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17 December, 2012

Shabby Christmas Centerpiece with Vintage Paper Tree Tutorial

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas CenterpieceHere’s a super easy project for you…one that I have had in the back of my mind for a while! It’s my Christmas centerpiece made from lots of fresh greenery from the yard with a few silvery berries for sparkle. It fills a fabulously frenchy galvanized container…a wonderful gift from a sweet friend…with a trio of shabby folded trees to finish it off!

Isabella Miss Isabella says that this is so simple that it’s not too late to give it a try!

Supplies Here’s all you need…some scrapbooking paper cut into an elongated triangle, a wooden skewer and, if you wish, a glittery star to top it off. Mine came from the Pottery Barn outlet…German glitter star vase filler…but you could just as easily make your own.

Folded Tree Tutorial And here is how you do it:
  1. Fold the triangle using an accordion pleat starting at the base.
  2. Punch holes in the folds plus an extra hole near the top.
  3. Thread the skewer through the triangle.
  4. Add a bit of hot glue at the bottom to secure the last fold and then at the top to secure the star. This is how it looks from the back.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas Centerpiece3 And taaa daaa…there it is! I used floral foam in the bottom of the container to hold the greenery and the trees in place. I found the scrapbooking paper at Archivers. This one has a French script motif. Yes…I looked…there really are French words in that scribble! lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas Centerpiece2 I love this one! This paper has a vintage sheet music motif…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas Centerpiece1 …and even has a different pattern on the back! You will see more of it in my next project!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas Centerpiece And there you have it! It doesn’t take long at all to assemble this one…just some cuttings of whatever you have in your yard and a few simple folded Christmas trees! I love this shabby look…fits right in with my rustic Christmas there this year! Now I have just a few more things to show you before Christmas gets here. It will be here before you know it! Are you ready?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Christmas centerpiece! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures and the Winter Party 

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

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  1. Very simple and pretty, Debbie! Love the trees; a nice quick project!

  2. Che progetto carino!!! Mi piace!
    Un abbraccio Lieta

  3. Oh wow! I love your simple craft project Debbie. Very cute and easy to do. Merry Christmas!


  4. Such a cute idea and I saw those stars there this weekend along with 2 million others.

  5. Love this project, Debbie.....all the right touches. Would look great on my kitchen table :) Linda

  6. Great project Debbie, I have an ice bucket I planned to put greens in and this idea will just "spiff" it up. Thanks for sharing.

  7. How fun is this. Something the children can do. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  8. Your centrepiece is beautiful. The trees are adorable and so simple to make! I might have to do those...

  9. Love them! Definitely bookmarking this and adding to my list of Xmas items to make next year!


  10. Thank you so much.
    I am making a gift for my mother that is in an antique sewing machine drawer, and I needed an added touch, and I think this is going to be it for the height of the arrangement.

  11. Love it! Just in time to add one more decoration to our home! Thanks!

  12. So fun - and simple! Pinning this - what fun to make with the kids!

  13. Very cute and at the same time natural. Love it!

  14. Really cute and I love the different papers you used!
    hugs, Linda

  15. Miss Isabella you are one beautiful cat!

  16. These trees are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. Debbie,
    Oh, how I love this...even children could help make these for table decorations!!! Thanks for always inspiring us with your creative projects!!!

  18. Omgosh a Favorite of mine, in fact this is going on my sidebar as my favorite decoration of the week. Love it so much!!
    Merry Christmas,
    xo Kathysue

  19. These are really cute, Debbie. I don't think you can make a bad project.

  20. Your centerpiece is beautiful. I'm pinning this for next year. Love all your beautiful kitties! We have 3 shelter kitties, 2 black and white ones and 1 all black. I'm visiting from Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

  21. Debbie, I love this idea, and I must say Isabella is so wise. Why doesn't my collie talk as much as your cats do?

  22. I love the centerpiece! Pinning!!!

  23. Very festive! Love the greenery! Happy Holidays :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  24. What a great centerpiece! love the cute trees and the silvery berries and stars. The greenery is a great filler. CU-UTE!

  25. This is one of the CUTEST things I've seen-LOVE it! (and your sweet Isabella, too :)

  26. Very festive and beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Happy Holidays and Warm Seasons Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra.

  27. Pinning this! Adorable!! I want to make this!! So so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  28. You always have the best projects! Thanks for being a regular at the party. I am featuring your centerpiece on my fb page tonight.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  29. Oh my. These are so super cute and look about just my speed ;) What a grand idea for a paper tree. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial. I even have a Frenchy zinc tub just like that :) Happy Christmas!!

  30. OMGoodness Debbie! I love your shabby Christmas centerpiece!! Christmas Blessings to you, Gail

  31. What a perfectly simple project that anyone can do. Wondering what it might look like if you made the trees with newsprint or magazine pages, i.e. so you don't have to go out & buy anything. Merry Christmas

  32. What a cute and easy idea! Pinning this! Visiting from TT. Merry Christmas! :)

  33. Great centerpiece. The trees are so cute.

  34. Perfect centerpiece, so easy yet so cute. Thanks for the tips.

  35. So pretty! I love this! Pinned it! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year! Angie xo

  36. Made some for my tree with xmas sheet music, they are fabilous tks.

  37. Made some for my tree with xmas sheet music, they are fabilous tks.

  38. Divine centerpiece. And, thanks for the tutorial. So simple, yet so elegant. Pinned this and am sharing on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

  39. What a darling idea for the paper trees! Quick and easy and cute is what everyone needs at this time of year, so this is a perfect project. And Miss Isabella is a beauty-kitty as always :) So nice to hear from you over at my blog, and glad that you enjoyed my copycat of your sheet music wreath and the jingle bell door hanger! I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  40. As usual, you bring so much joy to my eyes with such simple yet beautiful creations...thank you for sharing your talent with us week after week. You are appreciated...xo

  41. These trees are so pretty and so creative. I just love them. The whole centerpiece is beautiful. Thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas :)

  42. What a beautiful centerpiece! Happy Thanksgiving from Beachwood Place! x


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie