It goes without saying that this is our favorite time of year.
All of us at Kalamazoo Candle Company love everything about the holidays: yummy smells (obviously), heaping plates of cookies, cheery decorations, snowy rooftops and frosty windows. Is there anything better than snuggling up in a cozy blanket on a chilly December night, breathing in the scent of fresh balsam, and wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of cocoa? We adore relaxing like this, mellow holiday tunes in the background, lights twinkling through the branches of our Christmas tree.
Yes -- a real Christmas tree. From the adventures of cutting down the perfect tree, the joy of decorating it, and the earthy pine scent that lingers throughout the season, it's easy to understand the appeal of a fresh-cut Christmas tree.
Like it or not, there's a bit of sadness associated with taking your tr ee down after the holidays. What if there were a way to preserve your tree (and holiday memories) for years to come?
(Psst... there's a way!)
Take it from our friend Michelle (busy mama, and crafty genius behind DropScents Jewelry), who has found a way to do just that -- by creating keepsake ornaments from her family's Christmas tree each year!
Best part? It's incredibly easy.
- Saw off a piece of your tree trunk when you cut it down or when you are taking it down after the holidays.
- Drill a hole for the string, give it a quick sanding then let it dry for several weeks.
- After it has dried out, you can decorate it with your name, the year, or any image you like. Michelle has used a stencil and marker in the past, but this year she cut out vinyl decals to decorate her cuttings. (You could even decorate yours with a family photo!)
- After making your design, apply clear Mod Podge over the top.
Do you have any special holiday traditions? Favorite ornaments?
We love hearing your stories!
Michelle's DIY ornament from 2015
Michelle's DIY ornaments from 2016