Go get that tree back from the curb!

H   appy new year everyone. You won't be getting any resolutions out of me (I detest them), but I will tell you that I promise to try to offer quality posts here. I'll work to avoid "phoning it in" and really try to put some thought into my posts so that hopefully they are interesting and fun to read.

Now, about that tree. If you're like me, it's out of the house already. Normally I might have waited until today to take it down, but my tree removal man was leaving town early this morning, so if I wanted help with it, it was coming down yesterday.

But I forgot to tell you about one of my favorite projects, and if you have kids, I think it's especially great. The good news is that it's not too late to make these tree trunk ornaments, although usually I start the project when we bring the tree home.

Start by cutting a slice off the trunk of your tree. About a half-inch thick is perfect, but it can be hard to be that precise. Try to make the sides as flat as possible. If your tree is already at the curb, well, grab that saw and get out there.

Once you cut your slice off, it's best to let it dry out for awhile. I usually put it away with the Christmas decorations and bring it out the next year to paint, but I'm sure a couple weeks of drying time would suffice. Once it has dried out, give it a good sanding on each face. Then it's just a matter of pulling out the paint (acrylics or just about any leftover paint you have around will work) and getting to work. I like to paint the year on one side (you may want to write the year lightly with pencil on them before you put them away to dry in case you get backed up on decorating them) and a depiction of something that happened that Christmas or during the year. These two bring back memories of the year we got an ENORMOUS tree, which fell over within five minutes of me sitting down exhausted on the couch with a glass of wine to admire my work (every tree since has been tied to the ceiling beams before even a light goes on it) and our oldest Newfoundland's first Christmas.

When the paint is dry, I give it a couple coats of clear polyurethane and enjoy hanging them on my trees every year. I'm sure kids would love to help with this project and enjoy looking back over the memories of Christmases past.


  1. What a great idea! I am going to call my son and have him do that for the kids! I love your blog!

  2. Thanks, Beth! I think it is such a neat way to remember the holidays. I love looking at the difference in size of the trunk of the tree. The trunk of the one that fell down was by far the biggest! The smallest is the one we had the year we were in the BVIs and got home on Christmas. I wanted a little tree for outside so we got a two-footer from the tree farm.

  3. Oh my gosh, that is super-cool! I'm totally going to try this!


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