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My apartment is small. Spaghetti and homemade meatballs My small dog is blind and doesn’t get around well because of his arthritis (and blindness). How do you make homemade meatballs These combined facts make it difficult for me to have a traditional floor Christmas tree.

Add these two facts.

Homemade meatballs in oven (1) I am allergic to pine. Homemade ground beef meatballs (2) I don’t want to spend money on buying something since I already have plenty of nice looking artificial trees.

Then I came across this blog post about making a twig Christmas tree from At Home With K. Homemade meatballs with bread crumbs This tree is displayed in a frame. How to cook homemade meatballs It would be perfect for placing on my entertainment center in one of those frame holders.

Of course I did an Internet search to see how else a twig Christmas tree could be made. How to make homemade italian meatballs I found 2 other ideas.

• I LIKE this 7 foot (or so?) wall mounted twig tree I found on The Art of Doing Stuff.I don’t have that much wall space. How to make homemade meatballs for spaghetti And to be so impressive it HAS to be this big! This project is definitely on my someday holiday to-do list. Homemade spaghetti with meatballs It uses free materials or things I have on hand. Simple homemade meatballs And it is off the floor so my dog would not run into it nor be tempted to pee on it.

• And I am equally in-like with this hanging twig tree from Michele Made Me.The size is of this tree would be perfect to hang from the inside of my front door. Easy homemade meatballs for spaghetti The polka dots grabbed my attention. Recipe for homemade italian meatballs But I don’t have a drill so making this tree was postponed as I wanted to make a twig tree NOW.

Step 1. Making homemade meatballs Grab a flashlight and scour the grounds around your home. Best homemade italian meatballs recipe I was able to find a nice pile of sticks due to a recent wind storm. The best homemade meatballs Sorry no picture of the sticks.

Step 2. Easy homemade italian meatballs Choose a stick or two for the spine of the tree. How to make easy homemade meatballs Lay it on your work surface.

Step 3. Recipe homemade meatballs Sort leftover sticks according to the thickness of the stick. How do i make homemade meatballs I wanted the thicker ones to be on the bottom of the tree. How long do you bake homemade meatballs Since I don’t have a saw or floral cutters either, if I couldn’t break the stick with my hands, it was discarded.

Step 4. Look for branches with unusual colorations like moss or unusual bumps. Homemade meatballs in the oven I think these details add texture and visual interest.

Step 5. Work from the bottom to the top, placing the sticks on top of the spine, breaking them to fit as needed.

Step 6. Once you like the look of it, hot glue it all together.

Back of tree. How to make homemade meatballs in the oven Notice the “planter box” that keeps the tree upright.

GLITCH in Progress. How to make homemade spaghetti and meatballs I made the tree too big to fit the frame I already had. How long to cook homemade meatballs I was going to cover the mat with burlap.

I held the completed twig tree up to my front door to see how it would look hanging there. Best homemade italian meatballs Didn’t like that look.

Then it hit me: make my tree stand up! So I glued some sticks to the back of the bottom trunk to make a “planter.” I like how this is coming together.

Step 7. Ingredients for homemade meatballs Glue on twine with the intent to make it into a garland.

Glitch TWO. How to make homemade meatballs easy After doing half the tree this way, I decided I did not like the look.

Step 9. Go back outside with your flashlight and scour the ground for dingleberries and greenery with red berries. Best homemade meatballs for spaghetti The dingleberries will be the ornaments for the tree.

This twig tree is as perfectly at home decorating the planter box as on the entertainment centre.

Step 10. How long to bake homemade meatballs Paint the dingleberries with watered down acrylic paints. Homemade italian meatballs in oven I really like how these turned out.

NOTE: Apparently my family is the only one who calls these (former) seed pods “dingleberries.” A friend, Lorna, confirmed my Google search: not even one hit for this term. Quick homemade meatballs She said they are called gum tree balls. Best way to cook homemade meatballs Her family calls them “spiny balls.”

Step 11. How to cook homemade meatballs in the oven Hot glue the “sweet gum ornaments” onto the tree with springs of leaves with their red berries. How to bake homemade meatballs (I have no idea what these are called.)

Step 12. Make homemade spaghetti meatballs Admire. How long to cook homemade meatballs in oven Take a bunch of photos; post them to Facebook so others can admire your work. How do u make homemade meatballs Make said photo your profile picture.

Step 13. Best homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe Take off all the glue strings in preparation for spraying sealer all over your creation, front and back (Krylon or polyurethane). Best homemade spaghetti and meatballs I am hoping this will preserve the fresh leaves and berries.

Step 14. How long do you cook homemade meatballs in the oven Put finished Christmas Twig Tree in a place of honour!

Your Turn . . . Homemade bread crumbs for meatballs Share photos and comments about trees and other Christmas decorations you have made.

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