Wednesday, November 16, 2016

An Industrial Inspired Christmas Tree

Every time I go thrifting I look in the garage, or basement or "man area" for industrial things I might be able to use or re-sell. Last year I found a tie-wrap full of metal doodads and got the idea around Christmas to make an upcycled tree with them.

I had to keep it.

This summer I found lots of industrial stuff, including a jar full of vintage slip joint washers at a barn sale. I bought them with that tree in mind but it wasn't until recently that I decided to recreate it.

I had also been picking up bread boards whenever I saw them and I have quite a pile with plans to upcycle them. I like the rounded ones the best with the leather hanger, made in Italy.

Here's how I put it all together.....

Because I forgot to take a picture of the actual board before I painted it (you'll notice I do that a lot), here is a similar one like the one I used.

I put a couple of coats of chalk paint in two tones of white....Sheepskin and White Adirondack.

I started laying the washers out in the shape of a tree but then decided there should be some sort of tree painted on the board. I grabbed some brushes and my sage green glaze and just started feathering out lines to look like a tree.

Of course I was so excited to put the washers/ornaments on that I forgot to take a picture of just the tree.

I sanded the sparkly star to give it more of an industrial look and glued it and all the washers on with my favorite Quik Grip glue.

I wanted some sparkle, but not too much, so I used my little stick-on rhinestones here and there.

Here it is all done and available here....

If I didn't have more boards and washers and paint and rhinestones to make another one, I may have had to keep this one too!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these fun blog parties:
Share Your Cup
No Rules Weekend Blog Party
Thursday's Favorite Things
Dagmar's Home Link Party
Vintage Charm Party
Simple & Sweet Fridays
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Happiness is Homemade Link Party
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party
Make It Pretty Monday


  1. What a cute and clever idea for a 'tree'. I love it. It is fun and creative both.
    That first up cycled tree is pretty clever, too. xo Diana

  2. I love this!!! Now I want to go rummage through our own workroom to see what I could rustle up, but I doubt I would come up with anything as charming. So fun!!

  3. You do the neatest things. So cute. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. I love those boards too, and probably would have arm wrestled you for them. :)

    Very cute and creative Ann Marie!


  5. That is so stinkin' clever AnnMarie! I just love it!!! You did a fabulous job! Love and hugs!!

  6. Anne Marie looks like you had lots of fun engaging in your creativity to come up with such a clever fun idea.

  7. What a cute idea! I admire that kind of creativity! I wouldn't ever have thought to put those items together. :)

  8. Love it AnnMarie! Great use of those washers. It's so fun and funky!

  9. I love it! Such creativity. :-)
    That first tree is quite amazing and unique.

    Bless you~~

  10. This is such a great idea! You are very crafty.
    Mary Alice

  11. Hi AnnMarie, well this is adorable and what a great project. Your talents go on and on. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Love it!

  12. Hi AnnMarie, now that is a really cute idea. I love the Christmas tree on the cutting board.
    I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.
    Hugs, Julie

  13. Amazing, my friend, truly amazing! This looks like a fun project that I might have to attempt {{smiles}}

    Happy weekend to you! Hugs!

  14. This is brilliant, AnnMarie, and so unique. It will jump off the shelf.

  15. That is such a wonderful idea - I love it!!
    I would love for you to link it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} today!
    XO! Vanessa

  16. Ann Marie, I loved the one you made last year and this one is just as darling! The dry brushed tree in the background is just perfect. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  17. Very cute and oh so creative. A perfect gift for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing at DI&DI.

  18. What an adorable idea! I love the rustic colors.

  19. Great project AnnMarie--so creative, but something others can easily reproduce. Thanks so much for linking it up with us at Vintage Charm :)

  20. Cute idea! You are really going to enjoy using this in your decor.

  21. Hi Ann Marie, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured at SYC this week.

  22. Hi AnnMarie! :)
    I love both of the trees that you created, they are both so clever and pretty! Like you, I always look for the quirky things too - sometimes you can get the best ideas from the things that no one else wants! Looks like you have quite the collection of cutting boards, love the pig one!
    Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings! Hugs, Kimberley

  23. Well, girl, I see your creative juices are really flowing. The trees are delightful. What a great way to use your industrial pieces. Unique and fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's good to reconnect after so many months. I've missed you. Hugs.

  24. AnnMarie, this is genius! I love it!

    xo Dianne

  25. Oh amazingly creative, AnnMarie. It is perfect. I love the wispy brushstrokes of the tree and the washers are sublime. How clever of you to use the bread board. I don't think I could sell this beauty!


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