decorations for the perfect Christmas Tree

Yay! You’ve finally got your Christmas Tree from us. Now, it’s time to brighten it up with some of our beautifully crafted decorations that we’ve made this year.

It’s been a long time coming but we finally came around to making our very own ornaments. They sit neatly and perfectly on the top of each branch of your One Two Tree Christmas Tree. It’s just the ultimate pairing!

 

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We’ve got a range of wooden decorations made from our sustainable Hoop pine and Tasmanian oak to adorn your Christmas Tree. Get the whole fam to have some fun and decorate the trees with our cute wooden decorations. We have two cute decoration sets appropriate for the festive season: Santa and Bauble

 

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Our popular Bauble Set is available in seven Australian-themed shades. While our Santa Set is available as a set of Red Santa Hats, Mocha Reindeers, White Angels. Each wooden decoration set includes three large and two small sizes or available as mixed packs of 20, 50 and 70 pieces – suited to your Christmas Tree decorating style.

Apart from our unique dowel prong decorations, we also have traditional hanging baubles available to order as well.

 
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Hold on, your tree isn’t complete just yet! It isn’t a Christmas tree without an angel perched up at the top. Finish off your beloved Christmas Tree with our Tree Top Angel with its clean and crisp minimalist design. If angels aren’t your thing, we’ve also got an adorable Tree Top Star in a refreshing lemon shade.

These decorations also work well as an awesome gift for your friends and family. Whether you like your Christmas Tree lined up or splayed apart, the wooden decorations are a sure-fire way to embellish your tree just in time for the festive season.

 

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Rebecca Judd features One Two Tree in The Style School

We have super exciting news to share! One Two Tree has recently collaborated with Etsy Australia and lifestyle/fashion blogger Rebecca Judd for her blog, The Style School.

Etsy kindly flew us down to Melbourne to be a part of an episode of The Style School. The blog has done a series of interior design blog posts/episodes and we were lucky enough to be featured in one.

 

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In one of their latest episodes titled Etsy Kids Bedroom, a few of our products can be seen. This particular episode shows viewers on how to decorate children’s bedrooms with some amazing locally made products from Etsy Australia (including us!).

The adorable wombat, crocodile and kangaroo from our Little Aussie Treasures collection made an appearance in the episode. Our animal friends were also joined by our Rainbow Set, which shared the spotlight with other beautiful products from Etsy.

 

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Also featured in the episode was our Message Board. Rebecca had her 9×3 board customised with her own message: ‘Where the cool kids are’. Of course, you can personalise it anyway you want for your kids but who can argue with that one?

 

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Rebecca’s stylist Aimee Tarulli suggested that by having a specific colour theme makes it harder for kids to enjoy their rooms as they get older. So having our Little Aussie Treasures in its natural wooden shade, like in the episode, is perfect for any age.

Another tip from the episode was to style the room an age bracket up. It keeps the room interesting, as it’s not too young or too cutesy. Keep your kiddo’s room young and fresh for years to come by having these cute ‘toys’ and decorations up on display.

 

Check out the original blog post and video below:

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celebrating a creative and sustainable Christmas

The festive season always gets us reminiscing about where we first started. Four years ago, we made our first family Christmas tree out of leftover hardwood and the seeds of One Two Tree were sown. We realised we had created something wonderfully unique: an eco-friendly, sustainable, stylish and quality handmade alternative to the throw-away traditional tree. Unlike the plastic ones, we made something that would last a lifetime. One of the perks of this job is seeing all the beautifully creative ways the One Two Tree Christmas Tree can be decorated and re-decorated every year.
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We’re constantly conscientious about the impact we have on the planet and the purchasing decisions we make. As a result, we’re inspired by quality natural materials, movers & shakers of handmade craft and honest design. We’ve always stuck to our roots of creating beautifully finished handmade objects and simple design solutions for the home. Our products are made from sustainable woods right here in Australia. Staying mindful is the key – and this time of year should be no different. Here are some of our our tips for decorating and celebrating Christmas in a creative and conscious fashion:

  • Buy quality items to last
  • Shop locally: support your local community, local craftspeople, designers and small businesses!
  • Shop second hand for vintage / unique kitsch decorations
  • Use your hands and get hand-crafting: there are stacks of tutorials and templates you can find online to get you started. See our previous blogposts for inspiration.
  • Research sustainable products and materials: involve natural materials for that rustic / fresh feel – think sustainable woods, clay, yarn, organic fabrics, sea shells, pine cones, native plants and flowers
  • If you have kids, get them involved for a fun crafternoon activity
  • Up cycle
  • Incorporate decorations from previous years for a fresh feel
  • Refresh decorations from previous years by giving them a little facelift: a fresh lick of paint, watercolours or adding some glitter
  • Energy efficient LED lighting
  • Limit plastic, packaging and cheap disposables
  • Recycle and redecorate wrapping paper / packaging / gift boxes
  • Simplicity: less is more

