By now, you FJI regulars have caught a glimpse of my Christmas tree this year.
You kind of have to do a double take. There’s a stepladder buried in this picture. Here, let me prove it.
After the fiasco of landing two bad real trees last year and them both dying within a week, I decided to end the grief and bring out the faux this year. And do something original to remove my faux boredom that was setting in.
I will say it was not easy to get that tree inside that ladder! I removed the top so it would fit, then attempted to push this spring loaded puffball into a skinny ladder frame alongside the grunting help from my son.
His thoughts?!? He’s forgotten about it but continues to say, “I’m gonna have a normal tree one day!”
Not everyone is born to love junk. I embrace that.
I messed around with an additional garland on top, however it was too green compared to the blue spruce.
Here’s a glimpse of my first draft. It was a smaller pencil styled tree I also have.
Which actually was equally cute in it’s own right. But I chose the puff instead.
Galvanized was the theme, so whatever metal tarnished or rusted stuff I had sitting around found a home.
Chalkline thing – dead ringer for a junk ornament in my eyes!
Garland was rope, torn sheets and ribbon, tied in knots in order to join for longer lengths. Rather than fuss and hide the obvious, I chose to celebrate it.
The birdhouse ‘star’ was borrowed from the backyard. It was perfectly themed and decided in about 10 seconds.
As for the base, I placed a firewood filled sled in lieu of a traditional tree skirt to chime in moreso with that outdoor feel.
The snow is flour. All my snow tricks are HERE.
I like the rope addition. It gave the sled more life as if it just came off a snowbank.
I know. It’s brave and even maybe (not maybe) a little crazy. But this kinda risk is just fun to take.
Hmm.. wonder what a ladder would look like overtop a REAL tree… don’t even DARE me!!