We have been decorating on and off all week. Today, we thought we would share a craft idea for our lighted indoor/outdoor trees made from tomato cages. We also present a couple of our holiday vignettes. And, of course, our Trees of the Week!
TREES OF THE WEEK Here are a couple fun trees. On the left is the nutcracker tree which is filled with nutcracker ornaments, a couple of metal nutcrackers and of course, nuts! The tree on the right is our sports tree with various sports ornaments we have collected through the years. GO Red Sox, Go Patriots, Go UCONN!
Create a vignette by grouping like items together, or by creating little scenes with a variety of items that tell a story, or promote a theme. The photos on the left show our snowman vignette and our hat and stuffed animal vignette.
The animatronic vignette at the top of the page is one of our most special and definitely our most musical collection. We inherited many of these figures from Kevin’s mom, Irene, who passed away in April. She collected animatronics for every holiday and loved to play them for all her guests and the neighborhood children. They brought her a lot of joy. We gave her many of these and we are happy to share them with you.
TOMATO CAGE CHRISTMAS TREES
DIRECTIONS FOR TOMATO CAGE CHRISTMAS TREES
We grew tomatoes in buckets on our patio for the first time this summer. These christmas trees are made from the tomato cages we used. They add a fun sparkle on our patio, but would work either indoors or outdoors.
You will need: a cone-shaped tomato cage (ours measure about 3-feet tall), a set of 100-count indoor/outdoor holiday lights, twist ties, real or artificial greenery, tree decorations, indoor/outdoor extension cord length determined by your accessibilty to an outlet.
- Clean tomato cage it if it has been used for gardening
- Flip cage upside down and tie the tips of the cage with a twist tie (shown) to create the top of the tree.
- Using the end opposite of the plug, start from the top and attach the lights to the cage.
- Twist lights around the cage, trying to spread the lights evenly, and leave enough room at the end to reach the plug or the extension cord.
- Fill the inside of the cage with greenery and adorn with ornaments, pinecones, tinsle or whatever you find festive!
GIFT TIP: Don’t forget the pets! During the holidays, it’s nice to remember our 4-legged friends. Toys and treats can get the cats purring and the dog’s tails wagging. It also makes their owners happy!
JOKE OF THE WEEK: Why does Santa have 3 gardens? So he can Hoe Hoe Hoe! source: xmasfun.com
CHRISTMAS FACT: All the gifts mentioned in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, would equal 364 presents! source: randomhistory.com
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Roy and Kevin
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