The Journalers have talent: 15 creations revisit the Christmas tree
When we asked you to share photos from your Christmas tree, you have been dozens to take your cameras to show us the king of your living room. And so many of you could not resist the charm of a traditional, noble fir, others took the opportunity to walk in the forest or by the sea in search of fine branches, or s ‘seize their saws, masking tape rolls and even newspapers and old garden stakes! Their watchwords? Of savings and a spirit recup has any ordeal for a unique creation in family.
We selects fifteen achievements and application authors to share their tips deco. Here is what they have entrusted …
1. recup fir ‘factory in family
«Advent is coming and» new pines «began to bloom in the beautiful shops of downtown that wonderfully renewed the genre. I had to do work at home and had ote old oak floorboards. When children ask me a rainy weekend to the tree, I have no desire to go to queue to buy again, like everyone else, a dead tree prematurely. I proposed to them was fun making it. They have ten and twelve. The groin specialist Lego assembly parts in 3000, made the plan on paper and I saw the slats to the jigsaw. The youngest manufactures small shelves and decided to repot shoots succulents for decorating. It has also been searching for the light string and all the little decorations she kept in her box of creatifs arts. We all assembled, nailing by-behind. The slats were practices that fit together to solidify the whole. A former foot tree has served us to the base. The result is less pretty than our model, but we spent a wonderful afternoon after a build, reflect together and above all fun. We really felt the spirit of Christmas «, Agnes says Carpentier.
2. An ecologist tree for a good cause
«Realise in my studio sycamore and Douglas fir, here is a tree that is part of sustainable development, but also has a social impact since it is sold to benefit a charity! «, stephane gerard cabinetmaker precise fitter.
3. DIY tree protected by the Lion of the house
«It is with the bicolour rope, hanging on the wall with masking tape, I realized different rows of smaller and smaller for» Lovy’s «(Christmas balls fabric carried out by a Stephanoise creatrice). A little cat repellent was necessary on each ball to dissuade Charly and dumbstruck to attack our tree this year yet.
I then added a small wreath made with leaves spangled big round holes of a hole punch, assembled at regular intervals on a thin string. And here our DIY tree for this year «, Margaux says Gonzalez.
4. From masking tape and recup ‘for a tree 3 euros!
«In our small apartment on the edge of the world in New Caledonia, we have become used to install some traditional fir … Especially because here is the full summer! So no question of preparing fake snow … We also try to reduce our ecological impact, all the years of course and especially in this period of celebrations, during which we tend to spend even more than to spoil the usual.
Our tree is built around the base of a simple living room lamp that is installed in a corner, with white walls. The lights are bright flowered branches (deco bouquets) that we had in the guest room. They are fixed head down and the legs are more or less unfolded from the bottom to the top to give the shape of the tree. So much for the central lighting.
On both sides of the wall, we have different colors glue masking tape (floral and star) to recall the shapes tip of a tree. It is the only element «new» this year because the balls are selected from those of previous years and in limited number.
Total budget: max 3 euros. Pastime: less than an hour … In theory, because we then spend more time playing with colorful ribbons. Express fir certainly a good time and especially creative with my four year old daughter! «, tells inads.
5. Wood fleet and pinecones for recup ‘Nature and fir
«Installed in Biarritz, with my girlfriend, we went in search of wood floating in the rocks on the coast, a sunny Sunday, November end. Then we sort our finds of the largest branch has the smallest, and had them dry.
Meanwhile, we purchased a threaded rod, and have pierced the branches to stack them on. My girlfriend was then occupied paint pine cones collected in the Landes forest, and we add the decorations «, Antoine says Besse.
6. A fir budget and easy to do
«I have my tree manufactures with remains of masking tape rolls (about 3 euros per roll) from a small scribble on a sheet. The «decorations» are gifts packet labels (received in a box celebre last year), but that can easily make oneself with different patterned papers. What is practical with the masking tape is that it can be wrong and start again if it does not please us. And it leaves no trace on the wall nor needle on the floor! «, helenec123 explains.
7. An oak with light clothes
«This is an establishment has two hands: my husband went in search of oak in the forest situated a few meters from the house, while I RESPONSIBLE FOR Liming tree. I then gathered all the decorations accumulated over our travels and displacements from north to south of France. They also represent an exorbitant budget because all the decorations are made of glass, ceramic or other material noble! «, mlspeciale explains.
8. Nothing is lost …
«I am decorator upholsterer, and this year, I wish to decorate my studio. I realized a boss-like star that I postponed several times on a piece of leather. I have then die cut and placed on my wall giving the desired shape. To the trunk, I used a string of coil has bitten linen weavers whose use to realize traditional fillings armchairs. Nothing is lost, everything is transformed ! It is a simple and unique decoration with natural materials for all budgets «, says Marie Carrere, of Atelier Primavera.
