Toddler Safe Ways to Trim your Tree

Toddler Safe Ways to Trim Your Tree | Design Confetti

This year we picked out a tree at a cut-your-own farm in Half Moon Bay, and it was a lovely experience, minus the traffic jam on the way out, lest you forget you're in the Bay Area. We brought it home, and I excitedly pulled out the decorations, ready to deck it out in our beautiful, carefully chosen ornaments from years past... years during which we did not also have a toddler in our possession. What ensued was a string of, "please don't!" "babe, she's standing on!" and "honey, set that down, it's glass..." and what we ended up with was a 9-foot tall tree with roughly the top 3 feet decorated and a box full of ornaments headed back down to the basement. When I finished kicking myself for never giving all the shatterproof options out there a second glance, because, who wouldn't want the real deal... I set to work getting creative with toddler-safe options to trim the tree that wouldn't result in a pile of glass. A few days later I had a tree that was fully decorated, my sanity *mostly* intact, and honestly, I think I like it even better this year. At the very least I have a very appreciative audience who stands in front of it wide-eyed every time we flip the lights on. 

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Toddler Safe Ways to Trim Your Tree | Design Confetti

1. Clip on Birds, $12 for 6

How sweet are these little guys? They have a clip underneath, meaning they look as though they are perched right on the branches. My toddler can't get enough of them.

9. Felted Balls, $19 for 20 balls

These originally came as a garland so I trimmed the string into sections and tied them into individual ornaments. I like the simplicity of the felt, and it's an easy way to tie your color scheme together and get the tradition ornament shape without the glass. 

3. Tassels Dip Dyed, $3 pack (in Target stores only)

One of my favorite solutions was tassels. I had picked up a couple packs of pink dip-dyed tassels in the dollar spot at Target a while back because I was sure I would need them for something... eventually. (I mean how could I not?) I looped them together into sets of two and draped them over the branches.

Toddler Safe Ways to Trim Your Tree | Design Confetti

4. Teal TriColor Tassels, $9 for 4

This set was an Amazon find, and I'm obsessed with them... I think I might need to find a way to reuse them once the holidays are over, earrings maybe? They come ready to hang on a gold loop.

5. Wood Cut Snowflake Ornaments, $4 for 10

Simple. Classic. These are an excellent foundation for a DIY and can be painted to match your own color scheme, but I choose to leave them as is and embrace the natural wood.

6. Gold Dip Dyed Feathers, $12 for aprox. 12 feathers

This came as a garland and I simply cut the string into sections and tied them off to create individual ornaments. They remind me of the decor of our wedding which makes me love them even more.

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7. Himmel Ornaments, (similar) $35 for 10

I purchased these last year as a garland at Target and separated them out into ornaments. I like to place them near the front of branches as the open design brings some depth without using clear glass ornaments and they have a modern vibe.

8. Dried Citrus Slices, DIY via Spoon Fork Bacon

Last year I made dried orange slices to include in gift baskets at Christmas time (they are also excellent in tea). I used what I had leftover and hung them with simple wire hooks. I love the stained glass effect when light shines through them.

9. Pinecones, $13 for 24 (similar)

You can pick these up at nearly any craft store, ours came dressed with a bit of gold shimmer, but I think they would look great natural as well.

10. Rose Gold Glitter Stars, $9 for 2 strands

These came sewn into two strands, and instead of modifying them I draped them over the tree like vertical garlands. High impact with little effort and they would look cute in a nursery once the holidays are over.

One thing worth mentioning with so many seemingly disparate elements is keeping a theme in mind will help tie everything together. I looked for natural elements and materials, i.e., natural wood and felt and went with a nature motif with the birds, feathers, and pinecones. I kept the color scheme from previous years, a riff on the traditional red and green using similar hues: pink and mint, emerald and burgundy, plus a healthy dose of shine through metallics, to help blend the glass ornaments at the top with the new additions.