Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I can’t see the trees for the forest…

Since it is a few days from Halloween, I started working on Christmas…Ha ha…gotta keep ahead of those holidays.  No really, I am doing a craft show in a mere 10 days, so I am working fast and furious to get some more things done. 
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Some of those things I need to get done are these stacked wool felt upcycled Christmas trees.  I call them Christmas trees, but I guess they could be any type of tree.  I have seen them in a few places in the blogosphere, and I made some of them last year.  The circles are in 18 graduated sizes, each tree uses 2 of each size circle and they are strung together with two pieces of wire (which allows them to bend and I like to pose them like Dr. Suess-ish creations) up the center of the circles. 
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Most of them are just a random assortment of colors…I try to keep a lot of green among the mix, as they are trees, of course!
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I top each one with a felted wool ball.  I have used different colors for the tops but I love these cream colored ones the best.
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On the bottoms I put a thick layer of wool felt to hide the wires and to make them look more “professional”.  
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After all, it’s all about looking professional (not!).  That’s why I use the unstained deck as my background…
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Oh, and I hand cut these circles out on Saturday and put the trees together on Sunday…I made 17 trees…so that means a total of at least (I had a few left over in certain sizes and I had to cut a few more of certain sizes) 612 circles and I have the blisters to prove it!
I am linking up to these great parties!
Ellen

56 comments:

Michelle @ rockMYroll said...

Ooo i like those. They would go great with my handmade christmas!!
Mxo

Lisa said...

I can't believe you made all those in one day! Your hand must be so sore! I was looking at these last year and I didn't know if my hands could handle the pain!

trudi@maudeandme said...

These are fab. I just love all the colours intermingled.

Miriam said...

What an awesome idea - these look so cute!

Lorie said...

These are BEAUTIFUL!

Debra said...

gorgeous...i received one of these trees last year and thought they were a fab idea...yours look great!!

Katalina Jewelry said...

Ahhh...warm and cozy Christmas trees! Love them!

OnePerfectDay said...

I love these trees!
I love the colours too.

Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...

I love these trees! Have a nice day!

Jamie said...

These are so cute. I'm going to have to attempt one. I would love for you to link this up to More the Merrier Monday. It starts every Sunday night and lasts through Wednesday. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Teje said...

Hi! Those trees are most sweet Christmas trees! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing how you made them!
Wishes from Greece! Teje

Lea said...

wow your trees are fantastic Ellen. I would love to know how you felted the wool. You had a vry production day tree making:)

June Scott said...

Beautiful trees, Ellen! So full of character! I'm doing a show the 1st weekend in December, so I can relate some to your 'fast and furious' ! Best wishes for a successful fair!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

These are BEAUTIFUL and so clever!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Artsy VaVa said...

I love the trees! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle@Crazy In Iowa said...

These trees are so cute! And I agree, it's not too early to start the Christmas crafts! :)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Never too early for Christmas crafts! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Katie Franck said...

found you from things I've done Thursday....these are adorable!!!

april@gingerbread said...

I love these felt trees...I must make them! I hope you will link up with me here:
http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/10/sweet-saturday-v11.html

lisa said...

these are just the cutest little tress!
hugs
xo

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are wonderful! I can't believe you did them all in one day. Good luck in the craft show!

Little Cherry Blossoms said...

Oh my heaven, I love these!!!

Jill said...

What gorgeous little trees! That's a lot of circles to cut! Hope your blisters heal soon!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Meg said...

Adorable! I would like 12, please. ;)

Betsy said...

These are adorable. A lot of circles to put together, but just look at the fabulous finished product. Great job.

Wilma NC said...

Those are soooo cute!!!!

The Monko said...

i really really like these. When you say you upcycled them did you felt jumpers and stuff to make the discs? Would love to see a tutorial.

Amelia's Corner said...

Super cute idea. I will have to make a couple :) I am your newest follower, please feel free to follow me too.

AmieAnn said...

I just adore these! And of course, I am totally impressed at the amount of circles you cut.. Wow!
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
Hope you stop by and enter my current 500 follower giveaway @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-artsy-mama-giveaway.html

Carolyn said...

I love your trees. Really creative! I would love for you to add this to my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really be inspired. Hope to see you there.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-board-link-party-22.html
carolyn - homework

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

these are great. I will have to try this with my girls - Would love for you to share on the sunday showcase my child centered linky party (open sat thru thurs.) - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

Bern

Summer said...

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Sumo:)

Tammy @ Type A said...

you are a cutting fool! lol hope the blisters heal soon, great job on these, they are adorable.

Tammy @ Type A said...

you are a cutting fool! lol hope the blisters heal soon, great job on these, they are adorable.

MessyMissy said...

Love the texture and color of the trees. Beautiful!!!

poindextr said...

your hands deserve a raise :) I truly feel for you. A labor of love. Your felt trees couldn't be more adorable. Wishing you the best at the craft show!

Mandy said...

Your felt trees are adorable! I'd love it if you would link them up to my Christmas Craft Tutorial Party that is going on through November at www.projectqueen.org. Do you have a tutorial that you can add to the post? Love your blog. I'm a new follower.

Alison said...

These are fab, I love them! I think I know what I will be doing with some of my old wool jumpers!
Your newest follower!
Alison
x

Natasha said...

These are amazing!!!!

would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Natasha xxx

Mimi said...

Oh how I adore these felt trees! They would put a smile on anyone's face! Thanks for sharing at Round Tuit

This Little Life of Mine said...

The trees are really cute.
Following you from 733 link up. :)
http://myhappilyeverafteragain.blogspot.com

very merry vintage style said...

These are so adorable! Good luck at your craft fair. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

The Vintage Chateau said...

I love everything about these, thanks for sharing!
Karee

sassy said...

these are the kind of christmas trees my toddler couldn't trash! how beautiful they look all together!
sarah of sassysanity.blogspot.com

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Thanks so much for linking up! I love them! Never to early to start thinking about Christmas ;) We are going to feature these on our blog tomorrow! Stop by and check it out :)
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

freckled laundry said...

I LOVE these! It's never too early. Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday! xo Jami

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

These are so beautiful. Each one a unique work of art. I LOVE them. Thanks for sharing this great idea at my Fab Friday linky party.

Warmly, Michelle

Laura said...

Hi Ellen! I can't wait to see you on Sunday. I'll make sure to stop by your booth.

Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady said...

Very pretty! I love felted wool!
Lindsay
www.craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Where do I buy wool felt. I so want to make some of theses trees.

Rachel {Lines Across} said...

These are so adorable! You are being featured today at Lines Across.
:)Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/11/cure-for-common-monday-16.html

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Ellen, they're so whimsical and wonderful! I love the way they're wired so they can be bent in a Seussical way.

Thank you for sharing your creativity on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17. Your post is one of this week's features!

Jenn

Ginger said...

Featuring YOU today over on my blog! :) You were one of my favorites at last week's {wow me} wednesday party. :) Thank YOU for sharing!

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2011/11/take-look-at-you-my-favorites_10.html

Deebi27 said...

So simple (I do feel sorry for all the blisters you aquired) and yet so festive and doable! These are fabulous! Thanks for the ideas!

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

These are really adorable!

Melanie Burges said...

OMG! I got one of these that was made as an ornament this year for Christmas. I love it!