Our Christmas Trees

To tell you about our Christmas trees, I will need to tell you about one of my greatest treasure finds – EVER!

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This incredible box is built of old road mileage signs, cut down into a box.  The man who made it didn’t even care enough about the signs to put them upright, for him, it was just a box.

I found this box in a back corner of a yard sale in Massachusetts last September.  It wasn’t for sale and when I asked the guy about it, I am pretty sure he thought I was nuts.  He was selling items from his Uncle’s estate and didn’t think anyone would want it.

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I happen to know this box was meant for me.  How?  The inside panels actually say how many miles it is to Putnam!  Yup, that’s my box cause my name is on it!

And, it is the miles (approximately) from my amazing girlfriend’s (Betty’s) house, who I was shopping with, to my house!

I absolutely love the graphic nature and the worn texture of the paint.  And, if you shine your headlights on it, it does reflect!

Right now we can’t access the “Putnam” panel because we flipped the box so the words were right side up, put the “top” on the bottom, added a piece of plywood to the bottom for stability and added casters.

Eventually I would like to upholster the top, but in the meantime, I love the box for our tree.

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Our tree is set inside another amazing treasure – this old factory bin, found in NH last year.

I placed a pretty cheapy basic tree, sprayed with spray on snow.  It is my experience that stuff can make even the cheapest tree look pretty!

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Then I began filling up the tree with vintage treasures: a few vintage ornaments, some sparkly snow flakes, vintage clock faces and vintage chandelier crystals.

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Then for my “garland” I used some simple twine and vintage lace trim.

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I also had some really pretty Blessed Mother ornaments as well.

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All in all, it brings some pretty sparkle to our basement.  If you want to see more of our basement this Christmas, you can go here.

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Then of course, we have our traditional family tree upstairs in the living room.

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This tree is filled with all of the ornaments our kids have made and the ornaments that we have given them each year.  This tree makes my heart happy.

This year we also had a little fun and added a bright tree upstairs for the girls as well.

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I hope you enjoyed our trees, if you would like to see our whole Christmas tour, you can visit here.

I will be sharing this post with some of the link parties you can find here.

And of course, I am joining Sarah over at The Thrifty Decor Chick for her Tree Party!

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30 thoughts on “Our Christmas Trees”


  1. Amazing Vintage finds!! Love the little tree with vintage ornaments, what a great idea to have a separate tree for those ornaments(I think I will be on the lookout for a new tree now) Always love coming here to see your decorating!

  2. WOW!! Your home is gorgeous! I love your beautiful basement, and your wonderful vintage finds look right at home. Love the tree in the factory bin, what a creative and beautiful idea. All of your trees are beautiful and festive.

  3. Hello Laura,
    Your home looks so lovely for the Holidays. This is the first year that our youngest daughter had a Christmas tree in her room. She is loving it! Happy Holidays.
    Smiles, Paula

  4. The box is a great find. What a unique items to have. I fits so well into your home.
    Your tree is very pretty. I love the lace garland (that’s going on the to-do list for next year). I’ll have to try your snow in a can trick – I have a few ugly trees around here that I can practice on.

  5. Ok, I LOVE that box!!!! What an amazing find!!! It looks beautiful in your basement all decked out with the beautiful tree. Once again my dear you home is gorgeous with your trees, I can just see you relaxed at the foot of any one of them drinking something hot and yummy! 🙂
    Have a wonderful Christmas my sweet friend.

  6. Oh wow!! I love that big gorgeous box.What a fabulous find. I love the bin you put your tree in.All your trees look fabulous.Your such a great decorator.


  7. What an awesome find! LUV that box! And your tree looks perfect on it! All of your trees are gorgeous and I truly enjoyed the little tour of your house! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  8. That box is absolutely fantastic! I love old road signs so that is right up my alley! My sister has an old Railroad sign and she has trouble photographing her room at night because the sign just glows.. 🙂 That old factory bin is pretty darn fabulous too! I can tell I’m really going to love your blog!

  9. I LOVE that box!! And your cute little tree! With a 1 year old tearing down EVERYTHING on our tree, something like this would be perfect for our house. But ohhhh, that box is such an amazing, one of a kind find. I’m your newest follower- saw you on Tatertots & Jello’s FB page!

  10. I love this and I always enjoy your projects.
    I am looking for people to do tutorials for January and I am actually looking for new people. It will be a new year after all.
    Email me if you are interesed in doing a tutorial on the CSI Projct
    I have Jan 2nd and 4th open- Using left over Christmas stuff to craft
    and Jan. 10th and 11th- Winter crafts and decor
    of course, then you will have the chance to do a tutorial every month after because I will add you to the list.

    Let me know!
    Dee, The CSI Girl

  11. Oh I love your blog! Your Christmas Home Tour is so beautiful! All of your rooms are stunningly gorgeous and welcoming and homey! I have a little 790 sq. ft. main floor but it is my pride and joy….love looking at all you have done with your spaces! Thanks! 🙂