Non-traditional Modern Christmas Décor
I’m donating a tannenboing to my daughter’s school auction this year and the theme colors are pink and orange. So we decided to decorate this year’s modern Christmas tree with non-traditional pink and orange pom poms. (Disclaimer: Zoe’s birthday is in December and she wants to have a pink an orange theme for that too – so I thought I could make the boing look less like Christmas and more like a celebration boing if it has some peppy colors).
I’ve also been dying to try decorating our aluminum Christmas tree with the pom poms. I had a thought that the large size and soft shape would be a nice complement to the brushed aluminum spiral. And, the pom poms are so cheap and it doesn’t take many poms to fill out the tree.
So, here you see our first effort at a pink and orange Christmas tree. Looks modern, and fun, and maybe a bit feminine (which should help a great deal during the birthday party)!
I think we need more poms. I added some of the orange CB2 asteroid ornaments. I also have some white asteroid ornaments that I could add, but I think I’ll just stick with the two colors. The orange looks really great with the uplight under it – so warm! We need to make and add more pom poms.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your boing – you might consider pom poms. Really cheap and easy and you can change the colors every year.
Here is a link to a DIY pom pom on Martha Stewart.
Your modern Christmas starts now
I was in a shop the day after Halloween and they were already playing Christmas music! I kid you not! I live with Christmas all year long, but even I was shocked about the music. But let’s face it, in most commercial settings, we do jump right from Halloween to Christmas. Thanksgiving is just a little lunch break in between those two holidays.
I can see that people are thinking about Christmas. Traffic to my site has jumped up dramatically, and sales of our modern aluminum Christmas tree have been picking up. We still have about a dozen of our modern Christmas trees. So if you are looking for contemporary Christmas decor that looks like a sculptural piece of art, then I hope you will consider a Tannenboing.
If you need a little push to help you feel better about buying a boing, here are a few quotes from our clients:
“Dear Michele, today was the day I opened my Tannenboing for the first time. Wow! Your tree blew me away right out of the box before a single ornament adorned it.” - Bob, California
“The tree arrived yesterday. I just unpacked it and it is PERFECT!!! Thank you so much for your vision and innovative idea that has become this beautiful symbol of Christmas.” – Leona, North Carolina
“The Tannenboing was the talk of the town at our holiday ‘Glamour and Glitz’ party – people do a double take as they walk past my practice and see it in the window. I am in awe of the Tannenboing. It was worth every cent I paid for it … AND A LOT MORE.” – Dr. T, North Carolina
“I love my Tannenboing! Our family entertains a lot around the holidays and guests are always asking where we found such a beautiful tree. I love that it stands alone as a modern sculpture but takes on a whole new personality with lights and decorations.” – Kate, Washington
“The Tannenboing is the perfect Christmas tree, minus the mess. It is simple to install, stunning to behold, and folds perfectly flat for easy storage. The Tannenboing never fails to amaze others. We have families who look forward each Christmas to their eye appointment so they can see what novel decorations we’ve come up with for this incredible “tree.” Not only that, but the Tannenboing doubles for a versatile and unique year-round decoration, changeable for every season and coming holiday. It’s a smash with our trick-or-treaters at Halloween!”
We love our Tannenboing! — Dr. E, Washington
It is beginning to look a lot like the last modern Christmas
It is beginning to look a lot like the last modern Christmas here at Tannenboing. 2012 has been the best year for sales so far. Over 30 boings have gone out the door over the last nine months. That leaves just 15 more Tannenboings for the upcoming Christmas season.
I have mixed emotions about selling off the last of our 100 first edition aluminum Christmas trees. Once the remaining 15 Tannenboings have been sold, I’ll be closing up shop for good.
When I first rolled out the Tannenboings in 2009, I’d hoped to build a business around the modern Christmas tree. I ran into a number of interesting challenges, but the one I just can’t overcome is that each aluminum
Tannenboing requires three hours of hand sanding. The boings come off the laser cutter with edges as sharp as a knife. The only way I’ve found to dull those edges is to hand sand them (and each tannenboing has tens of feet of very springy area requiring sanding). All this to say – it is just too labor intensive and expensive to make a boing. So, these are the only 100 tannenboings that I’ll ever make.
We still have some modern, aluminum Christmas trees left. If you are interested in owning a beautiful, sculptural piece of art for your holiday décor, you still have time. Remember, the Tannenboing tree is designed to pack flat for easy storage every year. You can use your unique, modern Christmas decoration for decades to come, and you will know that you own one of only 100 Tannenboing Christmas trees.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the last remaining boings, you can click here to place your order.
August is not a time of year when many of us find ourselves contemplating our Christmas decorations – unless of course, you are in the Christmas tree business, or if you are tasked with the Christmas display for your business.
I know that business tends to be slow for most companies in August, but around here, things are really heating up. This month, I have had the honor of sending my modern aluminum Christmas tree out to a major designer and marketer of athletic apparel and footwear, an amusement park, and a circus (yes, a circus)! There is also a modern tree going in at Glass Distillery and one on the way to Australia for a well-regarded hotel chain. In the past, the spiral display trees were sold to Flying Fish and Comet Coffee, so we know that it is something that does well in a restaurant setting.
Many tannenboing buyers tell me that they love that the tree is something that can be stored away easily (it packs flat) during the year and quickly set up for a stunning visual display during the holidays.
I love that tannenboing will be in window displays and Christmas displays all over the globe this year. I also think that it is really fun that our aluminum spiral fits in to all sorts of spaces – from high-end hotel lobbies to child-centric amusement parks. So, if you are starting to think about a Christmas window display for your store, restaurant or hotel, I hope you will consider tannenboing, the modern aluminum Christmas tree.
Decorating a Modern Christmas tree
So, we got our tannenboing up just before Thanksgiving and I enlisted the help of my lovely little elf, four-year-old Zoe. She wanted to decorate the bottom half while I focused on the top section of the boing. Originally, we thought to run a green ribbon down the center of the tree. We’ve done this in the past and really liked the effect.
We love the shape and colors of the modern CB2 Christmas ornaments and as we added more and more of them, we decided to take the ribbon out. Instead, we used a thinner, nearly sheer chartreuse ribbon to hang a few ornaments down the center. I like how this fills in the center of the tree, and it gives a fuller, more random feel than it does when the ornaments are hung in neat little lines around the edge of the aluminum spiral.
In this image, you may be able to see some of the ribbons we used to hang down the center of the tannenboing.
I think my husband is a genius to add the up-light under the tannenboing. It lights the tree and the ornaments so beautifully, and it casts the most dramatic shadows on the ceiling. This is our favorite tannenboing style so far (I found these ornaments on CB2 last year when we were helping Flying Fish install and decorate their tannenboing). I ordered the white and green last year and was thrilled when they offered the orange again this year (they also have a fun teal ornament).
I hope tannenboing owners will send me photos of their styled tannenboings so I can share them here with everyone. Tis the boing season!