Log Cabin Christmas

For several years I was on the committee for our local Festival of Trees. I have decorated hundreds of "themed" trees. The festival fizzled out over the years so I started decorating small trees with vintage items and selling them in my booth. My next few posts will show off some of the ones I have done over the years.

I also have an extensive collection of old games and toys. I love Lincoln Logs and I had a box of misc parts and pieces.

I find my trees at garage sales and Goodwill. I try to pay no more than $1 per tree. This one was screwed into this small galvanized bucket.

I knew how to build a Lincoln Log house. After all, I have been doing it since I was a child! I loved building structures from Lincoln Logs! I needed to build one that wouldn't fall apart. I wasn't sure glue would hold it together long term.

I started by drilling holes in the "connector" part of the log. Then I started building the structure supported by four dowel rods. I also used glue to further hold the structure together.

When I got to the portion that had to hold the tree, I used the screws that had held the tree in the bucket. I nailed two pieces of scrap wood to the Lincoln Logs. I traced the outline of the tree base and marked where the tree base had held the screws.

Then I kept building. A couple more layers and then I added the roof. I cut the green slats down to size and notched out the two that met where the stem of the tree met the apex of the roof.

Then I started decorating. I used felt stars, pine cones and what else—the small Lincoln Logs! I drilled holes and ran the branch through the holes.

And for the topper? Another house!

I built it the same way as the base, using dowel rods to ensure it would stay together. I topped it off with the chimney. The tip of the tree pokes through the chimney. You have to scrunch the branches together to get them to fit inside the house. I used tiny bottle brush wreaths to decorate the house. A tiny little cardinal made its home there!

This is the completed tree. I think it turned out well. Turns out I couldn't sell it. It is now a permanent part of my Lincoln Log collection.

I will post more tree creations over the next couple months leading up to Christmas.

#LincolnLogs #christmas #tree #cardinal #star #felt #holiday #repurposed

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.