Who loves a Charlie Brown Christmas tree? Although I love the glitz, shimmer and sparkle of a tree done up to the nines, there’s something about a simple tree that gets me every time. I’ll also admit that I ascribe to the Scandinavian design aesthetic, so modern simplicity is kind of my jam. Which explains my soft spot for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
While scouting a few ideas for outdoor Christmas decorating at my favorite greenhouse, I saw a petite little live tree that made my heart go pitter patter. At three feet tall, it’s sweet, small and easy to maneuver. It will also be easy to plant when the holiday season is over. (That’s me being unrealistically optimistic about how frozen the ground will be here in New Hampshire come January.) The decision was made in a flash — no 7-foot cut tree for us this year. We went mini.
The best part of a small tree? You can scale back on decorations. All of my existing ornaments and garlands were too big for this mini tree, so I went back to the drawing board. A handful of copy paper, a roll of baker’s twine and a few leftover mini pinecones from another project seemed like a good place to start. The result is a very sweet, natural and simple tree. Our daughter loves it because it’s just her size. Our pets haven’t messed with it AT ALL (a Christmas miracle unto itself). It may be the most perfect tree ever.
As for my super easy DIY garlands — don’t be intimidated by the origami stars. I promise you, they are simple to make. A perfect activity for a relaxed evening of Christmas movie watching. No place on your tree for a star garland? This garland also looks pretty spectacular in red hanging from our mantle. Give it a shot. It’s soothing. Think of it as knitting for paper folding nerds like me.
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