Sunday

Minimalist Xmas Tree

My friend hasn't had a Christmas tree in a dozen years. She is tired of dealing with the pine needles but just can't make the leap to an artificial one. I was asked to come up with a solution. She's a bit of a minimalist and loves wire baskets. 



Enter the tomato cage. Don't try to buy one at this time of the year, the stores are sold out or they have stowed them away for the season. You need to beg one from a veggie grower like I did. 



Turn your cage upside down. Grab three of the legs and wrap the fourth around them.  I began the twist with my hands then used pliers to tighten the wire. I suggest using the male of the species (if you have one in close proximity) since they come with those great apps; muscles. They make it a lot easier but then you have to put up with "Why do you want to do that?" (do they go to school for that phrase?)


Clip off the ends with either a wire cutter or hack saw.


You can buy a roll of baling wire for next to nothing. Make 12 bends about 2 1/2" long. I used my pliers  to squinch the points.This made for a more believable star.



Cut off the end connected to the roll of wire leaving a tail, then form your star.  Straighten the tails, trim them and poke them into the twisted wire opening. Spray paint the whole thing black and that's it.



Although you can hang your favorite ornaments, this seemed to call for minimal ones. I used my beloved paper punches on black poster board (2 for a dollar at the dollar store) and made my own. The snowflake  was made with 2 punches. First I punched the snowflake then cut it out with a square punch. I threaded a thin piece of wire through a tiny hole in the ornament and attached it to the tree.



 I love that it looks like a doodle.

I think the worse thing about an artificial tree is having to store it. With this, all you have to do when Christmas is over, is remove the star, untwist the legs, poke it in the ground and grow tomatoes. How multipurpose it that?

Charlie Brown tree or minimalist delight? Discuss.

51 comments:

Jane said...

Years ago, when I lived in TN, there was a lady who made and sold these minimalist "trees"...and some with artificial garland, glass balls, ribbon and lights, too. She could hardly keep up with her orders.
I had forgotten about them....Thanks for sharing.

Olive Cooper said...

Love it and it could have stuff added to it if desired but I like it as is. Visiting from BNOTP. merry♥O

NanaDiana said...

Cute and comical! Diana

greenbean said...

this is freaking adorable!...

AmieAnn said...

This is soo adorable! I love it Charlie Browness... I am sure that he would be proud to own one too! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

Michele Pacey said...

love the tomato cage minimalist tree! SO PRETTY! SO EASY! you just can't beat that combination, can you? beautiful.

Michele Pacey said...

p.s. your newest follower :)

poindextr said...

this is AWESOME! I so love it. Could be just fabulous for an outdoor tree too. You are so creative and your friend must be completely happy with this fabulous tree!

Michelle @ Crafts and Crap said...

So CUTE!!! It would be easy to tie this into any decorative style. Thanks for sharing! :)

Janet@Mamalaude said...

That would work great on my very windy front porch (with lights added). Thanks for sharing!

Michelle L. said...

Love it! Thanks for teaching me how to do the star, too, what a great trick!

Lynn Richards said...

Definitely minimalist! Love it in it's own way. It would be pretty with chandelier glass on it. Or, grow an ivy in it for next year!
xo
lynn

Hanneke Nelson said...

Brilliant! And exactly what I need. Why did I not think of this? Probably because my tomato cages were left behind in the move?

No, where to find one...

sarah said...

Found you on Mad in Crafts today! Thank you for such a cute idea. (Wondering if my mom would notice one gone on my next visit home to make this!) Super cute ideas throughout! I'm now a follower!

shopannies said...

love it my mom decorates primitive I am sure she would love it

Alicia@Protodoom said...

What an adorable idea! I'm gonna suggest it for a friend for a frame for her outdoor lighting decorations.

Carol said...

I like it! Terrific!

Sheila A. said...

Oh my! I bought a cage a couple of months because I wanted to use it for a "doll". Well, I am definitely doing this tomorrow!!!
I love it!

samsstuff said...

Great idea, I love it!

Pamela said...

It DOES look like a doodle! Oh such a cute tree!

Barbara Jean said...

love it!!
I have something sort of like that too.

blessings
barbara jean

Linda said...

Such a fun idea~ I like your minimalist tree! Hopped over from Boardwalk Bragfest...

Hawthorn said...

Wow, I think this is brilliant!
Came via the boardwalk bragfest

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I like it! I'm a sucker for the real thing... But this looks very nice!

Custom Comforts said...

What a really cool idea! I am amazed at the new ideas blogger ladies are always coming up with. I hope your friend likes it ~ I think it's super cool and it's not even my style.
Cindy

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Loving this...you could take it so many ways!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing this at the party.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BTW, could you please add a link to the party. Clicking on your parties link at the side does not work. I tried.

Robin said...

I love how easy this is. Great way to reuse a tomato cage. Thank you for linking up to www.thetshirtdiaries.com

Nikki said...

What a smart way to repurpose that tomato cage! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

allenaim photography and design said...

Hilarious...LOVE THIS :)

Suzy said...

I love this idea! Very cute! Thanks so much for linking up to my Commercial Break Thursday!

suzy

Jill said...

OH I love it! And multipurpose to be used after Christmas too!

Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

Cute and funky. Nice work.

Vanessa said...

What a clever idea and totally great alternative to the traditional tree! Thanks so much for linking up to the party this week!
Vanessa

kluless said...

This is totally INSPIRED! I have a few tomato cages out back and might just have to try one of these for my front porch. Or maybe year-round yard art. Love it!

Denise said...

Very sharp! This is on my To-Do List.
I'm making three.

Debra@Common Ground said...

This is great and fits the bill for all the "vintage industrial" crowd too! Definitely need the muscle, here!! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Miss Sandy said...

I see great potential in this simple project, oh the ways you could dress it up! Thanks for sharing a cool idea! Happy holidays!

Rosemary said...

I love different and unusual things and this is right up there!! What a great conversational piece!! thank you for sharing your 'tree' with us at Betty Bee's Buzz!!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

I kept very simple with our tree this year, but this is even better. :) So simple yet beautiful!

Shaunna said...

So cool, interesting, and original!! Thanks so much for linking to the Christmas SFS! -shaunna :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

I like it! Great idea.

Lisa said...

Yes, love that it looks like a doodle also : )

Meg said...

This is a fun idea. I could do this for yard decor next year! Awesome.

Jill said...

Hi there
Just wanted to let you know I featured this tree project on my round tuit post this week!

http://jembellish.blogspot.com/2010/12/round-tuit-27-and-day-35-of-45.html

Thanks again for linking up. Have a great week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

AllieMakes! said...

SO fun! I like the minimalist tree!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Minimalist delight for sure, Gail. I had every intention of making a tomato-cage tree myself this year. But with only ten days to go, I don't think it will happen this year! ;)

Thanks for linking your creative talent to my party each week.

Please be sure to come by and enter my fantastic year-end giveaway. Just click the picture in my sidebar for details.

Blessings and a very Merry Christmas,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

freckled laundry said...

So simple, sweet, and creative! I love this. Yes, it looks like a doodle. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Jami

abdullah said...

Cute! What a fun card. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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Cute! What a fun card. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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