Since last Christmas, I have bought a bunch of new furniture for my craft room, and no longer have room to put up a full sized tree. I’ve been wanting something a bit different than your traditional “Christmas tree”. I decided that due to the types of ornaments I wanted to hang, a “bare” tree with no leaves would go well with what I wanted to hang on it.
Yesterday I want to my parent’s house. They have a lot of land, covered in trees. I knew I could find the perfect branch there.
I settled on a branch from my mom’s large fig tree. For the size of the limb, the branches on this tree were naturally more thick than on their other trees, plus I really liked how the branches gently seemed to curve as opposed to looking very angular. I took a very small clipping from her tree, and took it home – along with an apple and banana, because my mom never lets me leave without taking some food! 🙂
As for the ornaments I plan to put up: Maybe it’s just because I’ve been watching and reading the Outlander series somewhat religiously – and looking forward to Christmas, but I’ve been really wanting apothecary inspired ornaments made out of corked glass jars, and filled with tiny nature-y things. I hadn’t been successful in finding anything I liked, though. So I do what I always do when I can’t find something – I make them!
Of course, I made some ornaments to sell on my Etsy shop. They are in 3 inch glass bottles, and look just beautiful on this bare tree. Having them on this kind of tree really makes them pop.
The day after I made my 3 inch ornaments for my Etsy shop, I went back to the craft store to pick up shorter bottles specifically for my little tree.
I’m very excited to start working on them. I have so many ideas! I plan on adding feathers to one, and have this idea that involves carving a TINY animal skull out of clay to add to one of them, but I’m not sure if that will be successful or not since it’s so intricate and would need to be small enough to fit in a bottle. Maybe I’ll fold a few tiny oragami crane to put in some…
Anyway, if the ornaments that are currently on my shop sell quickly, I will definitely make more to sell. Honestly, they’d look good displayed year round! I might just keep my tree out permanently. 😋
All 3 of these ornaments are available on my Etsy shop now. I will be listing a 4th one in the shop soon after I take pictures of it. That one contains a nest of tiny blue speckled eggs, and may be my favorite. 😊 It took longer to make since I had to paint the eggs and let them dry, so I didn’t get to photograph it yet.
Below are some close up pictures of the ornaments currently in my shop.
This one contains a tiny little grouping of twigs hand-tied together in a bow with twine.
Here’s the most christmas-y one out of the bunch. I feel like it may be the most traditional.
This one is decorated with tiny pieces of foliage.
Shop these ornaments here! They are $12 a piece. Thanks for reading!