Wow, the official last day of my 12 Days of Christmas Decorations Series, it sure flew by. I guess that means I was having fun.
What better way to ‘close’ this series than with my Christmas tree.
Can you see why red and white has become my favorite color combo ever. Don’t they just look so wonderful and magical together.
Oh and that there would be my last official Christmas craft of the year. A garland for my tree.
I finished it just today. You see last year there was one tree in particular that caught my eye because of a beautiful homemade faux capris garland. Beth (from HomeStories A2Z) made it and although the garland was beautiful it almost ‘killed’ her so much work went into it.
Well I wanted a garland like that, I was just not willing to put that much time in it. So I came up with a three step plan:
A) Enlist the help of my Love. He punched his way through three little craft paper pads while watching a football game. So that was step 1 covered.
B) Instead of burning my fingers hot gluing the garland I decided to sew it. Worked like a charm. I just had to push the little circles close to the needle and the machine fed them through. Easy peasy.
C) Fiddle around for ages trying to get it look just right on the tree. Success? See for yourself.
I love my tree this year, so much more than last year. I think the fact that it is bigger and a real one already makes a huge difference. But the red and white combo definitely gives it the extra wow factor. (There she goes again. I must sound like a broken record, but heck that is what people who have fallen in love do: talk about their new love all the time).
I reused all of last years homemade ornaments and supplemented them with some new ones.
The theme this year seems to be hearts.
Wooden hearts, burlap hearts, metal hearts, fabric hearts, doily hearts. There are hearts all over.
My little tree lampshades made a comeback too. I still like them a lot.
Except you can’t see my tree topper now.
Ok here is a close-up:
I used another sugar-water stiffened doily as a topper. Since this doily worked hard in her role as flower for my faux ice flowers I thought it might as well perform as my Christmas star too.
And from the top we go to the bottom:
The tree skirt from a moving blanket I made last year, got a little update too. An extra band of red ribbon and some red stars made her fit in just perfectly.
Ok one more look at the whole tree….
And a close-up…..
She is one full tree isn’t she…..
And for all of you tree-photographing – bokeh-loving – homemade-ornament-making bloggers out there: one more glamour shot.
Okay, I know this is officially the last day of my 12 days of Christmas Decorations series. But I am not done yet. I will give you a bonus post tomorrow and Saturday I will show you some of the awesomeness my fellow 12 day-ers have come up with.
And then December is still only half way done….
I am part of 12 Days of Christmas with:
Christmas Homeschool Fun: 1+1+1=1
Tips for a Healthy Holiday: The Thrifty Mama
Saving Money: Surviving the Stores
Travel Tips: Mom’s Travel Tales
Christmas Recipes: Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Christmas Family Fun: Life as Mom
Homemade Christmas Gifts: The Happy Housewife