I had a bit of a blogger vs. real life dilemma with my holiday decorating… We’re in Disney this week and even though our wonderful house sitters will be home, I thought it was silly to get a real tree before we left. But… I needed to get ready for my Christmas house tour next week… What’s a girl to do?!?
Then, Jess and I were at IKEA picking up a few things for a “Knock It Off” makeover and we saw this Christmas Tree table cloth… I was in love and knew I had my tree solution! No one said a table cloth has to go on a table!
Isn’t it so fun and different?
I mean obviously we’ll add a real tree in the other room, but this could be my very favorite new Christmas decoration! The tree is cool on it’s own, but the pompom garland just puts it over the top for me!
I’d seen a million pompom garlands around the past few years, but I’d never made one of my own- Oh my word, they’re so incredibly easy! I have to fight the strong urge to garland my whole world!
Here’s how I made the garland…
I started out with a few bags of pompoms in varying sizes.
I bought an embroidery needle and got to work stringing my poms. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went by and how imperfectly I could do it and it still worked like a charm. You don’t have to be super specific about getting it perfectly through the middle, so that means, I could watch TV and string at the same time. SCORE one for me!
I used thumb tacks to string it in a loose zig-zag pattern.
As soon as I bought the fabric at IKEA I had a clear vision of what I wanted it to look like on the wall and I knew it had to involve presents!
Funny story… Jess came over last week to help me finish up my decorating and pull everything together. I asked her if she could wrap presents and handed her plain white paper. She took it and then paused a little bit, looked at the plain white boxes I had and asked me if I was sure I needed her to wrap them. Ha! That’s what best friends are for. To tell you when you’re about to waste an hour wrapping white boxes in white paper.
I had bought some fun washi tape at Target and the super cute tags at Michael’s. They were so inexpensive and really make the presents pop! And just to be clear, these are placebo presents… fakers… Wrapped to look good, and completely empty. I do that under my real tree too, because I like the look of presents, but we don’t bring out the real ones until Christmas eve.
It’s a fun, modern, whimsical, take on a Christmas tree. This idea would also be perfect if you’re traveling for the Holidays or just don’t feel like the mess of a traditional tree this year!
I’d love to know what you think of my modern, fabric tree.
How many trees do you have each year- are any of them non-traditional?