My mother changes her tree every year to a new theme.
One year she had this carousel set that she strung up in the tree and when you turned it on, the tree looked like a theme park…with moving parts and horses going crazy not below the tree – inside the tree. It was fantastic. She taught me everything I know about curling ribbon, the joys of too many twinkle lights and creating a finished looking holiday extravangza….so it comes as no surprise that I didn’t really want repeat last year’s look of silver & gold & red….
or 2009’s monochromatic christmas…
Or 2008’s red & silver look…
or our very first Christmas that was sortof just a hodge podge of whatever we could find and stick in our free tree.
Needless to say (but I will say it anyway because I think it’s funny)…this ornament doesn’t fall far from the tree 🙂 I wanted to switch things up.
But I found that the biggest problem with deciding the theme for our family tree was that I wanted to see our little tree from the living room and the kitchen (that way I could enjoy it while putting away the dishes, feeding Will, and bask in it’s warm glow – probably get a little bit of a tan while I’m at it – while watching New Girl)…our living room is blue & white with toothpaste colored walls.
So what’s a girl to do?!
Well, I figured that if you can’t beat em – join em. So we brought in the green chairs (don’t worry that’s not where they ended up – it was just so we had space to untangled yards of twinkle lights and we switched the couch over to the side (which was against Jer’s ideal tv-watching setup.) and moved the big chair from the corner to the center (compromise so that Jer could still sit DIRECTLY in front of the boob tube while football’s on).
After we brought in the green chairs – it came to me. We were definitely going to have a blue (and green) christmas! So I pulled out some fabrics I had that would go with our living room furniture, pillows and rug…
and the embroidery hoops returned (my mother is shaking her head right now at the sight of this photo)…
And I also picked up some ribbon at a discount fabric store and some yarn (with coupons) at Hobby Lobby….
And I got to work. I was like a tiny holiday elf on ritalin. Seriously. except I was huge. and probably could have eaten a tiny elf for lunch after my frenzy of Christmas ornament crafting. and let’s just be honest…tiny elves can’t eat other tiny elves. it’s not possible. not in one sitting anyway.
and this is how I blog.
So out came the balloons and I tried my hand at creating those yarn balls that you see all over the internet and kind of want to make but then realize that it’s probably a messy waste of time. yeah. those.
I didn’t take any photos of the process because I was up to my elbows in Elmers.
We had them hanging all over the kitchen to dry…frankly they kinda blend into the mess, so they didn’t bother me.
Oh and because we made four – I tried four different methods….the best one was this – take the yarn and dunk the entire length that you will use for a ball (roughly five to eight yards) in a bowl with diluted Elmer’s glue. Get it nice and soaked. Then wipe some glue on the balloon so that you can have the yarn stick a little better. Tie one end to the balloon knot and then wrap all over in every direction. Leave a tail and hang to dry.
Here’s the real kick in the panties – after the yarn has dried (it will be crispy) – it will stick to the balloon. If you pop the balloon without separating it from the yarn, it might warp your creation…so I used a candy making stick (like the kind you use for cake pops!) to push the balloon down while it’s still inflated to separate it from the yarn. THEN you pop…and remove all of the balloon 🙂
First thing I did was make our tree topper (we didn’t have one because in the last house we used a disco ball that we suspended from the ceiling which is not possible with this two story room!) – but more on that later – and then I wrapped ribbon all around it, pop some fabric in my embroidery hoops and got to tree ornamenting (totally a word).
The best part? Everything is totally child-friendly. Even the blue balls (heehee) were the shatterproof kind that I got for half off at Hobby Lobby. Will helped decorate. Also known as throwing the balls. Check that off our Christmas Photo List!
Oh and I did make one felt ornament for the main man…one day this bad boy will go into Will’s personal ornaments box…ya know for when he has his own tree..
So that is our handmade ornaments – using embroidery hoops, balloons & yarn, and felt. What did you do for ornaments this year? Any crafting elves out there? Any blue christmas’ out there?
p.s. Sorry I missed yesterday – one of our friends lost his dad and we had a full travel day for the funeral – so I will try to get both yesterday’s post & today’s post out today 🙂 oh and it’s gonna have a full frontal of our christmas tree – so stay tuned!