Ornament Tree (a Ballard Knock off)


When I first say this ornament tree in the Ballard catalog a few months ago and thought it was pretty and maybe I would make it someday. Well that someday was the last two weekends and it is now done. I first started with an old apple basket and spray painted it white.
Next I need branches for the tree. I thought about cutting them from the lone tree I have in my yard but after further inspection it didn't have enough to spare. Then I thought about a vacant field on my drive home from work and there are plenty of trees for cutting. Well that didn't work either so I had to buy 2 bundles of branches with a snow like effect sprayed on them.
Next I needed to weight the basket and add some styrofoam to secure the branches.
I added some stones underneath the styrofoam (which is recycled packing material) for weight and stability. Next I stuck the branches in a few and a time and stepping back each time to look and see if they looked okay.
Once I finished with the branches, I filled the basket with shredded paper to cover the styrofoam.
Lastly I decorated with a number of different colors and sizes of ornaments and placed on my Kitchen table.

It was very easy and you could use any type of basket and branches. I will tweak it just a little with a nice runner instead of the placemat. But for now I think it looks lovely and a wonderful knock off! Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Very nice...I will have to save this on my craft tab to make prolly next year....

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  2. Very cute and colourful! The shredded paper is such a good idea, too.

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  3. I like it! I have one too. I made mine out of necessity because we dont have a tree this year since we are moving to Alaska in 2 weeks. I didnt know Ballard did something like it too. http://findingmyaloha.blogspot.com/2010/12/decking-my-halls.html

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  4. I think this is a great idea--I have done something similar and hung Christmas Cards that I receive on the branches! Thanks for joining my link party! It has been fun to come and see you each week! http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/12/tell-me-tuesday-link-party-4.html

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  5. Well done! Your tree reminds me of Christmas candy and frost, so pretty! I love it when we can get inspired with a design and do it our own way, yours looks great.

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  6. I put that page of the catalog on my inspiration board as well, haven't got around to making it yet. Why didn't the limbs in the field work???

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  7. That turned out wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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  9. Hello! I found you at Pinkapotamus and I am loving your blog! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express giveaway and my link party that are both going on this week! Keep up the great blogging and happy holidays! -Dana

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  10. I love this! I made a similar centerpiece for the fall with leaves and scarecrows.. Yours is adorable! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

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