The other night we attended a tree trimming party. The host had boxes of ornaments they'd collected over the years. In our own home we don't have the tradition of collecting or the space to store ornaments, unfortunately, so every year we get creative. We raid the yard, the fridge, the junk mail pile and the junk drawer.
- The Yard: As Regina posted the other day nature is a great resource for stuff to trim your tree with. Pinecones, strings of cranberries and flower heads are beautiful and compostable. Or try pomanders. citrus, traditionally oranges, that is studded with cloves are beautiful and fragrant. And, when the season is over, hang them in your closet to scent your clothes.
- The Fridge: Try popcorn on strings or carmelized into balls, gingerbread men and sugar cookie bells, walnuts painted with food safe gold paint, and, of course, candy canes
- Junk Mail: paper chains, bull clips holding your holiday cards, origami cranes and planes, paper doilies and hearts are fun to make and can all be recycled when the holiday's over. And, though they're not in your junk mail pile, photographs of friends and family are beautiful reminder of what's important this holiday.
- Junk Drawer: Clothespin dolls, chains and links from the hardware store, buttons, earrings, necklaces, scarves, ribbons and small charms and knick knacks can all but put to work temporarily decorating your tree.
(Image: Andrew Stawars's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License)