December 02, 2013

From Trash to Trees

Over the last weeks I pinned a lot of trees to my Christmas board, which are made from junk pieces, found objects, scrap wood etc. These pins inspired me to create my own junk tree versions. In my collection of vintage books I found several pretty spines in different sizes that were partly torn or ripped off. I cut them off and glued them onto a background that dear hubby had hammered from pallet wood together for me.
 Book Spines Christmas Tree

Book Spines Christmas Tree

Book Spines ChristmasTree
Usually I don’t like gold very much but I adore these beautiful embossed spines.

For the second wall hanging I adhered vintage book pages to a piece of wood and added a light, uneven coat of gesso. The tree is made from rusty parts of an electric motor and an old hinge.

Rusty Parts Christmas Tree
Rusty Parts Christmas Tree

Rusty Parts Christmas Tree

Barney in Basket

This is my little helper Barney, who finds room in the smallest baskets :-).

Have a wonderful week and a great time creating and decorating for Christmas. I’ll be back soon with some more recycled trees.

I’ll be joining these parties:
Christmas Junkers United at Knick of Time
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
A Little Christmas in July at Thoughts from Alice



amy of studio four corners said...

Julia - I love both of your creative projects - I have plenty of book spines...and I am salivating over those metal type engine parts!!!
Happiest of holidays to you!

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Hi Julia! "Junk" certainly became magic in your hands. Thanks for sharing these lovelies! XO Sue

Anonymous said...

Dear Julia
Sensational up-cycling in evidence o both your festive creations. I look at those and I say to myself "Greencraft", yes, you know what I am thinking - featured article in Greencraft, that is surely where they deserve to be published.
Amazing use of the book spines (I am a Bookworm so absolutely love this idea) and the rusty parts to create a tree, how unique!
Barney is a valuable helper!

Unknown said...

Love your trees! Very creative!

Sea Gypsy said...

I love your trash to treasure and I am off to visit your board of inspiration!Everything you do is just beautiful! Barney is adorable!

Unknown said...

oh wow..that book spine tree is sweeeet! how very clever! love it! ;0

By Neymes said...


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love, love, love this idea!!!

Jane said...

Beautiful trees! I love both of them!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love love love both of these. So creative and fun. What a great tree out of the book spines. Too clever.

Dorthe said...

Deraest Julia,
you are amazing!!! what a fantastic idea, using old book backs to make a tree- it looks wonderful, my friend.
And Barney is such a beautiful cat!!
How are you all doing ? I hope you feel happy, and have started thinking and decorating for christmas, like I did here-just a bit.
My daughter and the kids will be here and Rune comes too, -I`m glad they can agree to be together for christmas for the kids to have them both those few dayes- and we have place for them to have each a room!!
Just a few words... I`m doing ok, even my stomach is never the same as before, and hope it stayes like that, and that the bacteria does not return !!!
Mange kærlige tanker og knus og kys fra din Dorthe
Und eine schönes december für euch !! kys,kys

KayteeJane said...

I love the tree! It is great! Thanks for sharing!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Absolutely love your book end tree!! I've gotta go round some up!! :) Thanks for sharing! And your kitty is so cute too!! :) Happy December! xo Holly

Kathy said...

Your projects came out wonderful. I especially love the book spines!!

Romeo said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the book spine tree!!! How creative you are!!!! The book page and motor parts are neat too, but being a book lover.... well that one makes me swoon!

Romeo says his favorite is the one that looks like a cat named Barney ;) He told me too that he believes Barney is protecting his basket from becoming a new place for a tree. Hmmm. Maybe he has a point.

Wonderful creations!

"her" and Romeo

Lululiz said...

Julia, this is absolutely brilliant, upcycling at its best! I adore the book spine Christmas tree, it is such a marvellous idea, and those beautiful rich browns and golds give it such warmth. And fancy taking an old motor apart and coming up with such attractive bits! That Christmas tree is a beauty as well. Gosh, girl, you are so talented.

diane said...

I LOVE the book spine tree ... how clever!!!!
Thanks for sharing your talent!
diane @ aug's blog

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

How creative you are and love the both trees - thank you for sharing.
Sweet photo of little Barney and aren't cats funny the way they sit in the strangest seats.
Happy week

Createology said...

Oh my this book spine tree is gorgeous. What a perfect addition to a home library. Barney is true cat as he sits in the small basket overseeing what you are doing. Creative Joy...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Love these wonderful re-use projects, Julia...they turned out beautifully!

Madewithlovebyteresa said...

Lovely idea on the books. Love the cat in the basket. So cute.

