Easy DIY Christmas Tree
My son has been coming home from school with Christmas on the brain for a few weeks now, and we have been reading Christmas books over and over and OVER (Caillou, Busy Town, Max and Ruby - everyone, it seems, has a Christmas version). When I saw this ornament craft kit at Michael's, I knew it was just the right level for both boys to be able to do, and that it would fulfill the "Is this for Christmas?" requirement that all activities now seem to have. Once the glitter and sequins had been properly applied and the goops of glue had dried, we needed somewhere to display them. (I have decided to hold off on the tree for a bit longer because it dried out so badly last year.)
So I did what I always do and scrounged around for something I could re-purpose. This green flower pot has been sitting idle for a few seasons, and by idle I mean upside down in the dirt under our porch. I had the gold paint left over from the buddha project, and this awesome ScotchBlue painters tape that I had been itching to try out. I sprayed the bottom and couldn't believe how crisp a line that tape made - nothing got under it to leave a little squiggle, which is saying something with this spray paint (it seems to be very, very runny). I was actually out doing this in the SNOW, and was worried the tape might not stick well with the moisture on the pot, but it worked great.
The boys had I had been hunting for the perfect stick on our walks and this one made it's way home from the park with us one day. I sprayed it (and part of my patio furniture) white and stuck it in the pot using some sand from our sandbox in the back (I should really probably clean that guy out...). We hung the ornaments (which weigh nothing) and voila, two happy boys and one happy momma. I wasn't sure if I liked the green and gold combo as much as I thought I would, but it is growing on me. I like that it is delicate and sculptural. And wouldn't the branch look pretty hung with little gold balls on gold ribbon too?