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Making lemon (tree tragedy) into (lemon tree) lemonade

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We recently had a record-breaking snowfall here in Z├╝rich, which also happened to be the first real snow of the season. Unfortunately, I thought my lemon tree would be okay on our covered patio, but after three days of snow, I noticed that the tree was looking really droopy. I brought it inside, but it was too late. All the leaves had already died and it was so sad-looking that I couldn’t bear to look at it when I walked past. I plucked off all the crispy leaves and decided to wait until spring to see if there would be some sort of miracle to revive it. In the meantime, having a tragic tree skeleton in our living room isn’t exactly very welcoming. I decided to make some mini birdhouses to decorate the dry branches. My inspiration came from Kat Button’s nests here.

 

The process is pretty straightforward: take some balloons, blow them up, cover them with paste and strips of paper from the recycling bin; after it dries, pop the balloon, and decorate with more upcycled materials. I used egg cartons, popsicle sticks, coloured paper, beads, old books, paper punch-outs, dried flowers, and silk flowers.

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This was also an effective way to get all the junk out of my crafting cupboard… I had tens of popsicle sticks saved up from this past summer, along with some old Japanese books I had taken from a library discard bin years ago. Even the beads are recycled– they were painstakingly peeled off an old paper bag from my ceramic club.

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This one ended up being my favourite. I had emptied a hole punch onto a dish and rolled around the paper ball in it while the paint was still wet. The tiny punch-outs got absolutely everywhere, of course, and I expect to be vacuuming them off of my rug for the next millenia, but I love the result!

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The tree is still pretty forlorn, so I plan to make some more decorations for it. Anything to distract from the poor, lifeless branches!

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