A Christmas tree is probably the most popular symbol of the season and you don’t have to look far to see plenty of creatively bedecked versions.
It’s definitely my favorite Christmas decor piece. We always cut our trees fresh from a farm each year (#traditions), but this year I decided to add some smaller artificial trees around the house that we can keep from year to year.
During our yard sale trip last month, I found a tired little $3 topiary that needed some TLC, but had loads of potential.
I loved the style and form, the size and construction. It just needed some sprucing up with paint and some fresh greenery. I saw one of those lasting Christmas trees I wanted just waiting to be styled.
Off With the Old…
After stripping the dirty, faux ivy, it was time to build it back up – with a brand new look.
I started by giving both the pot and top a coat of paint to update and freshen them up. Rust-Oleum is my go-to choice for spray paint. It rarely needs a primer and coats beautifully. After digging around in my stash, I decided on Metallic Bright Gold and Hammered Dark Bronze.
Next, the body:
I spent some time considering if I should keep stripping elements off and repaint the entire thing. In the end I decided to simply paint the top and leave the rest as it was, since it was still in good shape and would be covered anyway.
O, Christmas Tree
I used 3 strands of garland to transform the ivy topiary into a repurposed Christmas tree.
Starting at the bottom, I wove sprigs of the garland around the bottom wire, then the horizontal wires as I moved up toward the top of the sphere.
This sprigged garland is perfect because it serves as both the bulk of the “tree” and secures itself to the base, so no additional wires or ties are needed.
I think it looks better already!
I decided to preserve the original shape and re-work the cone on top. Because…who else has a tree that looks like this?
All it needed was lights and a few shiny balls, all of which I had on hand too.
So the grand total for this little Repurposed Christmas Tree…$3.00!
Bet very few people have one of those either! 🙂
When you’re thrift store or yard sale shopping, keep your eyes open for shapes and sized that appeal to you.
Ignore the paint.
Ignore the finish.
You can fix all of that.
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