The third little tree

I never thought we’d have more than one tree at Christmas. When I was growing up, it was just the one, that was it, it was THE. Christmas tree. Now that I have kids of my own, we dutifully go and pick out a real live tree, decorate it, and put it in the place of honor in front of our bay window. But last year, exploring a little more of the basement, I found a little artificial tree that we’d forgotten… it was perfect for sitting next to the breakfast table, getting slowly loaded up with empty advent boxes. So then we were a two-tree family.

Now, thanks to Pinterest, we are a three-tree family.

I saw this image on Pinterest and decided the girls would love to play with one and that it was my duty to make one for them:

After procrastinating for a few months, I picked up some craft felt the next time I was at the fabric store.

And once the kids were in bed, I set to work tracing some templates from household objects. (The bird wouldn’t hold still for the picture, sorry.)

Sofía had a fantastic time helping me pick out ribbons for the ornaments, colors of glitter glue, and dictating patterns and the placement of the huge sequins I bought. I did all the hot gluing but she is responsible for the color choices & designs.

I think we can call it a success.

Now if only the girls would play cooperatively. Sofía adored it until it turned out Lilu also adores it, at which point Sofía tore it down from the wall in a rage and proclaimed that she would “never, ever, ever, ever, play with it again.”

So much for Christmas spirit. But at least our house looks festive! And the ornaments are well-drooled on.

5 Responses to “The third little tree”

  1. Julie Says:


  2. Anonymous Says:

    This is so RAD! I love the idea! (remember the “felt” stocking I made for each of you girls–now I wish I had thought to carry it further as you did.
    Such a great idea.
    Has Sofia made peace with Alea’s desire to “share” the tree?
    Good luck.

  3. Diana Guillermo Says:

    I wish I could take credit for the idea! And no, Sofía still won’t play with it and now Alea tries to pull it off the wall too. I need to figure out a better system of hanging it for next year, because packing tape doesn’t want to stick well to my oil-paint-based walls.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Perhaps you should be a four-tree family so that each girl can have her own felt tree? :)

  5. Diana Guillermo Says:

    Ha ha ha! I think I’ll just wait til Alea’s a bit older. 😉

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