'H' for Holidays

Put a Tree on it

Christmas Trees on the Roofs of Cars

I hereby declare 2012 the year of Christmas Trees on the Roofs of Adorable Vintage Cars.™

  1. DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

  2. Vintage Christmas Car Ornament

  3. Vintage Car Guest Towel

  4. “City Christmas” Cards

I’m going to credit this photo from The Pink Couch last year with the honor of kicking it off.

Christmas Tree on a Toy Car

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  • Martha
    November 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Yes! I’m newly in love with bottle brush trees. A sort of fairytale blog has some great ideas too :)

  • Kelly
    November 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Here’s another one too!


  • Meredith
    November 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Funny, I was just looking at this to include in an Etsy team blog post last night:

  • Jenna @ Grapefruit and Gold
    November 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    i LOVE this! christmas trees on cars is such a classic, feel good kind of thing :)

  • Yelle
    November 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    So cute! Reminds me of childhood!

  • Hannah
    November 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Where did you find your lovely bottlebrush tree? I can’t find cute ones and that one is perfect.

    • Making it Lovely
      November 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      None of these photos are mine. I’ve found bottle brush trees for sale at the craft store though, and on Amazon.

  • patricia
    November 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    what an adorable post! full of merry delight!

  • Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop
    November 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    If you like then you shoulda put a tree on it. Oh oh oh!


  • Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop
    November 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Or should I say, ho ho ho!

  • Nicole RJ
    November 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Love it! I have a little bottle tree collection, I guess I need to add a cute vintage car to it!

  • Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation
    November 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Um..hello FUN! ;-) Best Christmas season ever.

  • oh really?
    November 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    darling pictures of christmas merriment.

    surely your ego isn’t so big, that you would suppose your own photograph was the inspiration behind these?


    • CTDT
      November 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      The post contains no references to Nicole’s own photos. She credited the inspiration photo to another blogger at The Pink Couch. All you need to do is click on the link she provided to see that.

    • Kimberly
      November 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Surely Nicole’s ego has nothing to do with it since she credits the original idea to The Pink Couch blog.

    • Making it Lovely
      November 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      I could see how it was misinterpreted. I had linked the phrase “this photo from last year” to the source, The Pink Couch, but I’ve since changed the wording to make it more clear (“this photo from The Pink Couch last year”).

  • katie
    November 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    oh, that’s cute. =) our christmas card this year (a photo card from vistaprint) has an illustration of an old woody station wagon with a tree on top. must be the thing this year, you called it…

  • Chloe Moon
    November 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    How adorable!! I want to make a DIY snow globe centerpiece for my ledge in my condo and I think there definitely now needs a little car with an adorable lil tree on it! =) Thanks for the inspiration!! If I do a post I will link back here as my inspiration! =)

  • Elle
    November 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    That’s so funny; I ordered this rubber stamp in the mail the other day and it arrived 15 minutes before I read your post:


    I’m going to use it on the envelopes of my Christmas cards. Good to know I’m right on trend!

  • Christine
    November 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    That is so cute a car with a Christmas tree on top of it. Makes me feel like a kid again
    Thanks for sharing

  • Erin
    November 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve been seeing this trend all over too! Here is another:


  • Miss R
    November 30, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Every year in Ottawa, I go in the Byward Market to see people buying Christmas tree and putting them on the top of their car. And every year, it makes me smile and makes me really happy! I LOVE this time of the year!

  • Brianna
    November 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    It’s a trend I’m totally okay with and plan on participating in! I just love nostalgia for Christmas.

  • Kerry
    November 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    This will be our Christmas card theme this year. We are putting a tree on top of my son’s cozy coupe play car and have him driving it-had no idea we were so on trend lol

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    November 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Ha! I’m all over that bandwagon too ;) But it seems everyone is because I had a tough time finding vintage cars and resorted to a DIY dollar store version, lol.

    I first came across them in Vintage Junky’s etsy shop. She’s got some pretty cute ones.

  • Jamie
    December 1, 2012 at 5:24 am

    This reminds of the family photo shoot Design Mom did last year. Adorable!


  • Agnes Blum
    December 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Oh my gosh!!! I love this post. I sold tons of these wreaths in 2009, maybe it was a hint of a big trend to come? I think the VW bug is the very cutest one I’ve seen but the hanging ornament is really fabulous as well. Thanks for rounding these up Nichole!


  • Evii
    December 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Too cute! Reminds me of my childhood. This one particular year, my dad decided not to have a tree delivered & wanted the whole family to go out & get it ourselves. Big mistake! He struggled a bit and finally tied it on the top of the car & just before making it home the tree fell off. Luckily, the tree was only a block away so we ended up carrying it home.

    Very nice post, by the way~


  • raya
    December 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    It totally is! We are using our white tree this year, but I really wanted to buy a real tree so we could put it on our 1974 BMW and take a family picture. Maybe this trend will last through next year.xo

  • Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives
    December 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I made a bunch of homemade ornaments last year and a truck with a wreath on it (sooooomewhat similar) made the cut. Check it out:


  • Katrina
    December 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I just came across this blog via Pinterest. When I was younger I would count trees on top of cars/trucks every Christmas. My mother started to buy me ornaments and such of cars/trucks. Now almost 29 years old my collection has over a 100 things from a truck and tree salt and pepper shaker to earrings and everything in between. Yes I also have a pair of underwear with a woody with a tree on top!!! My Christmas card has had this theme for the last 10 years, this has been a feet some years seeing how this wasn’t always a trendy theme!
    It’s been so much fun being able to beef up my collection this year with this being a trend. Some years I would search far and wide for just one little trinket of this theme and never find it! The only down side is with it being not so unique this year(thus to shall pass,) it’s not as special when I do find something or its soldout ie Pottery Barn!