Hello! Today I’m excited to share with you my kitchen Christmas tree. I am hoping to share several Christmas trees with you this year and this is #2 on the list. (#1 was my my White Christmas Tree which you can check out here, if you missed it.) I really love Christmas (I’m the girl who has been happily watching lots of Hallmark channel Christmas movies since Halloween!) and one of my favorite childhood memories is when I was a young girl and hiked out into the field at my house with my dog and chopped down my own tree and hauled it back home to decorate with ornaments that were all homemade. I was probably eleven years old or so, and the tree wasn’t that big (though it looms larger in my mind) but I really loved that tree and was so proud of my accomplishment. My kitchen tree this year is an homage to that first kitchen tree of mine so many years ago.
I had this charming plaid picnic tin in storage, and wanted to incorporate it into my decor this year (as you may know, I’m mad for plaid!), and I also happened to have this petite Christmas tree. Suddenly I realized that the tin would make an adorable base for my tree and all at once this tree began to come together. I had already dried a bunch of orange slices (you can read the tutorial here) and next up, my little one and I settled in with a giant bowl of popcorn and cranberries to string some garland. My daughter hung in there with me for a while but eventually she decided just to sit and eat the popcorn while cheering me on to finish the strands.
I really love the translucent, jewel tones of the orange slices hanging on the tree. I’ve got another project in mind with the slices, so I’m glad I have so many to play with!
When making my popcorn/cranberry strands I debated if I should make separate strands of all popcorn and all cranberry, but I decided that with a small tree like this, too many strands would be distracting so I combined them on to one. I’m glad I did, I really like the look of the alternating pattern and colors.
I really wanted to bake homemade cookies for the tree but some days we just have to compromise, don’t we?! The holidays are busy and I’m trying to balance checking off my “to-do” list with my “I wish” list. These cookies fell off the to-do list and I realized I needed to improvise and then I remembered good old Walker’s Shortbread Scottie Dogs cookies (affiliate link) – and I was “saved.” I collect Scottie dogs and knew they would be the perfect edible addition to my tree. Have you seen this keepsake Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dog Tin? (affiliate link) I am dreaming of getting this at some point – so cute!
A few candy canes filled in the “blanks.”
The ornaments were all coming together when I realized I hadn’t planned a topper for the tree! I sat down and started thinking. I’d seen some cute creations with pine cones on-line but I didn’t want to introduce a new element on such a small tree. I wanted to stick with what was there but use it in a different way, and then it hit me – a star! The oranges would be a good color but would be tricky to make into a star shape. The cranberries would be vibrant and beautiful but how to put them together? And then, it clicked, skewers! And poof, in three simple steps my cranberry star was born!
This little scottie dog stands guard at the base of the tree to keep any little fingers from snatching a cookie.
My kitchen cart is all layered up in plaid for the season too.
An old star colander makes a festive container for some antique ornaments, especially when festooned with a garland of pretty poinsettia greens which a neighbor made!
I found this cute key shadow box art at Michaels and just thought it made a nice accent to the plaid throw and thermos.
I found this great chair at a local auction (for under $7, yep I said seven dollars!). It needs work and I’m really looking forward to tackling it, but I’m thinking that will be a good winter project in the new year. In the meantime, it is the preferred napping spot for my cat and a lovely perch for a few more fun accessories.
I especially love this chubby little bird that my mom got me from Target – he’s so adorable!
A little plaid teddy bear is enjoying hanging around the tree too!
I hope you take delight in this tree and have perhaps have found a bit of inspiration to make your own! My daughter and I relished the challenge of decorating with edible items. It was a really fun activity, and now the tree is a joy to look at, and I’m sure we’ll be enjoying it all season long!
I’m off to keep prepping for Thanksgiving – I’m so excited that it’s almost here! We’ve got family coming here so that means lot of decorating and cleaning! Ah, the holidays!