Using Rope to Repurpose Christmas Decor

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.

Jeweled bronze Christmas TreesThese 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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Rope used for repurposing Christmas DecorationsThe 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.

Repurposing old Christmas DecorationsI began with my hot glue gun and rolled the end of the rope into a circle as flat as I could.  This just took a lot of glue and a lot of holding until the glue completely dried.

How to repurpose old cone Christmas TreesI 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.  Repurposing old Christmas decorations into new onesI continued working my way down the tree, always pushing the rope up very tightly and occasionally gluing rope to rope to keep it tight.

Using rope to update an old Christmas DecorationAs the work progressed I found it easier to turn my tree over and work on it upside down, continuing the same process.

Coastal Christmas Tree repurpose

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.

DIY Coastal Christmas 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.

A Coastal Christmas Tree

A Coastal rope tree

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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  1. These are cute, but I’m just wondering what the cost of shipping was on the rope. It seems to me with the increase in postage and shipping rates, it often makes sense to pay the higher price locally.

    1. It all depends on the shipping, if it is a Prime item and you have Amazon Prime, you are all set. I like to support local businesses, but the only places I could find the rope locally was Lowes and Home Depot and both were quite expensive.

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