Trim the Tree: Handmade Ornaments and Garlands

Even though Christmas is only a few weeks away, I keep adding decorations to our tree. I sometimes think that’s silly, but I just can’t help myself. I see something on another blog or on Pinterest and think, “Oooooh, I really want to make that!”

Our tree is much different this year than it has ever been. I have two giant totes of red ornaments that I did not even unwrap and unbox this year. I wanted more of a vintage, handmade feel with a touch of contemporary. In years past, I have had a very department store styled tree with lots of glitter, large ornaments, and bold colors. My husband is so happy with our new simple tree.
Since I didn’t have many decorations in my collection that were vintage and handmade, I got crafty. I had stumbled upon some awesome handmade ornaments and garlands on Pinterest that looked super easy to make. And you know me, I’m all about super easy.
Here is my inspiration from my Holiday Pinterest board.

Here is what I came up with.

All three of these projects were so fun to do. Let me break them down for you super quick. They are after all, super easy.

To make the feather filled balls, just fill the Christmas ball with feathers! I got my clear glass balls at Hobby Lobby, but I think Walmart and other places like that would sell them, too. Also at Hobby Lobby, I bought a bag of pheasant feathers. They matched the vintage feel that I was going for. You can by feathers in any color at Hobby Lobby. Be creative! I just pulled off the top of the ornament and poked the feathers down in until the ball was about half way full. Then I used some wide burlap ribbon to tie as an accent on the top. Add some twine as a hanger, and ta-da!

This tulle garland seriously took me about 10 minutes to make. I had some tulle circles left over from our wedding. I used the same twine I used for the hangers on the feather filled balls, gathered the tulle circles in the middle, and tied them onto the twine about every 16 inches. Later I went back and trimmed them up a bit.

The circle garland was the most time consuming project I have had this Christmas. I think that I was expecting it to be much easier than it actually was even though it was still something that I conquered in a few nights. I purchased paper from Hobby Lobby that I thought matched the touch of contemporary style that I wanted on the tree this year. I really like the hounds tooth print. It was on sale and drove the scheme for the garland. I used a 1 ½ inch circle punch to cut out the circles. Using some jewelry string that I had on hand, I used a glue stick to glue the opposite sides together on top of the string. I chose to make a pattern but you could randomize things for a totally different look.
There you have it! Three easy ways to trim your tree this holiday season.

1 comment:

  1. i need to come to your new place and see your cute tree!!