A Sequined Tree, by Lindsay

November 23, 2009

Happy Monday friends!  I’m so happy to bring you one amazingly beautiful DIY project from my great friend Lindsay over at Living with Lindsay

Lindsay is one of those inventive gals that I admire so much because if nobody’s done it, well she’ll figure out how, and then teach you.  When she showed us how to paint laminate, I was hooked.  When she transformed this Craigslist coffee table, I almost spit out my coffee.  Then she made this amazing wreath that was featured on Apartment Therapy.  She even watches Glee (love that show!).  Lindsay is just a DIY gal after my own heart. 

Today, in continuation of Guest Blogger Week, I’m proud to present her vintage inspired sequined holiday tree. 

Take it away Lindsay !

“When thinking about decorating my home for the holidays this year, I’ve been really drawn towards the vintage inspirations of my past. Growing up, we had a gorgeous array of ornaments handmade by my grandmother on our tree. I’m not sure if the ornaments exist anymore (unless they are hidden in my parents’ attic), but I am still inspired by their beauty.

lindsay ornaments

These aren’t my ornaments, but I wish they were.

With that inspiration in mind, I decided to create a sequined tree tablescape for my dining room table featuring the same handmade technique that my grandmother used on her ornaments. It’s a simple, yet time consuming process, so I’m going to show you how to replicate it. This is definitely one to do while sitting in front of your TV while you are watching Glee (don’t you just love that show?).

What you’ll need:

  1. Styrofoam cone or ball – Small cones (around 8” tall) and balls can be found at Dollar Tree. If you can’t find them there or want a larger size, be sure to use your 40% off coupons at craft stores.
  2. Sequins – I chose 8mm
  3. Beads – I chose 4mm
  4. Straight pins – I like using just regular dressmakers’ pins.

I began by separating my beads and sequins into a sectioned box. I had this neat little Tupperware box in my cabinet, but you could even use inexpensive Gladware or bowls from your kitchen. You’ll just want to get your sequins and beads out of the little plastic original packaging.

lindsay beadbox

As you can see, I’m using a turquoise, lime green and silver color scheme for my tablescape, but you can choose any colors that work for you. I like to keep my sequins colorful and my beads either metallic or clear.

Next, slide a bead and a sequin onto one of your straight pins. Craft stores sell sequin pins, but they are absolutely unnecessary. They are more expensive than regular dressmakers’ straight pins, and you’ll need a ton of pins. You’ll just want to make sure that the pin is large enough that bead won’t slide off the head of the pin.

lindsay pin

Push your pin into your Styrofoam base. If you are making a tree, start from the bottom of the cone and work your way up making horizontal rows around the cone. If you are making a ball, you’ll want to make a ring of sequins around the ball vertically and then a ring around the ball horizontally. I am making trees in this tutorial, but a good ball tutorial can be found here.

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You will want to slightly overlap each sequin on each side and each row so that the Styrofoam cannot be seen underneath the sequins.

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With this tree, I am doing alternating stripes of turquoise and lime green sequins. On another, I did a solid silver tree. I also have a larger cone that is solid lime green with touches of a turquoise and silver design.  Just be creative and come up with an interesting pattern!

When you have about one row left until you get to the top of your cone, go ahead and fill in the flat top. I put one sequin in the center and then made a ring around it.

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Then you can go ahead and finish the top row around your tree.

lindsay top row

Now you have a fun, vintage-looking tree to add to your holiday décor! You could take it a step further and add a star or other ornament to the top, but I personally like the plain look.

lindsay christmas tree

I can’t wait to show you my full tablescape using these trees! Be sure to follow my decorating adventures at Living With Lindsay to see the big reveal.

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Kate for having me at Centsational Girl !  Kate’s my idol, as I’m sure she is yours, so I feel extremely honored to have been asked to be with you here today. Thank you, Kate !”




Thank you so much Lindsay for sharing your creativity !  I’ll be hopping over to Living with Lindsay to see her tablescape.  Come on along – but first, please be sure to leave a complimentary comment for Lindsay !

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