Christmas 2014. I wanted a theme to capture Minnesota winter. Snow, snowflakes, snowman. Freezing cold. Frozen. Wait, Frozen! It’s been a year since we saw the movie. But the hype has not melted in my toddler’s heart.
I decided to make a subtle interpretation of the theme. I didn’t want our tree to be filled with Disney merchandise. Then there’s my Christmas tree rules:
- Recycle & Repurpose.
- DIY (paper) crafts.
With a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old, certainly, there’ll be curious hands who’ll want to “explore” the ornaments. All the more I am convinced to use paper crafts to decorate the tree. This way, the kids can wreck them without breaking my heart. The last thing I want is a pretty tree and 2 sad kids who can’t enjoy themselves.
I used a blue and white color scheme in honor of the baby boy who is about to experience his first Christmas. I wanted snowflakes, I wanted twinkling and sparkling. And nothing else comes to mind to best capture this but Elsa’s gown.
This year’s ornaments included:
- Ribbon closely resembling Elsa’s gown.
- Blue balls.
- Sparkly blue card stock cut out into circles.
- Reused previous years’ silver ornaments, including the silver icicles.
- Silver pipe cleaner formed into stars.
- Paper snowflakes.
- DIY string balls (got the idea from Pinterest; followed these instructions, they’re so lovely I wanted to make more).
The string ball was even more delightful when inserted into a light bulb. It glowed!
The base of the tree was covered with a snow blanket and some punched snowflakes. I had planned to fill it with gifts in white wraps and blue ribbons, but never got around to doing it. My workaround: repurposed the white paper lanterns. They look like giant snow balls. Then I added our little white Nativity set (Love).
Lastly, the pièce de résistance: Olaf decals. Not just one, but two! One for each kiddo. I just love the happy jumping Olaf. It sets a joyful tone to the whole set.
The toddler loves it, she hasn’t laid a hand on the ornaments. The baby, on the other hand, loves to eat everything. Thankfully, the tree is propped on 4 Ikea Lack tables, he has yet to learn to climb. 😂
“Baby, I know Love is yummy, but please don’t eat the Star of Bethlehem.”