Monday, December 3, 2012

Folding Ruler Trees

'Tis the season for creating Christmas tree art with my stash of vintage folding rulers. I've been using bits and pieces of folding rulers in small projects throughout the year, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover I still had a good variety of textures and colors left over for some more folding ruler Christmas trees.

I really like the size and shape of this one.  It's only 13" tall and a perfect fit in the stand.

Remember this broken mirror I found at a thrift shop last weekend?  I couldn't get it apart because there were no little pins holding the frame together and the ring around the back was not going to come off.  Time for plan B....

Why not make it a frame?  I placed the tray in a large bag and broke out the glass with a few hammer smacks.  I didn't have any fabric or lace that looked right, so I just painted the thick cardboard and glued the rulers and rhinestone button directly to the cardboard.

This is the folding ruler tree I shared last last December and my inspiration for the others.
Click here to see how easy it was to put together.

Don't you love using supplies you already have?  I didn't care for the dark brown stain on two  8 1/2" diameter wood circles I had stashed away, but a little paint fixed them right up.

All three are now wrapped and ready to put under the Christmas tree....just as soon as I get 
a chance to buy one.


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40 comments:

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

What a great idea! Cute!

Maureen said...

Wow, Betsy, those are awesome! I have three folding rulers, but I have as yet not summoned the courage to cut them apart! I shall have to buy one in really terrible condition to use for parts...

I love the way you repurposed the broken mirror!

Anne said...

Betsy I missed this last year.So glad you are sharing this again! What a cool idea! Whom ever is getting these they are very lucky! So cleaver,cute and cool!
xx
Anne

Peggy said...

What a beautiful way to repurpose that pretty broken mirror. Love how the trees turned out, the background color choices were just right. Now get out and get that tree!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are fabulous Betsy.

Michelle L. said...

Truly ingenious, in that way that makes you think it has always existed. You always manage to make me feel like that!

marie said...

Love these...the colors are awesome! You think of the best things!!

Okio B Designs said...

I just love that look!

Jeanine

Vintage Gypsy said...

Your Christmas trees are really cute! It's too bad that you couldn't replace the mirror on that gorgeous piece but I do like what you did with it, good thinking!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I just LOVE them, Betsy!!!!

You are Queen of repurposing!!!

xoxo

cebelica said...

Girl, how on earth do you come up with ideas like this? These look amazing!!! Hugs! xx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A cute reuse of the mirror tray!!
So on the news all the heavy rains/flooding in Northern CA - Really bad!

Kathy said...

The lucky recipents are going to be thrilled when they unwrap these treasures. Love the rhinestone bling at the top, of course!

Olive said...

Betsy, they could not be more charming. xo, olive

craftyles said...

These are so cute and creative. I could kick myself for not bringing back my Dads yardsticks. Darn!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are just so cute! Love the oval mirror as a frame! Hugs, Linda

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your creations always make me smile, Betsy. These guys are so cute and whimsical. Love them.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Fabulous, Betsy! I love each of these adorable trees.

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

What a sweet idea, so creative!

Donna Wilkes said...

What a great gift idea if only I could make myself cut up my folding rulers. It is a good way to use up scraps and they do turn out beautiful. I may have to fake it and leave my rulers alone :>)

Susan said...

That is such a cute idea and I love how it looks in your mirror frame!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love this idea! And what a gret repurpose of the (broken) mirror frame! Wish I found these locally at our flea markets. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places? Good luck with the tree hunt.

Into Vintage said...

These are such perfect little tabletop (or wall) Christmas tree and I like that you left the folding hardware on the pieces of ruler. You have such a variety of colors and styles -- I only seem to find white or wood folding rulers.

The little blingy tree topper gives just the right amount of *sparkle.*

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Wow, these are so pretty. That mirror is fabulous...Connie

Susan Hemann said...

Just so creative. You have a lot of creative ideas. Merry Christmas.

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Those are great! What a creative idea. I've seen the large ones made of old moulding, but never though of reducing them. Genius!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is a great repurpose of the mirror tray and the folding rulers. Love. It.

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Love them all...I still remember the one from last year! Probably because I see it all over Pinterest :) Sooo fun!

~ Liz ~ said...

I haven't the inner strength to allow myself to cut my folding rulers, but I do so love your trees, especially the one on the cabinet door. They are all so sweet!
Liz

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it, you are soooo creative! I never find rulers when I am out! You must be a treasure magnet!

Carol

kitty said...

Betsy, that is such a cute idea! I love it and you did such a wonderful job.

Faire Notions said...

Love this idea and I got myself a few sticks. Just afraid of making that first cut. And the vanity frame makes for a prefect frame.
Have a fantastic week. Lisa

το χειρότεχνο said...

great ideas

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Very cute!!

Bohemian said...

What a great way to Upcycle anything that has a Visually Appealing surround but has Condition Issues. I often see those Mirrored Trays that Time hasn't been so kind with the fragile sections of, but the Metalwork is always so Lovely that now I will be Inspired to pick them up and make something new out of them! Thanks for the Inspiration. Dawn... The Bohemian

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You are brilliant! Too cute!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Just awesome. Love the ruler trees.

must love junk said...

These are some of the cutest things I've seen!! I love them all! :)
Susan

Jessica W said...

These are amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love what you did with the mirror! I saw that it was featured, too...I recognized it!