November 28, 2010

Starched Doily Christmas Tree

No skill involved, just dip a doily in liquid starch and lay it over a styrofoam cone and you have A Shabby Romantic Christmas tree.


I wondered if I could starch doilies and make a Christmas tree?  Halfway through I was not to sure, but I liked it in the end.

Grab one of those styrofoam cones and take the label off, leave the plastic on.


Dip your doily in starch 


And lay it over your cone and let it dry, it will take about 24 hours.


I tried one with a lace doily, but it just did not have enough interest.


When the lace dried I ended up putting it under my crocheted doily like a crinoline.  I also added a second crochet doily on the top.


Now, let the fun start!  I hot glued some pearls from a necklace


And added a vintage pin and some old lace and tulle to the top



I hot glued the styrofoam to a candle holder and then added some vintage jewelry on that


So, there you have it! It is sitting on my fire place mantel


About halfway through I thought it looked a little like a grandma craft, but once I started decorating with the beads instead of flowers, I was kind of digging it.

You guy's are way to nice, but since I am asking and I promise you won't hurt my feelings, do you think it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down?

Carol

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34 comments:

Linda said...

I think it's a really creative and original project, Carol! Turned out really cute and I can imagine there are lots of fun ways for people to put their own spin on it, too!

Denise said...

I like it,wouldn't it look fantastic as part of the decorations at a christmas wedding?

luluslovlies said...

As far as I'm concerned, you just started a new easy peasy craft Carol, I say Thumbs Up!! That is very creative and cool! What fun, your mind must be going all the time, I thought mine mind was pretty creative but you have me beat on this one and I like it! You could probably do it on one of those card board cones that tussie mussies are used for too but you would need to cover the bottom to put it on a stand! Hugs to you, in fact I think I'll do one with my granddaughter that is almost 5yrs and let her give it to her Mom for Christmas, we will use fabric tac though as she may be too young for the glue gun. Hugs my creative friend, Marilou

Barbara Jean said...

It's wonderful Carol!

Thanks for sharing the how to's with us.

blessings

barbara jean

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I think it's cute and just perfect for the fireplace. You are so clever.

hugs
Sissie

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

This is a double thumbs up !!! I think I would put something under the doilies (plastic bags?) to hold them out a little bit and make them fuller for my taste but this is a wonderful idea and a great "what to do with all these doilies" project. Please submit this idea to a magazine.

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La said...

Beautiful!

Sailing Simply said...

What a pretty little tree! I just love the idea of using the liquid starch. Makes me think of other things I might could use this on too. Thanks for sharing such a lovely idea!

Connie said...

Definitely thumbs up, sugar! I love it and it's so easy to do. Yep, thumbs up.
xoxo,
Connie

Rebecca said...

Well I LOVE IT! ABsolutely LOVE IT!

Thank you for sharing OH TALENTED ONE!

xoRebecca

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Clever and sooooooo pretty! You could leave this up all year long...Yes, I think you started a new must do....
I love visiting here as I always find something really different and unique!!!
Jil

Anonymous said...

You are just too amazing! What a wonderful mind you have - keep up the wonderful work!

PEACHES said...

The sugar plum fairy has landed! Lord, that is one nifty looking lace tree! And those pearls make all the difference!

Debbie said...

Super pretty Carol! I want to see your X-mas tree...I love the pink and white theme. I had a white tree for years, til I moved to the Carolinas.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Carol!
Love, Love, Love it !!! I think I should dig thru my doilies and when I have some time..make one!!!
Yes, you should submit it to a magazine!
I still need an I and Y for my "hankie" project. It may not happen this Christmas!
Looking forward to more projects and your Christmas decor!
Warmly,
deb :)

Marlee said...

You get a big thumbs up from me. Very creative!! The pearls and the vintage jewelry really add to the beauty of the tree.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

WOW!! How cute is that! You have given us so many great ideas! Now all I need is the time!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Gailmarc said...

I am a thumbs up on your idea! A small one would be perfect for decorating a shabby chic guest bath! Thank you for the steps and photos.

The Shanty Girl said...

Very pretty! You are very creative!!
Sherry

Nanniepannie said...

I liked it too. I've got a collection of doilies from my Aunts estate that are just taking up room in a drawer. I'd love to do something with them, thanks for the idea.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Carol!
I remember making the starched doily angels but, I had not thought of this. This is super cute and may be exactly what I have been looking for. It looks adorable!

Erin said...

Carol, I say HUGE thumbs UP!! It's beautiful! :)

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Carol :) That is a very clever idea! And it looks wonderfully romantic!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Debbie said...

Applause!!!
That is so pretty. I almost missed it in my little blog break. So glad that I didn't. I'm such a huge fan of starched fabric. You think of applications that would never cross my mind.

The Christmas wedding idea that someone mentioned above is a great one.

Createology said...

I love your doily tree. It is beautiful and romantic. Thank you for sharing your technique. Happy creating...

Olivia said...

Carol! I love it! Very shabby and original, excellent job!
Hugs,
Olivia

Tara said...

Carol, I love it and I'm going to make one for sure..Just became a follower,please pop over and visit me sometime..xx

Farah Muzaffar said...

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Cozy Home Scenes said...

I like it, but I think it works because you did all the different layers. The "before" didn't look so great, but the layers of doilies and the decorations made all the difference. Now it's a great Shabby Chic look. You should do a few of those for your booth and I bet those would sell well because people like different yet pretty things.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Two thumbs up and my big toes too! It's very pretty. Last year I made a basket for Easter by dipping a very large finely crocheted doily in starch and draping it over a balloon. :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Carol, I forgot to tell you that the weather here is about the same as in D.C. Dress warm for your trip and if the wind bothers you get some ear muffs. Have fun!

Tara said...

Hi again,thanks for stopping by.I did try to get tickets to see Oprah ,it was as a lottery over here but unfortunetly didn't win.It's a huge thing that she's coming over.I'll be watching..xx

Biljana said...

Simply beautiful, I love it, bravo:))
Thanks for sharing, hugs Biljana

Anna Mae said...

It's a thumbs up. I love it and I am going to try it. Hope mine turns out half as good as yours. Thanks for sharing. From My Homespun Holiday.