Every year, as the the holidays roll around, I contemplate what kind of Christmas tree I want to get. And inevitably, they always turn into little art projects.
When I was first starting out, my grandma gave me some little vintage dolls and I covered the Christmas tree with them. One year, I made my own ornaments by spraying lacquer on mini bagels and hot glueing a raffia bow and hook on it … they were very cute and lasted forever!
Now I like ornaments that reflect light and sparkle bright. I also like to add a ribbon to make it look like the old fashion ribbon candy I remember as a kid.
Over the years, I have done a variety of Christmas tree types. I’ve done a medium size tree, which I trimmed up about 8″ on the stump. Then I stood it in a soup pot, inside a fiberglass urn, with bricks wedged to hold it up … and viola, a tall tree that is off the ground so it works for a small space.
For an even smaller space, or for years when we may not be home for Christmas, but still want the glorious tree smell and twinkling lights, I have done a table-top tree. Once again I cleared the stump and put it in a large wide vase. Last year I found a great piece of soft bark at a floral supply shop and wrapped the base. I really loved that little tree!
This year I did a more standard sized tree, but I picked one that had a crazy, ET finger-like branches at the top. It added height and was quirky, so I went with it and did a little explosion of balls on the top. I believe in letting the tree inspire me to try different things. It’s creative and fun, and it makes each year memorable!
Of course the key with all of these is making sure to keep whatever the vessel is filled with water so your tree stays hydrated and lasts the entire holiday season.
What about you? Do you have favorite Christmas tree traditions that you do year after year? Or do you shake it up and try different things?