Cheap, Cheerful and Modern Christmas Decorating

December 08, 2013

Posted By: Shaunescy

It's no secret that I love mobiles and such . Maybe it's because I was born in the 70s and I can recall my mother patiently (and not to mention - super groovily) weaving and tying macrame plant holders. I feel a New Year's crafting resolution coming on! I will find a way to make cool macrame and post a tutorial here. But that is another day. Today I am going to tell you about my tree.

A couple of Christmases ago I posted a tutorial about how to make a tissue paper flower tree and I didn't really explain why I was doing it, other than to keep my hands busy. Yes, I do love being a crafty mama, but the truth is that while I LOVE to see your awesome tree and smell it's wonderful piney smell, I really don't like the whole process of the cutting of the tree, and bringing it in the house, and the pine needles on the floor and if you have pets and kids - their interactions with the tree. Ugh - it makes me feel all grinch-y inside.

If nothing else, I am a very practical artist. I like to use what I have to it's maximum effect. So when the holidays rolled around and I needed to have child-proofed Christmas decor - because I sure as heck wasn't going to go without, I simplified and got everything up off the floor.

That. . . plus,  my kids will need something to talk to their friends about when they are in college. "Yeah, you think your family is weird . . . get a load of this! My mom made a random made-up tree every single year for Christmas!" Fingers crossed that along with thinking that I am weird, that they will secretly admire my weirdness.

So you see, I do love decorations and food and festivity, I just like to do it my way. This year, I've strung colorful balls on varying lengths of thread and tacked them to the ceiling. The arrangement I made looks like a tree when you look at it head on but as you move through the room it takes on a more spiral design. The ornaments are retro styrofoam balls covered in thread, lightweight and unbreakable. I did string up one crystal snowflake because I dig the wabi-sabi notion of perfection in imperfection.

I hope your holiday season is moving along just swell. May your decorations be everything you want them to be. On this cold, cold Sunday, I hope you are tucked into your house making stuff that's meaningful to you and your peeps.


All my best, BunnyFufu ~ The Housewife

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