HOLIDAYS: O Christmas Tree!
I love the look of weathered galvanized-metal. And I was anxious to find a galvanized-metal bucket to use in lieu of a Christmas tree skirt. It's very old fashioned looking and simple.
I could not find a distressed bucket, so I bought a new one at my local Home Depot. Following tips I found online, I set the bucket outside (on a sunny day) and sprayed toilet cleanser all over it and waited for it to "distress". After two days, it was weathered and ready for a Christmas tree.
Since I was going for the simple and old fashioned look, my kids and I picked up some supplies from our local AC Moore craft store - Kraft paper, various holiday ribbons in a narrow width, and Christmas stickers. While I cut out the shape for the tags and punched a hole in each for hanging, the kids were in charge of the decorating.
Some of the tags were covered with the stickers or with little green wreaths (often used to decorate doll or Gingerbread houses), and others the kids colored (snowmen, Christmas trees, etc...). I also printed off photos of Christmases past that we cut and pasted onto some of the tags. All that was left was to cut the various ribbons to finish the transformation from plain Kraft paper to really special ornaments.
To tie the tree into the rest of the room (which has pale blue-gray walls), we wrapped the tree in a wide, burlap ribbon in seafoam. We topped the tree with a natural twig star with tiny white lights.
And what's great is that all of these ornaments fit into a single, gallon-sized, Ziploc bag to be pulled out next Christmas. Now that's easy!