When I plunked the little artificial tree on a stool in my art studio, I figured it would just be there temporarily. It was more about putting it in a semi-finished place and less about feeling like that was the best spot for it. But, as I got distracted by other things, the little tree stayed on the stool in the studio. That is where it was going to be this year and it felt right. I decided to decorate it fittingly for an art studio tree.
(As a side note, I bought this tree six Christmas seasons ago from Target and it’s not been available since, sadly! It is such a great little tree that comes in the basket.)
Last year, I made some clay ornaments stamped with graphics of antique paint tubes. You can read about how I made those HERE. They were so simple, but I just love how they turned out! I made a lot of ornaments and crafts last year and these might’ve been my favorite just because I am so fond of antique art supplies.
I picked these off of the larger tree in the living room, because they were just perfect for the little studio tree. For other ornaments, I added a mini palette ornament by Sylvan Clay Works. This little tree might be the official annual studio tree and I’ll make a few more art-supply-themed ornaments to add.
Since a string of lights would be a bit too clunky on this little tree, I added some battery-powered candles that I glued into vintage-style candle holders. I shared how I did that in this post – LED Christmas tree candle hack
It’s simple, but it makes me smile. I’ve never had a Christmas tree in my art studio and now I’m wondering why! I turn on the lights and it’s just a nice festive touch.
So far the studio has been functioning well, but we will be making a few changes in the next couple of months that will make it a better studio for me. One – we’ll be adding French doors, so I can close the cats out (they always step in my paint if they have the chance) and isolate myself a bit when I need to work.
And, in January, we’re adding recessed lights, which will be amazing! Right now, it’s so dark in that room in the evening that it’s not practical for work. I enjoy sneaking off into my studio in the evenings if everyone else is occupied. It feels like bonus creative time for me that I enjoy. Right now, it’s just too dark in there to do my sneaking away!
We’ll also be adding more shelving, I’m still hunting for a desk, and I need to address the windows for privacy at night. It’s all coming along, though! I hope to do some more wall and trim painting over the Christmas break, but we’ll see. I might opt for more restful pursuits…