I’ve never been one to get into decorating for the holidays. Sure, we would put up a tree but that was about it…no wreath, even! This year I’ve been a little more inspired, maybe it has to do with cutting out some unnecessary events and simplifying my life. I actually have some free time on my hands, imagine that, and things have been a lot less stressful and hectic. I’m loving it.
We bought a small tree this year since we don’t have a lot of space and I decided to make all of the decorations for it, excluding the lights. If I had a full-size tree it would probably start to be a drag but I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s cheap too, which was the main goal.
My first project was an origami star tree topper. I followed this tutorial for a five-point star and used kraft paper cardstock cut into 5” squares. It was really simple and I love how it turned out.
I then cut thin strips of fabric from a bolt I keep on hand (you do that too, right?)…I was going to tie actual bows but ended up just tying them around random branches and they resembled bows enough for me. I love the look of the unfinished edges and it was so quick and easy. Also, in place of a tree skirt I just bought a couple yards of muslin and wrapped it around the base. I like that I didn’t have to cut it so I’ll be able to use it for something else later on.
Up next, popcorn and cranberry garland. I’ve always loved the simplicity of these but have never taken the time to put one together. It took about 2 hours to make enough for our tree but I’m not sure I would have the patience to wrap a bigger one. I created a pattern of 1 cranberry, 5 popcorn pieces, 2 cranberries, 5 popcorn pieces. It adds just a little pop of color and I really like how it looks.
The final pieces to the puzzle were gingerbread cookie ornaments. I used this recipe (I halved the recipe and still only used half of the dough…it makes a lot) and a small snowflake cookie cutter. I was going to finish them with icing but actually liked the look of them plain so I just hung them like that…Reid keeps saying, “oh, how organic!” about the tree. Haha! Clean and simple was certainly the name of the game this year!
Now hopefully the mice, normal size but especially toddler size, will stay away for the next few weeks…