I live in a tiny apartment, have a tiny budget and don't believe in killing a tree for the purpose of Christmas. Buying a fake tree meant that I'd have to find a place to stash the tree in after the holidays... so I bought a tiny, live Norfolk Pine.
Now, the tiny tree can't hold your regular ornaments because it has gentle, soft branches that bend all the way down once adorned with anything. I tried some ornaments and the poor thing looked like Charlie Brown's tree. Good Grief!!!
Also, I'm kind of a anything Japan freak. Wanted to do origami but come on, paper cranes are so overdone. My solution?
I started out with this pattern that I saw online when I googled kimonos. I drew it on a piece of paper and then separated the pattern into individual pieces.
Next I took a stash of magazines and looked for colorful ads. I traced around my pattern. Cut out the pieces and glued them to card stock. Then I taped a stick behind the kimonos and wrapped wire around the stick to make it look like the kimonos were placed on hangers.
Here's a couple of them already made.
And here they are on my tree.
The tree would have look bare with just a few kimono. So I went to my local HELLmart and bought some silvery balls for a buck at the jewelry making section, a pack of jingle bells and some wire. The result after impaling said items with the wire:
And here is the tiny pine all decorated. Cost for the whole project? Five bucks for decoration. Sixteen bucks for the pine which gets to stay alive and pretty-up my place for years to come (as long as I remember to water it!)
Thanks for looking!