Antique Receipt Holder & Sheet Music Christmas Trees

Antique Receipt Holder & Sheet Music Christmas Trees

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?

Vintage iron receipt holder to be repurposed as sheet music paper Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s go with receipt holders!

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.

But, how?

Enter my $0.50 find at the thrift store- old sheet music. A 1912 printing of Handel’s “Messiah”. It was yuletide fate!

Antique Hallelujah Chorus Messiah Sheet music to be repurposed as paper Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

I heart thrift stores!

Antique receipt holder and vintage sheet music repurposed into DIY paper Christmas trees holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ready to repurpose!

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.

Antique receipt holder and vintage sheet music repurposed into DIY paper Christmas trees holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Looks easy enough…

Antique receipt holder and vintage sheet music repurposed into DIY paper Christmas trees holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

A tree is forming…

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.

Antique receipt holder and vintage sheet music repurposed into DIY paper Christmas trees holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

And there it is!

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.

Antique receipt holder and vintage sheet music repurposed into DIY paper Christmas trees holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

So cute…and so simple!

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!

Craft on!


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  1. Now, that’s thinking outside the box! Very creative!

  2. Very sweet! I just love decorations like this! Now, where to find paper spikes?! I will be looking as I go thrifting after the holidays. It will have to be a next year craft. Pinned!

  3. So cute and creative!!

  4. Suuuper cute!! I have a ton of old sheet music that would work great for this! Love those little “stands” too, no idea what they’re called! 🙂

  5. I will be on the hunt for these paper spike, receipt sticks or whatever they’re called, but I call your trees gorgeous!

  6. Sarah – cute idea! in fact, I have one of those paper spikes on my desk – I use it for its original purpose – keeping track of notes and receipts…they are fairly common…and it wouldn’t be difficult to make your own as well…great idea – and great photography! coming over from the vintage inspiration party…

  7. SO adorable! Absolutely love these. Thanks for sharing them with us at On Display Thursday!

  8. These are so simple and beautiful! I love that it took very little prep, too! 🙂

  9. What a wonderful idea! I love anything vintage, so I’m definitely trying this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. What a great idea! My very musical hubby would love these!

  11. I love these! Such a creative use for these old note/receipt holders. I think I’ll have to put this on my “to do” list for next year.

  12. Adorable!!! Great creation! Thanks for sharing!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  13. Beautiful and creative!!

    We are so glad you shared with us at the Home Matters Linky party! Please be sure to come back to our next party on Jan. 9th. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. What a fabulous idea! Love these! Popping over from Make it Monday. Merry Christmas!

  15. Who cares what their official name is you made them extra special and adorable love any kind of paper trees especially ones with old music these are awesome thanks for sharing with us.Susie

  16. Girl, these are just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with Found & Foraged! Pinned! Hope to see you Saturday night.

  17. Such a cute craft! And those paper spikes are amazing, totally look like Christmas tree stands. Thanks for sharing this at On Display Thursday! Come join us again tomorrow morning. 🙂

  18. My aunt and uncle owned a restaurant when I was young and I used to help out
    though I was very underage at that time. we called them receipt spindles. so I looked them up online using that name and found them for sale on Amazon. i am sure they have more ornate., vintage ones on Ebay and other resale sites I will be looking. I think even I might be able to do this craft.

    • says:

      Thanks, Elleen!! If you look up “paper spike” or “receipt spike” on Etsy, you’ll find plenty of vintage options. 🙂

  19. great idea I have serval of those I will try to make one. I use them in my office for notes and keys quit handy. thanks for sharing

  20. nancy dodson says:

    they are receipt sticks. In groc. stores or other stores the owner would put his copy of a receipt on the “peg” and at the end of the day do his book work. back then most stores would charge things and people would pay at the end of the month on their bill. this was very common years ago when you could trust people to keep their word with a hand shake.

    • says:

      Isn’t it funny how many different names these have? So many people have told me definitively what they are called…yet each name is different! 😀

  21. Toni Sommers says:

    Here in Ohio (in our neck of the woods, farm country) and years ago when ya used to say put that on my bill George, the “bill spike” housed the store owners receipt. I used one for years in my antique shop along with a mechanical cash register. Love outside of the box thinking 🙂 Have a great day! -Toni- of Rejuve Good Bones

  22. I live this. My dogs trainer is a pianist. He would love this except I can’t find any. Have been to a number of antique stores and they don’t have any.

  23. Tree base when i used it was called a Paper Spindel.

    • says:

      So many people have told me different names- funny how such a little thing could have so many nicknames!

  24. Patti Trammel says:

    I just had the thrill of one finding me this weekend! Will be dressing it for the holiday season in glorious paper from a vintage Atlas to remind me to enjoy the journey.


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