I love holiday traditions!
Folks, this is our beloved ornament tree:
This wooden ornament tree is a centerpiece that is proudly displayed on our dining room throughout the Christmas season. It inspires conversation and makes memories every single year. Best of all? Our oldest made this centerpiece with his Papa. You see, my father-in-law made an ornament tree for my husband and sister-in-law when they were growing up. It was on their table when they were little and they grew up talking about the ornaments and making memories every Christmas. And now my children are able to do the same.
Last year, Leo shared his ornament tree experience in Leo’s Lounge. I believe it was his very first how-to post. Today, I am sharing it with you all and then I’d love to hear about some of your favorite holiday traditions.
DIY Ornament Tree
This is Leo. Today I’m going to tell you about how to make an ornament tree! This is a craft I did last year with my Papa.
I made this craft with my Papa last year. It is a wooden Christmas Tree. You can hang ornaments on it and put it on your dinner table. It is fun to look at the ornaments when you’re eating dinner. It is a family tradition because Papa made this same type of tree for my Dad and my aunt when they were my age. My cousins have the old tree on their kitchen table and we have this one on ours. So it’s a family tradition!
This is how we made it. Papa cut wood squares at home in his workshop. That’s the base. Then he cut one big, long, wooden post for the trunk of the tree. Then he drilled three holes through the trunk. Then he put three long, thin dowels through the three holes.
Then, the best part was when Papa let me paint the tree. It was so fun!
One of our favorite parts is decorating it with ornaments that we make. I’ve made A LOT of ornaments in my life. We haven’t put that many on the ornament tree yet because our house is under construction, but we did get to paint on the walls in our kitchen.
Maybe I’ll post some tips for making ornaments another day. If you feel like listening to me play jingle bells, check out my first music post.
Thanks for reading!
Ho ho ho!
Tell me: What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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