Do you remember my tag sale and Put & Take regime? Well, I have news for you: I spent a whole week tidying up the basement, so now it gives the impression that we don’t have as many things – of course everything is still there, but kind of on top of each other…I only tidied enough to give us some room to walk around. But still…that organization must have worked, as Greg finally lifted my tag sale ban! YAY! In his defense, winter is almost here. So he lifted the ban knowing that tag sale season is pretty much over and even Put & Take is not that bountiful…or so he thought! hehehehe 🙂
After the ban was lifted, when we went to Put & Take, guess what I found? This faux Christmas tree, which had a big note on it saying that it was missing quite a lot of parts…
…and these cheap plastic curtain rod finials. One of them was broken, and the curtain rod wasn’t even there. I guess someone must have picked it and didn’t want to bother him/herself with the broken finials.
Despite Greg’s efforts to keep me from taking them by pointing out the missing and the broken parts, they both came home with us. I am not sure what was worse for him: trying to fit that big tree box in the already-full cargo area of our car, or realizing that no snow, no rain, or no cold will ever stop me from finding the coolest things at Put & Take. LOL. On the bright side, he was pretty happy with my crafting performance, since none of these finds had the chance to see our basement, as they were put to good use straight away 😉
You’ll be seeing how I used that poor old Christmas tree in my next post, but here is how I used the curtain rod finials.
Pretty cool, right? Okay, now you might be thinking, “how am I supposed to find an unused curtain rod finial to make these trees?” Don’t worry! As long as you have some crafting wire and some aluminum foil, you are covered. So let’s start making some whimsical tabletop Christmas trees, shall we?
Apart from the curtain rod finials, I used a hot glue gun, Styrofoam cone forms (or you can use a paper-mache one like I did with one of them), some aluminum foil and thick craft/floral wire (something like this), an old faux pine garland, 2 white feather boas from the Dollar Store and some sheet moss and reindeer moss I had on hand.
Here is a little hint on the feather boas: Dollar Store feather boas are only 4 feet long and they are very thin. Therefore I had to use 2 of them. But if you are getting your white feather boa from Amazon or from a craft store, then you can get away with only one of them, because they are 6 feet long and much thicker.
As you can see, this one was pretty easy and straight forward, as it involved only a few steps.
Although the final beauty shots of all will be at the end of the post, here is a sneak peek of the whimsical moss tree for you.
Now let’s move on to the feather tree.
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