Decorating our home for the holidays is never an easy task for us. We don’t want to spend a fortune on holiday decor, and our house has a bit of an unconventional shape – it has its odd spots, weird corners and difficult areas more than most houses would have. Our portico is one of those areas. Besides being really big and high which would need twelve 6-foot garlands to cover it from one end to the other, with a slightest wind anything you hang there flies away, so I need a heavy duty garland if I want it to stay in place. But, you know what? Despite all its weird corners and odd areas, we love our home, because it is our first house ever! Therefore, instead of complaining about it, we always try to make it work for us, which usually means coming up with weird solutions – like repurposing a faux Christmas tree into an outdoor Christmas garland, :-D.
As you may remember, our latest Put & Take find was a faux Christmas tree. Greg didn’t want to take it, as the note on the box said it had some missing parts. Thinking that a branch or two might be missing, we took it home. Then came the slow realization, LOL…
H: You see, I was right. It’s only missing some branches. Not a big deal!
G: Awesome, my Babes!
H: (shortly after) Oh!?!…
H: Yeah…I think it is also missing the main body….I mean the trunk…oh well, I guess I can work with that.
G: It’s okay, my Babes…
H: (shortly after) Really??? Bummer!! (The branches were two different types. They definitely didn’t belong to the same tree.)
Now what to do??… While Greg and Barish were having a great laugh and yammering on about Charlie Brown’s scrawny tree, I was waiting for a light bulb to switch on over my head. And oh boy! Did it light ever so bright! I was going to repurpose the faux Christmas tree to an outdoor Christmas garland.
With the idea, I immediately got to work, and not only did I make a lovely outdoor Christmas garland from it, but also two clip-on Christmas swags for our garage, and a faux 8-foot-tall Alpine Christmas tree for our living room. After making all that, I still have more than enough branches to make some small pathway trees, two big kissing balls and a couple more swags. I guess when I finish the rest, I will also be helping Greg and Barish to pick their jaws up from the floor. LOL.