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Dear Julia
Do you really know how gifted you are???
Both Christmas Tree inspirations are absolutely fantastic and unique.
I love them both - especially the book spine tree. I think that one could be a keeper for the whole year as they look so very beautiful and aged against Helmut's handy work. Oh he's so supportive your creations which is just wonderful to see.
I love how Barney just watches over you working away there. He's a keeper too!
Anyway for now sweetie I send you lots of love and kisses,
PS I have just been visiting your Pinterest Board and feel even more inspired but I think Christmas is now too close to create what I would like to.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
both trees are gorgeous and should be published in Greencraft:)I can see them on the cover already:)
Have a lovely day.
Big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Very creative and beautiful creations! Love it all!

mitchiesmom said...

I just love all of your ideas!! So impressive!! I found you through Knick of Time - and am I glad!! I'll be back for sure!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Love the book spine tree. A very creative idea indeed!


Jayne said...

Hi Julia, your Christmas trees are wonderful, you are so clever to turn these discarded pieces into such lovely creations. I especially love the book spines. They are both quite magical. Jaynex

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Dear Julia your trees are so wonderfully made, what a fantastic use of book spines and the other made of rusty parts from an electric motor, so creatively made, a lovely week to you too.
Hugs Anni

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

LOVE the book spine tree, Julia!!! Awesome!! Ah, what a sweet little fur baby, love how he squeezed himself into the basket, lol


Unknown said...

These are so amazing! I love, love, love them!

Mom E. said...

I adore youre book spine tree!
what a wonderful Idea! you are so creative!

fiona anderson said...

I really love both of your trees, really clever and inspiring.

Debra@CommonGround said...

love your imaginative Christmas tree creations! that book spine tree is amazing!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a beautiful way to repurpose book spines! Visiting from Common Ground.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

These trees are both so darn cute. Gotta go share them on facebook.


must love junk said...

Oh, you are so creative! I absolutely LOVE the book spine tree :)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

LOVE your book tree!

Barbara Jean said...

so very few original ideas out there....LOVE the book spine tree...

and great use of rusty hardware things for the other.

be blessed

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Love your book tree! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week.

PattieJ said...

These are beautiful!! You always have the best ideas!! I love them!!

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

Hi! I just happened upon your blog and I love your Blog Header!!! Love the colours and the vintage! Love your "book tree"! And of course I love your cat. We have three.
Blessings, Diane

Yana said...

So cool... can´t say which one is more awesome!

Unknown said...

That book page spine Christmas tree is brilliant!

Jill said...

I am smitten with your trees!! Especially the book binding one..LOVE it!

Martina said...

Hallo Julia, Deine Weihnachtsbäume sind der Knaller! Die Idee mit den Buchrücken ist auch sagenhaft. Gefällt mir wirklich sehr gut.
Dem Barney scheint es in dem Körbchen zu gefallen.
Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen 2.Adventssonntag, meine Liebe.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

The book tree is fabulous!!! and the gear one is even better...Love them both


FrauHummel said...

Hej Julia!
Whow, eine Klasse Idee!! Das sieht einfach genial aus. Und vielleicht nehm ich mir diesen "Baum" als Vorlage für nächstes Jahr, damit wir auch ein "Bäumchen" haben können. Denn bis jetzt hatte ich einfach zuviel Angst um meine wunderschönen Erzgebirge-Glaskugeln, die so zart sind, dass sie nur schon vom Anschauen zerspringen. Denn unsere Mietzchen hätte bestimmt ihre helle Freude dran!
Ghihihi, ich hab auch so ein Foto, wo sich meine beiden Madamchen in einen viel zu kleinen Korb quetschen....Nach dem Motto: Platz ist in der kleisnten Hütte! ;oD
Herzliche Grüsse an den süssen Barney und dich!

Unknown said...

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Ivy and Elephants said...

You are so creative, you amaze me!
I love the one with the hinge, so many ways to say Christmas without spending a dime! Love it.

Kendra@Creative Ambitions said...

Love your Christmas Tree creations!

Unknown said...

LOVE your book spine tree, fantastic!
Thanks for sharing.

Carol Salisbury said...

Both projects are wonderful but I LOVE that book spine tree! Great idea!

Michelle said...

Those are so gorgeous!

LivingVintage said...

What a wonderful idea to use book spines! I absolutely LOVE it. Also, seeing your Christmas tree (and other craft projects) using gizmos always makes me want to keep miscellaneous metal junk we find in our salvage projects, but my husband always wants to take it directly to the scrap yard!

Diane said...

Barney in the basket reminds me of the cat in 1/2 of an egg carton with the caption "If it fits, it sits." Merry Christmas! Diane