Dining Christmas Tree

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Need a quick idea to add Christmas to the dining room and not spend much money?  Gather some utensils at your thrift store and make a tree.  The first one I made in front of customers in our thrift store. 

Dining Christmas Tree


I get asked often, “How do you come up with your ideas for projects?”

And while I do unique projects, I answer as though they are giving me a compliment. 🙂

There are times when I do wonder if they are backhanded compliments. 😕

My projects run the gamut from common to questionable.

This idea lands somewhere in the middle…I think!  Let me know what you think.

Dining Christmas Tree

This middle of the road idea came during a trip to my favorite thrift store.  It started with kitchen gadgets.  I bought a bottle opener, a veggie peeler, a spatula, a slotted spoon and a whisk plus a couple of star molds.

On October 10th I hosted a Holiday Craft Workshop and took my collection of gadgets and a piece of wood.  During the demo, I shared how to aged the board and then paint with chalk type paint.  I used red paint sanding back the red to reveal the aged wood.

Then I hot glued the gadgets on the board in the shape of a Christmas tree with the star mold on top.

Christmas tree for dining with thrift store utensils and star mold. countrydesignstyle.com

Then I gave it away.  No pictures, not a one!

So, I regrouped and headed back to my favorite thrift store…

and all the “good” gadgets were gone!

So I loaded up with mix-matched silverware.


Thank goodness I bought two-star molds!

What do you think?  Middle of the road or in the ditch?

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  1. Andi Cacciatore says:

    Not the middle or off to the side, but at the “fork” in the road!! Lol!! Love it, and wonder if it will work with the bucket of rusty old tools I’ve been saving?? Getting excited to start making Christmas decorations now!

    1. Andi, you’re so witty! Rusty old tools would be perfect! You could drill small holes through the wood to wire on the tools. If they are too heavy for glue. I’m more excited about Christmas decor this year than ever!

  2. YOU ROCK! That is one of the cutest ideas for Christmas decor I’ve seen in years. I plan on doing this in our little farmhouse. All of my friends know I am a sucker for silver/silverplate anything. Can hardly wait to do this.. AAAHHHHH!!!

  3. It’s great… I’m going to “steal” the idea for myself!
    Middle of the road or far left? Neither! It’s spot on and definitely fun ! Good upcycle!

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    don;t you be second guessing yourself, you are unique and your ideas are awesome xx

  5. I LOVE it! Pinned and shared on fb. This is one project I definitely plan to try 🙂 I’ve got some old cupboard doors that I think would be perfect and some green-handled gadgets.

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