This Christmas, remember to watch the waste – everything we use, buy and discard everyday makes an impact. ‘Tis the season for giving, so give a little back to the Earth what you have taketh during this year’s passed. We hope these tips get you inspired this season.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and festive season, from the One Two Tree family to yours.

gifts for everyone this Christmas

It’s that time of year again: a time to stress out on what to give your loved ones this Christmas! Fret no more because we got you covered – the suggestions we have for you below will surely put a huge grin on their faces as they unravel their presents on Christmas Day. Why get your loved ones generic presents from department shop giftoriums when you can shop with us? Because there’s simply nothing better than giving 100% Aussie made sustainable gifts for the ones you love.

 

Gifts for dad

Dad will always hold a special place in your heart, but is often the trickiest to buy for. One Two Tree’s Large Christmas Tree would be the perfect treat for dad. We recently added The Large Christmas Tree, which now stands at 150cm tall and would be a great addition to the family living room for many festive seasons to come. We think he will definitely appreciate its minimalistic and timeless design.

 

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Gifts for mum

To complement mum’s gift to dad’s (like how they complement each other), try getting her our wooden Christmas tree ornaments. The adorable decorations come in the Bauble Set or the Santa Set in different sizes and packs. Our signature Christmas Tree will stay on-trend with the help of mum’s decorating skills.

 

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Gifts for the brother

Our linen prints are a fun addition to any room and we think any brother would appreciate the nautical ones. The nautical linen prints are perfect to hang above the bed or simply on the wall to add a nice a naval feel. They’re available in a variety of colours and prints for every kind of brother out there!

 

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Gifts for the sister

The latest Treasure Boards range could not be a better gift for the sister. These fantastic Treasure Boards are available in different shapes and sizes: Play House, Wally Wombat, Dream Cloud, Rain Cloud, The Circle and Australia. All of the Treasure Boards come with shelf inserts that cleverly (and safely) locks together so she can conveniently display all her delicate trinkets.  

 

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Gifts for the bestie

Besties aren’t necessarily family but they are the family you choose and for that, they deserve a special gift. We suggest you get her one of our wooden Message Boards; it’s simple and easy to personalise with our Custom Wooden Letters. Like our famous Christmas Tree, the Message Boards are 100% Aussie made and environmentally friendly. What more could one want from a gift?

 

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Gifts for the little one

For the last but definitely not the least! The littlest one needs a pressie too and we got just the perfect thing. Treat your little one to some (or all) of our furry friends from the Little Aussie Treasures collection. It ranges from our native Kangaroo to the Koala to even a Rainbow and they are super cute available in an array of pastel shades. If you like to keep it simple, they’re also available in their natural wooden shade. Bonus tip: this collection of wooden goodies goes hand-in-hand with the Australia Treasure Board!

 

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returning to Life Instyle this August

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We’re super excited for our return to Life Instyle this August. It was great to meet and partner with so many wonderful Australian Stockists in 2015. We can’t wait to do the same again this year!

We are thrilled to continue showing off our beloved Christmas Tree, Message Boards, and other Australian made products! It was a pleasure to meet so many people who shared our passion for sustainability and locally made goods. Although it hasn’t been easy, we definitely know that we’ve made the right choice being an all-Australian business. We thank you for your support!

This year we are also pleased to be introducing our new range of Treasure Boards and Little Aussie Treasures in person! As well as some other goodies that are yet to be announced! All Made from 100 % sustainable Australian plywood, of course.

We’ve had such fun designing and creating this year and hope you’ll enjoy meeting our little Aussie creations as much as we’ve enjoyed making them!

Looking forward to meeting you upstairs at stand 2157 from the 4th – 7th of August!

 

plywood care & maintenance

Recently we were asked by a customer to share some tips on plywood care for our Christmas Tree. We leave most of our timber products unfinished for a gorgeous raw and natural aesthetic. Raw timber develops character over time and ages beautifully if treated with the right care. However you do need to be mindful when it comes to care and maintenance.

Please take note of the our tips in order to keep your timber looking fab and in it’s best condition.

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Tips for care & maintenance:

  • Avoid leaving the timber in direct sunlight for long periods, as exposure will slowly tan the timber over time. Our products are suited to UV filtered light. In order to maintain the plywood in it’s natural original tone, you may want to consider applying a UV timber finish.
  • Be mindful of moisture and exposure to the elements. When not in use, store the product in a dry, cool place.
  • Natural oils will stain the plywood, e.g. Blu-Tack, oily/moisturised hands, foods, flowers etc.
  • Be cautious with the raw timber around liquids. Do not leave spills to sit on the surface. Any spilt liquids will leave a watermark. Use a dry cloth to absorb spills immediately.
  • Our products require minimal cleaning – the only maintenance required is dusting. Use a dry dusting cloth to remove dust and dirt.
  • Avoid contact with heat and take care when placing abrasive objects on the timber.
  • If any scratches or nicks appear, gently sand the area with a fine grit sandpaper.
  • You can lightly sand the surfaces with a fine grit sandpaper to refresh the timber’s appearance. This should be done minimally, e.g. once every couple of years.

