making a paper christmas tree topiary

Happy Friday everyone!  How was your turkey day?  Ours was filled with good food, good people and good memories.  Just the way I like it.

I hope you’re not out battling the mall crowds.  Maybe you are home decorating for the holidays like me.  I’ve got an easy DIY project to share today.  I picked up the vintage paper Christmas tree topiary idea from the BHG Special Interest Publication this season so maybe you’ve already tried it?

If not, I recommend giving it a shot.  You should do it over the long weekend!  You probably have most of the supplies in your home already.  Plus, this is an easy one to do with kids too.  Here’s what you need…

  • 4″ clay pot
  • styrofoam block
  • reindeer moss
  • vintage paper in 4-5 sizes
  • wooden skewer
  • raffia (optional)
  • cranberry (optional)

Cut the styrofoam block to size and insert it into your clay pot.  You may have to secure the block to the pot with hot glue.

Insert the skewer in the center of the block upright.  Make sure it is centered and straight with the pointy side of the skewer sticking out.

Cover up your mechanics with the reindeer moss.  This hides the styrofoam.  You may want to glue this as well.  Reindeer moss is the most expensive supply used in this project however you could substitute it with a lower cost moss but you may not get the same coverage.

Once you’ve got the moss secure, you’ll start building your tree.  I chose vintage sheet music cut in squares.  You may find other interesting paper ephemera or scrapbook paper works for you.  The largest square was 4.5 inches, then 4 inches, 3.5 inches, 3 inches & 2.5 inches.  I used about 4 of each size and started by puncturing the largest squares first and sliding them down the skewer to the moss.

And in just minutes you’ll have a tree!  I topped off the skewer with a fresh cranberry for the star.

I ended up not using the raffia on this pair but you can tie it around your pot and make a bow.  You could also have kids decorate the pots with paint or glitter.

I used this pair to decorate the shop “mantel”.  It complements the book page wreath just so.

Hope you’ll come visit the shop on Small Business Saturday tomorrow if you are local!  You can preview our inventory, special sales & discounts on facebook.

Happy holiday decorating friends!

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the kid’s table

A little before and after for the kiddos out there!

This old, heavy farm table had seen better days. The paint was chipping and the style was not very desirable.  But they don’t make ’em like this anymore as they say.  This is a very sturdy table deserving a second chance.

Need a closer look? Ick. I stripped the flaking paint off and sanded the top.

Once that prep work was complete, I applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint to the top.

The base and legs got a vibrant paint job with pure Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green – 2 coats followed by clear wax.  It is bright! 

Perfect for a kid’s playroom.

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