Since funds are a wee bit tight this year, as much as I love a fresh cut tree, the smell, the feel, the nostalgia etc . . .I have been thinking about using my own design inginuity and creating a different kind of tree. One that is fun, affordable, and has still some kind of great feeling to it! Time to create my own traditions!
In years past i have created my own martha Stewart type gift for the holidays. I take it to holiday parties etc. Some people appreciate it, some don’t. It looks like a mini christmas tree, but really, it’s a wine bottle disguised in christmas themed wrapping!
I took a series of shots here showing the materials. I have used a variety of pots, mugs, teapots, and it is as open I am sure as your imagination! Start with some sort of holder, but make sure it weights it on the bottom. Tape a garland(s) to the bottle and the pot, and then start wrapping and or weaving securing it occationally to the bottle. (I didn’t for one present and it totally unravled!) I have added sometimes ornaments as I go so it looks realistic, and sometimes lights. I top it off iwth a bow or a star with my gift card on the top which of course I letterpress!
Here are some other interesting inventive ways to create a christmas tree without cutting one down, creating less of a carbon footprint, saving money, getting around creating a disasterous pet hazzard or drinking bowl or just plain having fun with the theme!
I love the idea of a sculptural tree, and even more the idea of a shadow tree! I love that a fashion designer has done this! http://freshome.com/2009/12/08/a-different-kind-of-christmas-tree-festive-ornament-by-christian-dior/
Or what about a christmas tree out of LEGO?! After babysitting my friends 3 kids last night, LEGO is on my mind! Or what if you have a box full of packing peanuts?! that might be fun to make one out of static electricity alone . . I just wouldnt want to clean up the mess, especially if the air got more humid . . it would all fall apart!
Cardboard and paper trees are fabulous, and I like all the ones that design-milk references . . . It just depends on your taste! http://design-milk.com/modern-christmas-tree/
Uisng wood shavings to make a tree is both ingenius in my opinion and recycling . . fun!
Other recycling ideas have been to make trees out of bottles. Some of the more spectacular examples : http://www.oddee.com/item_96916.aspx
But the idea that i think is soooo fantastic which is an extention of what you see here, being a lover of paper goods, a designer, creative director and hobby letterpress printer, would be a POSTER done in letterpress of a tree . . .BUT 3D! Don’t ask me how . . I don’t know yet . . . I’ll get right on that!
Have fun making your own trees . . and PLEASE share photos with me! I will share mine with you!