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A Gun Nut Merry Christmas

You know you’re a gun nut when you decide to decorate your tree in the theme of the federal agency we all love to hate. I bring you, the ATF themed Christmas tree:

ATF Tree With Explosive Topper ATF Tree Close Up
ATF Tree Close Up of Cigarette Themed Ornaments Absolut ATF Themed Tree

The real fun will be drinking the tree when we’re all done.

10 Responses to “A Gun Nut Merry Christmas”

  1. Link P says:

    Now that’s a top notch tree!

  2. JamesLee says:

    Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like shotgun shell Christmas Tree lights and alcohol!

    Love you guys!

  3. Granny says:

    Looks good. Can’t wait to see it.

  4. Carl from Chicago says:

    Decided to leave the “Explosives” out of the festivities?!

    ;-)

    Looks great. Quite unique!

  5. B Woodman says:

    Is that a stick of TNT at the top of the tree (with fuse)? For “E”xplosives?

  6. Weer'd Beard says:

    Where did you get those nifty cigarette orniments?

    The wife probably wouldn’t be too impressed, but I wouldn’t mind one of those lucky strike ornaments!

  7. Bitter says:

    Yes, we decided to include the “E” through the tree topper. I debated getting an “E” for the banner when I was at the craft store, but it was decided that more people would get the reference of simply “ATF.” So Sebastian suggested that I pull out my paints and create a stick of dynamite for the tree topper since we otherwise didn’t have one that really kept with the theme. I added the the silver beading “TNT” just to give it that holiday sparkle, and we had a tree topper.

    As for the cigarette ornaments, those are the biggest reason we didn’t have the tree done last year as planned. We were running short on shotgun shell lights last year, and since I didn’t have any “T” ornaments in mind, I just threw in the decorating towel. But this year, I realized I could make my own. I bought wood at craft stores, picked up a few colors of paint, got some letters in different sticker fonts, and went searching the internet for inspiration from vintage cigarette cartons.

    For example, I know the brand is really Lucky Strike and they don’t have any references to bowling on the package. But as is, their older packages were a little too plain and too `70’s. So I found a bowling pin & ball decorative piece, repainted them to match the colors of the package, and had some fun. Same with the Regent Slims. Their package was more subtly ornate, but when I found the little crown inspiration in the scrapbook aisle, it was just perfect. Searching for all the little things to make the cartons perfect for a Christmas tree was the biggest delay to getting the tree up this year.

    Most of the alcohol ornaments are just little bottles filled with either the original beverage, a substitute (because we already drank the original), a mix of vinegar & food coloring, or just empty if they look prettier as a plain bottle. I have a couple of handmade ones that don’t show up in these pictures, and there a surprising number of mass market alcohol-themed Christmas ornaments for sale.

  8. georgeh says:

    Where are the little Jack Boots?

  9. Ride Fast says:

    […] Gun Nut Christmas Tree […]

    That’s great, I love it.

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