Friday, November 26, 2010

Project Day - Palm Leaf Christmas Tree







After becoming inspired by the current issue of Real Living Magazine, I decided to try something different [again] this year and make an unconventional Christmas tree for our home. This one is made from a dead palm leaf. We always have loads lying around the place!
  • Grab yourself a dead palm leaf, or any large dead foliage or even a branch!
  • Stand it up in a basket or tin, whatever will hold it upright.
  • Adorn it with odds and ends. I used shells, ribbons, white birds and handmade button decorations [ just grab some wooden shapes and stick buttons all over them with craft glue].
  • Add your lights!
I really love the simplicity of this tree. My daughter loved creating it with me - " look what we made mummy, the best Christmas tree ever!"
What a great week. Thanks for all your lovely comments. I appreciate them all. Have a great weekend. Simone xx

37 comments:

  1. Very different and creative! Christmas at the beach and in summertime, so unreal ;-)
    Bye,
    Marian

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  2. I think because palm trees are commonplace in Sri Lanka I still like the traditional Christmas tree! the grass is always greener on the other side!

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  3. Aw I love it (goes to craft shop for wooden stars....) hehe! I bet your home is magical at christmas! xxxx

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  4. Dear Simone
    I'm a little late in sending you congrats on your WW article [just back from vacation]...

    I understand how excited you must be!!! We too grew up on WW. It was certainly the mainstay magazine of it's time and still going strong!! I remember my sister-in-law was featured some 20yrs ago and I felt like I knew someone famous!! hehe... and here again today.. .proud and happy for you!!! well deserved!!!

    Have a lovely weekend.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

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  5. Hi, I like your beach crafts. Very nice blog.
    Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov! http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/

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  6. Very beachy and perfect for your home. I grabbed the Womens Weekly last night and read your article - Fantastic! ;-)

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  7. Oh, I love this, appears to be something I could actually make and not have it look like something someone threw out! Though no palm leaves lying around here (heavy *sigh* ) we have plenty of dead fall I can utilize!

    Happy Thanksgiving from here (38 degrees and falling....)

    :}

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  8. How fabulous Simone! Love your button ornaments and i think your little blossom's words say it all really, how wonderful!! Wishing you a fabulous weekend:) Hugs ~ Txx

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  9. Just lovely..., so great to collect things from the yard and create! Love the basket stand too.

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  10. What a sweetheart your daughter is...and what a unique and wonderful idea. oxxoxo

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  11. What a fab idea its looking great. Happy days ;-)) Dee x

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  12. Very creative! and what a fun project to do with your daughter (she's growing up so fast!!!)
    Smiles,
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  13. What a great idea! I love the simplicity of it and your adorable button ornaments really stand out on the thin branches. And your daughter is pretty darn adorable too! xo

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  14. The ornaments are so cute... it's a sweet idea and you saved a tree, too :) yay!

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  15. omg! i love how you accessorize it! lovely white crafts! imagine how a plain palm tree can be transformed into this wonderful christmas tree....really great idea...i mean....wonderful idea indeed!

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  16. love it, love it, love it. You are one clever lady!! And how super cute is your little girl!!

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  17. Quite creative and fun.
    Have a super weekend.

    Melinda

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  18. I LOVE it!! Beautiful & Inspiring xo

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  19. A adore it too. And it's nature. How perfect. Simone, are there little fairy lights on it too?? Pruxxx

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  21. Beautiful... The best christmas tree I have seen. White christmas decoratives look lovely against the dark brown color of dead palm. Creative Christmas indeed.

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  22. Love those ideas. i might try some with my class. Congrats on the article. I want to see it now.Fiona

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  23. That is seriously SO CUTE!!!
    Now ... if only I lived where there were palm leaves:)

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  24. adorable button wreath ;) Congrats on the article!!!!

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  25. That looks fantastic, you are all so creative. Mimi xx

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  26. I love things that are made with buttons !
    Love from ♥RINI♥

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  27. Gene Rooks, generooks@cfl.rr.comDecember 3, 2010 at 4:35 AM

    Hi, My Mom made a cute Christmas tree out of the inflorescence of a date palm tree, after it had flowered. She hung it from the tip to dry, so the branches fanned out into a tree like shape. When it was thoroughly dry and stiff, she spray painted it, could be any color you chose. Then a board for a tree stand was nailed into the base. Hers is about four feet high. At first it was used to hang Christmas cards on, but it is so old and brittle now it won't support them, so I hang tiny glass ornaments on it and drape with silvery tinsel. I've never seen one elsewhere, don't know where she got the idea. Gene in Gotha, Florida

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  28. Love this so much I stole an old palm leaf off my neighbour's tree (well it was hanging over my side of the fence) and decorated it in a similar fashion. Looks amazing, best tree I've ever had! Now I just have to pull down the old plastic one!

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  29. I've always loved this look but never thought of using a palm leaf! How inventive. I love the way you have decorated it, I think white and silver are very classic! :-) x

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  30. I love what you are teaching your daughter. Very creative and green. Blessings, Janet

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