Evergreens for Geeks

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm :: 5 Comments

For a few years I have been collecting Christmas tree ornaments of the nerdy variety, decorations in the likenesses of superheroes, starship captains, and timeless doctors. I had planned on using them to transform our hefty Christmas tree into a fan wonderland at some point in the future. However, this year, earlier than the future, I ended up implementing my dorky design, although on a smaller scale.

I plan on adding more details to these trees in coming years.

I plan on adding more details to these trees in coming years.

Jason and I have a trio of petite Christmas trees that served as our primary evergreens when we lived in an apartment too tiny to accommodate anything larger. We hadn’t taken these out in years but Jason, unexpectedly, set them up for me this December in hopes that their blankness, like psychic paper, would inspire me to see what he wanted me to see and it did.

These skirts were easy to make using a round cake dish as a template.

These skirts were easy to make using a round cake dish as a template.

Yes, I opted to give those barren saplings intergalactic and interdimensional bling. I separated the pop decorations I’ve been hoarding like gold-pressed latinum into three categories: Doctor Who, superhero, and sci-fi. Then, I loaded the trees up, giving each one a different theme. My sci-fi shrub, the littlest of the bunch, was more ornaments than branches by the time I was done with it.

My Doctor Who tree featured loads of Time Lordy stuff, including baby Weeping Angels.

My Doctor Who tree featured loads of Time Lordy stuff, including baby Weeping Angels.

I decided to make skirts to match each tree’s focus. Finding superhero and Star Trek fabric was easy but Doctor Who threads proved a bit difficult to locate. Eventually, I bought some on Spoonflower called “the doctor’s favorite things.” I used felt on the flipside of the skirts so no filler was necessary. These were a simple finishing touch for my fandom forest.

While I am by no means satisfied with my tree trinity and have plans to improve it next year, (A Weeping Angel topper is definitely in the works.) I am happy with my geeky evergreens’ shiny beginnings.

5 Comments

  • Cam says:

    These are beautiful- I am really close to crying. You are a special kind of Geek, Rachel.

  • Simone says:

    Those Doctor Who ornaments are amazing! Great job on all the trees. They all look great.

  • Rachel says:

    Cam, I can only assume that you are close to crying from laughter and that I am a “special” geek in the same way that slow kids are in the “special” class.

  • Cam says:

    Tut tut- you know what happens when we assume. I would absolutely put a tree like this in my home. In fact, I’ve been inspired enough that I’m going to lobby for a Transformers tree this year (Star Wars as a back up).

  • Rachel says:

    I’m going to make a Death Star topper next year for my sci-fi tree. That would also work for a Star Wars tree, obviously. Yes, I’m fully in support of people “transforming” their seasonal evergreens.

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