Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beach Tree Glitz

This may be my favorite beachy project of all for the Great Glitzy Craft Off.....
Getting a good picture of something so silvery and shimmery, well that's a little difficult.
Z Galleries tree that inspired me was much, much bigger....
Yeah......I don't have the space for something as spectacular and showy as that, so I made mine in a table-top size.  (Although I have a sneaking suspicion that my friend Sunny at Life in Rehab is going to do a full blown version of this....which would be awesome!)
When I was in Arizona, my friend Judy made me buy not one but two of these silly little Easter Trees from the Dollar Tree. 
They were in ugly green pots.  They had ugly green aquarium gravel glued to the inside of the pot.  They had ugly wire branches wrapped in ugly white paper.  They were just awful. (I let her talk me into some crazy stuff sometimes because she is a visionary, and my best friend.)  But....despite all of their was the Dollar Tree after all, they were only $1 each.   She made something awesome with hers that I will be showing you one of these days,but mine just sat in a cabinet in my craft room looking ugly....right up until last week.
I got out my can of silver spray paint, spread those branches out and sprayed it all silver.
Better all ready don't ya think?  I cut up a shell necklace that I picked up from the thrift store...another dollar well spent....and since it was a necklace, there was a little hole in each shell already, so I just poked them on some of the branches randomly, along with some of those beachy blue beads that I love.  I covered up that ugly aquarium gravel at the base with the rest of the shells from the necklace and this Z Gallerie knock off project was done!
Besides the fact that this little knock-off came in at under $5, pretty much everything on it is removable, so when I'm tired of it, I can dismantle it and put it away. (Since it's silver, you may or may not be seeing this again at Christmas time rockin' some new jewelry!)
Oh...and one more thing....I may have lied.....the project that I'm posting tomorrow may be my favorite Z Gallerie knock-off yet!

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  1. Now that is cute! I love that you can change it up when you get ready. My kind of project:-) Great job!

  2. that is, hands down, the coolest project so far! And I can't believe you already had a tree! Totally amazeballs, that is. Woo- hoo!

  3. You outdid yourself. I love that you have a well stocked supply of crafty things you hate {like the Easter tree} but that you are able to figure out how to love. You did a great job!

  4. Great job!
    You should be the CEO of Dollar Tree, and help them see just how fabulous their products can be; with a bit of help that is :)

    Wish we had a Dollar Tree close to us!

    Smiles :)

  5. Very cool! Very thrifty, too! I think that has been one of my favorite parts about these projects.

  6. Those beachy blue beads really make it in my opinion. I love that colour and it gives it a nice glimmer.

  7. Such a great job! You go girl! I want one too :)

  8. Cute! Stopping by to thank you for joining in the Bloglovin Blog Hop!

  9. Love it! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  10. Dollar tree needs to do a Showcase of you! It would definitely increase their sales. I now know I was correct in your over-achieving. And you have another project!?!

  11. Love it! You did good with your photograph! It's prettiness shines through. Great that you can change it up! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  12. Seriously??? That is the coolest! I love the shells just popped right onto the branches.

  13. Oh, this is fantastic, glad the ugly Easter trees were purchased. I'll be waiting next year to get something similar