Okay folks, our tree is finally done! Actually, it’s been done for like two days, but it took me this long to get to this post, so there you have it. I spent $15 total for decorations this year, only bought the styrofoam balls to make my upcycled ornaments, and then the tree itself is a cut tree from home depot, so we obviously bought that, but otherwise, it was either made or already on hand.
You want to see closer? I thought so…
Sorghum grass! I got a bunch of this from my friend Peggy in the fall. I liked it, but didn’t know what to do with it… She’d cut the whole stalks, so I had 5 foot tall-ish stalks that I wrestled into my car, and then left on my back porch. I was going to weave them into a wreath, but forgot about them, and then they got too dry. Ah well, I said , I’ll think of something to do with them, and then it hit me, they needed to be Christmas tree deco.
So I cut off the heads and stuck them into the tree…
And I cut the blades free from the stalks and used them as garlands as you can see both in the very first picture in this post and again int his other angle here:
Other natural things that I had around and stuck into the tree include:
Dried wildflowers, gone to seed… These you have to gather before their seeds blow off, or in my case, they were still sitting in a vase where they had dried themselves from earlier in the fall… Carefully inserted into the tree, they don’t drop that many of their seeds.
And dried yarrow from an arrangement this summer that I’d stashed to bring out in the fall and never did…
Then there’s the handmade ornaments from this year.
Here’s the Book Ornaments hanging in splendor:
and the little blue ornaments hanging out with the berry garlands (Got these at Michaels a few years back, but they still carry them every year…)
and the fuzzy flower ornament too…
and the skeleton keys from last year… We had an outdoor tree with a root ball, so we couldn’t hang anything breakable. So I scoured ebay for people selling off large lots of skeleton (like 10 or so in one go), and hung them from brightly colored or sparkly ribbons. Most of them made a come back this year (some had already been re-purposed into other decorations around the house).
And I like my vintage Santa head ornament too… My grandmother passed along this awesome crystal punch bowl and cups a few years ago, and in the wrappings were several vintage Christmas ornaments! Score Thanks, Grandma!
I didn’t have a spot I really wanted to stand my woodland Santa, so I stuck him in the tree (he doesn’t have a base, so he could sort of straddle a branch…)
Sparkly eucalyptus… I got this last year too at some craft store to go on our outdoor tree. It’s just dried eucalyptus coated with something gold and sparkly… five branches stuck into the tree in various places make a great splash of, well, sparkly
and those of you who craft regularly, or sew, or whatever, know that sometimes you get stuff on clearance because your gut tells you it could be a good idea right? A couple of years ago, I grabbed this remnant of thick cotton fabric for like a dollar a yard or something, and got like 3-4 yards of it… Well, it made a lovely tree skirt this year, simply wrapped around the base of the tree The only problem is, Percy thinks it’s a bed and keeps squishing my lovely accidental on purpose bunches flat… ah well. I say I’d rather have the pets then a perfect house, and sometimes I need reminding of that 😛
And there you have it! Let me know if anything inspired you to put anything weird or different in your tree 😉