I did say I would reveal my tree on Black Friday and here it is. . . Sunday. Oh dear! I just finished my Thanksgiving weekend where I made dinner for 21 family members and today the last of the group headed home. My house is quite and my tree sparkles. My tree is decorated in memory of my mom. This is the one year anniversary of her passing and having my family here this weekend brought back many memories of my creative mom. I do miss her. I know she would love this tree. It is soft, delicate and lovely just as she was. Last year I designed the paper bird around the time of her death. As she loved birds, I have always seen her in this little 3D sculpture. For her memorial service I perched a paper bird on the top of the large floral bouquet at the front of the church. This tree is for you, mom. You were always full of love, peace and joy.

Other than the glass balls and gold twigs, this tree is packed with homemade Christmas tree ornaments. Here is a list and where you can find the templates and tutorials on my blog: paper birds || felt garland || paper cut ornaments || 3D snowflakes || crepe paper pine cones || round pine cone ornaments || large paper pine cones || glitter dipped paper balls (no tutorial, just tissue wrapped foam balls, paint glue on bottom and dip in glitter) || gold paper star topper (I just made that today) || tree from Balsam Hill (since I have my tree up so early I love a good artificial tree and this one looks very much like a live tree).

Hope this gives you some inspiration for making your own handcrafted Christmas tree. For my tips on holiday tree decorating you can see this post. Cheers! ~ Lia