of recycling scraps and making something wonderful, this is magnificent!. xx Tina

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    1. thanks tina! it's a fun hobby isn't it?
      x

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  15. Just lovely, I love this!!
    Xx Vicky

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  16. This is lovely Cheryl. Lucky to have a husband to do the hard yards for you.

    The rope tied decorations are so unique. I love them.
    Carolyn

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  17. What a beautiful christmas tree and great idea.

    Hugs

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  18. A lovely unique tree, what a great idea!
    Sarah x

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  19. i couldnt agree more! in a world over saturated, over used, under appreciated..this make me feel hopeful. its so easy if we can just think a little outside the ready made box!!
    this is lovely!

    ps, we did a branch tree last year. this year hanging stars made from scrap wood

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  20. Everytime I pop in to visit your gorgeous blog I just sit here and pour over your gorgeous pics. I love this idea. So different yet so pretty and beachy xx

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  21. i love this so much!....pop steve in the post will you??....merry christmas!
    Allison x

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  22. Love love love! I made a cute little tree out of burlap ribbon that I'm loving, but I love the colors of your tree! Very elegant

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