how to decorate the tree for (almost) free
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For the past year or so, I've had a little plastic tube of pearlescent beads tucked away in my crafts drawer. The beads were a freebie that I got at my local fabric store while purchasing material to make some curtains, and they'd been sitting around waiting for me to find some use for them. When I started digging through my drawers trying to find materials for decorating my little Christmas tree, I came across the beads and some picture-hanging wire, and promptly set out to fashion a snowflake-shaped tree topper.
Meanwhile, packrat that I am, I tend to accumulate bits and pieces of ribbons, saving them from chocolate boxes and flower bouquets and gifts, so that I can reuse them at some later date. Short ribbon scraps aren't much use for wrapping presents, but they're perfect for stringing up ornaments, or even just tying directly around a branch. Here, I used a nice fat ribbon bow to fill out the top of the tree and provide an accent for the beaded tree topper.