This year we bought a live Christmas tree for the first time ever. I grew up buying live trees for Christmas each year but for my foreign-born husband the tradition seemed well, foreign. Amidst chuckles here and there, he summed up the tradition asking, So you chop down a live tree, bring it home, then throw it away? In any case, I wanted to do something a little special to commemorate our first live Christmas tree so I took the end slice of the tree, a marker and some jute rope and made an ornament. After the wood slice had dried out over the course of several days, I used my new hand held sander to sand the surface smooth. That thing was a lot more powerful than I was anticipating! Then I used a drill to create a hole to hang the ornament. I flipped over the wood slice and tested out a few different markers. I ended up going with a brown one that gave more of a burnt wood impression. After drawing on a design, I threaded some of the jute rope through the hole. I’m all about using natural woods at Christmas time (heck, all year round really) so this ornament fits into my decor perfectly. And here it is on our douglas fir. I love it and especially love how this ornament will capture a special time for our family. This will be the only Christmas in three years that The Hubs will be home for the holidays so I’m making the most out of it and allowing myself to be as sentimental as possible :P
Do you do anything special with the wood slice from the bottom of your tree? Or do you use a fake tree?