We live in the most perfect little (500sqft little) 1920s home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are certain things that have to be compromised of course, namely large furniture, that big ‘ol reclaimed wood kitchen table I’ve been lusting after for years and in this case, a Christmas tree.
Our very first year here, 3 Christmases back, I insisted on a full-size tree. We tied it to the top of my ’97 Oldsmobile, brought it home and squeezed it up our spiral stairs to our ‘living room’ (in quotes because it’s our only room other than the kitchen and bedroom). It was lovely because it was ours but it was work, expensive, and a mess.
This year I tried my best to get a little creative. I saw a photo on Pinterest that gave me the bright idea to scrounge up some greens from the local Home Depot and make a big arrangement that quite closely resembled a tree. It sounds silly as I write it but once I got going I got really excited. The garden center employee told me to take whatever I want. You know, some people take the stumps too since they carry the greatest scent… I took 7. Feeling obligated to buy something I grabbed a wreath for $5.
Once home, I dropped off my supplies and headed out again to the thrift store where I found a huge glass vase ($5.99) and a handful of antique bells ($1.00), some painted with beautiful holiday images.
Armed with my new decorations I got to work. I pruned the greens and arranged them semi-artfully in the vase. I strung lights up and down each branch, first plugging them in to make sure they worked. I attached baker’s twine to the bells and hung them on the tree. Really simple but perfect for our tiny place.
Using the tree stumps and white tapers I made 4 candle holders, one to light for each week before Christmas at dinner based on the Advent wreath tradition. Since, embarrassingly, I don’t know how to operate a drill, I simple took a match to the bottom of the candle, letting the melted wax drop on the stump then affixing the candle to the stump. Not sure how sturdy these are but they sure are pretty.
That’s it! Simple little touches that make our little space very happy for less than $10 and a whole lot less mess.