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  • I've always wanted a white artificial Christmas tree. Even though I grew up with real trees, as soon as we bought our house and had room to put a tree I knew I had to have a white tree. We've always opted for a real tree since we got married but last year I told the Mr. that I really, really wanted a white tree, or a silver tree, or basically a solid colored non-green Christmas tree (I would even take a pink one). He wasn't convinced. So when the holidays rolled around this year I asked him again and he was warming up to the idea. Perfect.

    When this crystal white spruce was delivered to my door, I knew my dreams had come true. As soon as it arrived, I set it up, fluffed it a bit, and plugged it in. Then, the Mr. was convinced and actually liked it a lot. Since it's pre-lit, all I had to do was add our ornaments. Our ornament collection consists of my great grandmother's glass ornaments, some new solid glass ornaments, and the ones we've purchased each year since we've been married.

    I love adding and making ornaments to grow our little collection. The first ornament I made this season is this thumbtack ornament. It's so easy to make and cheap, too. Check out the tutorial below for a instructions and a few tips.
  • Supplies

    1. Hot glue gun
    2. 2 – 2 1/2 inch Styrofoam balls
    3. Thumbtacks, about 150 for each ball
    4. Ribbon, any kind to use as ornament hanger
    5. Scissors
    6. Spray paint, optional (I was planning on spray painting mine when I was done, but I liked the silver look so I decided to skip this step.)


    1. Cut a piece of ribbon about 6 inches long. Using a hot glue, glue the ribbon onto the styrofoam ball.

    2. Start placing thumbtacks around the ribbon. Continue placing thumbtacks all over the ball, working your way from the top to the bottom overlapping the thumbtacks as you go. Repeat this until the entire Styrofoam ball is covered.

    3. If you want to change the color of the thumbtacks, you can cover it was a couple coats of spray paint. Be sure to cover the ribbon loop with painter's tape or plastic wrap so it doesn't get sprayed. Allow it to dry completely then hang on your tree!
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