We had a small group for Thanksgiving this year, just me and the husband and our two younger daughters, 24 and 19. I decided it would be fun to decorate the Christmas tree after we gave thanks and stuffed the turkey (into our mouths). We have never bought a tree this early before. I think I may have been the first customer at the lot, the day before Thanksgiving.
I wanted to do a "crafty" tree, so I took inspiration from Martha Stewart, and her creative team. I got ideas from the book Christmas With Martha Stewart, published in 1997. Some of the ideas are repeated in this years magazines, the Holiday issue, and "Martha Stewart Living". The candy holder was made from a pattern in "Romantic Homes Magazine."
We cut ornaments from card stock, fancy junk mail, old sheet music, and pages from old World Atlases. I also bought an aluminum oven liner to cut shapes from. The book said I could find rolls of heavy foil at the craft store, but that was not true. The oven liner was a little too stiff and heavy duty kitchen foil a little too thin, so not too many aluminum ornaments made it onto the tree. We added glitter to some of the white card stock shapes, and I got out my collection of craft birds. Some of them are vintage. I love to get them out and enjoy them while they are waiting for their turn to be included in a craft project.
My husband suggested using a crown as the tree topper, and I loved the idea. I found a gold paper crown at the party store, glued some rhinestones to it and put it on the tree. I was so proud of my paper crown until someone suggested that it looked like it came from a certain fast-food chain. I will now make a replacement.