Treasures on the Tree

It’s New Year’s Day, 2016. The 2015 Christmas holiday season is over, and it is time to pack up the tree and the ornaments.

This is a time of year when I am reminded of why I am a reuse artist. The Christmas tree holds the answer amongst the older ornaments. You see, some of my earliest memories of creating include sitting with my mom and sisters and making ornaments for the Christmas tree. We didn’t have access to the craft supplies so readily available today, or the funds to purchase them. So we created many ornaments with salvaged materials from around the house.

My favorite ornaments from that time of family creative bonding are the ones made from bottle caps and lids. My mom saved any kind of lid that would be appropriate from milk bottles, baby food jars, canning lids, pop tops, soda bottles, and much more. We scoured magazines, catalogs and old greeting cards for the perfect pictures to glue in the centers. We used aluminum foil and wrinkled gift wrap foil papers or glitter to add sparkle and bling. We searched through scraps of trims and braids to find the embellishments and hanging loops. And best of all, we created not just ornaments to hang on the tree; we created family memories.

Those memories serve as my inspiration for creating art today. I grew up learning to create new treasures from repurposed materials. I can’t imagine doing it any other way…

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