Repurposed Salad Tongs DIY Christmas Trees
Sometimes I use something almost every day and I think nothing of it.
Then I’ll see that same thing in a thrift store 25 cent kitchen gadget bin at Christmas time and an idea pops into my head and I think, noooo… that’s crazy.
But I buy the thing anyway.
Then I buy another one, and another one, because that crazy idea is still percolating in the back of my brain.
And after a while I convince myself that it’s not so crazy after all.
Am I crazy? For sure. lol.
Is this project crazy? I’ll let you be the judge. 🙂
So here are my repurposed salad tongs made into DIY Christmas trees.
Here are the salad tongs that I’m using for these trees… in three different sizes.
These are the cheapie lightweight metal ones.
In the next step you’ll see why heavier ones won’t work for this project.
The cheapie salad tongs are super easy to bend, first the one end.
Before bending you can remove the holder thingy that keeps the tongs closed. It won’t be needed and it’ll just get in the way.
Then the other end.
It’s starting to look like something now.
Then you just glue the bent sections together one on top of the other in a tree shape that you like.
You can go super skinny or wider, whatever appeals to you.
Decorating Salad Tongs DIY Christmas Trees
Before I started decorating my salad tong trees I glued my tart tin at the top so I could gauge where I wanted to start my garland.
For this tree I’m using a three-section pink bead and metal chain necklace.
I started at the top at an angle that looked good to me.
This really is just a wing it kind of thing. Whatever looks good to you will work fine.
Add glue to the sides as you make your way down the tree.
This way you don’t see any glue on the front.
The nice thing about this is that you also see the necklace on the back and you get a double effect.
Keep making your way down until you’re done.
TIP: it’s a good idea to do a dry fit first to make sure whatever you choose is long enough to make it all the way down.
To finish off my salad tong tree I glued a vintage plastic light reflector inside the tart tin topper.
Then the whole tree got glued onto a vintage jello mold as the trunk.
This salad tong tree was decorated with pieces of two faux blue rhinestone bracelets, and a different plastic light reflector was glued inside the tart tin.
I didn’t have enough bracelet to go around the back as well so I just glued the garland on the front.
For this diy Christmas tree I used two faux pearl necklaces, and another different light reflector inside the tart tin tree topper.
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I used the same pink bead from a broken thrifted bracelet that I took apart inside each light reflector.
So even though each salad tong tree is very different, the tree toppers sort of pull the three together.
So, I have to say that my salad tong trees aren’t looking so crazy to me now that they’ve become a reality.
They looked a little crazier when they were sitting inside my brain. lol.
These are so easy to make, and you can use anything around these diy Christmas trees; twine, rope, lace, ribbon, beading.
Whatever you have or whatever you can think of.
The possibilities are endless!
So, what do you think? Crazy or not?
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!