As I've mentioned before, the geek factor runs pretty high in our house. As part of my plan to find more happy, we're doing a Duct Tape-themed tree this year. Family heirloom ornaments are still being hung up, but not on the tree. This year, the tree is alllllllll duct tape. And candy. But mostly duct tape.
Well, actually, the tree itself is a real tree. This is no small thing in Texas. They probably had to truck this thing in from Oregon or something, making it a heinous environmental crime, but I just couldn't stomach buying a plastic one. Plus, those fake trees are wicked expensive.
So off I went, in a t-shirt and shorts, and picked out a cut tree. Most of the trees were already dried out and Charlie Brown-y, because 80 degree weather makes cut Douglas Firs shed needles like nobody's business. I should also mention that sweating should only be a part of getting your tree if you are cutting the thing down yourself. Otherwise it's just wrong.
The tree I chose is a nice classic seven-footer. Yeah, it's a mess, but when I vacuum up the needles (twice a day) it smells great.
It also showcases our duct tape ornaments quite nicely. The tree is a work in progress, with new ornaments being added daily. We did decide to use actual candy canes, because while duct tape candy canes are lovely, they simply don't taste as good.
The rest of the ornaments are constructed of duct tape. Some have tissue stuffing and some string loops for hanging. The star at the top has a cardboard interior for shaping.
If you don't have time to make a treeful of duct tape ornaments, don't worry, I've got you covered. In the spirit of geeking out your Festivus, we're giving away a full set of geektastic Merry Christmas Microbes! Tree Ornaments by GIANTmicrobes. It includes the common cold, E. coli, a brain cell, kissing disease, and limited-edition red amoeba. Because nothing says festive like E. coli with reindeer antlers.
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