I know I love the convenience of all of my artificial trees, but every now and then I miss the smell of the old days when I put up a real tree.
So I found a way to bring in a little of that real smell. Remember those shrub trimmings I put in a bucket of water? Well, this is what I do with them. I wrap a small piece or two in a water-soaked paper towel. Then I cover the wet towel with saran wrap. Like this:
Then I shove a few of these bundles in my fake trees. I put about 6 little bundles in each tree.
They just blend right in and give a little more interesting color/texture. Every now and then if you walk by at just the right moment you will get a whiff of that nostalgic evergreen aroma.
They should last a couple of weeks, depending on how warm the house is and how wet the paper towel remains. If the needles start to drop, it's easy to pull them out and toss them in the garbage.
Today I added 3 more 2ft trees to my little holiday setting. I thought putting a tree with blue lights in the middle of two white-lit trees would be cute.
I was wrong.
I think it needs to be white like the other 6 trees, so as soon as I post this I will go out and remove the blue lights. I haven't yet decided how to decorate these three. I am leaning toward very minimal decorations, maybe just pinecones. What I am really after is just the lighted effect at night.
Does anyone else have any of these little trees that have a very flimsy base? All of mine are like that, they will fall over if you breathe too hard near them. Or I should say they were like that when I bought them.
I needed a way to make them more sturdy and came up with setting the flimsy base into a saucer filled with plaster of Paris. Once the PP set up, they were strong and sturdy. I've been using them for many years and they are still holding strong. They are now heavy enough so that I can fill them full of decorations and not worry that they will topple over.
Well, off to clean up the kitchen and change those lights.
Happy hump day to everyone. (hump day is Wednesday--middle of the week--the hump--just want to make that clear in case someone is wondering what I mean!)
Let the Basting Begin! - I am using my dining room table to baste this big one -- it's about 105 x 105 inches (king size). It's been a while since I've finished one this big.
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