Every Year I have the same struggle. to get a tree or not to. In years past I have gotten little live trees in pots. I have put the ornaments on the wall in the shape of a tree. I have gotten real cut trees. Here’s the problem: dog. cat. dry wood stove heat.
I have a young cat that climbs anything and makes a toy out of all the little swinging ornaments, we lost a few last year. I have an old dog that pees on potted plants, especially if they are new additions to the house. this also means any presents under the tree get a little dog urine on them.
Over the years, we started just stacking the presents on the piano. we hang the stockings from the tv armoir. and I battle over where we will put a tree.
THEN, last spring, I was at Ikea. oh ikea. I was in the fabric department looking through the goodies when I found a bolt that had mostly white. As I opened it up I discovered it was a photograph of a tree across 2 yds, in a pot. The idea was born. Lots of people buy fake trees they have to set up and store every year (the dog would pee on that too, I am sure).
I bought a strand of the low temp LED mini lights, and stitched about 60 button holes on the tree panel in a random “pattern” as I would if I were decorating a real tree. We turned on Bing Crosby Holiday music and decorated our tree!
Sure, it doesn’t smell like a real tree, but when I posted the picture on facebook and instagram, no one caught on at first that it was a fabric panel!
I want to add a bunting with bells to swath about the top, and maybe add a border, but, like most crafters I am slammed this year for gift making. frantically baking, knitting and stitching!
For now, our tree is unusual, easy to care for, and out of the way. The boys occasionally rearrange the ornaments as well…
I am excited that when I clean up the holiday gear this year, I will get to fold my tree and put it away for next year. It is also the first thing you see when you come in the house, so it does give that holiday feel right away.