So, these things- what should we call them? Receipt holders? Ticket Pokes? Paper spikes? Often found in antique stores (and most recently for me, a great estate sale), these guys are just begging for a new lease on life, aren’t they?
Truth be told, I’ve picked up an antique receipt holder here and there over the years without a purpose in mind…but I was really drawn to the ornate bases…and how different each one was. Over time, I realized they reminded me of antique iron Christmas tree stands…
So OBVIOUSLY these needed to become Christmas trees. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
Enter my $0.50 find at the thrift store- old sheet music. A 1912 printing of Handel’s “Messiah”. It was yuletide fate!
Transforming a receipt holder into a Christmas tree is super easy…and they come together in no time. And if you don’t have old sheet music, an old book (preferably one that is falling apart, since I know crafting with books is a sacrilege in some circles) will also do.
And here’s the kicker- all you do is tear the paper into smaller and smaller squares. No scissors, no tape, no glue, no tools whatsoever! Definitely a craft for everyone.
It really is just that simple! Stack and poke…twist the corners around to make your tree “full”…tear some more and add it on. And BOOM- a whimsical tree.
Since I like things in an uneven-numbered cluster, there you go! These will definitely be integrated into our holiday décor this year- aren’t they sweet? Sheet music is the perfect crafting medium during the holiday season.
But back to my original question- what’s the verdict on what the stand is called?? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
And if you’re looking for more DIY ideas for a vintage, repurposed Christmas, please check out my other projects for inspiration!