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December 15, 2015

25 Days of Christmas: Decorative Trees

I may have a slight obsession with Christmas trees. It doesn’t matter if they are small, large, real, fake, green, or even white. Right now we have 13 trees in the house ranging in size from 10 inches to 9 feet. They are in the bathrooms, on the mantel, on my desk, in the bedrooms, and even in the kitchen. Each has their own theme and way of spreading cheer in the house. Many of them have been purchased over the years after Christmas for 75 – 90% off. It’s a great way to build a collection on a small budget.

Today I decided to venture slightly away from my design style and decorate three tree shaped cones with unconventional materials. While these type of decorations are becoming very popular, I hadn’t ventured in that direction, until now.

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This is another really simple project that can be accomplished with items you have on hand or with a quick trip to Walmart or Michaels. You can use anything you want; glitter, feathers, ribbon, string, wire, and the list goes on.

For mine I used the crochet yarn from my snowballs and the snowman themed Christmas ornament for one tree. It was very easy to wind the materiel around the cone and secure it with a knot. For the second tree I used thick twine which I secured every so often with a dab of glue. The third tree had me stumped but then I came across some ribbon I have had for years (as long as I can remember, actually) that was cinched on the top. I cut several pieces and wrapped them around the tree creating a skirt effect. I purchased Paper Mâché cones from Hobby Lobby (similar here) when I was visiting my Mom last month. You can also use Styrofoam or even make you own using card stock.

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25 Days of Christmas: Christmas Song Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are pretty important traditions in my family. We exchange them every year and Rob even proposed to me with one he had made while we were in Disney. Tomorrow I am attending a cookie and ornament exchange. I’ve been pinning a lot of ornament ideas on Pinterest and decided I wanted to make my own.

I’ve had these glass ornaments for years and just never got around to doing anything with them. I decided to decorate a few to represent some of my favorite classic Christmas songs.

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For Frosty I used the same crochet yarn from my snowball project, extra fabric from a tie blanket, and a few buttons.

Hearing the sound of bells jingling always puts me in the Christmas spirit. I have a small collection of bells in various colors that were perfect for a Jingle Bells themed ornament.

Santa is filled with crumpled tissue paper and embellished with construction paper I secured with some hot glue.

Festive. Unique. Fun. Most importantly, easy!

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