after gawking over the gorgeous tree trimmings at anthropologie and west elm this year, i once again have turned to my crafty-ness to quench my desire for the perfect tree. although...as usual...i still haven't made up my mind as to which of the following i like best! (which is why i don't have any full shots of my tree!) however, with the super easy and cheap methods below, at least i don't have to worry about cost or difficulty level!
easy: a festive streamer garland
if you have a sewing machine, this super simple streamer garland using crepe paper is about as cheap as it gets! i "borrowed" this idea from a baby shower, and love the pop of color and festive atmosphere it gives the christmas tree.
1. buy two different colored streamers.
2. overlap the two streamers about 1/4" - 1/2".
3. sew down the middle using a basting stitch (your largest stitch).
4. take the sewn garland off your machine and tie a knot at one end.
5. on the other end, grab one of the threads and pull it while gently pushing the garland forming a gather. keep gathering the garland until it looks like you want it to.
6. then tie a knot on the loose end and cut the strings.
hint: i'd recommend making this in smaller pieces or the gathering will be rather tedious!
easier: a snowy cotton ball garland
i thought of this idea after lusting over west elm's felt ball garland. it is so simple and beautiful but something i simply can't afford this year. then i thought, cotton balls! why not?! they look snowy, are cheap, and are so easy to work with. you could also use this idea to make a snowy backdrop for a mantle, etc.
1. buy lots of cotton balls, a needle, and some strong thread.
2. thread your needle with a long piece of thread.
3. poke your needle through the center of a cotton ball and push the cotton ball to the end of the thread.
4. tie a knot around the cotton ball.
5. add more and more cotton balls until you have your desired length of garland. then tie a knot around the final cotton ball.
easiest: pom pom fringe trim garland
if you've ever read my blog, you may know that i've had a love affair with pom poms for a while now. and while the handmade pom pom garlands are so gorgeous, i just don't have the energy or patience to make all those little balls right now! then it hit me: pom pom fringe! it's SO simple i don't even need to write out instructions. buy pom pom fringe and wrap it around your tree. that's it!
there are lots of places online where you can find a variety of colors and sizes of pom pom fringe. (just google that phrase: pom pom fringe.) most of what i've seen is between 12-18 yards and costs anywhere from $18-$30. not too bad! i think the fringe gives the tree a colorful, cozy, homemade feel while still being sophisticated and "polished" instead of "crafty". (i think it's my favorite of the three!)