This week I have been working on the Christmas tree and fireplace. Even with the little village, the fireplace was too plain for Christmas at Santa’s house.
I found this garland at Joann’s and it is just the right size:
I cut off an appropriate length and shaped it into a swag. I decided that the garland needed a little jazzing up so I used this ribbon I bought at dollar tree to make some tinsel.
As it is, it was far to thick to use in a miniature. However, it turns out that this particular ribbon can be unraveled into three strands, two of which make miniature tinsel.
I unraveled enough to make tinsel for both the garland and the Christmas tree. The next thing the garland needed was bows. Those were easy. I used some of my thinnest red ribbon to make the bows and glued them in to place.
Lastly, I wanted to add a little more ornamentation. I chose little bell pieces for that.
After that, I decided to move on to the Christmas tree. I chose one of these trees in bought at target last Christmas:
I bought them because they were a little bit more realistic than most bottle brush trees and they didn’t have that fake snow on them. I hate that stuff it sheds everywhere and I’m afraid the inimitable Poppy might get it in his fur or on his paws. Cats groom constantly, and I don’t want him ingesting that stuff. Anyway, back to the Christmas tree.
First thing that goes on in any tree decorating scenario is the lights. I bought the smallest LED set I could find, which happened to be from Dollar Tree. Here is the tree lit up with the tinsel I made before:
Side note, if you are not shopping for craft supplies at Dollar Tree, you are doing yourself a disservice. They have great supplies for very reasonable prices. Now back to our originally scheduled program.
For ornaments I turned to my collection of metal charms meant to go in resin jewelry. I have one set that is Christmas themed:
I glued many of these to the tree and they are the perfect size for ornaments.
When I got finished putting on the ornaments, I decided the tree was too monochromatic so I added some red and green baubles. The red baubles came from this bag of “glitter pebbles” I got at Hobby Lobby.
The green baubles came from this string of green beads I picked up somewhere. I honestly have no idea where it came from.
I added a star that was left over from La Lanterna Rosa.
Here’s the finished tree:
And here it is with the lights on:
That’s it for tonight! Ciao, my loves!