We decided a couple of weeks ago not to get a traditional Christmas tree this year, and, instead, we created this bottle tree as a permanent art fixture. But that doesn’t mean I’m not decorating for the holidays – it just looks different this year. I’m going for low(er) environmental impact, with all the cheer of traditional décor.
We love the smell of Fraser fir and pine, so we went to Lowe’s and picked up the discarded Christmas tree branches (they’re free!). We brought home a tarp-full of clippings, and I prepared the vases I’ve been collecting from the Calico Antique Mall. A few hours of clipping and sap-covered hands later, the halls were decked.
I also went through my box of Christmas tree ornaments and selected some to place at the base of arrangements, and I set out tea lights and votives. I used burlap (leftover from the bottle tree project) at the base of the table and coffee table arrangements.
My next step is to find holly berries to add to these arrangements – perhaps closer to house tour time. For now, though, we’re enjoying the smell of evergreen and the romance of the candles and lights.