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Our recommended finishes:

If you would like a more finished look you may add a finish to the timber. We recommend the following products which are available from your local hardware store:

  • Beeswax
  • Intergram Exterior UltraClear UV Timber Finish in Satin

Please note that when you are applying a wax or satin, it will enhance the wood a shade darker.

We do not recommend applying a lacquer finish to our products as it will marginally increase the thickness of the wood and therefore may affect how certain elements of the product interact.

Alternative Finishes:

  • Whitewashing (diluted white paint), for a faded washed out look
  • Coloured timber stains (water based only)
  • Linseed Oil, for an enriched warmer look

*Always conduct a test patch on a separate piece of timber to ensure you are happy with the desired effect.

If finishing a product with multiple parts (e.g. the One Two Tree or My Treasure Board), each part will need to be treated individually. Allow adequate time for drying/curing before reassembling the product.

We recommend and encourage the use of water-based finishes, products that are non-toxic and are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Always check the materials and safety data sheet (MSDS) for detailed information on any hazardous chemicals present.

 

little treasures in the making

Currently in the One Two Tree studio, we are in the midst of a very exciting project. The type of project that gets our blood pumping, and our hearts in a little flutter. We’ll give you a few clues: it involves hand-crafting, some plywood (sustainably sourced, of course), and our signature touch of Australiana. Yes, we’ve got some Little Aussie Treasures in development!

We love our Aussie Treasure Board so much that we’ve decided to design some furry friends to perch upon it. Our beautiful country of Australia has some of the most unique animals in the world, and we’d like to share them with you. Meet the Wombat, Kangaroo, Echidna, the Koala that sits in the Gum Trees. And a rainbow ‘cos Australia is just our pot of gold.

We’re still in the prototyping phase, but they are already looking so darn cute! We just couldn’t keep them to ourselves! Here’s a sneak peak of how the little tackers are shaping up so far:

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Stay tuned for more adorable updates coming soon.

creativity + motherhood: interview with child magazine

Thank you to Jenna from Child Magazine for interviewing and featuring us in their blog under Creativity + Motherhood. This is definitely a humbling moment for One Two Tree. And also perfect time to stop and reflect on our journey thus far. We’re feeling inspired and motivated to get cracking into the new year. Read below for the interview titled ‘Sustainable Family Home Décor’ with our Creative Director, Lucy McNamara and Child Magazine.

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Jenna Templeton, a lover of all things handmade and Australiana, spotted One Two Tree’s Aussie treasure boards on Instagram and interior mags and had to find out about the people behind these beauties. Today, she chats to co-creator and business owner Lucy McNamara about her sustainable and Australian-crafted home décor and about raising a family in Bondi Beach.

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One Two Tree all started when we began looking for our first Christmas tree. It was going to be our first Christmas as a family with our son Ziggy and we were looking for beautifully designed, well-crafted goods that would endure many Christmases to come. Chopping down a plantation tree for such a short time didn’t appeal and neither did the cheap plastic versions. We were looking for something more environmentally friendly, when it occurred to us that we could make it ourselves! So, we created our first tree using leftover hardwood from my husband’s landscaping contracts, tweaked the design and incorporated sustainable wood. Once we were finished, we realised we’d created a unique, eco-friendly, stylish alternative to the traditional Christmas tree.

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We feature many of our products around our own home in Bondi Beach. My boys absolutely love helping to set up the Christmas tree each year and refused to let us take it down for weeks. Being a mother has inspired me to create good quality, sustainably-made products that kids can enjoy and decorate their rooms with, in particular the Treasure Board and Alpha Prints.

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All of our products have a natural feel and are sustainably made in Australia using sustainable hoop pine sourced from Queensland. We have an amazing manufacturer based in Melbourne who produces all of our plywood goods. Our linen prints are all hand-sewn (with 100 percent linen) archival prints and printed using acid-free inks. The ceramics are all handmade using earthenware clay at our studio in Alexandria, NSW.

My background is in fine arts, film and television, sculpture, leather and fashion. After becoming a mum, since starting One Two Tree, I can now add product designer to the list. Creativity was always encouraged by my parents growing up, especially by my mum. She used to say I was a creative little thing, as I started handcrafting and designing things from a young age.

