AH, Christmas time. Hot cocoa with marshmallows, my kids entertaining me by letting me kiss their cheeks, and seeing the magic in their eyes on Christmas morning as they leap for the presents galore. I love it – but I kind of cringe when it comes time to bring out the Christmas tree. Especially with having an unruly toddler on my hands right now. Last year, we decorated our tree with our usual glass ornaments, but only from the middle UP. The bottom half of the tree was bare – which looked kind of sad, but was necessary. Jax was only 9 months old then and just learning to walk. He didn’t show much interest in the tree, but then again he couldn’t really reach anything shiny anyways.
When it came time to bring out the tree again this year, I tried decorating the tree from the middle up again, thinking I would once again outsmart my baby – only to be met with a tree-scaling toddler that would go to any length or measure to get his hands on mama’s ornaments. I think we were only brave enough to hang 10-12 ornaments on the tree anyway, and after a good six of them were knocked off and another three were damaged because he decided to knock our tree over on its side – I looked to my husband and threw my hands up in the air. Glass ornaments weren’t going to work. Not with my child. I researched all of my options – because I wasn’t going to put the tree back into the garage until well after the New Year ;). I wanted a safe, but cute option for our tree (preferably one that could not be broken by my unruly toddler). I needed a mom hack for my Christmas tree ASAP!
And that’s when I found FELT BALL GARLANDS! These cute felt balls give the appearance of a tree filled with ornaments, but are a soft and safe alternative to breaking glass (thanks to an adventurous toddler). I’ve partnered with Lindsey from Ballsie for this post – She makes handmade felt ball garlands in just about every color. I knew when I came across her Etsy shop, I had found my solution. I chose her Christmas Felt Ball Garland (I’m just traditional, y’all!). She has so many color schemes to choose from, though, and boy was I tempted to stray! With her recommendation, I decided to purchase 3 of her 10 ft. garlands to cover my 7 ft. white tree.
Ballsie’s felt ball garlands came beautifully wrapped (so if you are thinking of gifting these for a mom with an unruly toddler like mine, that’s a plus!), with the ends of her string carefully secured for shipping and after-Christmas storage.
I love all the color in the Christmas felt ball garland color scheme – the bright green is perfect with the traditional colors, and really popped against my white tree. I imagine the bright green would help the colors pop against a green tree as well!
Okay, I had to have a little fun with these cute felt balls! They moved easily along the string so I could create shapes like these! But they also stayed put once I put them in their place, and did not fall when I held the string up vertically.
The colors are so beautiful, I loved how they seem to pop against either a light background and a dark background – I was very tempted to just keep them here on the fireplace – but I couldn’t wait to see what they looked like on the tree!
National Geographic Narrator:
And here we have the busy toddler, constantly getting into trouble. The mother is nearby, eagerly photographing him while he tangles himself in the unbreakable garland she has purchased in order to save Christmas.
How GORGEOUS are these garlands on my tree?! Not to brag, but I find them so beautiful. I love that the balls are able to be moved along the string but stay put well once placed. The colors are vibrant and bring a wonderful charm to my tree that my ornaments didn’t. I feel so happy looking at my tree now, adorned with these colorful and festive garlands!
Every 10 ft. garland comes with 50 balls, so with the 3 garlands I purchased, I have 150 balls on my tree now. I know, it’s the holidays – I did the math for you ;). You have enough to worry about this Christmas season! Don’t feel bad, I literally asked Siri what 21 minus 12 was earlier today.
She offers sizes (from 4ft – 12 ft.), and if you’re feeling crafty yourself, Ballsie has the option to purchase your order as a DIY kit, so the kids can help design and create your own garland for your tree.
I decided to wait until night fell to take this final photo – I wanted the lights to really shine without the added natural light, so I could show what the garlands really look like when the tree is lit up after dark! I still plan on hanging a few of my son’s handmade (non-glass) ornaments – but am pleasantly surprised and in love with the way my tree looks! Plus, I don’t need to worry about Jax climbing our tree and knocking down our glass ornaments any longer!
If he does happen to scale our tree again or knock it over – I can rest assured that there won’t be any sharp glass to worry about with tiny fingers and toes causing havoc in our home! So you can have your
cake tree and eat it decorate it, too! These garlands are a great ‘mom hack’ for tree-crazy toddlers that just won’t leave the tree be. Even when you’ve tried to lure them away from the tree with chocolate and kisses.
*Ballsie has MANY colors and items available, not just for Christmas! Check out her shop online to see all of her beautiful designs, and be sure to mention This Tiny Nest referred you!
If you have a toddler – do they leave your ornaments alone?! Tell me in the comments below!