So I got it into my head this year that I was going balls to the wall on Christmas this year. New York is awash in twinkle and glitter from mid-November on so I came back from Thanksgiving ready to go. My Charlie Brown tree is adorable, but lacks omph. We need a big tree. Unfortunately, the whole dorm aspect rears its head again. Even if we could have them (despite fire hazard/buggy concerns), my roommates and I don't have space for a tree; the only spot that's not less than 4-5 feet wide is directly in front of our bathroom door.
So obviously, the solution was to go flat. I went to Home Depot this weekend to help my dad and drool over the 20V DeWalt drills and spotted these hooks.
Tiny. Good for hanging lights. Hmm.
I remembered that A Merry Mishap made a really cool Christmas tree out of string lights a while back (here) and I thought that might be the solution. More interesting than a decal/construction paper and I could re-use the lights. Sold.
The second step, of course, was to go back to Home Depot when I got back to Manhattan because I forgot to get lights the first time. Check it:
When I got home I was planning on roping my friend Lindsay into helping me string them up, as she's been crashing with me for a couple of days. Unfortunately, she had some excuse about "being at the library" and "not failing my senior thesis class." Sure, whatever, Grinch.
My roommate Katy helped my sitting at the kitchen table, reading things on the internet and occasionally saying nice things when I decided to lay down on the floor.
So first thing you want to do is made a big triangle on the wall with a pencil. A straight-edge is helpful but I don't have one of those. I do have this art however:
|My room doesn't look like this anymore.|
I had to start my lights by plugging them in at the only outlet in our common area, which is directly behind the kitchen table. After plugging it in and stringing it around a door, I put some little hooks on the bottom and and started to zig-zag the lights, adding hooks as I went.
I was...okay with it. But the left side didn't have the same line the right did, the the "trunk" going off to the framed doorway looked slapdash. That's right around the time Lindsay came home with chocolate milk, red food coloring, a Ziploc bag of hand sanitizer, and hair gel and asked if she could use the lube in my RA stash bag of condoms for the residents. All the ingredients for making props blood.
I whined about the tree for a little bit, we tweaked and now I'm pretty happy, despite the zig-zags in the string itself (they'll be gone next year when I can roll and train them properly, ugh).
I don't like that the doorway asymmetrical and not framed, but the tree is an actual triangle shape now and when we decide on a star it will look like it's shooting out a stream of wonderful lights. No trunk either, but I am eyeing wood wrapping paper at The Container Store that I know I shouldn't, but probably will buy.
And one with the lights on, just for kicks:
Do you hear a ring ting tingling? I do.