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My kids inspire my work and the love of running my own business also keeps me inspired. I have a strong passion for design and creating beautiful interiors – beautiful objects for homes and for children. Having a broad range of customers but focusing on the children’s audience and seeing gaps in the market keeps me motivated.

A typical work day for me involves the alarm clocks going off at 6am, followed by getting the kids dressed, fed and bags packed for day care and if I’m lucky, breakfast for myself. I’m in the studio part-time – Antony and I decided to get the kids into day care after having baby Rhodes, so I could have three days to just focus on my work. The rest of the week, I’m home as a mum. There’s no typical day in the office for me. I work on everything from the design process to organising couriers, or replying to email enquiries. One day we can be crafting ceramics, or doing photo shoots – everyday is different.

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Our studio is part of The Nest Creative Space, a communal creative space for artists, designers and small businesses. Everyone here is so hard-working and dedicated to their craft. It’s a very encouraging space and we’re so fortunate to be around such talented and delightful people – it’s a beautiful place to come to work.

The creative process for us is like a journey where things just sort of fall in to place. It’s a very organic process. We start off with an idea, research it, the design process goes back and forth and various iterations occur. When I have an idea I have to see things from start to finish. Sometimes they happen very quickly, but sometimes they take months and months.

In 2016, we’re working on a set of Australiana-themed wooden toys and trinkets for our Treasure Board. Storage solutions and shelving designs are also on the cards for the year ahead.

I love being Creative Director and watching the journey of each product from concept to where they are now. One of the perks of the job is when customers share the pictures of our products in their home – knowing we’re designing sustainable products that people enjoy and want to decorate their homes with. Time management, running every single facet of the business and staying organised are still challenges for me. In saying that, I enjoy the freedom of having flexibility in the days I work and it works well with family as well. It’s hectic but I love it!

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People often say parenthood changed them. Do you feel that’s true for you? Absolutely, it’s made me work harder and it’s changed my perspective on life. You kind of go around with blinkers on before having kids and I think being a mother’s made me become much more patient, considerate and aware of everything around me. My favourite project to have worked on is being a mother – raising my two boys in conjunction with Ants.

We’re all about celebrating Australian motherhood and creativity on child mags blog. What does it mean to you to be an Australian creative, who’s also a mother?
I feel like I’m a part of a very creative team of Australian mothers who are fearless, fierce and not afraid of doing the hard work – we get in there and get it done! There’s amazing and inspiring things happening on Instagram at the moment – a huge community that’s full of homeware designers and talented Australian designers.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with other mums who may be trying to combine their lives as creatives and caretakers?
There’s no rush! Take things in baby steps and somehow find a harmony and balance between being creative, being a beautiful mother and focusing on your children. Set yourself small goals, you definitely can achieve it!

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Lucy McNamara, 35, is Creative Director and co-business owner of Australian sustainable product design brand One Two Tree, with her husband Antony. She’s mum to boys Ziggy, 4, and Rhodes, 2. They live in Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, and love sharing their daily life via Instagram. You can see their latest handcrafted collection via the One Two Tree website, blog and shop.

Interview: Jenna Templeton

hanging with art

With the arrival of our new 30cm Art Hanger, we thought we’d share our favourite wall hangings to inspire you with some visual goodness. Now available in three sizes: 30cm, 50cm and 70cm! You’re bound to find one that is the perfect fit for your art hanging needs.

Hang anything from your linen tea towels, wall weaves, kids masterpieces. From collages to photographic prints and more. The plywood and natural tan leather string provides the perfect canvas for showcasing your art in a clean and minimal style.

With the larger 50cm and 70cm Art Hangers, a fab trick we love is hanging two smaller pieces side by side. A great idea for collating your kid’s artworks or a mini-series of artworks.

It is oh so simple to swap and change artworks on a regular basis for a refreshed feel. The Art Hanger – simple in design, but so genius in nature.

Care instructions:
Here’s a little tip for framing a precious paper piece of art. Cut one strip of paper or card, fold in it half and sandwich the original between them, then place it inside the Art Hanger. Firstly, this protects the corners of the original and secondly, it provides a better grip for any of your lighter weight papers. This is also a good idea if you are framing any pastel work, or anything that could smudge the Art Hanger. Our Art Hangers are raw and naturally unstained. Therefore, it needs a little bit of care and attention.

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30cm Art Hanger holding a weave by Staple & Seed.

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50cm Art Hanger holding a print by EggPicnic.

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50cm Art Hanger holding a tea towel by David Shrigley.

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70cm Art Hanger holding two paintings by Claire Johnson.

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30cm Art Hanger holding a poster by Claire Johnson.

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50cm Art Hanger (Top Left), 30cm Art Hanger (Bottom Right) holding kids masterpieces.

tinitrader pop up market, Sydney!

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We have an exciting announcement! One Two Tree will be exhibiting at the TiniTrader Pop Up. TiniTrader is an online market place to buy and sell any new or pre-loved product for your baby, toddler or kids.

