the kids’ christmas tree
December 6th, 2011
Instead of one big tree last year, we had two little trees: one for the living room and one for the kids room. They loved falling asleep by the tree glowing with twinkle lights (and I did too). But this year the baby moved in and now there are three kids sleeping in this little room. So instead of a real tree, I went to Kinko's printed one out.
I found a copyright free image of a tree on pinterest and emailed it to kinko's (I know it's fedex now, but it'll always be kinkos to me). They printed out a 36 x48 black and white copy on their plotter (i.e. big ass printer). It cost me all of 9 bucks! It turned out even better than I had hoped, which I was kind of disappointed about.
See I wanted something super low quality and grainy--when I tried to explain this to my local print shop, they could not understand it (hence kinkos). I think the image I used was too big. Next time I'll blow up something smaller. Or blow an image up even bigger! I think this print would make a pretty fantastic temporary tree. Say, if you are going to grandma's for christmas and don't want to spend 50 bucks on a real tree.
We put the tree up yesterday and the kids and I colored it. Today we're planning on making ornaments. I think I'll let the kids go crazy with construction paper, then tape them to the tree. I'll be sure to take a picture when it's done. I'm guessing you won't be able to see the tree anymore.
**oh while I was in the kids' room the light was good, so I took a bunch of photos. The room isn't done, done, but it's as done as it's going to be for a while. So would you like the big before/after thing now or should I wait until January?