Monday, December 9, 2013

Ornament Wall Tree

I'm still in the midst of decorating for the holidays.  I'm running out of steam so I try to do a little at a time.  I'm just not into it this year.  I did manage to decorate the front outside area of my house, but I didn't put any lights around the bushes like I normally do. The whole time I'm decorating, I'm thinking of craft projects I should be doing. I have a list but at the rate I'm going, few will get done. Maybe that's why I'm not feeling it. 

So I'm working in my greatroom and keep looking at the painting I have over my buffet.  It has got to go!  There's nothing christmassy about it nor will it
go with any "winter themes". Too light, bright, and flowery!

Last year I placed a gold frame with a wreath in the center over the buffet.  I think I did that out of desperation.  I couldn't come up with anything better.
But this year I have an idea to make a tree on the wall using unbreakable glitter ornaments I've had for ages and command strip clips to hold them.

Here's how I did it:

I first scribbled on paper how the tree should look.  I had 34 ornaments of assorted shades of purple.  What other color did you think I had? Ha!  Anyway this is what I came up with:

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A perfect tree using the exact number of ornaments.  Hot dang!  I was in business or at least I thought so.  I started out trying to "draw" the tree on the wall using chalk. I managed to do that but I had trouble actually seeing it even though I was using purple chalk. Wink, wink!
 See, the chalk lines barely show up.

Then I decided to use painter's tape on the outside of the chalk lines which worked out much better.
 My next task was to determine the spacing for the 7 rows of ornaments.  This is where knowing a bit of math would have helped. I was never good at math, so I'm telling you beforehand, that in the end, I just eyeballed it.   After placing x's on the tape for the rows I needed to make sure the rows would be level so I could place the command strips on each end.  I had run out of painter's tape to make horizontal lines for each row and didn't want to stop and go to the store.  My hubby had a leveler which I started using and found it difficult to hold the level and place the clips on the wall where the x's were.  I called for help (a second set of hands) and THEN my hubby sets up his laser leveler which became a project saver for me. Yay!!!
(I had a little head lamp on to see better)
Yes, I am standing on top of my buffet, adding the command clips to the marked spots on each side of the tape.  I put all the clips on the wall and forgot to take pictures as I went along.  I should have measured between clips but I didn't.  I became very anxious and impatient with doing all of this and wanted to hurry up and finish. I started eyeballing placement of the clips.  Some were off but I told myself that nothing's perfect - especially a tree.  At least it didn't turn out like a crooked "Charlie Brown" tree! Lol!

 I altered the spacing a bit at the top to cover the hole where the hook was. I ran out of ornaments to make the base which I think isn't missed anyway. I could add some smaller silver ones for the base, but I think that would throw the colors off. The bottom row is actually a deep purple and not blue like it's showing in the picture.
What do you think?
I love the ombre effect! 
And thank goodness for the Command Strip Clips - clear and nearly invisible!

 I temporarily placed accent chairs in front of the buffet.  Not sure if they'll stay.

                                  What a wonderful way to add a festive look to a room!

 I love how the room feels with the addition of the ornament wall tree and I'm so glad I didn't give up on it. Now to figure out what to do with the lovely accent tree pictured below that I couldn't resist buying.

 Happy Holiday Crafting!


  1. Gail, that is one cool tree! I love the ombre effect too. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with that slim white tree. Tons of potential there...I'm guessing purple will be involved!!

  2. Gail-That is just a darling idea for the wall. I love the ombre look of it, too. I am late getting everything done this year, too! xo Diana

  3. Glad to know I'm not the only one "not feelin' it" this year. I've struggled to get things done! I LOVE the ombre ornament tree! When I saw the first picture, my immediate thought was "How did she get them on the wall?" lol Anyway, I think it's just perfect and with your decorations on your buffet.

    As for your lovely white tree. How about just a large purple glittery bow for a topper and purple twinkle lights. Simple, done and elegant.

    I busted out laughing about needing some math. Can't tell you how many times I've said that! lol Hated math!

  4. I love it, I'm going to do this next year except for the command strips they fall off here in the summer I will need to find an alternative.

  5. I so love your purple wall tree. The ombre is perfect. I have a question - where did you get that slender white tree. I am in love with it. Thanks for sharing all of your talent.

  6. What a unique idea! That took some time- I would totally screw it up! I like that tall white tree- it'll be fun to see what you do with it.

  7. Oh I love your ornament wall tree. How fun is that. Very creative. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. This is a great idea Gail! You've inspired me to try this, but with a different type of ornament. Let's see if I can find a place for it. That white tree looks beautiful already. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  9. Gail! I love your purple tree! That is the neatest idea. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Love the ombre effect of the colors. I would just put a few birds in that beautiful tree.

  11. Great look! I am looking for an empty wall............

  12. Love this idea! You've got a very creative mind!

  13. Stopping by from Flaunt It Friday!
    Love this fun idea!! And the bulb colors, too!

  14. What a great idea! love the shades of purple- thanks for sharing and linking up to the Christmas Extravaganza Linky Party! ~~ Heather

  15. Wow, that looks so neat! I love the ombre effect, and of course it looks amazing in your purple hues. A great idea if there is no room for a tree.
    Debbie :)

  16. I love this idea! It is really pretty!

  17. I love this!!! I had to come find the tutorial for this tree when I saw it in the background of one of your other blog posts' pictures. It is perfect for you (loving purple hues) and so very modern and hip=looking.

  18. This is such an amazing idea! We have a very small home and this would be the ideal Christmas tree for next year!
    I will be featuring your post on Tuesday 31st December in a tutorial roundup.
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. I look forward to seeing you again this month :)
    Marigolds' Loft

  19. Love this idea! I live in a very small home, and have thought about doing this over the years in place of the tree we put on our dining room table.


  20. Love it! I had to stop by and see how you to them stuck to the wall!


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