I have some lovely Christmas decorations from past homes that just don’t feel like they belong in my new home. It is time to start repurposing Christmas decorations and I decided to start with these trees. I am going for a coastal Christmas look, but this transformation would also work for a Western or Texas style Christmas, too. I will be using rope to repurpose Christmas decor.
These trees were really pretty when I had them arranged on some silky fabric on a glass topped table with pretty coordinating brown and copper ornaments arranged around them. Alas, that was years ago and it is time to repurpose these trees.
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The most expensive thing I used for my transformation was rope that I purchased locally. I soon learned I could purchase less expensive if I went to Amazon. If you are taking on this project, I would suggest you look into this Wellington Cordage. I used about 150 feet for each of my larger trees. I used a smaller gauge rope the smaller the tree for a variety.
I applied an ample amount of hot glue to the top of the tree and placed the flat roll on top of my jeweled tree. When the glue cooled I began to wrap the rope very tightly around the cone tree form. I did not have to glue the rope to the tree form all the way down, I just made sure that I wound it very tightly and every couple of loops around, I glued the rope to the layer of rope above it. I continued working my way down the tree, always pushing the rope up very tightly and occasionally gluing rope to rope to keep it tight.
A few hours later I have a rope tree! Now it is just time to add a little embellishment and get to work on the two smaller trees.
Here are the three smallest trees after being trimmed out for a coastal look. I have a secret here though, the smallest tree I found in the bargain section at Target and just added the starfish top to it. I glued the starfish on the first tree, and then realized it would be difficult to store, so I changed up to tying them on with string. The strings don’t really show up unless you get very close.
My largest tree is bedecked with mercury glass anchor ornaments that I found this year at Target. These must have sold out quickly since it took me three different stores to come up with four of these ornaments. I hope you like my tree transformation. I look forward to sharing the rest of my Christmas mantel decorations next week!
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