Growing up, our family ornament collection consisted of mix and match baubles (mostly homemade by us kids). The effect was charming to say the least--the best part being all the stories behind each decoration. Even now, when we are invited into friends homes during the holiday season, we gravitate to the ornaments--finding each collection as interesting as the next.
One couple we know picks up an ornament each time they travel to a new place. If no ornaments are to be found, a trinket or two to remember the excursion is hung by twine. If you don't have the opportunity to travel often, collecting a variety of ornaments with your favorite color combos works great. Stopping by Etsy and taking a look around always offers up a slew of unique options for ornament collecting. Additionally, a big change (like moving in with a boyfriend or a new baby) might spark the need to start collecting ornaments. To beef up your collection, throw a holiday party and request everyone bring a handmade ornament. As your collection grows, filler can be added to give your tree a festive touch--classics like tinsel, string popcorn and of course, tons of lights.
Apartment Therapy readers, how did you get your ornament collection started?
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