Saturday, December 19, 2009

And a PARTRIDGE in a PEAR tree.....

 About a month ago I saw a neat ornament/card hanger in church.  I liked it so much I tuned out a little and studied how to build it. I know bad!  I did mine a little different.  The original hanger was white with a star on it. I did mine in silver.
Autumn from Design Dump put the coolest picture of gold leafed pears sitting in a sterling silver cake platter with a partridge on top. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Sick..I know! I figured I could incorporate my ornament hanger with gold spray painted pears. Not sure if this is hokey or not? Autumn's picture was sooo much classier.
I found all my ornaments( except for the three gold & clear gittered) from a funny little store called Kings. I think I paid a couple of bucks for them and they had fake pears too!
You can find the most unusual things at Kings.....there's a lot of "Grandma" ornaments.  I found a couple that if I tipped them upside down...they could resemble pears!
I used Rust-Oleum's Metallic finish on the hanger and sprayed the pears with 24 KT Gold "brilliant finish:)" also found at Kings. My boys love Kings... for their large assortment of quirky toys, and their entire row devoted to FAKE weapons.
I picked up some dowels and attempted to drill holes.  It was pretty hard getting the holes straight.  Some of my intersecting dowels don't lay straight.
I glued two of these plaques back to back.  I drilled a hole afterwards to insert the large dowel.
The original hanger had little wood discs on the ends, but I couldn't find any at Home Depot and I was too tired to make a trip to the craft store.  I ended up putting some metal washers on the end with a thumb tack through them.  It kind of adds to the metallic look of it, and they were super cheap!:)

I distressed the silver with a little black paint. 
This can really be used for all sorts of things.  Pretty simple.
For the pears,
 I pulled out the original stem and inserted wire with hot glue on it, then bent to make a hook.
I can't remember the blog I saw where they spray painted their ornaments on a tree?  Very smart!
They looked so delicious on the tree outside...I was tempted to keep them out there!
Or...bring a real branch pretty!

I am losing my Christmas crafting wind....but determined to finish some of my projects. Almost done!

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Bellen said...

That is a wonderful decoration. I like the washers on the ends of the dowels, too.

I can see it for January with snowflakes topped with a snowman, February with hearts and a cupid, March with 4 leaf clovers, white pipes and a pot of gold with leprechan on top, easter eggs and a bunny. Gee, I think I'd better get one made - I'll set it on the entry table.

Anonymous said...

I think it looks fabulous! I honestly like yours better than the photo on Autumn's site. VERY pretty! Great job.

Erika said...

Those even look yummy heeheehee :)
Great job!
Holiday hugs, Erika

Decor To Adore said...

How adorable! I love this idea.

autumn said...

this is awesome! for real...can i put an order in for you to make me one for next year? too cute! and i love how a simple picture inspired you to make this.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is seriously gorgeous! I love how you did those two toned pears. And the hooks! Oh my gosh. So unique!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Natasha in Oz said...

This is a beautiful decoration and the gold looks so elegant and festive. I love the pictures of them hanging off the real branches.

Hope you haven't had that bad weather where you are? If so stay safe and keep warm!

Best Christmas wishes, Natasha.

Unknown said...

Sooooo cool! Great job!


René said...

Yes to partridge in a pear tree, but you will enjoy this for months to come. Great job and very inspiring!

cindy said...

That looks awesome....Never heard of Kings, but reading your description makes me wish I did! Love the metallic look of all the fruit, and that you made the display piece'll be able to use it year after year with different themes. Great job!

Thanks for linking to Mi4M,

One Cheap B*tch said...

Stopping by from Met Monday - what a great idea! And you made it look so easy. I will be trying this next year for sure!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

That turned out great! The pears look really great!
Nice job!

Tracy Wills said...

What a cute idea. Turned out great!

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Wow - what a great idea! I really like how it turned out! Your pictures of the pears in the tree outside was very cute too!

Carolyn said...

I absolutely love this!!!

Sheri said...

Very nice! I like the variety of pears you used. I've posted a link on Thanks for sharing!

Simply Jessabells said...

Love it.

Magic Brush said...

That's so funny because I tried to duplicate some of my church's Christmas decorations as well! They were bronze and green ornaments hanging from a ceiling... so pretty. What type of church do you go to?

Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Yay, I'm your newest follower! I love what I see and I can't wait to look around some more!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

great original idea!

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