The teensiest tree in town

We’re a bit late to the advent party but we finally managed to get ourselves a Christmas tree. Hooray! 


He’s even teensier than last year’s tree (Bruce) but we did manage to rustle up a more cohesively Christmassy set of ornaments (rather than last year’s holy cow, hand of fatima and cookie cutters).

(Still have the shoddy lights with the wrong colour wire but baby steps people)

The top is a felt matryoshka bought on sale for £3 from Anthropologie last January. Until last week, this was our only proper Christmas ornament.


I wanted to deck out the tree for cheap without it looking like I’d rushed out and bought a treeload of baubles in a hurry.

To start with I bought a set of 25 teeny tiny glass baubles from Paperchase for £4 (tied on with red and green baker’s twine)…


…I liked the way they’re all different colours and finishes (you can’t really tell in this picture, but some are matte, some are shiiiiny, some are frosted and some are all glittery). I also think having lots of tiny baubles makes the tree look more festive (and bigger) than last year’s tree, which had larger ornaments but fewer decorations….

…then I added 15 bells from Habitat, also for £4…


…and then, lest the tree get all boring and co-ordinated, we threw on some holiday souvenirs that we’d bought during the year for this very purpose…

….tiny red clogs from Holland


…and, bien sur, an eiffel tower keyring from Paris


…and to make it ours, we added those amazing map covered letters around the base, a gift from Mr V’s sister. They have the map co-ordinates of where we both grew up on our initial, and where we live now on the ampersand. I love them.

Source: via Annabel on Pinterest



(These aren’t our initials, but you get the gist)

Three cheers for Christmas!


Tell me about your tree, or your favourite thing about winter if you’re not the Christmas type.


  • Sydney
    December 12, 2011 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I love your tree! it’s so sweet! I also really love that it’s on a cake stand! We don’t have a tree this year but we have a big pine garland that we took from a wedding (they told us it was ok!) so we have the piney smell at least. I think we’ll do your style tree next year.. I also love the idea of the maps on the initials. I have “G & S” and I was going to gold leaf them, but I think the 3 different co-ordinates is an AMAZING idea! Now to find an old atlas… ;)

  • Annabel Vita
    December 12, 2011 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Haha – the cake stand was all Mr V and at first I was skeptical but I’m fully sold now. I’d love to see how your letters turn out – it’s the sort of thing I’d usually DIY but I’m blown away by how professional looking these ones are. This shop in St James’ Park/Victoria has old maps of lots of different parts of the UK (and all the boroughs in London) for £2.99 a pop:

  • Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.
    December 12, 2011 - 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Your tree is adorable! The teeny baubles definitely make it!

  • Regan @ RenovatingRothenbergers
    December 13, 2011 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Your tree is so cute! I love the initials at the base – very sweet touch :)

  • Carina
    December 15, 2011 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment on my tiny Christmas tree over on my blog. Your´s turned out to cute with the clogs. This is the first year I have such a small tree and the effect is still the same.

  • Clair
    December 20, 2011 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    This is so inspiring! We also have a tiny tree, but it doesn’t look nearly as cute as this. =)Lovely blog!

  • Kendall
    December 28, 2011 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I love it! You don’t have to have a huge tree for it to make a beautiful statement!

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