Coming to life in Sydney later this month, the pop up market will showcase the very best in children’s interior styling ideas and products – and we’re pretty chuffed to be featured in the line-up. The beautifully styled rooms and nursery spaces will inspire you. And best of all, everything on show is available for purchase.

Our Arrow Wooden Tiles made from sustainably sourced Australian hoop pine, have been selected to be part of an exclusive baby bundle deal. This is in collaboration with some of our favourite baby brands, too.

Filled with over $270 worth of gorgeous products, the baby bundle is bursting with great value at just $49. Head to (https://www.tinitrader.com.au/blog/baby-bundle) for more information.

The details:

TiniTrader Pop Up

55 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery, 2018

Friday 19 February: 10am – 9pm

Saturday 20 February: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 20 February: 10am – 4pm

little treasure

My Treasure Board

A little over a year ago I began developing ideas for things to decorate my son’s room with. I ended up designing what is now known as the My Treasure Board. It was named ‘treasure’ after all the little trinkets and prized possessions you could display upon it. But also as an ode to our beautiful island nation.

Where else in the world can you find such wide-open landscapes displaying such a contrast of rich colours and textures? Our land is one of a unique mixture of luscious bushland, sunburnt plains and white sandy beaches. Home to many animals that are found nowhere else in the world. And home to people of many different backgrounds, cultures, religions and histories.

Let’s never forget to protect our natural environments – on-land, and under the sea. Let’s never forget to respect and be kind to one another. This Australia Day, and every other day, let’s never forget to continually discover, appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures and beauties of this treasured land.

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If you’re looking for a more personal touch to your Christmas decorations and ornaments, look no further than Minieco! At http://www.minieco.co.uk you’ll find loads of cute and colourful creations to craft out of paper card.

After much deliberation, we decided on trying our luck at the Cut-And-Fold Paper Stars. We chose a pearlescent cream card, downloaded the free template and got to it.

You will need:

  • – Cutting mat
  • – Scissors
  • – Blade
  • – Ruler
  • – Hole punch
  • – Adhesive
  • – Paint brush
  • – Minieco template printed on the paper of your choice
  • – String

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  1. Step 1. Carefully cut out each template
  2. Step 2. Using the ruler as a guide, gently score along each line
  3. Step 3. Fold along each line that you have just scored
  4. Step 4. Punch a hole at the indicated spot in the middle of the template
  5. Step 5. Cut a piece of string about 30cm long, loop through the hole and tie a small knot on the inside of the star
  6. Step 6. Brush on a small amount of adhesive to each of the smaller tabs and stick together (it may be a little bit easier to stick one tab at a time)
  7. Step 7. Decorate your OneTwoTree Christmas tree!

Happy crafting!

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finalists for the etsy design awards

Back before the .com revolution we were humble little craft sellers on Etsy. We’ve continued to showcase our One Two Tree range on this platform for clever, crafty creatives. We receive many enquires world wide through Etsy and truly treasure our place in its super supportive community.

Nothing could make us prouder to be nominated as a finalist for the 2015 Etsy Design Awards! Not to mention the prize – a trip for two to NYC with a bit of cash on the side! We’re passionate about spreading the sustainable-living love that is One Two Tree far and wide, and see cheap plastic trees banished from land fill. So if it isn’t too much trouble, click the image below and vote for us! To help bring our dreams to life.

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alpha prints launching at Life Instyle

We’ve been working overtime around here to get something brand new, fresh, up and running. And the big shock – it’s not wood-related at all! With a background in screen-printing and textiles, I loved the idea of developing a range of One Two Tree wall art. With the Life Instyle trade fair coming up, it was the perfect time to produce some work of our own to display with our popular Art Hanger. We managed to turn this project around in record time purely due to the incredible talent and hard work of our graphic design intern, James. And now, here we are! The new range is all about two of our biggest loves – alphabets and letters, and fun nautical vibes.

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I’m sure it’s clear by now how much we love our letters. As sign-making aficionados, we thought it only appropriate to do a range of gorgeously graphic alphabet prints and textiles. We’ve done A, B and C in a range of contrasting colours on the highest quality linen or 220GSM matt paper. PLUS the entire alphabet in a few striking colour-ways, so you can get a custom Alpha paper print.

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We’ve always been a pretty nautical-loving bunch in my household, often decorating with nautical accents for a fun, beachside-living look. Plus, with three boys in the house, sailors and pirates and captains are all the rage around here. We have this gorgeous vintage nautical flag at home that hangs in pride of place, which inspired our re-imagining of the nautical alphabet, bringing in the contemporary aesthetic of One Two Tree. Available on high quality linen or 230GSM matt paper, we’ve put together eight designs to suit everyone. From the monochrome modernist to the colour-pop contemporary. All with those ‘fun nautical vibes’ I mentioned. So, welcome to the family, brand-new wall candy. We hope you love it all, but might I say, we’re feeling pretty chuffed!

