Tale Of A Dead Tree Branch

We just came back from a trip to DisneyWorld in Orlando
It was helluva world !
We couldn’t see all of the park in 4 days !
I am quite sure I can’t squeeze the details of the trip in 1 post either !

So we came home on Sunday night and our neighbour’s house was nicely decorated with Christmas lightings

The Americans will take down Halloween decoration after Thanksgiving and put up their Christmas decoration thereafter
It’s interesting how different countries do it differently
My Finnish friend told me that in Finland, they only put up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and by 6 January, everything will be taken down

Anyway we were thinking of not getting a tree as we will be traveling quite a bit in December

Then a couple of weeks ago, my neighbour was clearing his shrubs and part of a tree branch came crashing into our back yard
It was a nice part of a tree and I told him that he needn’t worry about clearing it cos I would be keeping it
He must be thinking what a weird neighbour he has got, to keep a dead tree branch

The tree hugger in me, has always wanted a tree in my house, even if it’s dead
So it was like a windfall to have a tree to fall into my backyard
Unfortunately, the tree branch was more than just dead, it was sick and covered with fungi and I had to leave it in the backyard

It’s been more than a month and with the cold and dry weather, everything in the backyard has dried up, including my lawn and the fungi on the tree
So a couple of days ago, after we came back from our trip, I finally dragged the dead and dried tree branch into the house

I spent some time removing all the dried leaves from the branch and I was quite sure my husband wasn’t very pleased
He had been bugging me to get rid of it and now he has to live with a once plagued with fungi, bald and naked tree branch

It was quite heavy and I had problems getting it to stand
I don’t have a pot or vase big enough, neither do I have soil or sand to stick it in

After racking my brain, I managed to prop it up with 3 red bricks and an Amazon cardboard box
Yay ! A naked tree in my house !

I attempted to paint it with acrylic paint
But then I realised that it would take me days to finish the paint job

So I made a trip to Michael’s and bought a can of spray paint
The job was done in a jiffy and after the paint dried, I lugged the tree back into the house

We hung up the lights and the decorative ornaments

Then we put up a star
Almost everything was hand me down from another family who was here last year

So that’s how a dead tree branch made its way from our neighbour’s backyard to our living room


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    • malmal says:

      hey sufern! thank u thank u very much. I thought it would look better if the wire of the lights is white … but I was too cheapo to get new lights ! Trying not to spend on things we can’t bring back Singapore !

  1. Susan says:

    This is so nice! You know I wanted to go pick branches and make this too but huby voluntereed to put up the Christmas tree. Yours definately has more character. Super like!

    • malmal says:

      thank you susan ! you can still do it ! It’s almost free, so long as you can find that naked branch, which I think wouldn’t be too difficult … I am setting up another smaller one too 🙂

  2. Ruth says:

    Oh, I love trees too! I would sometimes drive pass barren trees and thought how poetically beautiful they look. If I could, I would even love to stop the car and take photos. So happy this branch now has a new lease of life through your love and creativity!

  3. lyn lee says:

    It really looks very pretty with the lights already – though think you’re right about the white wires… can get the boys to paint it as a craft? heh heh.

    • malmal says:

      Hey Lyn that’s a great idea ! but I think I am too lazy ! It is actually quite tedious to hang up the lights cos the branches are so fragile and brittle. I think taking down the lights will be nightmare and so is painting 2×100 bulbs of wire.

  4. E says:

    Love it! I’ve picked up a branch too, but mine’s much smaller. My hubby’s used to me bringing home weird stuff–not that branches are weird. 😛 Where’d you get the reindeer?

    • malmal says:

      hey E, oooh u noticed my reindeer ! I bought it from a used shop, something like a thrift shop, for 10 bucks during one of our trip. I love it ! they actually had 3 of them and I was so tempted to buy them all ! but they all had red noses and I thought I shouldn’t have 3 Rudolph in the house ! And I remember you picking up tree branch 😀

  5. Junhao says:

    So cool! If I ever tried this, my eight-year-old daughter, Aehyun, would have chased me around the house, all while screaming that I destroyed christmas tradition. And the Percy Jackson party was pretty dang nice. For my youngest, we are doing Frozen. For Aehyun, it’s going to be the Hunters of Artemis. (Her favorite goddess)

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