There are no magazine worthy Christmas trees around this house. We usually find the largest live tree we can stuff under the roof, and then bedeck it with every ornament imaginable. Vintage, glitzy, rustic, modern, handmade, large, small, any color you wish, it’s all welcome.
Granted, if I had my wish it would be magazine worthy, but coordinating stockings on the mantle are about as close as I’ll ever get to it. One certainly can’t say the thing lacks personality, it’s simply dripping with it.
Handmade ornaments certainly don’t need to be elaborate. Take these wire star ornaments for instance. They are great little things to add to your own tree or to make for a gift. You need a block of wood, nails, wire, wire cutters and ribbon. Trace out a star pattern on the wood, any size you wish. Mine is about 4 inches. Tap a nail in the wood at each point of the star.
Cut 5 or 6 feet of wire and loop it in the center. (If your star is larger than mine, you’ll probably want more wire.)
Hook the loop on the outside of one of the star’s points. Begin winding the wire around the nail form.
When one end of the wire is completed, do the other end in the opposite direction.
Pop the form off or the nails, and wrap the ends around the form to keep it from springing apart.
Cut another 5 foot length of wire. Twist the end of the wire onto the star form, and then start looping the wire all over the form.
Twist the remaining end onto the star to secure the wire. Tie a loop of ribbon on top and find your nearest Christmas tree to hang it on.
These little stars are just a few of many handmade ornaments that are part of the ornament medley on our tree, and they’ve always been among my favorites.
Since the tree is fairly bursting out of the room with Christmas spirit (never mind the steady rain of pine needles on the floor), I called it quits on further decorations in the living room. The mantle and the tree are good enough for me. (You can read more about the mantle HERE.)
I like to think of my tree as a Christmas patchwork of memories. The picture perfect tree would be missing the babies’ first Christmas balls, the dollar store ornaments from our first Christmas after getting married, and the re-arranged ornaments on the bottom branches that little fingers so carefully hung. What good is picture perfect anyway?
Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.