Every year since my bug’s first Christmas, we’ve had a themed tree in our home for Christmas. Since I like to have a different theme every year, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on ornaments/tree decorations. I also like my trees to have a personalized touch as well, so we tend to make quite a bit of the decorations that we use. I typically let my bug choose the theme of our tree, and I also let him choose what the topper will be; this year, our theme was “Middle Earth!” This was topped off with Sauron’s helmet!
Now I will tell you that my bug and I are major J.R.R Tolkien fans and we love love love The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings (LOTR) books and movies. I’m not kidding– my bug has the entire collection of Hobbit toy figurines, he actually had a Hobbit/LOTR birthday party, and his entire room is covered in life-size Hobbit/LOTR cardboard cutouts and decor. My bug has been a huge fan since I introduced him to the LOTR movies a few years ago. He’s 7 now, and although his fandom now includes Star Wars (double win for me!), Hobbit/LOTR still reigns supreme in our house.
I had so much fun putting this tree together with my bug, and although I wasn’t able to complete everything I had planned for this tree (December was a really busy month for me!), I’m still really happy with the results:
Our tree this year. Sauron was feeling festive too! 😀
I am really proud of Sauron’s helmet– I made it out of a single 24×24 inch sheet of black poster board, scissors, and glue, and using only the picture below/right as a guide:
I planned on painting it but completely ran out of time! I’ll still finish it though and will add it to the decor in my bug’s room.
The Tree of Gondor was painted onto black cardstock (4×5 1/2 inches) with white acrylic paint, but it could also just be printed if you don’t mind using the ink (I didn’t want to!).
For our Rings of Power, we just took a black sharpie to a few standard gold ornaments and did the best we could to duplicate elvish font/writing:
I also made a few other paper crafts/prints that I just tucked onto the tree. The fans were made out of paper lunch sacks and were each about 3 inches in diameter; the print strips were just images I found on Google Images that I cropped and printed out on to regular printer paper. The remaining ornaments were just some items I found in the bottom of my Christmas ornament box that I thought complimented the theme of the tree.
Because I had all of the materials on hand, this project cost me $0; however, assuming I had none of the materials on hand, I estimate that the total cost would have been roughly $15, conservatively, and would include glue, scissors, paint, poster board, etc.
Making ornaments and assembling our tree is my favorite Christmas tradition– I love that we have no idea what it is ultimately going to look like until it is complete, and best of all, we are making beautiful memories every step of the way.
We love our tree so much that we still haven’t taken it down…I’ll get on it soon enough. 🙂 In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you– what kinds of holiday traditions do you have?