I got the boho Christmas tree up. Finally. But it was not without several days of aggravation.
I decided I wanted a rustic woodland type boho tree. Decorating the tree in the small space I had for it would look like a confetti explosion if I used a lot of color.
I got my white table top tree from the closet, took the house plants out of the red beverage stand, and put it in there. I decorated that for a bit and just wasn’t liking it.
So I took it down and put it back up on the top closet shelf and got out my green table top tree.
I put it in the red beverage stand, because the feet of the table top trees fit perfectly inside. And I sat down and stared at it.
Then I started making ornaments with beads, using a bit of red because the beverage stand is red. Beads always seem boho to me.
After sitting here making bead ornaments while fighting Ivy over the box of beads, I hung those on the tree. I wasn’t liking that either. Something just wasn’t jiving.
Then I went out on the patio and got the green folding coffee table I use outside with my settee. I managed to squeeze that into the allotted space just under my living room window.
I put the green tree on that, but there are open spaces in the coffee table, and I worried that one accidental brush against it would send the whole thing to the floor. Or go flying if Ivy got up there, which so far, she hasn’t.
So I walked around inside and outside looking for something to use as a solid base. Finally I decided on the boho type table right by my chair.
I unscrewed the three legs and put them away for now and put the table top on the green fold out coffee table. It was the perfect size. Plus it looks boho.
So I centered my tree on it and stood back and looked at it. Something was still off. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
I’d made numerous trips to World Market and Hobby Lobby looking for boho ornaments because the ones I was making with beads just weren’t cutting it. I ended up purchasing two boxes of the heart-shaped wood ornaments, with 12 to a box, for $7.99, at World Market.
They had all these pretty ornaments, but this was the cheapest thing I could find that I liked and there was no way I was paying for single ornaments. That’s where the real money comes in.
At Hobby Lobby I ended up getting two boxes of 12 each of the round neutral rag ball ornaments at half price. So $6.00 a box.
I went into Michaels and looked around. Nothing tempted me there.
I think I went to World Market twice and Hobby Lobby, which is thankfully less than 2 miles from me, I don’t know how many times. Mostly just to roam the store and see what I could come up with.
That’s how I often get ideas. I just walk around a store until something I see stops me. It might not be exactly what I’m looking for. But it might just get the creative juices going and then I have an idea to run with.
There’s a certain feeling I get when I know I’m onto something. Puts a little spring in my step.
If I hadn’t said I’d do a boho tree, at that point I would have thrown in the towel because I was so aggravated. Ideas were coming to me, I was trying to implement them, but nothing was working.
I’d take the decorations off, put them back on.
Then I went to Hobby Lobby once more and purchased the wood slice ornaments with the snow flake in the center. Six in a package was $3.99, but they were half price. So I got two packages for a total of $3.99.
I looked around some more, feeling like I was finally making progress, and found the brown bells to use as ornaments. It’s hard to see them because they’re so dark.
The bells came 6 to a package and were I think $2.99 but were half price. I bought 2, so that was a total of $2.99.
I put everything in a box and just stared at it for awhile. And then it came to me what the problem was. I was trying to create a boho style tree with ornaments that just didn’t have the boho flavor I wanted. They had the woodland feel, but were missing the boho touch.
So I got out my beads again and began adding beads here and there to the ornaments I’d purchased.
I then started tying my ornaments to the tree. But even after I had it all decorated, something was still bugging me.
So I moved the tree to the end of the table and started roaming about my apartment looking at other Christmas trees of various sizes that I had.
I had purchased a few trees at my grocery store at 25% off. So they were reasonable. And I’d purchased a couple of wooden ones at Home Goods weeks ago before I ever began decorating.
I began creating a vignette and finally, FINALLY, I felt like I was getting somewhere. After that it came together quickly.
I will give up on a project completely if I’m not satisfied with the results. I’d rather give up than have something I’m just halfway happy with.
But I was determined to do this and it took days of deliberation, but it is finally done.
And it is what you see today. Happy Boho holidays! If I didn’t love you all so much I’d have thrown in the towel.