Decorating Tips

Coat Hanger Tree

December 16, 2010

I have this thing you see. Whenever it snows, I must go outside for a walk at night after everyone is tucked away in their cozy homes. I live in a city but after 10 p.m. in my district it becomes a sleepy village and so one can wander around and find inspiration in the silence. While wandering a few nights ago, I walked by one of my favorite shops nearby which happens to be owned by my friends Berit and Kerstin called Snug and I loved what I saw. Here is a shot of what I saw taken during the day as it was too dark to photograph it at night…

Coat Hanger Tree

A coat hanger tree. It’s impressive, right? I thought so. That is one cute Chrissy tree, the ornaments are their own products, their pretty brooches made from painted wood. It’s a tree for all of your hang ups! :)

Have you found an impressive, unusual tree in your neighborhood? Or do you have one at home? Perhaps you can post it and link it here in the comments section. We could take a winter blog stroll together to see the trees all over the world. Whether you are into Christmas or not, it’s just nice to see the creative things that people can do and how imaginative people can be with a single tree.

P.S. If you are in Hannover this weekend, don’t miss Designachten where you can meet the Snug girls in person along with several other indie artists from Hannover and the local area. I’ll be there as a visitor on both days so maybe you will spot me, too! :)

(images: snug)


  • Reply juliette December 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    My husband and I went out for a midnight snow walk the other night, so fun! I’m really enjoying all the snow we’ve been getting this year in our corner of Germany; it reminds me of all my snowy Decembers back in Boston!

    No cool tree in our house yet, but we did manage to string white lights on the balcony before another snow storm blew in, so now there’s ‘glowy snow’ out there! =)

    • Reply decor8 December 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      @Juliette – Yeah, we’ve been lucky. I read that last year and this year are two biggest snow years in Germany for like, ages. I am so happy to be here for this, but then again I have no car and work from home so sitting by my window with tea as I type and watch the snow fall to my right is a bit dreamy… If I had to schlep to work in this, with a car to clean off, not so much.

  • Reply Vanessa Elizabeth December 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Too cute!

  • Reply Mary December 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

    What a cute hanger tree! Looking at the creative window displays in shops this time of year is one of my very favorite things to do. Now, I’ll be on the lookout for any unusual trees I see, and I’ll definitely share if I find any:)

  • Reply Starlet December 17, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I love that!! Oh, how cute..and the ornaments are so unique!

    The city next door has a pretty cool xmas tree made of shopping cart:

    What’s more American than Xmas + Shopping?

  • Reply Anna December 17, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I came across this :

    Looks like she had a lot of time on her hands.

  • Reply Vicky December 17, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Love the hanger tree, how clever! We made a chalkboard tree this year so that our sweet twins wouldn’t harm themselves on a real one. It has been wonderfully fun and a tradition I think we will carry on for years to come. If you’d like to see here’s the link,

  • Reply Kitty @ lavender playground December 17, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This is so creative! Love it.

  • Reply juliette December 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    ha, so true. Snowy days are good days to work for home; I’m enjoying the scenery, too! And agreed on the driving thing. We have a nice garage which I’m loving (oddly enough, I never had one in Boston!), but I just wish the plows here would actually drop and not just hover. Ah well, makes those late night walks all the prettier!

  • Reply julie December 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    A clever tree indeed. It is too cute! I sometimes wonder where these creative ideas come from. I don’t think I would ever have thought of creating a Christmas tree out of coathangers. We have a little wooden tree this year which is very cute (and petite) with glass baubles and handmade baubles with sequins and beads that I made many many years ago. It also has one small ceramic star hanging on it.

    I love hearing about your late night walks in the snow, it seems so foreign to me as I sit here in the humidity with a thunderstorm brewing outside. One year I would love to experience a white Christmas. We have friends in the UK who just had a baby this year and we would love to visit them so maybe a trip for Christmas next year will be on the cards. Here’s hoping.

    ps. I loved your post from a couple of weeks back about decorating your home, I only just read it now. You’ve got your decorating mojo back, good on you, so excited to see what you do with your home.

  • Reply Brooke Premo December 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    What a cute hanger tree. And I love their shop!

    My husband and I had fun making out paper lantern Christmas tree this year:

  • Reply Brooke Premo December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    making *our* paper lantern Christmas tree.

    I guess we have fun making out too, but that was a typo! :)

    • Reply decor8 December 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      @Brooke – That was a very cute typo. :)

  • Reply Chloe C December 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    I have another from last nite, too. I’ll link it as soon as I get it up.
    Merry Christmas, Holly! xoxo

  • Reply Steph Bond @ Bondville December 18, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Love the idea of a walk in the snow right now! But it’s warm and Sydney is in party mode which is always a great way to celebrate Christmas (and especially new years eve).

    Here’s our very humble tree, using a fallen eucalyptus branch. Luckily the little one hasn’t pulled it over (yet). Fingers crossed.

  • Reply Chloe C. December 19, 2010 at 6:45 am

    here’s another one.

  • Reply shannon December 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    here is the holiday tree my kids and i built from scraps of wood, cup hooks, a 4×4, a vintage bucket, and concrete decorated with shells and beads.

    i LOVE the other tree ideas on this thread. thanks!!

  • Reply anna December 31, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    One of the things I absolutely miss the most about living in the land of snow is walking at night in the falling snow … the hush … the huge flakes drifting down …

  • Reply Olivia Vianna February 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Very nice idea, your blog is fantastic!!!

  • Reply Coat Hangers April 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

    What a creative idea! Love the coat hanger tree.

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