9. Give a second life
«I am the guardian of a residence with 1500 m? green spaces, so I take care of the garden and mountains. I cut a privet that arrived (a little too close to a wall) by chance and not really desire. The piece of luggage I liked, and I guard, not really knowing what to do with.
And then, with my friend (s) of the Bookcrossing, we organize every year a Christmas tree photo competition. Voila, my «tree» was found! I pumice, cleaned, brush, and finally glue (with a glue gun) the piece of wood on a tile ceramic (tile my kitchen tiles) to fit upright.
The decoration ? It is a gift received with an order, small objects etched in red felt. Two gilded stars, in my box of Christmas deco. There you go !
The budget ? Practically nothing, a little «elbow grease», a little imagination, the recovery of stuff, that’s all. I just bought two sheep in front of the tree «, Kristin tells Szaktilla-Discher.
10. Recycle garden stakes
«To create my tree, I used bamboo garden stakes, that I had made plantations in the garden.
I have my bamboo cutting to the center (2.50 meters tall) and bamboo each 5 centimeters less that the previous stem to the top of the tree. The whole is fixed at 10 centimeters intervals with wire cover and by the rope. Home Decor World, Truffaut, Casa … «, djefrance explains.
11. A budget family tree
«I manufactures the tree with my five year old daughter after a after-noon in the woods. We pick up pine cones and branches we cleaned and bulging white. After a drying day, I decoupe branches and straw into small sections of about 8 centimeters. We fixed them to the wall with gilded tacks and we ended up filling it with gilded decorations Christmas and natural. sections of larger branches and bound by twine come form the trunk of our tree. We are happy with this deco very nature and gilded » Estelle says Paule Coulibaly
12. A second life for free newspapers for a tree that costs nothing
«This year I will not be much at home at Christmas … A real Christmas tree it’s still quite a trick when you live in a small apartment (with a cat)! So, I told myself I was going to build one the size of my apartment!
I had this idea by seeing the Christmas star shaped sand piled on each other! I began to look for the raw material I had in sufficient quantities and available 22 hours (I work late, so I never have time to do creative art shopping).
The newspaper! Yes, I take one every morning in the metro! For the walk, I use a small pot of yogurt kind Mamie Nova I floss with newspaper. I cut a hanger to the rod and I started to cut out the edges of up to 13 centimeters 3 centimeters… It took me patience …
And then I pique all these squares on each other, have crumple some for more volume and you’re playing!
I have it builds a mini wreath with gilded beads and red cotton thread to brighten a bit! (Photo by PJ)
So budget = 0 euros, as the recup ‘! «, alixette85 explains.
13. Recycle wooden pallet
«I etched my tree in a very large range, my husband has recovered to work. It measures 2 meters tall and 1.20 meter wide, and I covered with a white acrylic juice.
I then etched and painted wooden decorations (reindeer, Christmas tree and decors bottom).
The budget ? 0 euros since everything is the recup ‘! For cons, I have a nice cut thumb and took a few hammer blows! «, Vaillant says Nathalie Teyssier.
14. A snowman in the house
«With my kids, we wanted to find this year for an original Christmas tree. After some internet research we opted for the snowman-shaped tree. We used two white artificial trees, a 1.50 meter and the second of 90 centimeters to thicken the branches of the base of the tree. The mouth is made with a black-head greenhouse which we glue nodes black sticker gift paper. We manufactures pompoms for buttons, but they were too big for the size of the tree. Therefore, we are determined to put black Christmas balls. Branches of trees collected in the forest and finally the red scarf boa found these in store come complete the picture. The rest of the supplies was already in our decoration boxes of Christmas (Christmas lights, bells at your fingertips, boots). The total cost is 46 euros. The boots were stuffed with newspaper to be true! After voting with children, we called «Bieber» (a rule Bibeur)! «, tells szantera.
15. An original family project
«My husband, my daughters (one eldest aged 19 and twins 15 years), we moved this summer in a brand new apartment in Paris (offices transformed into house, after heavy work!). We therefore urge to innovate in terms of deco and christmas dropping for the first time the old Christmas tree (which, to us, must feel good and go up to the ceiling!). The girls were okay and my husband, curious to see the result, finally accepts.
As we walked, with my husband, in the woods of Meudon, we selects three fallen branches on the ground. I wanted them rather white birch type, but I did not find the ground, and I did not cut live branches.
Balls and stars in different sizes of polystyrene were then purchased Truffaut, and a bomb of snow (for 3 euros) to decorate my branches.
Then old garland cascade white thread, a bucket (filled with coca mini cans stability!) And my daughters for deco.
And the smell, trick: a candle at Nature and Discoveries … «, Emmanuelle says Desveaux.
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