Frugal Tree Decorating

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December 5, 2012 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt

Pete Pig, Spool Pet.

Pete Pig, Spool Pet.

We have this little tree we put up for Xmas—it was big enough for our apartment, and, for the moment, it’ll work for the house as well. There had been tree-fixin’s in the barn, but upon examination, it was (really) incomplete. So, out comes the little, pre-lit tree. We already had some little colored glass bulbs to put on it, and varied ornaments picked up on vacations and travels here and there, but I still wanted to spruce it up a bit (pardon).

In October, on a whim, I collected a bunch of pine cones and empty Magnolia seed pods from the yard with some vague idea that I would turn them into ornaments. Nothing fancy, just a little something to keep a nice outdoorsy, natural look to our little electric tree. I just needed some ribbon. Lucky for us, there was a small pillowcase full in the barn.

I have no idea how old this ribbon—or, bias tape, to be specific—is, but it came with a 1930s Pete Pig “spool Pet” (more here). Also, Wright’s Fine Percale urged sewers to “encourage creative sewing ability in Miss America.” Oh, how far we’ve come. *sigh*

Anyway, after spraying the cones and pods with a clear satin finish spray to seal that pesky sticky pine sap (and anything else that might be hanging around on them) I gathered my materials—pine cones, empty Magnolia seed pods, red and green bias tape in lieu of ribbon, scissors, and my trusty hot glue gun. A couple of hours later, we had stuff to put on the tree.

I didn’t spend a penny on these and they really don’t look too shabby. Cones and pods out of the yard, found the ribbon in the barn, and the hot glue I already had. Huzzah!

Gallery:

The haul from the yard.

The haul from the yard.

Sprayed to seal with a clear satin finish.

Sprayed to seal with a clear satin finish.

Ribbon haul from the barn.

Ribbon haul from the barn.

Ad for more Spool Pets.

Ad for more Spool Pets.

Wright's...

Wright’s…

...urging ladies to take action!

…urging ladies to take action!

Materials.

Materials.

Bowl o' decorations.

Bowl o’ decorations.

Pine cone on the tree.

Pine cone on the tree.

Magnolia seed pod.

Magnolia seed pod.

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Sparkly-shiny.

Sparkly-shiny.

As you decorate your own tree, have a listen to some New York death metal, Fenrismaw and a live version of The Hanging Tree.

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7 thoughts on “Frugal Tree Decorating

  1. I love it, and I love Pete the Pig spool pet! Your posts are so cool and make me feel both domestically inadequate and inspired!

  2. […] helped my sister get her crochet stuff going (on Facebook and Etsy [link soon]), made those Xmas decorations, also worked on the Ugly Afghan and started a little red, green, and white something to put on the […]

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