While out shopping last year I ran into a old coworker ,who has a daughter a year older than mine, (she had just turned 2 and mine were about to be one) I told her how I was so shocked yet pleased that the boys hadn't really messed with the tree at all. She told me "oh honey, it's not this year you have to worry about. It's next year you will have to worry about." Now fast forward a year , and I know exactly what she meant by that.
This is their tree, it has shatter-proof ornaments. I was still having problems keeping them from using the ornaments as toys so I wired the ornaments on to the tree. This might something a lot of people already do but if so nobody decided to share it with me, so I decided I would share it with you if you have some mischevious toddlers like I do.
First you need to hot glue the top metal piece(where you hang the hook from) onto the actual ball part. Just trust me and don't skip this step because I tried to hang the ornaments with just attatching wire and they would rip the ball out and leave the metal and wire still hanging on the tree.
I took a regular ornament hook and wrapped it around the top of the ornament several times.
I then straightened out the other piece that you would normally just hook on the tree.
Then you just wrap it around the limb of the tree several times until you have no wire left.
Gabe testing out the tree to make sure it was "Gabe and Grant proofed". I am happy to say it passed the test :)
And for fun here are some of my favorite ornaments on their little tree.
Anyone else have any other tips on how to keep a toddler out of the tree?
I will be sharing pictures of my big tree later this week and how I keep little hands out of it because it is glass ornaments.
The fabulous parties I am linking up to:
Organize and Decorate Everything
Crystal and Co.
House of Hepworths
Tatertots and Jello
Be Different Act Normal
I Heart Naptime
A Bowl Full of Lemons
Let Birds Fly
Fingerprints on the Fridge