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December 9, 2012

Small Twig X-Mas Tree

I have a smallish bookcase almost right next to my entrance door in the lounge and I wanted something a little different than my usual small green faux Christmas tree which I normally display here.

This little project cost me zero money as I used stuff I already had on hand.

I covered an empty {standard size} tin can with red felt, cut a small strip of black felt for the belt and added a silver round washer as the buckle.

We have a lot of branches which need to be taken to the garden refusal site... fortunately I grabbed some branches and smaller twigs for my craft projects before Roy takes it to the dump!

I used glass marbles {sand will also do} to keep the branch in place in the can. After that I added raffia to the bottom to hide the marbles.

For decorations I used small gift box decorations, a few plastic hollies, and lastly I draped a thin silver wire all over the little tree.

On the following photo one can see the proportions aren't too big or too small - just right

I have a framed photo of Cheri with a few of her friends above the bookcase.  The Christmas basket I have had for years and I actually like to use it as part of a table center piece now and then {depending on my Christmas table theme and color}.

On the right I have an antique Book cigarette Holder which I bought a couple of years ago at a craft market. It is not something I am really into, but I found it quite interesting, which brings me to my question to you:

Does anyone know more about this piece?  I googled it but could not find any info on the age or anything else about it.  The top lifts up {see next photo}, with some kind of spring mechanism, and the piece which is used to hold the cigarettes pops up. This actually still smell of old stale cigarette smoke, so, somewhere, someone did in fact use it ! There are also a small music box built into the bottom, but that does not work anymore - the original bottom cover must have broken, as there is a newish plastic cover ... I think the original cover might have had some more info about this interesting piece on it.

Any ideas or information ?... anyone ...???

Bye-bye now,

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  1. Hey Linda, I love the twig cute...reminds me of Charlie Browns tree! i wanted you to know that you are my Spotlight of the Week on my blog!

  2. What a cute display. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ordinary Words...twigs are great for decoration any time of the year♫ Nice job on the Christmas themed one. I have no idea on your mystery item, except to say it is intriguing♪

  4. Saw you at Tutus and Tea Parties. I love the little twig tree!!

  5. Christmas decorating is so much fun, isn't it?! I can tell you are having a blast! Thank you for linking it up at the linky party at

  6. We love your crafty creation and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us in the Crafty Showcase. Stop back in to see who gets featured on Friday.

    Merry Christmas,
    Susie, Sandy, Sarah & the Bowdabra Designers

  7. Such a cute twig tree. Loved and pinned. thanks for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!


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