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Topic: Pantone Swatch Book Recon-ed into ornaments and tree topper  (Read 1363 times)
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« on: December 15, 2010 11:20:45 PM »

So, I have a cheap plastic Christmas Tree. I got it on sale last year and when I put it up this year I suddenly remembered everything I hate about the tree. Full and nice up top, but sparse and bare looking on the bottom. And way too bright! Might as well have a super nova sitting next to the fireplace! Worst of all, I didn't own a tree topper and I'd rather poke myself in the eye than go shopping for one.

This year, I was determined to not have it look crappy. The dilemma is that cute ornaments cost money and I'm stingy. Also, ornaments by themselves don't solve the brightness problem. I needed some lanterny things to dampen the super nova.

I had a Pantone swatch book sitting around and a tin of brass tacks. A few hours of watching trashy tv later, I had a decorated tree. Including a tree topper that I actually like!

This is the whole shebang all lit up.

The topper. I spray painted the outside bronze, otherwise it would have been white. It looks better in person, the lights inside it shine better.

One of the lanterns I made to cover the lights. These were super easy to make and I think they came out very nice. Also, they were easy to put on the tree. No annoying wire hooks required.

This is one of the regular ornaments I made from the swatches.


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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010 06:52:37 AM »

Nice job! I love the light covers. I totally get the super nova thing. We bought a tree last year that looked fine in the store but when we got it home we barely turned it on because you couldn't look at it. This year I ended up stripping the lights off of it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010 05:23:01 PM »

Those really are very bright lights! Great solution idea. You need more of 'em!

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