Handmade and simple ornaments adorned trees of the past. With
these ideas and tips you will be able to create a simple yet
beautiful old fashioned Christmas tree.
The trees were most often small, not like our large trees of
today and placed on a table. The tree was held in place by putting
dirt or sand in burlap and wrapping it around the tree. To achieve
this look while still using a tree stand simply wrap the burlap
around the stand and tie to the tree trunk with a bit of raffia.
Although trees of the past sported small candles tied to the
tree, this is far too dangerous. So donít feel guilty about using
Christmas lights. After you have gotten the tree situated in its
stand the next thing you will want to do is string the lights. You
will want to use a more pale white light and put on lights in
abundance. The pretty twinkle of the lights will add charm to the
Now you will want to put on the garland. Garlands were most often
made out of food items. The most common were cranberry or popcorn
garlands. To make one use a needle and strong thread and string the
cranberries or popcorn on until you have reached the desired length.
Rope could also be used as a garland. Another fun idea is a button
garland. Using thin rope attach buttons every couple of inches for a
fun effect. Start with the top of the tree and work your way down
when you are putting on the garland. There is no set way of doing
this you can have it hang in small curves, or let it flow down the
tree in large curves. A good way of know how much garland you will
need is by this rule for every foot of tree you will need about 2
yards of garland.
Tin ornaments were simple to make by the people of the 1800ís so
look for them in flea markets and garage sales. They add a twinkling
homespun touch to your tree.
Apples, walnuts, pinecones and wrapped candies were also often
hung as ornaments on the tree. Little nets filled with popcorn, tied
with ribbon and hung on the tree was another popular homemade
ornament. Oranges were often cut into slices and dried then hung
with bits of rope or raffia to the branches. Dried flowers, leaves,
herbs and berries are another lovely addition to an old fashioned
tree. They were just placed in the boughs of the tree. Sometimes
dried flowers were tied together with ribbon and hung up side down
from a tree branch.
Small dolls and angels were also made out of bits of leftover
fabric and placed in the branches of the tree. You could also make
star shaped ornaments out of burlap to hang on the tree.
Old spoons with a bow tied on them make a charming addition to
your old fashioned tree.
The best advice for placement of ornaments is to start with the
largest ornaments first and space them evenly apart. Then fill in
with smaller ornaments. Donít be afraid to put some ornaments closer
to the trunk of the tree. They will still be seen and will add some
depth to the tree. After the ornaments are placed, then you can go
in and add the dried flowers, leaves and berries in the empty