Mini chalkboards, birds’ nests, feathery birds, mercury glass, pinecones, chandelier crystals, twine, burlap, starfish, sand dollars, capiz shells, book-page-wrapped balls, and ribbon. That is what my Christmas tree is made of! How could one go wrong if she took every single trend of 2010 and threw it on her tree? She couldn’t! I absolutely love how my tree turned out, and this week I’ll show you how I did it without spending anything.
For the last eleven years, I have had a traditional red and gold theme going on. This year, I just couldn’t do it. I am not incredibly sentimental and I really had no desire to dig out all of those old ornaments from the basement. So I shopped, borrowed, crafted, and stole from my house in order to decorate the tree!
The crowning jewel of my tree is this gorgeous garland that I moaned, whined, and cried about on facebook and twitter all weekend long. My garland was inspired by the capiz shell chandy that Erin from The Little Apartment made awhile back. I won’t lie to you. This thing was NOT fun to make. It cost me $0.00 but around $1000 worth of time and patience. Halfway through this project, I would have gladly paid one of you handsomely to have finished the darn thing for me! But I love how it turned out, so for now I’m pretending it was all worth it!
If you are absolutely insane and want to make one of these beauties for yourself, all you need is the following:
- Wax paper
- Circle punch
- White thread
- Glue gun
I took a sheet of wax paper and folded it a bunch of times until it made a rectangle that would still fit in my circle punch. Then I punched out a gazillion circles. (Folding the paper over gives you about eight circles per punch.)
Next, roll out your string, place your circles underneath the string, and place two dots of glue on each circle. Just keep doing that all day and night long and you will finally have yourself a garland!
It did match my mind’s eye perfectly though…
Since I made many of the ornaments on my tree, I will dive into more tree details in my next post…including a tutorial on how to make those cute chalkboard ornaments!
Linking up with Kate! Be sure to check out the party for more Holiday Home craftiness.