If you haven’t seen Moana yet, please stop reading this post and buy your tickets now. It is so gorgeous to look at and so uplifting. Disney couldn’t have timed this release better. Dang.
But this isn’t a review. This is my guide to giving yourself a Moana – themed Christmas tree. Here’s what I’d do…
First, we’re going to eschew traditional Christmas trees and go for as realistic an artificial palm tree as the budget will support. I like this one from Houzz that gives you two trunks and more room to decorate.
Next, we’re going to remove the tree from its awkwardly tall basket and affix it to a more traditional tree stand or some nailed-together boards– whatever will give us the freedom to swaddle the base of the tree(s) in this red batik cloth from Fabric.om that’s evocative of Moana’s top…
The lights I’ve chosen for this tree are conch shells from Etsy seller FloridaShellGirl that have been strung and lit. Conch shells lead Moana into the ocean, and they belong on this tree.
I found some great, authentic carved fish hook necklaces on Etsy that were similar to Maui’s magic fish hook, but since JC Penney (of all places) has a deal on “Disney Moana Playset” fish hooks that are about the same price but easier to buy in bulk, I would add a few of those.
The palm trees that give Moana’s people so much are coconut palms, but the artificial palm trees I picked are not, so I found these cool artificial coconuts on SaveOnCrafts.com that you can add.
Finally, although I do try to keep away from being *too* literal in my themed trees, I feel like the presentation would be incomplete without the ridiculous chicken that steals several moments in the film, Heihei. (Pronounced “Hey, hey!”) Just let this guy from the Disney Store hang out under the tree, maybe upside-down or facing the wall.
OK, now go see Moana.
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