Christmas is over and your real Christmas tree is shedding its needles all over your living room. If you've already filled up a bag or two on your vacuum then you're probably ready to toss the tree out the back door. Before you say goodbye to your Christmas tree from 2016, you might like this crafty idea to capture all the memories of your holiday celebrations.

Christmas 2016 was a big one for me. It was my first Christmas together with my boyfriend in our first home. It was also the first real Christmas tree I've had since I was a kid. I felt myself getting sentimental as we chucked it out the second floor bay window onto the street below. Before the tree could be hauled away I got an idea.

I had Chris cut a sliver of the stump. After it dries out, here's how I plan to turn it into an ornament for next year's tree:

  1. Apply a layer of polyurethane
  2. Drill a hole through the top
  3. Tie a piece of ribbon through the hole from a gift you received
  4. Use a metallic Sharpie to mark Christmas 2016 and our address

Who knows what Christmas 2017 will look like, but when I hang this on the tree next year, I'll always remember Christmas 2016 and the memories we made.

Do you have any craft ideas for your Christmas tree?

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