Tree decorating is one of our favourite Christmas activities, hands down. It signifies the start of the season, where you can officially lean into celebrating the holidays. We always decorate our tree with a bumpin’ holiday soundtrack blaring in the background and a delicious drink in hand (and you bet your ass we recommend one below).
Everyone’s perfect tree is different, and there’s no right way. Some like neutral tones, others like bright colours, or a consistent theme. Alyssa and my fam have ornaments that have been passed through generations, so we hang some of the same ones every year. So it’s a totally mixed bag of ornaments, and we like that. Meanwhile, Rachel has so. many. ornaments. She could literally decorate like five trees with the volume she’s packing. They’re all glittery and beautiful and I want them for myself.
One thing the three of us can all agree on is that we love having ornaments that are homemade (and we love making them). There’s some incredible ornaments out there, like this, this and this. And homemade ornaments will never trump these, but they’re special because you put in the work to make them.
Last year we made some DIY ornaments filled with sequins, so the time around we wanted to take a different approach. So, we took teacups and turned them into mini dioramas. What’s great about repurposing teacups is that they’re super light, so they hang well on a tree. They also allow for a bit of depth, so you can create a mini winter wonderland. This is an especially great activity for making with kids (though watch out for that hot glue gun!).
- Teacup. Make sure it’s lightweight and not classified as a mug. We thrifted ours, which make them much cheaper.
- Glue gun and plenty of glue gun sticks
- Red and green felt
- Cotton balls
- Pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Star sparkles
- Googly eyes
- Trees (for modeling), you can get these at craft stores or even Dollarama. Here’s some fun ones on Amazon too!
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
This playlist is full of shiny, happy holiday tunes that will get you pumped for Christmas crafting.