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!