It rotates so every side is filled with assorted treasures.
I wanted to do a tree for a tribute to our ancestors. I searched the internet for ideas and found several trees that had photo's of familiy members. I had quite a few photo's of ancestors back about 6 generations. Then I remembered that I had several boxes filled with trinkets that were never seen by anyone and I decided that I would make those into ornaments. The common color theme of these items was pink and green. I went to the craft store and the colors and mood were perfect for a shabby chic. I bought scrapbook paper, sheer ribbon, silver ribbon, pink and silver glitter. It was perfect!
I did glass balls with the photo's printed on velum and then put in the balls. They were ok but didn't have quite the zip I wanted. Some were also hard to see. I printed out another copy of the photo's and made shabby chic ornaments out of them. I did mine on pink and my husbands on blue with names , so our kids could see who went with who. These ornies are easier to see, but the glass balls add a charm to the tree.
This is my great grandmother - both a young and an older picture of her. (Born 1861) My great grandfather picture in the glass ball.
The following are random items I used for other ornaments.
Train and fire truck we used to play with at my grandmothers farm when I was little. Salt Shaker
My grandmother's candles were one of those items.
My grandmother's jello tins
My dad loved tobasco sauce. When I cleaned out their fridge after their deaths, I coudn't part with this silly bottle. I am so glad I kept it.
It is truly a treasure for me and a great memory of him.
A pink poodle from Santa when I was little in my stocking.
A necklace of my mom's
My grandmother was blind when she died. She would get scraps of fabric, cut them into long strips and braid rugs out of them. All of the sewing was by hand because she could feel what she was doing. I got a bag of fabric strips that had been braided but never sewn into a rug. I took it apart and made these nettie dolls out of them and gave them to my children and nieces.
Paper doll from my mom's. I added tulle and ribbon to chic her up a bit. There are 3 of these that are perched in the branches. They are about 18 inches tall.
I had a bunch of my mom's jewelry. I put necklaces in glass balls, but still had pins and earings left. I covered a styro wreath shape with silver ribbon and added the jewelry to it, it is lovely. I also did this with my dad's cufflinks and tie tacks.
I had a sheet of my grandmothers. I cut it up and made a variety of shapes and sizes of heart ornaments. I also used the scraps to cover glass balls for mod podge ornaments. Part of it is also being used as the tree skirt.
I found the tree at a yard sale for $10.00. The lights didn't work so I had to cut them off and restring them. When I put it all together I discoverd it was a rotating tree - perfect! It is 7 1/2 feet tall and is just the right thing for this theme.
Picture side of tree
Tree's not on tour - White Tree, Peppermint Tree, Angel Tree, Teddy Bear Tree, Hall of Snowmen Tree, Burgandy and Lime and Nativity Tree. They are part of last year's tour and you can see them there. if your scroll down to see last years post. Thank you for stopping by!