A little while ago a reader who has become a good friend, Dona, sent me a few items that were perfect for repurposing projects.
How sweet is that?
Thanks so much Dona! I love them all!
A wooden folding ruler, a very unusual and interesting candle holder thingy, and a lovely silver plate tray.
As soon as I saw the ruler a couple of ideas sprung to mind, but since Christmas is coming up I decided to go with a Christmas project. My first of this season.
Since the ruler had 3 sections it seemed perfect for a tree.
You may remember that last year I had this Vintage Christmas Ornament Tree on the wall in the master bedroom.
Since those vintage pink glass balls will be on my living room tree this year I decided to make a new tree for the barn board and chicken wire frame.
Folding Ruler Christmas Tree
To put together this folding ruler Christmas tree I just needed a few things.
I found some small pink glass ornaments for $1 just this week, and they’re the perfect size for this little tree.
In my world pink and natural burlap are made for each other so I rooted through my stash to find burlap that I thrifted a while back for $1.
Stuff that I put away is sometimes never found again, lol, but this time it only took me about 10 minutes to discover my burlap’s safe place.
I marked the burlap, around the tree frame with a sharpie.
Then I cut about 1/2″ inside the sharpie lines, and attached the burlap to the back of the ruler with painter’ s tape.
You can use whatever tape you have on hand, or even a glue gun if you like, but I wanted this to be temporary. After Christmas I can easily take this apart and repurpose the ruler in another way if I like.
I needed some very small hangers so I separated some regular staples with pliers.
I bent one end of a staple to hold the ornament.
Then I poked the other end through the burlap and bent it down on the back of the burlap so it would hang nicely and not fall off.
From a distance you can barely see the staples because they’re so thin.
For the star I used a vintage cookie cutter.
I glued a pink rhinestone into the middle of a vintage silver light reflector and put it inside the cookie cutter using double sided tape.
Then I needed something to use for the tree trunk. I sat for a while and thought and thought, but couldn’t come up with anything that was suitable for the look I was going for.
So I started looking through my stashes, which is what I do whenever I’m stumped, and lo and behold I found this vintage spiral egg beater. Perfect!
I just hung it on the chicken wire behind the tree using a wire ornament hanger. The tree and cookie cutter are hanging the same way.
Thanks so much again Dona for the fabulous folding ruler. I love it!
The projects for the silver plate tray and the candle holder thingy will be coming up, as soon as I can decide what to make with them. I have too many ideas… and I just can’t decide. lol.
Have you made your first Christmas project yet?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.