It's hard to believe that the holidays already came and went! The holiday season went by really quickly this year and I think that may be because Jeff and I were traveling in early December. While I traditionally get my tree on the day after Thanksgiving, this year I waited until after our trip and didn't get the tree until the middle of December because that's when we got back from our trip.
~ - ~ If you're looking for the easiest holiday ornament DIY ever...keep reading! ~ - ~
I have been very inspired by ultra-modern prints recently and decided to do something different for my tree this year. I've been a big fan of Dusen Dusen for a long time now and adore all of her prints (check out this plate I have from her collaboration with the amazing Helen Levi). Her bedding and West Elm collaboration are wonderful and were the inspiration for my modern tree! I thought that a Christmas tree would be a fun time to take a decor risk with bold prints, which is not something I normally do at home.
While this DIY could be done with almost any wrapping paper, I chose a few single sheets of wrapping paper from Paper Source (see them here: (1), (2), (3), and (4)). Then (get ready for one seriously easy DIY) I cut out random shape inspired by modern prints (I drew a few on the paper with pencil and then just did them free form), taped Christmas tree hooks to the back, and that was it! I made roughly 50 ornaments and had plenty of wrapping paper left to spare for future gifts and projects.
I used white lights on the tree and then added the ornaments. One of the things about this project is you could so many variations of it with color, different shapes, and lights. Don't be neutral and minimal like me...go nuts! There are no rules in Abstract Christmas!
The verdict? I'm glad I tried it! I don't do DIY projects all that often, but this was inexpensive, an experiment, and something I hadn't seen anyone do before. It was the first year that I didn't use the ornaments I've collected over the years, which was felt little strange, but it's good to shake things up every once in a while.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and maybe this will give you some inspiration for next year's tree! If you ever tackle this easy holiday project, drop me a line and let me know how it turned out.