Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Santa Claus Tree...

Here are the pictures of the Santa Claus tree I promised you. I'll have a full post of all the Christmas decorations once I finish! I have a big Christmas party for all the ladies in my neighborhood, family and friends this weekend, so it will be done in the next few days. The best way to get things done is to have a party...lights a fire under your tuckus!!

Santa Tree...




from the top...Santa's hat and some jumbo candy canes


to the bottom...his big belly for the base.


and every where in between!!


Here are the little Santa ornaments I made this week. Click HERE for that tutorial.


Most all of the ornaments on this tree are ones I bought during after Christmas clearance sales over the years.


Except for the Mickey Mouse ornaments. They were our souvenirs from our trip to Disney last Christmas.


I love the look and dimension those little springy stems give the tree. Very whimsical!!




To add to the white fur trim of Santa's suit, I covered Styrofoam balls with white quilt batting to make them look like snowballs.


I have several strings of different garlands to add to the depth of the tree. One is red wooden beads, one is a garland of red berries and the last is the peppermint candy garland I made last week. Click HERE for that tutorial.


Don't forget to pick up any of those "word" ornaments you see around. Walmart has them for $2.97 for a box of 12. I bought the word "joy", but I already had "ho ho ho" and lots of "merry".


Having the same color ornaments is great to add to the theme, but maybe have different textures and patterns.

Polka dot glitter.


swirls...


and all over glitter. You could easy make all of these yourself with just red balls, glue and glitter.


The box I used for the base is the Rubbermaid box I store the ornaments in for this tree. (Here's a side tip...I use red boxes for Christmas, brown for fall, orange for Halloween and blue for Easter. Helps to find things in the attic faster)

 Last year for the base, I used a big galvanized tub. The metal "trunk" of this tree is very long and looks un-natural, so I always like to disguise it some how.

I just plunk the tree in there, packed it with newspaper and covered it with a big piece of quilt batting.


For Santa's belt buckle, I just used a disposable aluminum foil pan. Draw the pattern...


and cut it out.


Use your finger to rub out the creases.


For the belt, I used my mom's black wool scarf. It was too picky to wear around my neck, so this is the best way to remember it was hers. I know she looking down on me with that "mom look", because I hot glued a perfectly good scarf, but it was just sitting in a drawer not being used!!


Wrapped a few fake gifts in some Ho Ho Ho paper. Black ribbon and a white bow match the Santa theme.




and here it is a night time all lit up!


Hope you can use some of these ideas for your tree. Remember to always look around the house and see what you can use before you go out and buy something!!

Have a great day,
~Karen~

44 comments:

  1. Es un arbol precioso, que lo disfrutes. besos

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  2. What a wonderful tree! This is such a unique theme, and it is so very cute!

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  3. That is awesome! You gave me so many ideas too!!

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  4. Totally adorable and clever, Karen! Your friends and family are sure to rave. I certain you are right about your mom but like your sentiment!

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  5. There are loads of great ideas on this tree. And you're right, sticking to a color theme really makes the tree pop and look fantastic. Great job!

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  6. Wow, Karen. This is fantastic fun!!

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  7. Your tree is lovely, Karen. I love the red and white, with a little black thrown in!

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  8. It's a terrific tree Karen. You've really done yourself proud with this one. Not only is it colourful, it is so well 'organised' just like you. How do you do it! So symetrical etc. etc. Just great. Well done.

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  9. This is so fun! One day I want to have several trees to display different themes. Pinning this. :)

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  10. Love your Santa tree and the santa ornament is adorable! Stop by and link up any gift wrap ideas you have at my Wednesday Wrap Party. Warm Hugs,

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  11. The tree is soooo pretty! Awesome! And it's so fun that you are throwing a neighborhood party!

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  12. It looks so cute! Love all your special touches.

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  13. What an awesome tree! You are very clever and inspiring!

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  14. Karen... this tree is so gosh darn cute I can't stand it! We would LOVE for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  15. Very very Lovely!!! I usually do mine in BLue and silver, with snowmen and snowflakes.

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  16. Ohhh my, you've given me so many ideas. I'm going to pull out my big red plastic bin and try to find a scarf at the thrift shop. Where did you find those wonderful red and white spiral ornaments? I love those. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. This tree is sooooo great!!!! Very festive and looks so cheerful and happy! Great job and thank you for sharing your how to's on decorating it for all of us :)

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  18. Sew many ways this is fabulous! Your tote is brilliant in both decoration and for hiding the trunk.

    Love the tree!

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  19. Wow, it's soooo pretty! I knew it would be something beautiful and different, but this is just...WOW! Absolutely love it!

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  20. Karen, what an unbelievably AWESOME idea for a tree! I'm doing a link to this on my blog right now. I know my friends will want to see this.
    Beautiful!!
    Warm Holiday Wishes,
    Susan

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  21. Love your little Santa ornaments and your Santa tree is awesome! You have such unique ideas. Good job!

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  22. You sure know how to dress a tree, it looks incredible!

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  23. Super cute! I love your Xas decorating pics!

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  24. What a darling tree! Great job, as usual!

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  25. Ok move over Martha Stewart cause some red hot competition is headed your way.

    Hugs,
    Vicki
    sunraesban@yahoo.com

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  26. your tree really is adorable.
    i'm kind of obsessed with red, white, and santa, too!

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  27. WOW! I am in <3 with this tree. It should be in a magazine!!!

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  28. Your decoration is just beautiful, I love red for Christmas, it always bring warmth and joy. Gorgeous tree!

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  29. What a delightful trip through your Christmasy decorated home. Can't believe I've looked at all your photos with side trips along the way. Bless you for sharing.

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  30. I just came across your blog. You are awesome. I plan to try and make some of the items you posted. I'm not very talented in this area but we will see. I have a 3 1/2 to 4 ft. Tree. Any idea what size red container might work for the Santa tree?

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  31. How did you get the jumbo candy canes to stay at top of tree without slipping or falling down?

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  32. Did you you still use the tree stand inside the Rubbermaid tub?

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  33. Love this! Can you use a real tree?

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  34. Loved your Santa tree! Just finished my scaled back Santa tree for my 2yr. old grandson! I put breakable ornaments on top and "touchable" ones on bottom. Instead of garlands(candy one next year), I bought some Santa print ribbon and used it to "wrap" the tree. I hope Max enjoys it when he comes to my house!

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  35. I'm so doing this....

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