Last year I moved out on my own, and so of course at Christmas time I needed to stock up on decorations etc. I loooove decorating, it's my favorite thing about the holidays. Anywho, I was very excited to make my own decorations, using all up-cycled fabrics and stuff I had in my stash. Here are some examples:
I ended up making a bunch of little houses, hearts, trees, and gingerbread men and I gifted them as ornament "sets" for loved ones last year. I had some left over for me of course, and used them on a "branch" tree for the 2012 holidays.
(2012 branch tree)
What I love about the branch trees is that they're free. You can just walk around the neighbourhood in the fall when everyone is pruning their gardens and the strong winds are breaking branches off the trees; best time to find lovely branches. I did the same this year, but decided to go with a mini tree as I will be purchasing a potted sapling to decorate before xmas. All in all, I'm pleased with how it turned out, it was basically cost-free, as I used old stuff and recycled.
PS. When I got home with my branches in the fall some of the buds looked so bright and green that I thought, mm what if I put them in water? well guess what? they're blooming now! they must be so confused looking out the window!