our Christmas tree and a simple banner tutorial

On Saturday, we headed out to the beautiful Silverton countryside to get our Christmas tree.

We came home with a 13 foot tree!

(If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the photos of the tree hunt, and the craziness of bringing it into the house!)

Our decorations have always been traditional colors- red, green, and touches of silver or gold.

We've always put our tree in our living room, because it has cathedral ceilings.
Our living room, which is now white, has lots of pastels and has dictated some changes in our tree color scheme.

The colors I've been using for the last 15+ years are now going more towards more white and cream, with touches of red.

I purchased this one over the weekend at Molly Mo's Holiday Treasures.

I've also been trying to add in more large scale ornaments since we usually get a pretty big tree.

These 5" mercury glass ornaments have been patiently sitting in a grocery bag since June, where I found them at a garage sale.

We have a lot of sentimental ornaments that we've collected over the years.
I love the idea of using framed photos as ornaments.  It's a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor and relive memories during the holidays.
This one is of me, circa 1972!
(Santa isn't looking too jolly, is he?)

I have always had a thing for vintage postcards....even before the blog!

This year for our tree, I opted to make some paper garlands using vintage sheet music.

These were very simple to make, and I really like the addition of them to our tree.

I have a stash of vintage sheet music.

You can look for sheet music at garage sales, estate sales, or even see if a relative will pass some on to you.  If you don't have those resources available to you, you can always photo copy older sheet music.  If you photo copy it onto cream or parchment colored paper, you can achieve the same look.

Next, find a font you like- I used 'Woodcut', and it's off of an ancient software program that I use for all my signs and print projects.  I should upgrade, but I love it too much to let it go!

Next, I size it onto the page horizontally, and I can fit two letters, side by side, on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.  **Here's a tip:  most sheet music is not 8 1/2 x 11, so you will need to trim it before feeding it into your printer.**

I just lay a piece of printer paper over the sheet music and trim around it.
Put your sheet music in, and hit the print button.

Once they are printed, allow enough room between the letters for cutting the individual papers apart.

Next, cut the paper in half.

I used a scalloped edge scissor to add a fun trim to the bottom.

Finally, paper punch two holes in the top corners, and add some hole reinforcements for a fun vintage look as well as durability.

I strung mine with twine, you could use whatever you like for your look.

A simple, fun, graphic pop for the decor.
It's been a great,
 inexpensive filler for me as we add to our collection of ornaments, and enjoy a big tree!

Happy Wednesday, and Merry Christmas!

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  1. Denise-What a beautiful 13 foot tree it is, too! I love it....it turned out beautifully- xo Diana

  2. Denise,
    Beautiful 13ft. tree my friend. The pic of you and santa is so sweet (you make me feel old...I was in high school in 1972)...LOL! The banners do add POP to the tree and thanks for sharing how you made them.


  3. Boy oh boy is that a big tree. I love it! Wish I had the ceilings to do that myself.

  4. I am pinning this idea. I love it. Your tree is amazing. I would love for you to link it up to my party if you haven't already. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  5. Your 13-ft tree is just the right size for your living room! The font is wonderful, and I wouldn't want to give it up either. When I upgraded to the computer before this one, I lost 4-5 fonts....

    Thanks for the tutorial on the banners.

  6. WOw Denise
    I cant even imagine how beautiful it looks in person. what a lovely post. Happy Holidays


  7. Wow! Thats a big tree! I love your mix of pretty ornaments and your banner looks amazing hung on the tree.

  8. So pretty--love that extra tall tree!

  9. Awesome! I spy a few ornaments that I have the same ones!

  10. Denise your tree is AMAZING!! I have visions of Christmas Vacation with y'all getting a 13 ft tree home!;)

  11. It is so fun to see your tree and the ornaments on it. Wow on that height! You all must have had a wonderful time decorating.

  12. o lol,ale piekna wielka choina :))) śliczna:)))

  13. thanks for sharing! what a huge, gorgeous tree you have!


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