The thing that stood out was...
The next thing was to email my brother, Dan, to enlist his help brainstorming a way to make this idea a reality. Dan is great at this. He thinks outside the box but he also can forsee any potential engineering hangups. So the first order of business was a prototype to help us think through the steps of bringing this idea from behind the eyes to before the eyes.
Ok, secret's out of the bag. Yes, it will be a Christmas tree. Like I said, this was the stage of working out the bugs.
Then came lots of decisions about how tall, and how to attach the springs.
This post might sound like it all went together babing! babang! But let me stress that there was some trial and error and plenty of hard work. Once all the branches were painted, I realized I would have to take them all out again to line the pole with bed springs. By this time Dan was gone and I struggled (no exaggeration) first getting them out and then getting them back in again. It is important to have a tight fit so they won't sag when loaded down with springs and decorations.
We used an old tree stand and Dan stabilized it by screwing it to a sheet of plywood.
A video of me trying to get the bedsprings apart might have been quite entertaining here but you'll have to use your imagination. NOTE: A tetanus shot before trying this on your own might be wise.
Then came the stringing of the lights but as we all have experienced, first comes the untangling of the lights. (moan) I wound the lights around the branches and then added the springs. Sadly, I was a little short on springs so I had to remove the bottom two branches. I put the word out for more springs so if they should surface, I will just add the branches back to the tree.
Now, what would be the best choice for ornaments? I tried a few regular tree ornaments but that was a negative. I wanted to use chandelier crystals but they seemed so lost by themselves. I rummaged through my stuff until I found some old watches I had been collecting. With some pages torn from an old book I fabricated ornaments using the watch faces as the focal point of each one.
I also cut numbers (1-12 to tie in with the watch faces) from a notecard sandwiched between two pages of the old book.
I also made some paper rosettes and attached them to the tips of some of the branches.
A small crystal in the center of these helped them catch the light.
Some time ago I found two boxes of metal luminary bags at the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store.
The color was great with the rusty bed springs so I decided to use this for the tree topper.
The biggest challenge of this whole project was getting a photograph that does it justice. I jumped through a lot of hoops in the attempt, but my photographic equipment and skills are in need of an upgrade.
Dan did everything but dangle from the chandelier to hold the lights in the optimum position.
Since the springs were the basis for this project, I wanted them to show in the photo. Making one thing look good was at the expense of something else. We finally settled for what you see here.
I see why the serious bloggers hire a photogrpher.
It's not that I'm not serious, just not wealthy and serious.
There still seemed to be somthing missing. Ah presents under the tree.
In keeping with the theme, I thought mostly found objects would be key.
Newspaper, burlap webbing, a watch face and a little twine.
A dsw shopping bag, some satin ribbon and a pretty crystal.
More newspaper, spanish moss, and some rick rack ribbon.
Shopping bag, watch faces, twine, and black satin ribbon.
Newspaper, twine, coffee filters, clips from the bed springs, and a piece of jewelry. (the coffee filters and jewelry were reclycled from last year's wreath)
Shopping bag from Panera Bread Co., narrow black ribbon, wide striped ribbon, toliet paper rolls and a little newspaper.
Burlap and some beaded trim.
I'm hoping my present is the $250 prize for winning the contest. But in order to do that I need votes. On Dec. 21st all entries will be open for voting so stay tuned for instructions on where and how to vote.
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