Sunday, December 5, 2010

Storybook Christmas Tree

This year the boys and I decorated a tree for our local county historical museum's Festival of Trees. Last year for Advent, we read several Christmas story books and made ornaments to go with them. You can see the posts about the books and links to the ornament directions by clicking on "Christmas book activities 2009" on the sidebar of the blog. Since we already had the ornaments made, it was pretty easy to decorate the tree. I bought a white tree at Dollar General for $20, which I thought was a great price. I had also bought some red and tree ornaments from my favorite local thrift store. I made a chain garland with alternating red and green pipe cleaner circles. And I sewed some little Christmas bunting garland too. I used green tulle and red pipe cleaners for the topper. To illustrate the fact that our ornaments correlate with stories, I scanned the covers of all the books and made laminated ornaments out of the scanned images. Then I hung the "book" ornaments next to the ones we made to go with each book.

The full-length tree is shown below.

Close-up of the topper............
Cinnamon gingerbread ornaments............


Green pinecone trees.............


Pipe-cleaner trees...........


Popsicle stick snowmen (these are my favorite ornaments)............


Craft foam Rudolphs............


Felt poinsettias on juice can lids.............


Craft foam "J" is for Jesus candy canes.........


Felt Santa hats............


Glittery gold popsicle stars..........


Clear "snowflake" ornaments..........


We placed the actual storybooks around the bottom of the tree.


I'm not sure if we'll decorate a tree every year, but it sure was fun this year. I already have an idea for next year's tree brewing though! I need to start working on ornaments now because the ones I have in mind are hand-sewn from felt. They are REALLY cute!
We have been to the museum twice to see all the other trees and to vote for our favorites. You can vote for your favorite in the Youth and Adult categories. It cracked me up that my sons picked other favorite trees in the Youth category instead of voting for their own tree! (I totally voted for our tree both times, in case you were wondering!)

6 comments:

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - that is so cool! I love that you did that. And the ornaments look just like the books!

xox
Jen

Mutti said...

This is absolutely wonderful... Do you have a link for us to see the trees and vote for this most delightful one! You are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

Christine said...

This is great! What a fun idea!

Elle Belles Bows said...

I found you through Leptir! What a super idea! Love this!! Kerri

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

I love the idea of making an ornament for our Christmas books. I already plan to wrap the books and open one each night...Christmas book "advent calendar", but now I might incorporate some ornament crafting along with them! Thanks for sharing!

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Love Under the Bubble Wrap said...

As a children's book author, I LOVE this idea! Great job!

Donna