This year, I decided to decorate for Valentine’s Day for the first time. Of course, I jumped on the bandwagon a little late, which is why this Valentine’s Day post is coming to you after Valentine’s Day. Oh well! This will give you ideas for next year, right?
Since I decided to start my own craft business and blog, I have been reading a lot of articles and researching craft ideas over the past few months. Most recently, I discovered a new trend—Valentine’s trees. Have you ever heard of a Valentine’s tree? I hadn’t until last month when I started seeing pictures of them on Instagram by a few seasoned crafters.
How do you make a Valentine’s tree, you ask? The answer is so simple that it makes me want to smack my forehead for not thinking of it sooner. An artificial Christmas tree!
Yes, you heard that right. An artificial Christmas tree!
Instead of taking down your Christmas tree after Christmas and packing it away until next year, leave it up and swap the Christmas ornaments for Valentine’s ornaments.
I’ll give you a moment to savor the epiphany…
Last summer, my husband and I sold our house and temporarily moved into a small basement suite so we could free ourselves and our finances up to start home-based businesses. Rather than try to store an entire house-worth of stuff into our tiny new space, we sold what we could (furniture and kitchen items we no longer used) and put the rest of our possessions in storage, only taking what we would need to our temporary living situation.
As December approached, it occurred to me that we had put our Christmas tree in storage. I’ve never celebrated a Christmas in my life without a Christmas tree and I thought Christmas wouldn’t feel the same if we didn’t decorate. But I didn’t want to pull our tree out of storage. So, I decided to pay a visit to Pinterest (my favourite place to browse) and find out if I could make my own Christmas tree.
Turns out I could!
And I did! Here is my handmade Christmas tree:
Doesn’t it look gorgeous? I was so happy with the end result and I think it looks even better than my store-bought artificial Christmas tree. I will show you how to make one for yourself in the tutorial below.
Of course, since we’re living in a small space for the time being, storing this handmade Christmas tree poses a bit of a problem. We have no box to store it in to protect it and no place to put it until next year.
So we delayed taking down our Christmas decorations and left the tree up until February (which I never do). During this time I started seeing Valentine’s trees popping up in my Instagram feed and got to thinking… Why don’t I keep the tree up and decorate it for Valentine’s Day? Even better, why don’t I keep it up year long and decorate it for every season—Valentine’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Thanksgiving and/or Halloween, and Christmas!
And voilá! We now have a year-round tree to decorate for every season of the year. And that makes me happy!
Also, what I love about this tree is that it’s environmentally-friendly. How? Because I will use it again and again and again, and if it gets damaged over the course of time from its many uses, I will fix it instead of throwing it in the garbage. In addition, I won’t be cutting down a real tree to use for a month or two and throwing it away later. It’s a win-win for me and for the environment I live in.
Handmade Ornamental Tree for All Occasions
Make your very own tabletop ornamental tree to decorate for each season of the year!
Approximate time to make: 2-3 hours
Approximate cost (excluding tools and decorations): approximately $50.00 (prices may vary)*
*Note: The cost above excludes sales tax and will vary by location, currency and retailer.
Gorilla Glue or another strong adhesive
Hot glue gun and glue stick(s)
- One (1) round planter (42” circumference)
Cost: approximately $4.00 from Dollarama
- One (1) tomato cage (42” circumference)
Cost: approximately $4.00 to $6.00 from a home hardware store
- Six (6) or seven (7) strands of branch garland (9 feet each for a total of 54-63 feet)
Cost: $4.98 per garland from Walmart or $5.00 per garland from Michaels (on sale)
- One (1) roll of decorative 2” ribbon garland (7 feet)
Cost: $2.98 from Walmart for a 12-foot roll
- One (1) bag of decorative snow blanket (optional if you purchased an extra branch garland)
Cost: approximately $7.98 for a 16 oz. / 450 g bag from Walmart (one bag will be more than you need for this project, so you may want to lump the cost for the snow into another project. My guess is you will only use about $2.00 worth of snow for this project)
1. Insert the largest opening of the tomato cage into the planter, pressing firmly inside until snug.
2. Using gorilla glue or another strong adhesive, glue the base of the tomato cage to the sides of the planter to prevent the cage from slipping out.
3. Bend the top prongs of the tomato cage into your ideal tree shape and secure with electrical tape as needed.
4. Wrap the garland around the tomato cage until fully covered. I started from the top down, but you can also start from the bottom up (but you may need that extra garland). Wrap some of the branches around the tomato cage wires to secure the garland in place.
*Note: I had only purchased six strands of garland when I started this project and ran out before reaching the bottom, so I decided to get innovate and wrapped a snow blanket around the base of the tree to fill in the gaps, gluing it down as needed.
5. Measure and cut the decorative ribbon into a 7-foot length and wrap around the top of the planter, leaving the two ends at even lengths to tie into a bow later. Glue the ribbon into place with hot glue otherwise it will slip as you tie the bow. Finally, tie the remaining ribbon into a bow and glue into place.
6. Decorate your tree based on the season—Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. You can make your own decorations or visit your local dollar store for seasonal décor. The sky is the limit (or your wallet)!
Do you need some decorations for your year-round tree? Check out my Etsy store here for some handmade seasonal décor. I ship worldwide and even offer free delivery or pick up to residents of Winnipeg, MB (direct message me for the free delivery promo code).
I hope that you will find peace and inspiration through my blog and handmade creations!
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