Make an adorable Shiny Brite ornament tree in just 5 minutes – Adorable DIY video, too!

Golly, this is Kate’s cutest darn video yet. And the project — Genius! Are you a blogger? Or active on Facebook or Twitter or Google+? Can you help us make this one go VIRAL? It really deserves it! Read Kate’s instructions after the jump:

Kate writes:

Here I am, back with yet another Retro Crafty holiday video — this time inspired by Retro Renovation Facebook fan Melinda — who scored a vintage Shiny Brite ornament tree at an estate sale for mere pennies and shared photos of her seasonal score on facebook. Almost instantly, Pam emailed them to me and suggested that I try to recreate the charming vintage holiday decoration. It didn’t take long for me to fashion a replica of Melinda’s vintage tree — which is great because Christmas is next week and time is running out to get your holiday crafting and decorations finished.

Making this ornament tree was so easy — there are only three steps — and probably most of you have all the necessary pieces just laying around the house.

Materials needed to make a Shiny Brite ornament tree:

  • Wire hanger
  • 20 ball ornaments — 8 large, 4 medium, 4 small and 4 teeny tiny (optional: depending on the shape of your tree topper you may want an additional teeny tiny ornament that you can modify, if made of plastic, like I did in the video)
  • Tree topper (mine was a new, plastic one from Target — it was $1 and was in the mini tree section of the holidays stuff)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter

VintageStyleornamentTreeThe best part about this project — well other than how quick and easy it is to make — is that you can use your treasured vintage ornaments without marring them with glue or making other permanent changes. Then at the end of the season, just disassemble the ornament tree and make it again next year, or switch up the colors to match your decor. If you have a lot of vintage ornaments, you could make a whole “forest” of these in varied heights and sizes — the sky is the limit.

This morning, Pam pointed out that reader Michael uploaded a picture of his two vintage Shiny Brite trees to our recent holiday decorations uploader — this makes me want to make another in order to get a matched pair.


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  1. Karen says

    on hearing the bells, I thought I’ll bet you could slip a few bells on there too.. At least you’d hear it if it got knocked off:)

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