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Tuxedo cat laying on a quilt.

I haven’t put up a Christmas tree in several years, not since MooKitty came to live with me. She is worth more to me than a tree, and I don’t want her to get hurt. I don’t know if at this age (18) she would try to climb the tree or knock it over, but I didn’t want to find out. I got rid of the single scratching post because she would scale it and perch at the top. She started having trouble making it to the top, and I thought it wasn’t safe. (Don’t worry; she still has scratching posts attached to her condo.)

Then I saw a post on the CraftyHope blog about making button tree ornaments. That gave me the idea to make all non-breakable ornaments (well, less breakable) and put up a tree this year. Since I won’t be with family, I’d like a little extra cheer! I also saw an article in Martha Stewart Living magazine about using crystals as ornaments. I realized I have a lot of plastic beads that will be perfect.

A variety of plastic beads made into ornaments with wire hangers.

The two greyish drops are from a hair tie. I got it because the crystals looked so cute, but it proved too heavy for my fine hair and slipped out. I cut it apart and probably have at least 20 of the “crystals” for ornaments. The rest of these beads are some form of plastic I have collected over the years.

The ornament above with the polka dots is from a Soft Flex icicle ornament tutorial. Those are SO FUN to make. I actually made a bunch before that one. I feel like I perfected my technique with the one above. Here are the rest. The ones on the video are actually prettier – very winter and holiday looking beads and more in a graduated shape. I just used what I had, but I think they will look pretty on the tree.

A large variety of colors of beads in somewhat graduated lines to look a little like icicles.

Plus, I saw Andrea of ZenithJade Creations mention that she was going to give away hand-painted wooden ornaments (with glitter!) with shop orders for a limited time. I asked if I could buy some of the ornaments, and she very nicely complied. They are so cute!

Wooden snowflakes in different shapes - some blue some red and green, all with glitter and white rope hangers.

I would have posted a picture of the finished tree, but I don’t think I will get it up until next week or maybe even the following weekend. I still have a fair amount of ornaments to make. It will be fun, though, and cheerful to have a tree. I have some felt ball garland I’ll see if I can use.

The vintage glass of the ornaments and garland I have used in years past is so thin it is lighter than when I am using now, so I have to be mindful of that. But if Moo does knock over the tree, there is less chance of misery because there won’t be a lot of broken glass around. If all goes well, we can just enjoy the lights and the pretty colors of our tree.