The first Snow Day of the year came a bit early. With nearly 10 inches of wet messy snow, and being without garage and shovel this year, we took the opportunity to decorate for the Holidays.
Because the usual "decor team" is out on "leave"...along with the kitchen staff, cleaning lady and the accountant who has yet to return from a three year vacation, good old Mom had to shine up a new approach. When Jahred and I discussed the "tree budget" for the year, we decided that FREE is the max we can pay.
We do have an artificial tree purchased several years ago for $9.99, but have decided it's too sparse and sad looking to ever be our main tree again. So, using the following materials I whipped up a rather Dr. Seuss looking X-Mas Tree.
- 2 wrapping paper cardboard tubes
- 40 plastic grocery/target bags
- 1/2 of a large roll of Tin Foil
- plenty of scrap paper, newspaper
- tape (the clear packaging sort)
- 1 spool of ribbon (optional)
- 1 strand of green lights (optional)
- 1 empty box approx. 2 ft x 2 ft
- summer shoe collection (sandals)
It began with the wrapping paper rolls. I taped them end to end to create the height of my tree. Just for good measure, I stuffed a plastic "Olive Garden" kids drink cup where the two rolls met to ensure extra stiffness at the joint.
Starting at the top of the tree, I wrapped plastic grocery bags and old newspaper around the "trunk" and covered them in Tin Foil, scrunching and gathering to look "authentic". Working my way down, I increased the amount of stuffing under each wrap of Tin Foil to give the tree a triangular shape. I tried my best to roll the ends of each foil section together as I went as to avoid gaps and separation (I wouldn't want the shopping bags to show, now that would be tacky). Where necessary, I taped the stuffing to the trunk so it wouldn't slouch as I erected the tree.
Eventually I became happy with the bulk and the shape of my tree. I stood her on end to see how she looked. Beautiful. Next I took the box and cut a hole in the center of one of the sides the same roundness as the trunk. I slid the trunk inside making a "tree stand" if you will. To make sure the tree wouldn't lean, I used some of mine and Axel's summer shoes (we won't be needing those in 10" snow).
The only thing left was to decorate and give the top some personality. To enhance the reality of it, I strung some green twinkle lights down the back of the tree for a little "back-lighting".
There you have it, a Seussical tree, suiting both the "Bah-Humbug" in you and the "Magic" within your child. Axel's vote of approval was making his own Tin Foil Tree and letting me know mine was "Beautiful Mom!"
Benefits to a Tin Foil Tree:
- cost (especially if the tin foil was left behind by previous renters): FREE
- totally recyclable when the Holidays are over, better yet, wrap the Christmas left-overs with a piece of "tree"
- it weights literally 3 pounds and you will never lose your child to tree toppling
- not a fire hazard
- moldable and flexible to any size room
- truly OOAK (one of a kind)
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