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Next week we’re taking one of the biggest leaps we’ve ever taken since starting our little Aussie company. We’re exhibiting at Life Instyle in Melbourne, and boy has it been a crazy few weeks of prep for the big show!

We make no secret of how proud we are to be an all-Australian company. Sourcing sustainably grown Australian plywood, and manufacturing locally in Sydney and Melbourne. Anyone who’s ever navigated the tricky terrain of an Australian-made business will know what we mean when we say it’s not always easy going. Costs are high for our gorgeous wood products, and making them viable for wholesale is tricky. But with the support we’ve had from a few key stockists around Australia, we’ve built up the confidence to make the investment, and exhibit in a trade fair. After all, we’ve been making our beloved Christmas tree for three years now, and haven’t done it the justice of showing it off properly!

Not to mention, we’re super excited about this next chapter for One Two Tree. With our expanded product range including brand new paper and textile wall art, the Art Hanger, our popular Message Boards and everything else between.

We can’t wait to meet and (hopefully) partner with unique Australian stockists who share our passion for sustainability and Australian-made products. Come and see us upstairs at Stand 2157 and let’s make some magic happen!

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custom projects welcomed with One Two Tree

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One Two Tree is currently taking on custom projects using our plywood designs.

Since building our Message Me Board range, we’ve been approached for large-scale signage for retail spaces. Most of these are in consult with interior architects and we’d love to do more! Most recently, we’ve built custom signage for Uashmama’s new Bondi Beach boutique. We’ve also got more projects currently in the works around Australia.

It doesn’t matter the size or location of your project. We’re passionate about building ties in the design community. We’re open to any collaborations you can dream up, be it for the home, interior or business space.

Contact us at info@onetwotree.com.au and let’s make some magic.

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meet the family

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Hello again! It’s been pretty quiet in this corner of the blogosphere, and we’re here to make amends.

Since our last little blog update, we’ve welcomed into the world the newest member of our family, Rhodes. We’ve been through all that life, world and brain re-adjusting one does when a new baby comes home with you! He’s now fourteen months and owning life, of course.

But we’re here today to say we’re back on track! We have (you may have noticed) some fresh new products, new collaborations, and even more to come. Keep your eye on One Two Tree, 2015 has been big so far and it doesn’t look like slowing down!

crystal pyramid poms – decorations now instore

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If you’re loving the decorations you see in the picture above well so do we. So much so we are now stocking the Crystal Pyramid Poms online in our shop right now for you to purchase.

Made by the talented artistic duo Dear Plastic they come in a DIY pack of four with easy to follow instructions and beautiful twine string to hang them straight onto your One Two Tree.

We discovered Dear Plastic online and instantly fell in love with their colourful creative ways. Handmade with a watercolor finish each POM is truly captivating and so vibrant and they truly complement our One Two Tree.

We asked Yumi and Taki from Dear Plastic five quick questions

1. How did Dear Plastic form? Dear Plastic started organically. Just the two of us creating and developing ideas together and making things for friends. I guess 3 years ago we decided that we wanted to develop it further and work on our ideas full time.

2. Is this a full time career for you both? Yes.

3. How does sustainability and the environment play a role in your work? The environment and nature is a big influence on our work. We both have a strong connection with Shinto belief and the idea that everything has a Spirit or God. This respect for everything around us leads to sustainable ideas. I guess that keeps us always thinking of ways of creating ideas that have the least impact on the environment.

4. What does POM stand for? POM is the sound of fireworks exploding in Japanese! Our POM’s turn from 2D to 3D over and over again by pulling a string and we think it similar to fireworks going off!

5. What’s next for dear plastic, new products? exhibitions? We are working on a window installation for Pieces of Eight gallery in Melbourne at the moment. That will open on the 3rd of Dec. We will have a stall at the upcoming  Markit at Fed Square in Melbourne and then at Finders Keepers in Sydney. We’re really interested in collaborating and working on larger spaces for installations.

We hope you like them as much as we do.

 

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swing tags styling with your one two tree

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Here we have a lovely minimalist look with our One Two Tree slightly open from it’s flat facing stand. We found these lovely metal swing tags! We thought how nice it would be to write the names of our family members on each one. If you were thinking how can you DIY this look yourself, try finding some beautiful coloured paper cards. Then make a similar swing tag template then hand cut them to size. Hole punch and thread a contrast ribbon through and voila! So easy.

