Friday, November 9, 2012

Ikea Margareta Christmas Tree Canvas

UPDATE: see what I did with the canvas for Christmas 2013 by clicking HERE and this is a little glimpse:



I know that I'm very early with my Christmas decor. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving (I never go shopping on Black Friday) but when I stopped at Ikea on October 22nd, I fell in love with the Ikea Margareta Fabric. My head was spinning, that's how excited I was!

Ikea Margareta Christmas Tree Fabric

Ikea Margareta Wood
I love the Ikea Margareta Wood too. It would look great in a faux fireplace, wouldn't it?
Ikea Margareta Wood Fabric

While my mom was here I started working on a little (yeah right, it's huge) canvas.

This is what you'll need:

• four 2x2x8 furring strips for $6.88 (2 cuts at 50" length, 2 cuts at 72" length)
• 2 yards of Ikea Margareta (pine tree) fabric for $13.98
• 1 pack (8 screws) 2 1/2" wood screws for $1.18
• stapler and staples
• ornament hooks
• ornaments
• If you'd like to add lights to the canvas, you can buy 14" inch grommets (or whatever fits your bulbs), attach them to the fabric where you want the lights and stick the bulbs from a white light garland through the grommet. I opted for no lights since I want my chandelier to be the lighting focal point and another reason is that the grommets were on the pricey side. It sure would look stunning to have the canvas lit!

You could also make an advent calendar! There are so many possibilities!

assembling a wood frame
I predrilled the holes and put the frame together with 2 screws for each connection. 

stretching fabric over a wood frame
Then I stapled the fabric really tight to the frame. Make sure to keep it even, so the tree looks straight.
bending Christmas hooks for Ikea Margareta fabric
I bent the hook from the right side into the hook that you can see on the left side,
to be able to just push them into the fabric and hang the ornaments.

silver Ikea garland
Lite weight ornaments work best and that's why I used these ornaments from an old Ikea garland.

DIY Christmas wall art
I just pushed the hooks into the fabric with the ornaments on it.

Ikea Margareta Christmas Tree Fabric
FINISHED

Ikea Margareta Christmas Tree Fabric

Do you notice something else? I hope so! Haha!
I changed out the crystals on my cellula chandelier.

DIY Christmas Ornament chandelier and Ikea Margareta wall art

DIY Christmas Ornament cellula chandelier and DIY Ikea Margareta wall art

Christmas cellula chandelier
Look, I can see myself in the ornament :)

DIY Christmas cellula chandelier


DIY Christmas cellula chandelier



I usually have a small tree in the corner instead of the boxwood topiary. I might put it somewhere else this year. Not sure yet!

What do you think? I have to take some more pictures when it is dark outside because the chandelier looks beautiful. At least that's what I think.

Have a great weekend. I hope I'll be done with another exciting project by Monday.

Happy Friday und guten Tag!




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54 comments :

  1. Beautiful! What a great idea for that tree, would work perfectly for my daughter who just started crawling and I'm sure will want to pull down the whole tree this year :) And that light fixture, how clever! Everything looks great!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure this fabric will be very popular this Christmas

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  2. i LOVE this, julia! what a great idea! especially for apartment dwellers or people who don't have the room for a tree. how cool- the light is awesome, too!

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    1. Thanks. I also thought that it would be great for apartment dwellers.

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  3. first of all, that chandelier is like those bubble ones i've been coveting...and this is just with ornaments? crazy! and i LOVE how dimensional you made that tree fabric. another super good idea!

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  4. Amazing! Simply amazing. What a great idea for people who don't have room for a full tree! Oh and your chandelier is great too! :)

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    1. Thanks Caitlin. I certainly have room for a tree. I think I have 5 or 6 every year, lol, plus this canvas tree now. I know, I overdo Christmas.

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  5. OMG! I love this idea! I so want to do this now. You never cease to amaze.
    : )

    Smiles!
    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  6. WOW!!!! I love the canvas tree...just what I need...no stringing lights! :)

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  7. It's 5:47am and I'm on the treadmill worrying how and when I can get to ikea today to get the fabric because I LOVE your project! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your Ikea trip!

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  8. It's 5:47am and I'm on the treadmill worrying how and when I can get to ikea today to get the fabric because I LOVE your project! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  9. GORGEOUS, Julia! What a cute idea! The canvas tree by itself if fabulous but adding ornaments is awesome! I love it! Your chandelier is soooo pretty too! Beautiful job! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm going to include this in this week's highlights. ;)

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  10. What a FAB idea!! I love the lighting too!!

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  11. Very nice, but i have a question. Maybe i'm just a little confused. 6 screws for 4 connections?

    THX

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    1. OMG, lol...you are right! I meant to say 8! I'll change it. All these people and nobody caught the mistake.
      Thanks ;)

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    2. No problem. Will definetely try tu build this beautiful piece!

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    3. Thanks and good luck with your project!

