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Topic: Alternative, Essentially 2D Christmas Tree now with TOPPER UPDATE!  (Read 2992 times)
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« on: December 21, 2013 09:24:32 AM »

It's been about 8 years since I had a Christmas tree and probably about that long since The ManFlesh has either.  We don't have a great place for one here without moving furniture around to awkward places or into the guest room or whatever AND as you know trees are made of sticks and our dogs are allowed sticks (at least when outside).  So... when I saw this material at Ikea in April, I bought a length and figured I'd come up with something.



I built a frame of 1x4 and 1x2 lumber, then attached Homasote board to that. Homasote is a recycled fiber material made as a sound barrier, but it's a great bulletin board material, too, and you see it used a lot that way.  Finally, I stapled the fabric to the sides and back of the wood frame, stretching with a similar method as art canvases (but with sloppier corners).



The ornaments are hung using 2" straight pins. I think we need some "us" ornaments; most of these are mine or ones I made him of various pets' footprints.  Also, we need a topper and I want to figure out some lights that won't mean a bunch of thick-ish cords or cutting holes in the fabric, perhaps some LED technology.  Maybe a bead garland, too.

This was not a cheap project, but cost about 2 years' worth of lot trees and half or less of a decent looking, full-priced traditional fake tree.

UPDATE! I threw together a topper with some things I had laying around. You know, like BIGFOOT!

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013 09:32:26 AM »

Very interesting idea. I am sure our college dorm crafters could take this one and run with it. Even without the Ikea, I am sure they might paint something similar to a canvas? Even foam core for a backing would stick the pins into it. Quite a lovely job. I really like the concept, and easy to put away for next year.

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013 09:36:19 AM »

what a great idea!  it looks really nice.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013 09:50:31 AM »

Thanks!

It's not that easy to put away, it's 6' tall and 4'8" wide which I should've mentioned.   Roll Eyes  I'm going to buy a mattress bag from a moving truck rental place to store it in to keep it clean!
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2013 10:08:17 AM »

Intensely awesome. You could hang it on a wall and decorate it seasonally. Valentine hearts, Easter eggs, 4th of July frou frou. . .
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013 11:14:31 AM »

Briliant! And a fun idea!

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2013 01:23:42 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Intensely awesome. You could hang it on a wall and decorate it seasonally. Valentine hearts, Easter eggs, 4th of July frou frou. . .

We don't actually have a spot that would work permanently, but I like that attitude! 
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2013 07:56:52 PM »

Great idea!
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2013 05:40:30 AM »

Well I just had to Rock this one, what a fabulous idea.  That's amazing fabric you found.
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013 06:51:00 AM »

Clever idea!
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