For years, my friend kept telling me about these trees her mother made from ball ornaments and she kept saying she wanted to make one. Finally, I said to her, just do it! While out antique shopping, we were lucky enough to come across a vendor that had a huge box of ornaments for only $5.00 so she knew it was the right time to do it.
I just could not image what she was talking about and couldn't picture what she was going to do. A few days after we got back from shopping, she sent me a photo of her ornament tree and I was immediately in love with it!
This year, while at my house, we got out a box of ornaments I had and she made one for me! I'm totally in love with it. I made a tiny version from antique mercury glass balls and now need to find more to make her one.
One day, I came across a web site that had scanned Sears catalogs from way back when. While going through a Wish Book from the early 60's, I found out these used to come in kits and are called Cluster Trees.
I never saw a kit before but recently, there were two on eBay, both by Shiny Brite!
The first one sold for $40.00 plus shipping:
The second one is a BIN for $229.00!!!!!
Will be on the look out for these at the flea markets this year!!