Monday, November 23, 2015

Woodland Tree Base

Most of us have, or had, one or two of these trees.
You know,
the woodland style trees with the real looking trunk.
Evergreen boughs placed from top to bottom
that bend and shape into place.
The bottom of these trees
are a metal base 6 inches square 
for balance.
Trouble is, they are not very pretty.

I decided to give these a new look
so I went through my stash of supplies.

I happen to have burlap on hand~

and cotton batting.

Cut a square of the burlap  around the base,

then added the batting around the trunk and top of the metal square.

Gathered some wire and cut a length about 12 inches.

Next, I gathered the burlap up around the trunk
and tied the wire to secure in place.

Trimmed any long burlap and adjusted the gathers.

Tied a red ribbon around the wire and complete.

Here's  a peek of how the trees turned out.
I placed one on each side of the fireplace.
So much better then a metal base
don't you think?

I'll share the rest of this story
in posts to come.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Be Blessed~

See you again soon.



Anonymous said...

Ooohh I love this! You are so creative! I'm sure your house will look lovely this year decorated for the holidays :-) Please show us more pictures for inspiration. Best, Silvana

Anonymous said...

How pretty and creative.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week, Celeste.

TexWisGirl said...

really nice, celeste!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a great idea! Very cute!

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, it looks great now, lovely idea. Hugs, Valerie

Stacey said...

Just perfect! :)

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie,
Innovative, creative and just a sharp looking re-purpose.
Happy Thanksgiving!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Very pretty, I like how creative you are.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, your tree turned out beautifully. I love it. Great idea, thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead! said...

Good Morning
I do have a few of these trees* what a great idea to cover the bottoms of them. I love the way you did yours. I will do the same since I don't like the way the bottom looks. Thanks for sharing
enjoy this gorgeous day

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a perfect solution! They look wonderful now.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I love this idea, the tree looks so pretty now!!

living from glory to glory said...

Yes, it really looks much more festive and adds the winter style of the effect of it being a gift in itself I think!
Hugs, Roxy

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Good Morning Celestina, those woodland trees are the best! I found one at the Goodwill last year and it has a metal base that does not appear to go with it but I make it work. Your idea for the burlap base is brilliant! Have fun decorating for Christmas!
Happy Monday

Kim said... easy and creative. I had one of these years ago and that bottom always bothered me. I may do this to cover my stand...on my artificial tree! ;)

Roosterhead Designs said...

OK Celestia Marie I am shaking my head going "How does she think of all these beautiful things!?" : ) Super big smile~ I have 2 of these trees (6ft & 4ft) we've been using for probably 10 years. And I love them. But always just draped the batting around the bottom (like snow) or a Lodge-look plaid fabric; etc. You have SO inspired me! to try this beautiful look! Thank you so much for sharing. ~Karen O in CO

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Looking perfect now, I did the same last year but for a more rustic look I used a very textural thick brown hemp to tie the burlap on. Your bright Red bows look very festive. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas reveal.

Dorthe said...

Yes , your new tree, looks beautiful, with the changed base, and I look very much forward seing what more you are to do, with it :-).
Happy new week, to you.
Dorthe oxox

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
this looks really pretty :O)
Happy nwe week to you,
Love, hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Denise said...

looks really nice.

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh my, what a difference! I've looked at those trees, however, the base was not appealing. IF I had that creative mind that you do, I "might" have thought of something like this. :) Love the red bows!


Rose L said...

When I got to the part of you having burlap on hand, I knew what was coming! Great minds think alike!

Nancy Chan said...

You did a great transformation on the tree! Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning celeste! Yes so much better to hide the industrial look.have fun....

Jan Hermann said...

Another great idea!! So much prettier!!


Conniecrafter said...

That was a wonderful idea and it looks terrific, great way to dress them up!

Sandi Magle said...

Lol, I have six of those....trees. But they have reached Charlie Brown status....cute IDEA...and I many have to do that for the porch ones...grins and thanks! Sandi

Stephanie said...

Good afternoon, lovely lady :) You completely transformed the tree using only batting and burlap....once again you have amazed me, dear friend :)

Thinking of you and wishing you a sweet afternoon. Hugs!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Celestina,
I love the way you made the trees look so pretty with the burlap and red bow!
Thanks for sharing this craft with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Julie xo

quakerhillfarm said...

Great idea! Certainly changes the entire look of the tree! Happy Thanksgiving! Lynn

craftyles said...

Such a great idea. I do have one of those trees' I'll be trying this out this year. Yours looks great!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I think I had a half dozen of those trees during my boutique days, Celeste! I just donated them to my mother's senior hall last year, but maybe she can give them an update with your idea. They look lovely in front of your fireplace!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that size tree and this is such a great idea! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Diane

NanaDiana said...

Oh- that is a cute and clever cover up for those little stands. I have been sticking my own down in galvanized buckets the last couple of years but I love the looks of the burlap, too. Looks like you are on a Christmas roll already! xo Diana

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great's very cute!!

Mari said...

Awesome way to change the look on the plan metal base on your trees....turned out beautiful sweetie....
I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving :-)


Crissi said...

Very nice - my dear you are so creative!
Happy day
hug Crissi

Alessandra said...

You are so creative! It looks so pretty. This is a very nice idea

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I don't have one of those trees, but I love how you transformed the base. It looks soooo much better, which is probably why I never bought one of those trees!!! I'll be decorating when I come back from Ohio.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your hubby, my friend! Love and hugs are sent to you.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

I think it looks fabulous! Like I have said many times, you have a very creative mind. Have a happy Thanksgiving. xo

Okio B Designs said...

I have seen those trees and you came up with a brilliant solution!


Unknown said...

Definitely a cool idea!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patti said...

Another beautiful transformation, Celeste! I love it!

You may have noticed that I decided not to convert my movie blog into another blog. I decided to keep it devoted to movies only (even though I don't want to write about movies anymore). However, since I love blogging so much, I will probably end up starting a new blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Red Rose Alley said...

What a clever idea. The tree looks lovely now wrapped in burlap and a red bow.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, Celestina. You are such a dear woman with a good heart, and I'm thankful to call you my friend.

love, ~Sheri

MunirGhiasuddin said...

Love the way the base turned out. of course you put a lot of hard work in it. good job! Yes craft does a lot of neat things.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

This is such a wonderful idea - love this and as you say looks better than the metal pole. Thanks for sharing this.
Wishing you and your family a very happy thanksgiving.
hugs and blessings

Feral Turtle said...

What an improvement and such a simple fix! Good job Celeste!

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..