We all know that small children can sometimes dampen our decor plans. I want things to be pretty AND kid friendly, especially during the holidays, but the two don’t always seem to mix. Milly is at the age and has the kind of personality that makes me nervous to have a tree in our living room (where I normally place it). Not only for my glass ornaments’ sake, but for her safety the tree will be going in our entry this year – a separate level from the rest of the house.
The entry is open to the living area, but I still wanted to have something festive where we spend a good portion of our time. I saw these little Norfolk Island pines at Home Depot a few weeks ago and thought one would be perfect for our living room. I mean, what’s one more plant in my house?
They had a nice selection of plain trees and trees with red ornaments already attached, but I can’t leave well enough alone and decided to buy the plain and decorate it myself. I first gave the pot (which was a Christmas red) a few coats of this paint. I wanted to keep the decor really simple and clean, but fun and something the kids could help with and touch.
I picked up some ornaments from Hobby Lobby in the “A Tree for Me” section. For under $10 I was able to get lots of little plastic ornaments in a few different sizes and shapes – all in silver and gold.
I got out some wire cutters, round nose pliers, and wire, and Xander and I got to stringing.
We put about 12 ornaments on one piece of wire, not thinking too much about it, but trying to get a few of each size and shape.
Then I simply brought the two ends of the wire together, twisting them tightly to secure the ornaments into a little cluster (like you would the tie on a loaf of bread). See Milly’s hand in the bowl? While we assembled, she went back and forth between throwing ornaments and scratching their glitter off – thank goodness for plastic ornaments.
With the help of the needle nose pliers I twisted the remaining wire around a tree branch, and there you have it. I think grouping these cheap ornaments makes for a unique statement, that looks expensive and doesn’t distract from the beauty of the tree.
The tree fit perfectly next to the nativity in the kids’ corner of the living room. The stable and animals are a favorite that my mother-in-law purchased a few years ago. My mom found this beautiful set of Mary, Joseph, the angel and baby Jesus last year, and I enjoy talking about the birth story with Xander and watching him play with the figures. There is something really lovely about well made, classic toys, isn’t there? I’ll be back on Monday to share more on my philosophy about that.
What stage is your family at with Christmas decor? Are you trying to decorate with small children or pets? Are your older children giving their two cents on the matter? Have you even started thinking about Christmas decor, or are you a “must wait until after Thanksgiving!” kind of person?