Alternative Branch Christmas Tree

Hello everyone!

I hope this week is treating you kindly.  We are nearly there now, on the home stretch!

A Christmas tree with a difference

I’m so excited to share this alternative Christmas tree that I made for the Christmas issue of Reclaim Magazine.  I have seem them all over Pinterest for years, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I went to the woods and collected fallen twigs and branches, it was pretty straightforward to make.  I simply laid my sticks out on the floor, and arranged them until I was happy with the Christmas tree shape.  I did have to snap some of the sticks to make them the right length.

Then I used thin craft wire to attach the pieces together.  I decorated it using twinkly lights, little vintage baubles, old brooches, pocket watches, anything that my inner magpie fancied!  But it would look equally lovely simple with fairy lights, or little paper decorations.  Not only that, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t have space for a regular Christmas tree.

The tree is now hanging on the big mirror in the dining room, where it looks super glittery and gorgeous.

The children came back from their dad’s house today, so we have a lovely few days ahead of us, decorating the house, making gift wrap, and baking.  (For our gift wrap this year, I have bought plain brown paper, and I have a wreath stamp for Hobbycraft.)  Naturally we do still need to go into town, but I think the treat of a hot chocolate will get us through the last batch of gift buying!

We will also take a wander to the woods down the road on Sunday morning, to collect ivy and greenery, to adorn mantelpieces and any ledges that need the festive touch.   In case you missed my last post, you can see how the studio has been turned into a twinkly fairytale grotto!

Tamsyn x


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