Christmas comes but once a year, and it always throws me into a bit of a quandary – how to decorate our Christmas tree! I like a few different styles, and so, to get around this, we have our white tree that we have indoors with all my bright and colourful decorations, then we have an evergreen tree which we have in the porch which is decorated in a more natural fashion.
This year, we were kindly sent a Dwarf Alberta White Spruce Tree from Lubera, and with its compact, conical shape and soft needles (yes, soft!) I think we’ve found the perfect Christmas tree. The one thing that really puts me off a ‘real’ tree is not the falling needles, but the fact that they hurt you when you try to decorate them! There was not one single “ouch” moment when I decorated this tree with some handmade decorations.
As I said at the top of this post, I go for glitz and sparkle on our artificial tree, but prefer to keep things more traditional and natural with our real tree.
This means things like pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried fruit and raffia, and sticking to traditional colours like red, greens and golds.
Making a pinecone decoration is pretty easy – you just need a stash of pinecones which you can find on the ground at your local forest (which Is where I get mine from!) or you can buy them from craft shops. Use a hot glue gun to attach ribbon to hang them, and embellish if you wish with things like berries and leaves.
I like buying faux berry bunches and bundling them together to pop onto the tree too – simple and effective.
Cinnamon sticks smell wonderful and are something else we hung onto our dwarf spruce tree. These can be bought in craft shops too where they are a lot less expensive than if you buy them in the supermarket – especially for decorative purposes. Just bundle some together, secure with string (you could hot glue for extra stability) decorate and hang.
We haven’t made any this year, but dried fruit decorations are simple to make! I wrote about them last Christmas and here they are on our tree last year.
Before days of manufactured wrapping paper, people would wrap gifts in brown parcel paper, which I actually think looks really festive. Here are some small [fake] gift boxes, wrapped in brown paper, tied with raffia and decorated with other seasonal embellishments.
Felt decorations are something I always mean to make at Christmas, but for the past two years, I still haven’t gotten around to doing so! It’s no different this year so far, but I do have a store bought reindeer which is super sweet!
As pretty as real candles would be on an evergreen tree, safety tells me I have to go for artificial! We added some solar powered lights (our porch doesn’t have a plug switch) and they really set the tree off in the evenings! I always put lights on first when decorating a Christmas tree, so this photo is before I started adding the decorations!
I can’t begin to tell you how much in love I am with our dwarf spruce tree – it’s just gorgeous! I’m going to do my very hardest to keep this one safe in the garden until next year – so far all our evergreen trees have died off >_< but I would love to use this again next year – the ultimate in thrift!
If you have yet to buy a Christmas tree this year, then do consider a Dwarf Alberta White Spruce! They’re compact, slow growers, perfect in a pot and the needles are soft! Speaking of needles we’ve not had much drop off either which is a good thing!
Do you buy a real tree at Christmas? How do you decorate yours?