Inexpensive & Simple Junk Tree Ideas

December 3rd, 2008 in member junk     
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Cigar boxes can be very cheap or even free.  Tie a little bow on it and you have yourself a sweet present. 
Folding measuring sticks are used as a garland.  They resemble a star shape when they are positioned circling the tree.  These were found at a flea market for $1 each. 
Pieces-parts of an old industrial cheese grater were used.  Lights were inserted in the center of each to illuminate them.
I had to include my rusty old clock in there too!  Found for $5.  
Once again, my Bingo cards came to the rescue.  This time I used a larger punch and tied them up with leftover ribbon.  I also used tea stained tags stamped with old cigar boxes and a vintage black doctor bag. 
Not really shown in this picture, I also took pages from an old, non-collectible garden book free from our library...rolled them up and tied them off with ribbons. 
My tree topper is a vintage-looking feather duster that was purchased years and years ago.  It was new in packaging at a thrift store for $1.  I am using it as a nest to house my little birdie (found NIP also) from the thrift store for 10 cents.
I went pretty Rustic Elegant in this room. 
My tree stand is an old wire lampshade frame with a piece of a canvas dropcloth covering it.  Unfortunately you cant see it in this photo but you get the idea.  
I added the thrift store sled, wood skis, wool throw and a couple of presents wrapped in butcher-type paper. 
The paper was free from a business that doesnt use the rolled paper ends.  It may slow down production if they would run out in the middle of an assembly run and normally toss the leftovers.  Go figure.  You should see the HUGE roll of paper I have from it!    
Cigar boxes can be very cheap or even free.  Tie a little bow on it and you have yourself a sweet present. 

Cigar boxes can be very cheap or even free.  Tie a little bow on it and you have yourself a sweet "present". 

Hi Everyone!  Since we all know how the economy is right now I thought I'd share my junk tree that is in our front living room.  For the most part, junk trees can be very inexpensive but I just wanted to provide details on a couple items that are cheap, cheap, cheap out there. 

Pattern or design used: My own design - Junk Sophisticate
posted in: member junk, seasonal, vintage, eclectic, country, family room, living room, farm, green, traditional, tin-metallic

Comments (23)

Junk_Sophisticate writes: Thank you ladies!

Kari ~ There'll be no more of that office stuff when there's junking to be done!

Kathy & Brenda (Bubbasmom) ~ OHIO IS IN THE HOUSE! I know there are others out there but you two are the ones I "know" through posts or email. A shout out to all!

Thanks ladies, for your wonderful comments. I am in such good company on this site!

Keep on junking!
Candy Posted: 1:45 pm on December 10th
bubbasmom writes: So proud of you lady.You are so creative.Everything you do is so cute.I bet you are really on cloud 9.You know the window is one of my favorites. Posted: 12:23 am on December 10th
shabbychick writes: Candy - first...CONGRATS...a Buckeye contributor!!! Your style and creative ideas are sooooo appreciated!

Your junky (but not-so-junky) Christmas tree ideas so cool - love the folding measuring sticks as garland - very clever!!

And, we do have so much good junk in Ohio...(Berton, I was thinking I might need to bring a load out east when I visit my daughter in Hoboken next time...) ha ha!!

Thanks bunches for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 2:29 pm on December 9th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Candy:
So many ideas...and congratulations on becoming a Contributor - I was at my office in Madison allllll last week and didn't catch this wonderful news until just today!
Kari Posted: 8:48 am on December 8th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Hmmmm, Berton. Maybe I should set up a junk dollar store for all the junkers across the land. Not a bad idea.

Thank you all for your kind comments. They are very appreciated.

Candy Posted: 7:48 am on December 5th
eveh writes: I am a recycling fanatic. I hate to see good things thrown out. Better to throw them on your tree. LOL...I think this is a great idea. We did this when I was growing up but it was done because we were too poor to buy anything for our tree. Mama was very creative though and we always had a great tree without buying things. The only thing we bought was lights and angel hair. Mama would wrap the lights in angel hair and it gave a spooky look, but she liked it better that way. Posted: 1:36 am on December 5th
CottageElements writes: Congrats, Candy, and welcome aboard! Love what you do and you are a phenominal addition. Looking forward to many wonderful posts from you!

