This year I decided to get creative and embrace the ‘can do,’ vintage spirit by decorating my Christmas tree with handmade ornaments. I’ve always been a fan of the shiny and the glittery but this year I have replaced the sparkly tinsel with paper chains and popcorn garlands. Perhaps it’s just my DIY pride talking but I actually think that this years tree is the prettiest ever. It has an understated charm which I find very endearing. In fact I would go so far as to say that comparing my tree to one decorated with gaudy plastic ornaments is a bit like comparing a fresh faced bohemian girl, with Dame Edna Everage .
I quite enjoyed making my decorations particularly the watercolor hearts because my two year old was able to help me with the painting. The popcorn garlands, which were a popular way of adorning Christmas trees in Victorian times, were not quite as fun to make. When I fist thought of the idea I had an image of a happy Victorian family sitting around a cosy fire threading popcorn. The reality was me sitting on the couch staring glassy eyed at Playschool next to my two year old and yelping in pain every five minutes as I stuck the needle into my finger. For every piece of popcorn that was threaded on the string two were eaten by my son and three ended up on the floor. At the end of two days of garland making, (I had to replace a few strands when the tree got knocked over) my lounge room looked like a move theater after a Star-Wars marathon. Still I wouldn’t replace my DIY tree for all the gold glitter in the world.