Last year we purchased our first tree together. We didn't have a lot of ornaments since we never had our own tree so I came up with an idea to craft a wedding photo garland. I knew it would be time consuming, but I was really excited to include our wedding photos in our holiday decor.
So I purchased red and white cardstock and bakers’ twine. I then resized and printed off a ton of pictures of our families from the wedding.
Then, I used some craft punches to cut out scalloped circles for the “ornaments” and attached the punched out photos, and finally, I strung them together with the bakers’ twine to create a garland.
I loved looking at our tree decorated with family faces.
Especially photos of our family on the happiest day of our life (so far).
We then needed a tree toper. I wanted to be traditional and get a star, but couldn’t find any we liked. So we tied two Starfish left over from the wedding with the bakers’ twine to create our “star.”
Our tree was filled with love and wedding memories. So, here we are a year later. It seems funny to have a newlywed tree, since we aren't newlyweds anymore. Instead, I'm thinking of exchanging some of the photos with every day pictures because I love it too much to just not use it. Plus we don't have a lot of ornaments still. So it looks like the garland will be around for a bit while we work on building our collection. Jim's birthday gift to me this year definitely helped.
How'd you start building up your ornament collection?