We've put up our tree! It's decorated and lit and ready for Santa. :)
We've had this tree for a few years since we bought it at an after Christmas sale at Target. It's not super big but it's always been perfect for our apartments. We of course have an assortment of ornaments - target red, brown & gold baubles; some with glitter, a few owls and some gifted ornaments. We've got one from our honeymoon, one we made as a replica of our own wedding cake, a few candy canes and some new DIY'd ones I just made recently!
I made a couple new ornaments for our collection this year. They're cheap and semi organic! I got the idea from Pinterest. I can't find the original pin but this is bascially the idea:
The idea to use pinecones came from two places - one this post a while ago, and two I found a bag of scented ones while pulling out the tree from storage. So armed with craftiness, lots of pinecones, and a smart husband I made painted Christmas tree ornaments.
I started with the same can of white spray paint we've had forever. This thing will run out eventually I fear.
I used the same method I used here where I screwed picture hanging loop hooks into the pine cones. It was pretty easy but you could use a screwdriver to drill a pilot hole if your pine cones are too dried out or won't budge and you pinch your fingers raw trying to hold those pokey things.
I just hung the pinecones and spray painted! I was working outside (yay for warm Virginia Decembers!) next to our recycle bin and used some scrap shredded paper to hang them. They're dangelling from a broom over my scrap cardboard. I mostly sprayed from above and a little from the sides. This way some of the original organic brown shows through and gives it a 2 color look. I did 2 coats since I wanted it to look glossy and bright! Since they already had hooks in them I just opened a paperclip for each to hang on the tree. Although now I see that pretty ribbon in the Pinterest photo I may want to add that to mine.
See how cute they look on our tree? And a totally free project! Well assuming you can find pinecones out back, have those loop screws, spray paint (another color perhaps!) and paperclips/ribbon. It was fun and I'm thinking of making a few more. I did a large one and a smaller still semi closed one. Hopefully these will stay and we'll be able to use them for years to come!