This weekend, I helped my manfriend, Justin, give his Wicker Park apartment a makeover (get ready for that post tomorrow; I'm still drooling over it).
In the midst of the apartment makeover, my lovely mother began inquiring about Christmas decor. Were we going to decorate? Did we want a miniature Christmas tree? Did we want a box of Christmas lights?
Fearing that any traditional Christmas decor wouldn't quite jive with the modern feel of the apartment, I began to... you guessed it... brainstorm.
This was initially just an idea for good old Christmas-time, wintery decor... I envisioned a variety of metallic-looking branches coming out of a large hurricane glass vase. After finding a few gorgeous colored glass vases for between $0.49 and $0.99 cents at Goodwill, the project took off in a bit of a different direction.
As it turns out, the addition of a few red mini-ornaments helps this legitimately pass as an "Alternative Christmas Tree." That said, post-Christmas, I think it'll pass for legitimate non-Christmas decor (minus the ornaments, of course).
And so, without further ado, here's your fabulously easy tutorial!
- Sticks (check your back yard, silly)
- Chrome (or metallic) spraypaint
- Vases (I used colored glass bottles from Goodwill, but a hurricane vase would also work, as would a few Perrier or Pellegrino bottles)
- Optional: White spraypaint, weights (I used glass stones but washers, stones or pebbles, and coins would also work)