Every year I try to hold out till 1st December, the official start of Advent, to put up our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations. This year I am finding it particularly difficult to wait till then. I’m not sure if it is the fact that Dubai switched immediately into Christmas mode as soon as Halloween was done, or if it is because I have my nephew joining us for his first Christmas this year, or maybe just because it really is the most wonderful time of year and I want to enjoy it for as long as possible!
I’m still trying to hold out until the 1st for our actual tree but I have allowed myself to put up this Washitape Fridge Magnet Christmas Tree for the kids to play with. This was inspired by our Spontan fridge magnets from Ikea which looked like they would make great baubles and also the felt toddler tree I have had pinned on my pinterest board for ages; I still want to make a felt one with velcro ornaments but this is my quickie version until I get round to that one.
Supplies: To make the tree all you need is washitape in assorted colours/patterns and some fridge magnets, oh and a fridge of course!
Method: I marked out the Christmas tree in green washitape on the lower section of the fridge where the kids would be able to reach it. I then used a spotted red washitape for the pot stand, a gold washitape for the trunk and a stars washitape for the star (this is where my washitape obsession proves useful!) I also decorated the tree with a Christmas bauble patterned washitape and chevron washitape and then decorated the Spontan fridge magnets in various tapes for baubles. I suspect all our other random fridge magnets will also become Christmas tree decorations in time and I will keep my eye out for Christmas themed magnets or even DIY our other broken magnets into more decorations but these work for now.
Washitape is available in all good craft shops and also some stationary shops. In Dubai I have bought washitape all over the place, including Creative Minds, Ikea, Ace Hardware, Clas Ohlson, Spinneys, Geant, Daiso and more!
If you don’t have an exposed fridge, this would work equally well on a magnetic white board or other metallic surface.
I can’t wait to see what the kids make of this tree when they wake up from their naps, I’m hoping it keeps them entertained while I prepare their dinner at least!
When do you put up your Christmas tree and decorations? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!