Christmas decorations were part of my $40 challenge. The new decorations this year include ornaments, a new nutcracker, and redone garland (which I have yet to actually do). String ornaments today, glass ornaments tomorrow.
I like to have something to tie the tree together. Last year, sweet husband let me decorate the tree teal and lime with the expectation that I would stick to “traditional colors” this year. Luckily, he doesn’t know the difference between orange and red. 🙂
Keeping the lime mesh from last year, this year I made white and “red” string ornaments to anchor the tree. Similar to Bradley’s string ceiling balls, I made two dozenish red and white spheres. They are, conveniently, unbreakable by little hands.
1. Inflate balloons to desired size and hang them from string.
Side note: Bradley was entertained for minutes on end trying to “catch” the balloons. I caught the end on tape. (Yes, I know balloons and babies are a dangerous combination. He was closely supervised).
2. Mix about 1/2 a bottle of glue with 1/4 c of cornstarch and 1/4 c of water. Adjust as needed until you have a consistency that will coat the string but not run.
3. Coat the string in the mixture and wrap around and around and around the balloon. It’s really nice to have a helper for this step. Like a real helper, not a “helper”.
4. Let them dry for at least 24 hours before you pop the balloon. Then hang them on the tree.
Some added child-resistant (because if I’ve learned anything as a parent it is that nothing is child-proof) sass to my tree.