Mardi Gras tree

I was mentioning how sad I was to be taking down my Christmas tree and my cousin said that many people here, especially those with artificial trees, don’t take down their trees – they just redecorate them for Mardi Gras. Sounded like a fun idea to me and (a good excuse to keep the tree awhile longer) so I looked it up on the web and, sure enough, there is such a thing as a Mardi Gras tree.

I only had about 6 old strands of Mardi Gras beads after my move so I got busy. I walked to some local stores to find ornaments and decorations but came up short. Ended up buying some paper folders in purple, green and gold and rethought my strategy. I made some ornaments out of Sculpy clay, cut masks from the folders and decorated them with beads. I even redecorated my door wreath with a fleur de lis and some masks. For those of you who can’t come to see it, here’s some photos…

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Filed under Carnival, Culture, decorations and costumes, Mardi Gras 2010

6 responses to “Mardi Gras tree

  1. Mother

    Oh my, What a wonderful thing! I never had a Mardi Gras tree but I sure ought to have.

  2. Betty

    Love the tree! How clever you are! I know your Aunt Elayne and she was telling me about your tree. I have an artificial tree I leave up year round and decorate for each of the holidays/seasons. After seeing your tree I am inspired to now add Mardi Gras!

  3. Danica

    Brilliant!

    BTW: You can always check out Oriental Trading Company for ALL your festive needs…. Though I prefer yours, here’s what they have for Mardi Gras: http://www.orientaltrading.com/holidays/mardi-gras-a1-90000+1230-5-0.fltr

  4. Aunt Elayne

    How cool!!! The ornaments are adorable. Had no idea you were so talented. Today a friend told me she is leaving her tree up and decorating for Valentines.

  5. Margaret

    yay YOU!! I miss that so much! mama and I had one everyyear– it turned into the easter tree..hahaha Enjoy the festivities to come!!

    Laissez les bon temps rouler cher’

    xoxo

  6. janell

    Super Cute! Love the mask. Great way to enjoy your tree even longer!

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