Happy Holidays, y’all!!! And so it begins—the countdown to Christmas! Is all your shopping done? Miscellaneous crafts completed? Homemade gifts distributed? Christmas parties attended?
In years past, my Christmas tree has been a bit of a mish-mash of ornaments collected over the years. This year, we decided to go with an outdoorsy, natural, bird-esque theme. To make it more of a challenge, I gave myself a budget of $20 for new ornaments & decorations.
I had several items already in my collection that work quite nicely; little critters for the branches, and we used the red & white glass balls that we already had since they would seem sort of “berry-ish”:
At Hobby Lobby, I picked up some small birds at 50% off ($4/pack of four):
(Behind the cardinal you can see my hand-blown ornament from Springfield Hot Glass—couldn’t leave that off!)
The Hubs & I had an adventure going around town, picking up pinecones from the local parks (FREE!!!). And thanks to Pinterest I learned to bake them for about 30 minutes to kill all the little critters inside of them. I had a large pile of bows already, so I used some craft wire to attach the pinecones to the bows.
Then, of course, another Pinterest project! We made some cinnamon salt dough ornaments using a bird-shaped cookie cutter (59 cents at Hobby Lobby).
One batch of dough will make about 20 ornaments. I put about half on our tree, and used the rest as gifts.
($1 per house, plus $3 for the wood stain)
But what we REALLY needed was something for the top. Something impressive. Something regal. And…something that cost about $8, because that’s all I had left in my budget.
And of course, there’s also my new friend Hootie, sent to me by my friend Sarah:
So there she is. Our little tree! With tax, our tree “remodel” came to just over $20!
Later this week we’ll show off some more of the décor, and some homemade Christmas gifts, eh?