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  12. You are so clever! I can't believe that I walked right past this fabric last week at Ikea! Boo hoo, me. I can now officially claim how ripped off we Aussies are, by comparison, by Ikea! Holey Moley...one metre here sets us back by AU$9.99, whereas it only costs you guys US$13.99 for TWO yards!!! And the friggin' stuff comes from Indonesia - just around the corner. No wonder the fight for Aussie justice with Ikea goes on. I guess it's down to population numbers to keep the costs down. (Place another boo hoo here!) Anyhoo, I totally heart what you've done with that fabric and I'm going to be making another trip back there just to get some! ;-) Thanks heaps for your uber cool tutorial. Btw, your Xmas tree is perfectly imperfect, just the way it is, and I HEART it. mwah Hx

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    1. Thanks so much!
      I can't believe how expensive it is! Somebody from Perth, Australia just wrote me an email desperately looking for this fabric. She wanted me to list it on ebay so she could buy it. The shipping for that isn't really affordable either.

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  13. Oh wow! How dreadful for her. Ikea, here in Brisbane (Queensland), stocks it so if she wants to contact me, by all means pass on my email to her. I'll see what I can do for her. It's aussiebeachgirl@micanip.com - cheers, heather :)

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    1. You're very welcome, J! I don't think I've ever seen anything as beautiful as your light feature...it has the WOW factor a gazillion times over! Hx

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  14. Where did you get your chandelier? I love it!!!

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    1. Thanks, the chandelier is from Germany but you can get it in the US too just not for THAT cheap!

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    2. Where can I get it? Could you give me more informations? It would look just perfect in my dining room!
      I love your website! You are so gifted!!! Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

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    3. Well, thank you!
      The light is a replica of the very expensive Cellula Chandelier. The original is being sold at DESIGN WITHIN REACH for $2,730. Wow, right? I got mine for 80Euros (equals about$65) but they sell some replicas in the US as well, for example for $325 here
      http://www.ecrater.com/p/11498364/crystal-linear-pendant-lamp-cellula?gps=1
      or for $278.89 at ZGallerie http://www.zgallerie.com/p-1466-linear-strand-crystal-chandelier.aspx

      I took the crystals down for Christmas and replaced them with Christmas bulbs.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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    4. Thank you so much! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  15. Simply amazing, an excellent idea and beautifully done. Would you mind if I re blogged this post on my design blogsspot

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  16. Love yours! It is so classy! I did something similar, but used a curtain rod and felt decorations. Thanks so much for showing us how you did it. Love your chandelier too. http://allthingsholyhell.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/the-biggest-advent-calendar-on-the-block/

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  17. Love the tree so much I got one. Two Questions: (1) Are you going to leave it up all year, or dismantle it, or what?

    (2) Are you going to add more bling to it, since only the top 1/2 is decorated?

    Thanks!

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    1. I took it down after Christmas and will put it back up next year.
      And it's only half decorated in the one photo. In the rest of the photos it is completely done. Next year I might add something else.

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  18. OK, I was able to nab one of 3 remaining Ikea Christmas trees from Amazon a couple weeks ago. It was pricey, at $25, but free shipping and I don't have to obsess about it for the next year. Now I have to figure out what to do with it!

    Am thinking of sewing on random antique various colored buttons on it.

    Couple questions: (1) Have you washed yours at all? My friend said if I wash it, it'll lose its sheen & also it'll fray at the edges. (2) Did you remove your furring strips so you can just store it for the year?

    Thankee!

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    1. Hi, I have washed cut fabric from Ikea before and it worked just fine. The edges didn't fray a lot.
      And yes, I did take the picture apart so I could store it.
      The idea with the antique buttons sounds great.

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    2. Thanks....I find myself coming back most every day to visit your brilliant site.

      Love your striped curtains, too. Oh, and your dining room chandelier. Will let you know how my project comes along.

      I have to post as anonymous as I don't know how to create an account. I live at Lake Tahoe, NV.

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    3. Aww thanks for liking my blog :)
      You just have to get a free google account and you can get a message with your name and picture if you want to.

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  19. Hello there, found your site, somehow, but LOVE this. I live in the Netherlands now so I seriously begged my mom who lives in the states to ebay and send me this fabric asap. I now have it and am so excited to make this but I want to add the lights as you suggested. I can't seem to find a single example of how to do it online. Do you have any suggestions for adding the grommets and lights as I really don't want to ruin my treasured fabric. haha. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you. They don't sell this fabric at Ikea in Europe? I'm so surprised! I bought some grommets last week and will play around with it. The trick is to finding the right size. If I figure it out I will post it.
      You can already put it on a frame though and I would definitely put some liner (something thicker like felt) stretched under the fabric to avoid it from being see through.
      Hope that helps.

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    2. They have a new style this Christmas which has a weird white wash over it, almost like the photo was over exposed. Just doesn't look as good in my opinion.

      So happy that you are trying first. Please do let me know if you figure out sizes. And if at all possible can you tell in metric units as well, you know living in Europe and all (but I am sure as you are from Germany you understand ;)) Also will look for a cheap fabric to line it with, good idea!

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    3. I believe the one they've produced this year will glow in the dark. That's what the weird finish is, which I definitely wouldn't wash.
      I bought three of the regular one on eBay: one for me, my sister & sister-in-law. I'm hesitant to wash it before sew or staple it.

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