Dotter was so close to tasting victory in the tree trimming contest of 2007, she decided to go for the gold again in 2008. We put our thinking caps on and decided that since it was an election year, she would go Americana.
We mixed up the pip berries on this tree with reds, whites, and blues with an old fashioned, darker tone to them.
Her tree topper star was made of styrofoam and decorated with rustic red & blue scrapbook papers as well as old hymnal book pages for the white stripes. We added pretty white tacks for the little stars. After all that, we tinted the whole thing with brown ink for an even older look.
The little stars at the bottom of this picture were painted wooden stars and in the middle of the picture, you can see the ones we decoupaged more strips of hymnal pages onto.
For the bottom of the tree, we always look all around our house or in our seasonal decoration boxes to find things that are complementary to the theme. We knew right where to go for this tree – the Fourth of July box.
The mini wreaths? Yeah, those were napkin rings with a ribbon tied to them for hanging on the branches. Mini flags brushed with the brown ink, metal stars and photos of presidents past simply printed out from the internet and placed in classic frames all made this presidential theme the one to vote for.
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits that favor that theory. – Thomas Jefferson
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. – Abraham Lincoln
Couldn’t be any more beautiful! The tree is pretty neat too. Dotter took home a grand prize ribbon this year. I am terribly proud!