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Sunday, October 19, 2014

How to Make a Short, Fat Christmas Tree

I have been hunting for a short, fat,  artificial Christmas tree for quite a while....with no luck.   You can find live trees that look like what I wanted,  but I wanted a "forever"  tree.
I also wanted it to have a"fairy forrest" look to it.....I don't ask for much , do I.....LOL!
I also wanted it to have a unique stand.....like this one... which was my inspiration tree.   ( I used an antique wheel chair for my stand.)
I started with a tree that I got at the auction a few weeks ago in a "bundle" that I bought for $7.   The bundle filled the back of the Yukon and all I wanted was the Nativity set.   Anyway,  I was going to donate this tree,  but I got to looking at it and thought....maybe???     So,  I had H put the top and bottom of the tree together as you can see in the first photo (the middle is laying in the floor)    I asked H to cut the middle section of the tree apart and I put the pieces all thru the tree....and the last photo shows how that looked. 
Still not exactly what I had visioned....... BUT I remembered the branches that I bought at HL last year at 90% off.    The branches had probably not sold because they were $6 and $10 EACH.....that's alot of money for a branch!   I used $23 of extra branches to complete the look....
See how fat and full my tree is now.....I love it!
I also added some rose sprays that you have seen me use many many times in other vignettes..
Here's what a short fat Christmas tree looks like here in the plains of New Mexico!
When it gets closer to Christmas,  all  I have to do is add the lights and decorations.    For now,   I'll just roll her into the garage...lol!


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27 comments:

  1. LOL- Your neighbors will think you have a tree with broken legs that needs a wheel chair. lol That was smart of you-and your fat little tree is perfect -just like you envisioned. xo Diana

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  2. Penny!!
    What a great idea!!! Love how it came out!! You are so darn creative!! I figure that since I already have the Tree up in the Living Room, all I have to do is strip it down to the lights after Halloween is over, slide the platform for the village under it and it is ready to decorate.... Hopefully, that will save me some time. Plus, when I take down the Halloween Tree and Village in the Dining Room, I already have everything for the Buffet for Christmas right up at the top of the attic stairs ready to go because that was everything I used for the Harvest Tea!! I will probably being taking a Blogging Break after Halloween to get decorated for Christmas.......

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  3. Genious!!! and the wheel chair is so cool!! LOVE the look!! XOXO Love Fran.

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  4. What a great idea ! The extra branches...you just stuck in the existing holes? I just love this!

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  5. You and H are so inventive Penny. I love your short fat tree and fun use of the antique wheelchair. Bring on Christmas!

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  6. You are so talented and very creative, Penny! I can imagine this tree with Christmas decors and lights!!!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  7. Wow! Thank you again! I have tree's out in the shed, in the garage...all over the place..and never thought of taking one apart or shortening it. This is such a great idea. I have an idea for a tree that I've had for a couple of years...I may try it. I've created it once...but it's for the living room..but..I should get started on it and soon. I am imagining you you simply attached the extra greenery to the other branches...I shall give it a try...now I'm ALL EXCITED! All of the tree's are already lit...so..not sure how that part will go. Again..thanks Penny, for the great idea's...can't wait to get out my ME tea pot and mugs! :)
    Love,
    Mona

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  8. Penny, what a great idea! Love your fat tree inspiration from out in the wilds of NM! Really enjoyed your neck of the woods back about 8 years ago. :) We have some ratty-looking trees around here. Might be fun to remake a "new" tree!

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  9. Penny!!!!! I'm absolutely amazed my friend! What a GREAT idea!!! thanks so much for sharing at Twirl and Take a Bow! xo

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  10. That's quite a transformation! Your tree looks lovely! Thanks for linking up at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

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  11. I have used just the top of a tall Christmas tree before but never thought two put pieces together. Brilliant and I love love love your tree!

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  12. LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Sharing! Coming to you from Whimsy Wednesdays!

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  13. Hi Penney,
    Love your new short fat Christmas tree, looks beautiful and really like your tree stand........very unique.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  14. Penny I LOVE it!! I have been wanting a short fat tree as well. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  15. I love these...they are precious! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop the short, fat trees!

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  16. This tree is lovely!! Thanks for sharing ! Kisses from Barcelona

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  17. This is so pretty! I love the stand under the tree too. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week's issue.

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  18. Only one in a million would have come up with this neat idea. You are so talented. Your tree turned out great and looks so pretty as it is.

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  19. Gorgeous tree Penny!! I love the look you created. And the price is even better with your budget branches. It's gonna be a sensation this Christmas in your beautiful home!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

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  20. This is just the cutest little fat tree! I love the way you left it simple except for the sweet roses. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it and your pretty fall tablescape and living room update at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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  21. I love this little tree Penny! Great idea!
    Sherry

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  22. Hi Penny,
    Just popping back to let you know that I am featuring this post on Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
    Thanks for linking up sweetie.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  23. Penny, I just loved your little tree! I am featuring it today at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  24. you and your H is the busiest bloggers going LOL you have sooooo many project s

    the tree is great

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  25. Brilliantly wild, whimsical and wonderful! I want one!

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  26. I have been wanting just this.A short fat Cristams tree. Thanks for posting Love it.

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