Lani Posted: 12:22 am on December 5th
junkermidge writes: Thanks for clarifying about the Rx Bag Tags. It wasn't that I didn't understand what you were thinking, I simply didn't know what you had done (I thought you had used the actual bag -- tree stand? gifts tumbling out? I didn't know) But I've got it now. And you don't need to explain it, whatever you're doing, just keep it up. You're a natural talent. Congrats on your new gig. How fun and exciting for you!
Midge Posted: 7:51 pm on December 4th
Junkinbellachris writes: Clever! You guys on here are sooo creative!
I'm really inspired to repurpose what I have for decorations this year!! Thanks so much for the inspiration.
~Christine Posted: 7:09 pm on December 4th
MimiToria writes: Congrats Candy on your contributor status. You do make good junk projects, and you'll be invaluable to the site. Thanks for all of the great things you've posted and I'm looking forward to all you have to share in the future.
You're well deserving of your contributorship.
Gretchen Posted: 4:15 pm on December 4th
berton718 writes: Candy,
I love your great ideas for the junk tree. I am jealous that you can get such wonderful items for $1.00. In NYC where I live we can't great stuff like that for $1.00 .
How about selling some great $1.00 junk to me??? Posted: 3:42 pm on December 4th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Thank you Sue and Kimberly! I am VERY excited to be part of such an amazing website with such fantastic members and contributors! The JUNKMARKET Style site has the most inspirational, helpful and supportive member group I've known.

I can't wait to get started on the new projects buzzing around in my head.

Thank you again,
Candy Posted: 3:22 pm on December 4th
suewhitney writes: Hi Everyone,

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest contributor to JMS! Candy has amazed us all over the past few months with her simple, elegant, and beautiful style. We here at Junkmarket are thrilled to have her aboard and look forward to her inspiring posts.

Happy Junking to all,
Sue and Kimberly Posted: 1:39 pm on December 4th
piecesofthepast writes: I have a whole stack of old bingo cards in my garage studio...NOW I have inspiration for them!! This is a very creative tree. I love it!! Posted: 9:35 pm on December 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Thank you ladies! Junkermidge - Haha! I don't blame you for not getting the doctor bag tags. I just threw them on the tree because the black bag was old and vintage. No real "theme" for them. I just liked the way they looked.

Take care everyone.

Candy Posted: 9:29 pm on December 3rd
suewhitney writes: B---eautiful!

Sue Posted: 8:55 pm on December 3rd
Countryinthecity writes: I love your tree and all of it's surroundings. The contrast of rustic and elegance is so beautiful! Because they are so different we notice each of them even more than if they were elegant or rustic alone. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!
Sue Posted: 5:59 pm on December 3rd
MimiToria writes: Candy the junk idea trees are great. I really love the bingo cards punched out and hope to do that yet this year, as I loved the other idea you posted earlier with the smaller size punched out.
The feather duster would look fabulous on my tree as well, as it is the perfect color. : ) You are lucky to have found it.
Very cool post. Thanks for sharing!
Gretchen Posted: 2:30 pm on December 3rd
junkermidge writes: Oh,oh,oh,oh,oh. I'm kinda freaking out. I love this. The
carpenter's ruler garland is genius. Ditto the feather duster topper. I didn't get the doctor bag idea, but I love those and sure I'll love whatever you did with it. The lampshade stand. Oh my gosh. I'm feeling a bit giddy!
Midge Posted: 1:03 pm on December 3rd
Chovey writes: Wow! This is a fantabulous JM tree! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

cynthia Posted: 12:50 pm on December 3rd
fellowjunker writes: Simply sophisticated and beautiful Candy!!!
xojanis Posted: 12:01 pm on December 3rd
CottageElements writes: Candy, very sophisticated as usual. Love the Junk tree. And the final vignette is magazine worthy. True junk elegance!

Lani Posted: 10:59 am on December 3rd
bridiemurphy writes: Very, very classy! I read your profile and am addicted to the same things you are; I have some pretty fantastic items that came from the side of the road (I use that description as it may sound a tad more elegant to those who poo poo dumpster diving).

Posted: 10:37 am on December 3rd
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