It is exactly two weeks until we'll be heading off to the local garden centre to buy our Christmas Tree and bringing it home tied precariously to the top of our car to be decorated with our much loved decorations that we have gathered over the years. We always leave it a bit late as there are two very important birthdays in our house at the beginning of December - one of them being mine!
When it comes to Christmas trees in our home it simply has to be a real one. There is something fabulous and uplifiting about the scent of a good old Nordic Spruce filling the home. Artificial trees are just not an option, although when it gets to December 27th and everyone is complaining about pine needles stuck in their socks and the dog is looking forlorn as she gets yet another stuck in her foot I will probably be making an oath to invest in an artificial tree next year!
The Christmas tree was introduced to Great Britain during the reign of George III by Princess Charlotte who brought the custom from her native Germany where they had been popular for many years but they were only used as decoration among the nobility. It was popularised during the Victorian era. I am so grateful to Victoria and Albert as there surely can be no better centerpiece when it comes to decorating the home at Christmas!
Inspired by the fabulous Christmas Tree I have made these adorable decorations using felt buttons and beads.
They are made by decorating a quarter circle of felt with beads or buttons of your choice - you can keep it simple or go to town with a riot of shapes and colours. The tree in the centre of the picture has "Tinsel" added using backstitch. Sew up the two stright edges with the "decorations" facing inwards and then turn outwards so that the decorations are back on the outside.
Fill with soft toy filling making sure they are firmly padded to keep the shape and then sew on a circular felt base using over-stitch.
These miniature trees are the perfect way to add a splash of colour to a mantelpiece, shelf, table or any space in need of some fun festive cheer.