The Obvious

going all diy on you

Posted in christmas, diy, random by theobvious on December 10, 2007

‘How do you feel when you marry your ideal?’ – sang Bertie Wooster, also known as ‘Hugh Laurie when he was nowhere as sexy as now, but still had all his own hair’. Well, I can testify that it’s a fine, fine feeling. Today my ideal and I had a great evening which featured some inappropriate jokes, buying stationery, sketching cards with mice (year of the Rat is coming!), lots of goofing around with our friends, decorating their Christmas tree, and ice cream.

We don’t have a Christmas tree at home, which makes sense as we are Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas. However, today I had some ideas that might make your tree look a little different from every other tree in the apartment block. I haven’t got any pictures, so use your imagination. All of these are delightfully easy to make, the supplies are cheap and the advice is absolutely gratis as I don’t have a way to use it and it’s probably nothing new anyway.


1. Bundles

You will need:
– lightweight round objects (i.e., foam balls)
– fun colourful fabric (i.e., tablecloth you won’t regret cutting up)
– needle and thread
– ribbons
You will:
– cut the fabric into squares
– wrap each ball, making a bundle like Santa’s gift bag
– stitch the top together, adding a loop of ribbon to the back
– hang it up!

2. Grandma Balls

You will need:
– boring ornament balls (too different, too identical, too old, whatever)
– fun yarn
– glue
You will:
– take each ornament ball and dab it with glue here and there
– wrap the yarn snugly around the ball, covering it completely
– hang it up!

3. Modern Art

You will need:
– the cheapest set of plain metal cutlery you find
– red ribbon
You will:
– tie a bit of ribbon to each piece of cutlery (forks should look best)
– hang ’em up!
Note: you could also use your best antique silverware, but then you’ll have to keep an eye on it.

4. Dressed Up

You will need:
– beaded necklaces and bracelets (cheap at thrift stores and supermarkets)
You will:
– connect them all by the ends to form a multi-colored and -textured garland
– wrap the garland around your tree!


Now, isn’t all this just bloody brilliant. Maybe we should get a tree, and then have a decoration craft-party, and then enjoy the tree for three whole minutes, and then get thrown out of the house by all the Jews and militant eco-freaks who surround us? That does sound like a great plan. May we come and sleep over at your place when we’re homeless?


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  1. Anna said, on December 10, 2007 at 3:28 am

    The cafe in the department store where you had been twice already has given me another idea to plagiarize.

    They had a plain-looking rope with x-mas cards clipped to it with little wooden clothes pegs stretched loosely under the ceiling.

    Touching. Cheap. Easy.

  2. Rachel said, on December 10, 2007 at 8:16 am

    These are great ideas. I especially like the 4th. Never thought of that.

    Too bad I don’t like Christmas enough to put up a tree in my own place. But next year we’ll talk.

  3. At said, on December 10, 2007 at 9:59 am

    There’s a question for you: do you actually consider the fir tree a specifically Christmas decoration, with all the religious connotations attached, as opposed to a general “turn of the year” thing? ‘Cause I never actually though of it that way : )

  4. ollka said, on December 10, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Anna: yes, I’ve seen this (also as a display idea for postcards you’ve received, or your art, or anything really) and love it. Are you planning on doing it?

    Rachel: why don’t you like Christmas all that much? If that’s not an excessively personal question.

    At: no, I guess you’re right, it used to be more like a New Year’s tree when we had our own, but now that we don’t, I look at it as someone else’s tradition. And yes, in Lithuania, it’s all about Christmas – they’re very Catholic here. Do you have a tree then?

  5. Anna said, on December 10, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    mmaybe, but not this year

  6. Rachel said, on December 12, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Eh, I just never really was a big fan. I love Halloween. Actually, I just really hate the darkness of winter, and Christmas shopping.

  7. ALF said, on December 12, 2007 at 6:18 am

    Great ideas!

    Found your site from dooce’s – just stopped by to say hi!

  8. At said, on December 12, 2007 at 10:28 am

    We don’t have a tree at home yet, though we undoubtedly will (and, being the procrastinators and downright people that we are, it will go up on the 30th or so). I do have one at work, though : /

  9. At said, on December 12, 2007 at 10:30 am

    oh dear, just noticed you read QC.
    Do you know of Scary Go Round?
    (spam, spam, spam)

  10. ollka said, on December 13, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Do keep spamming. That shows you’re alive. Did NOT know of Scary Go Round, will check it out.
    I used to buy all my NY gifts on the 31st. It’s… an experience of sorts.

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