 

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feedback from a beautiful customer in Italy

This morning we received some lovely honest feedback from one of our International customers in Italy which we thought we would share with you all. We literally posted this tree to Italy less than 48hrs ago. Bravo DHL! We’re very impressed with your international express shipping service. We’re just so happy to receive customer feedback about our One Two Tree. We encourage any of our customers to email us with their feedback and or send in pictures of their decorated One Two Trees. We hope this feedback helps with any of our discerning buyers.

Dear Antony + Lucy + Ziggy

Hey, the courier just rang at our door and delivered our one two tree!

Our one two tree looks as great as I had it pictured when I ordered it, but feels even better once put together.

Whatever sealer was used on it (if any at all), it’s matte, not glossy, so it looks and feels more natural.

Another point that was not to be taken for granted: with both screws positively tightened, it’s sound and firm, no wobble, no swing, no play, you’d say solid as a tree.

The beauty of its proportions belies the fact that this won’t tilt (your worry #1 in terms of product liability, when something is of interest to kids). And, though not my case here, I doubt even the most adventurous toddlers will dare climbing it!

Only pity, in my view, is that the one two tree logo is stamped not on the visible side of the base plate, but on its underside: of course we’ll tell everyone what this is, what its name is, who does it and where to find it… but the idea is so bright that it deserved to show its brand in full glory, so you could pride yourselves from the distance each time one looked at it.

Hope you’ll sell tons of these, anyone who’ll buy it will fall in love with it, and with the idea behind it. It’s one of those things where each and every buyer would feel like “had I had this idea myself, I would have marketed it exactly this way”, from name to brand, from video to visual communication… even the music background to the video is right!

This will keep us going for ages.
Hope the one two tree business will do the same for you, too.

Wholehearted compliments,

Daniele

diy : mini paper medallion decorations by Minieco

one two tree paper flower 22We can’t take full credit for these beautiful paper medallions. We discovered them on the amazing website http://www.minieco.co.uk filled with so much paper crafting eye candy. You can easily spend hours perusing over all of the many DIY creations.

The medallions looked like an achievable start for me. I downloaded the free template and printed it on some coloured paper purchased from my local office supply store. I spent a good afternoon and evening cutting, folding and sewing together these beautiful little flowers.

Minieco has step by step directions and lists everything you will need to make them! She also provides you with templates to all of her many craft creations.

We made about 25 flowers and stuck them to our One Two Tree with blue-tak. You can easily tie little ribbons or string to the flowers and hang them in a spiral formation.

I hope our pictures inspire you. Happy paper crafting.

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diy : rainbow wrapped ceramic stars

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Making your own Christmas decorations is not only rewarding. It’s also fun and it gives your One Two Tree a really lovely home made feel. With a little creativity and a bit of motivation you can easily make our rainbow wrapped ceramic stars. Not only do they look beautiful, they’re a simple craft activity perfect for the kids to join in too.

You will need: star shaped cookie cutters, a rolling pin, rainbow string or wool and air drying modelling clay. DAS modelling clay would be our choice if you were going to go for the prepacked stuff which you can easily purchase from any craft shop. We used some recycled clay from a friends ceramic studio which we had to fire in a kiln. Obviously we don’t all have access to a kiln and a potters studio, so this is where the air drying stuff comes in very handy.

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Just like if you were making cookies, you roll out your clay flat to just under a 1cm thick. Best to do it either on a breadboard or cutting mat. Then you simply press your star cutters into the clay and transfer your perfect shaped stars onto a tray to air dry. Leave them to dry for 24hrs. If they feel a little uneven or rough get a wet sponge and lightly rub the clay smooth. We left our stars without a tiny hole in them as we wanted to wrapped them in rainbow string. If you wanted to leave them plain you could pierce the top of the stars before they are completely air dried with a drinking straw to create an even hole. That way you can easily loop them with the string and tie a knot.

Once your stars are air dried and hard to touch cut off roughly 30cm of string. Then experiment with wrapping and knotting different combinations around your stars. Then cut roughly 12cm of string so you can tie a loop and place the stars at the ends of your tree branches. Attach your loop string by threading it through the wrapped design and tie off the ends.

Other ideas. We left our stars plain white but you could easily get creative and start painting them with acrylic paints or drawing on designs. You can use Posca paint pens, two toning them with spray paint or stenciling on a design. Apply gold leaf, add glitter, glue on plastic gems or beads. Raid your local craft store. There are so many options. When your stars are still soft you can embossed them with buttons, shells, stamp designs and scribe in words or letters. Another idea is to mosaic them with the prepacked and pre cut tiny squares you can buy from spotlight. So many choices and so many ways to sparkle up your One Two Tree this Christmas. Stay tuned for more DIY’s to come. If you have any questions please feel free to get in contact with us. Happy Crafting!

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show us your baubles

Nothing beats a beautiful shiny bauble on your Christmas Tree. We styled our One Two Tree using two boxes of baubles purchased from David Jones. Even better yet would be some your your Grans hand me downs with that lovely vintage patina. We spiraled the branches so they where evenly spaced and twisted them in three perfect full circles. Choosing branches and colours at random, we spaced the baubles so that they wrapped around from top to bottom.

