Well, this is it! The final day of the 12 Days of Christmas! Can you even believe it? You know what this means – we are only 13 days away from Christmas. And I still have more shopping, baking, and decorating to do. The stress level is rising.

I’m not sure whether to be annoyed or excited (I’m choosing the latter.), but yesterday the FedEx man delivered what I needed to finish the tinsel tree that was in Tuesday’s post. Yes, ideally it would have been better to do this reveal all at once, but that’s how these things go. Hopefully, this tree will make a lot more sense now.

I’m officially naming it my Instamas Tree. Instagram Christmas. Get it? 

My obsession with Instagam is now officially out of control. 

But you have to admit, it’s pretty awesome, right?

So I had this idea to make ornaments out of my Instagram photos. During my research, I found this great company called Printstagram (also known as Social Print Studio) that I used to print my pictures. I opted for the 2.5 inch square prints based on the size of my tree. The quality is amazing. Seriously.

I also had a bunch of these little clips lying around. So instead of getting into some crazy, ornament craft project, which I clearly don’t have time for, I decided to keep things simple. Here’s how this came together.

Pick two photos.

Place them back to back.

Clip them on the tree.

That’s it.

I told you. Super simple.

Now, not only do I have a pretty snazzy tree, but I have a collection of beautiful memories from this past year as well

There is Grammy Barb and a brother in an elf hat.

A few friends and the world’s best ice cream cone.

You may even find Leslie Knope and a worm. 

Kisses from my niece. Even Santa makes an appearance.

Not only was this the easiest Christmas project I’ve done all year, but it was also the most meaningful, and thus my favorite. After all, this is part of what this season is all about. Friends, family, special memories, and a whole lot of love. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

What do you think of my Instamas Tree?

I also have the pleasure of hosting the final giveaway for the 12 Days of Christmas. 

Now, I know some of you were disappointed that the first giveaway I hosted was a surprise gift. Let me apologize in advance because I’m doing it again. So, for those of you who are interested in having a fabulous surprise gift packed and shipped from my home to yours, please use the  Rafflecopter Widget below to enter. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 


Please answer the following question: What is the most meaningful part of Christmas for you?

Additional / bonus entries are available for following each 12 Days of Christmas blogger on Twitter. That’s right, you can enter this giveaway SIX times! 

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Good luck, everyone!

I also want to extend a ginormous thank you to the five extremely talented ladies I’ve worked with to put together this 12 Days of Christmas event. Their talents and posts this past week (and always) blew me out of my Christmas stockings. They are truly some of the most creative women I know. It’s a privilege to be able to work with them! Thank you so much, Donna, KariAnne, Marianne, Whitney, and Ashley!!

Thanks to all of you for following along. I hope you picked up a few ideas and are feeling just a little more inspired! 

Don’t forget to join us all for our link up parties tomorrow! We are so excited to see (and share) what you all have been up to at your houses!

Comments

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Your tree idea? Totally drop dead amazing and so very today. I adore this idea! And you’re right, there’s so much meaning behind each and every photo. Crazy adore this!

    Thank YOU for joining us the last 12 days. I’ve really enjoyed checking in each AM to see what you’ve been up to! What a lovely habit this has become. 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thanks so much D! I absolutely love it too! Pictures on a tree is just perfect for me!

      It was an honor and pleasure doing this with you!! 🙂

  • jackie jade at

    looove this little tree – what a cute idea and fun way to make decorating personal. and get to use tiny fun photos!

  • Elena Isaeva at

    Hi Michael! This is a lovely tree! Great idea!

  • Debby at

    I love the tree of this year’s memories. Great idea.

  • Shannon at

    The Instamas tree is wonderful!

  • Sue at

    You are SO clever! I love your tree!

  • Chris R at

    I absolutely ADORE this tree. It represents the true meaning of the holiday. Christmas is supposed to be about family and love…not the commercial disaster it has become. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing this great idea. I think I’ll have to print a few for my tree now. =)

  • Whitney M at

    I love this! So creative! Thank you also for recommending Printstagram. I’ve been looking for the best way to print my pictures and they have good options.

  • Dead Flowers at

    Spending time with my little family and enjoying our time off work together! (PS: I love your tree!)

  • Grey at

    It has been wonderful to check in each day. You all are so creative! I love your use of color. Thank you for participating!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Grey. Yes, as much as I love a beautiful neutral interior, my life needs a splash of color. 🙂

  • Danny @ 1227 Foster at

    Michael, I’m so glad I found your site. It’s wonderful! And I love, love love your tinsel tree with photos – super creative and great way to add color to it. Can’t wait to reading more of your postings. Best, Danny

  • Jill at Things With Wings at

    I love it! And it’s unique! celebrates the seemingly random little moments that make up a wonderfully lived life! I’m going to look back and see if I can’t find out any info on the cool leaf/feather ornaments! great job!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Who knew photos on a tree could be so perfect! Especially when you get to remember all the wonderful times you had all year long!

  • JuneA** at

    Seriously love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Krista at

    I love this idea – and not just because I see my face! I’m totally doing this next year!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Really!? I’ll be coming to your house to check. My face better be on there! And you better start Instagramming more!

  • keizerfire at

    Michael, I can’t wait to get my package! I’m so excited, and so are my daughter and grandson. I don’t usually get a Santa claus (secret) gift, so this is really special!

    thanks so much for letting us take a peek into your life!!!

    Sincerely, Lisa Richardson

  • ohiochic at

    Doesn’t anyone know that the twelve days of Chriistmas starts AFTER Christmas?

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