I bought Jaynie a live Christmas tree, she was very happy. It smells nice and piney, very Christmassy. The branches are not very strong, the ornaments that I had that are made from beads dragged them down. So we got out the paper and the punches and made some new light weight ornaments.
The ornaments that I made are pretty simple, but I like them. First I punched some shapes out of printed card stock for the front, I think that the green and red stripes worked well. I did not want to fuss with glue so I punched back pieces from some velvet material that has a sticky back . I cut some crochet thread into pieces just a bit over 1" long. Then I just folded the thread in half, stuck the ends to the sticky side of the backing and placed the front on top.
I chose easy shapes so that I did not have to punch the front and back in opposite directions.
I need to find something better for garland and we need some gifts for under the tree, and maybe a topper, but it's a start. If I can keep the tree alive I'll plant it outside in the spring.