OK, this isn’t my best work, but I wanted a lighted tree and this is the only way I could get one that would last more than a few days with an active cat in the house. No balls to bat, no branches to climb, no real tree to come crashing to the floor.
Next year I may start earlier and make a better one – I do include some ideas in the video for making one that is a bit more ‘artistic’ than mine. I like the idea of painting portraits of my pets down at the base, and perhaps using the rest of the ‘blank canvas’ for pine branches and Christmas ornaments. Or … as I’m writing this, a blue jay is on the bird feeding station just outside the window, behind my little “tree.” A painted tree covered with birds nestled warmly among the branches would be fun, too. Next year – maybe…
Probably the best part of this project is that it didn’t require a trip to the store for anything – and by sitting the tree with its wet paper mache, just one layer, in front of the heating vent from the furnace, it dried in a few hours and the whole project was done in just one day.
Besides, with over a foot of snow outside and the temperature dipping well below zero, it was a perfect day to stay inside and make something. Keep warm!
And I just found this video of other cat-proof Christmas tree ideas – funny!