One Two Tree is a very convenient size for most houses or apartments. Here, we showed how lovely it can look placed by the fireplace, by the window or even the kitchen bench.

one two tree will be for sale at the cool hunters first ever pop-up store

We are very happy to announce that One Two tree will be for sale at hood. It’s going to be an extraordinary design event and I highly recommend you making the effort and popping on down there. It kicks off in Melbourne on the 29th of November.

How amazing does the Rokeby studio look!

The incredible views from the exclusive Penthouse display suite at Pacific Bondi Beach.

one two tree branding by mark trzopek

 

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We couldn’t be happier with the way our One Two Tree branding turned out and we owe all of our good looks to Mark Trzopek. We’re lucky enough to personally know Mark and were familiar with some of his previous works so we knew we could expect something exceptional. We are not sure Mark had any idea of what sort of trouble he was getting himself into when he took on the One Two Tree brief because as far as clients go we are extremely fussy. Luckily for us he is just as dedicated to perfectionism as we are. Mark really took the reins on the brand design. In keeping with our green ethos, he delivered a smart and environmentally conscious product. We asked Mark a few questions about One Two Tree.

Can you sum up how you tackled the project and your thoughts behind the imagery?

This project sought its solution from the need for packaging that functioned and suited its purpose. The packaging needed to hold a heavy and bulky wooden product that could be re-used, shipped internationally, whilst also having retail appeal/presence. The branding solution originated through the business/product name and the ethos of simplicity and ease. The triangle device represents not only the primary material for the products, woods/trees, but also the easy and simple assembly, as evidenced through the 3 sided shape and its relationship with the wording One Two Tree. One side of the packaging makes use of a  axe silhouette, which is a nostalgic play on the old tradition of going out to fell the families Xmas tree. This brings an element of playfulness and tradition to a new and modern Christmas tree alternative.

What inspires and influences you as a graphic designer?

Well thought out ideas and execution. Less is always more. Art and museums. Surfing and beach culture. as well as making things outside the field of graphic design.

Describe your style as a whole?

I try not have a style in my commercial projects, but adapt what is suitable for the individual product/company and their objectives.

What will you be working on in the next coming months?

– More packaging/branding.
– Annual program for a Sydney based arts & dance organisation.
– E-book branding.
– Branding/rollout for a new cafe/bar coming to Sydneys Northern Beaches.

And hopefully lots more unexpected projects in the new year.

You can email Mark at marktrzopek@gmail.com with any web, design or branding enquiries.

styling your very own one two tree

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One Two Tree is not only quick and easy to assemble, its design is versatile. Meaning you could essentially update your One Two Tree look daily, weekly and most certainly yearly. We hope our inspirational story board will help excite you with your One Two Tree styling this Christmas.

Tips for tree styling:

A handy tip before you start styling/shaping your tree is to loosen the top screw by half a turn or so making the branches easier to rotate. This way they are much easier to move and can be easily spun and positioned into your desired form. Once your design is finalised then tighten the real pokies online top screw which will more securely hold your tree into position.

Another tip when tree styling is not to forget about rotating your small spacer blocks in between your branches. Sometimes we line ours up with the bigger branches for a more uniform look or maybe we might offset them with the bigger branches for contrast and form. The possibilities are plenty.

a small fyi update on our sustainable products

Just a little FYI update! One Two tree was designed with sustainable ethics in mind. We contacted an industrial designer first up to help us tweak our design so we could cut the most amount of trees without wasting an inch of plywood. Our Trees are CNC routed for a perfectly cut finish by our exclusive craftsmen Neil. He then carefully hand bevels the edge of each individual piece to ensure they are of the highest quality standard. The trees are then carefully packed into our recyclable environmentally friendly boxes. They are packed along with all the instructions and hardware ready to be wrapped up and shipped to you.

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Tin Soldiers

A great idea for decorating your One Two Tree is to either hang or place tin soldiers at either end of your branches. We have just slightly twisted our branches in pair’s to form a partial spiral. Without over crowding the tree we have placed a soldier on every second branch. The possibilities are endless. By the way we found our wooden Tin Soldiers at David Jones in the city for $7.99 each.

our story

one two tree – our story from One Two Tree on Vimeo.

We made this little video to introduce ourselves and to tell you about our One Two Tree story. Shot and edited by the talented Trevor King. A big special thank you to Sammy, Jackie and Aaron, without their kindness we wouldn’t have been able to make this video. We hope you like it.

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Welcome

Welcome to our official One Two Tree website! We’re finally live and ready to spread our little Christmas tree far and wide. Remember that shipping to destinations within Australia is free until Christmas!