We did not put up a Christmas tree this year. *Gasp. Our house is feeling so small and cluttered right now, and the idea of doing the tree seemed stressful. Plus, we’ll be in Dallas for 6 days for Christmas itself. Next year we’ll go all out decorating, and Jaye will actually be aware of what’s happening.
But here’s what we have done to decorate. I made a Christmas card garland. Easy peasy. String ribbon up. Clothespin the Christmas cards you get to the ribbon. I found tiny red clothespins at a scrapbooking store at the Mall of America. We really needed a longer garland because I’ve had to swap out cards as we keep getting new ones. I love this garland because it’s fun to actually enjoy the cards people send for longer than one moment as you open them.
I also hung Jaye’s Christmas art and a cute ornament from her Great Aunt Susie on the garland.
I also made a fun felt holly garland. Please excuse all the crap piled up in the background, particularly on the little landing. This is why I felt too cluttered to have a Christmas tree.
The garland was easy to make. I printed out a picture of a holly leaf and berry from the internet. Then I traced them onto some cardboard to make a sturdier stencil.
Then I traced around my stencil onto some felt that I had leftover from an earlier project (my coat tree, which I had intended to add magnets to and different felt leaves for the different seasons). I cut out all my shapes (Phil even helped!) and strung them together on some thread. The stringing was the trickiest part because at first all the shapes mushed together. Once I had them all strung, I had to carefully spread them all out again.
We leave for Dallas early, early Thursday morning and will be there until Tuesday evening. I’m looking forward to it! Hope everyone else has a lovely Christmas planned!