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    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
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    Does anyone know where I can find unbreakable ornaments? I have 3 kittens 7 & 8 months old that I don't want to tear up my handmade ornaments. I need ones that the cats won't ruin.

    Don't know where to start looking.

    Thanks!

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    I know Dollar general has them and K mart usually does too. I have some antique ones that are metal that I always used on the bottom of the tree when the kids were little.

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    There are unbreakable bulbs at any big box store (WM, Target, etc.), if that is what you are looking for.

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    If you have a Big Lots, that's where we got ours last year.
    They are the plastic balls, but look like the real thing. ;)

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    I think Joann's has them too. I know all about kittens and Christmas trees!! lol

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    My friend puts her tree inside a playpen/fence to keep her kitties out of it.

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    Dawn, try wooden ones, plastic or fabric ones. Walmart, Kmart, Joanne's, Big Lots all have non breakable ones! Good Luck!!
    Anything special that you are looking for? A theme? or just non breakable ones?? Silly kitties, they are as bad as toddlers!! ;)

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    With many kids, dogs and kitties and now Grandbaby around through the years, here's what I have done:
    First, I have been known to get a shorter tree and put it up on a short dresser or cabinet. Then, soft and unbreakable ornaments are tied on to the bottom branches with yarn so that if they DO come off, they won't have metal hookies on them. We'll be there again this year with 8 month-old Little Miss Busy pulling up on furniture and chewing on everything in sight!

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    Your baby is sooooooooooo precious!!

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    Alot of the discount stores sell plastic ornaments :D:D:D

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    Most big box and variety stores have them.

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    If you sstill want to use handmade, you could make some little sewn ornaments, like stockings or quilted ornaments made from scraps - I saw some cute selvedge ornaments in the last McCall's quilting.

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    Whoo hoo! Thanks everyone.

    I did find lots at Wal-Mart today! I will not use the metal hangers either, I will use the ornament hanger string I have instead. Wanna be as safe as possible.

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    The metal medium sized "jingle" bells that the cats can swat at - at the bottom of the tree, of course!!!!!! Edie

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    Oh My Gosh! Two weeks ago I got two red tabbys from local shelter. They are brother and sister Stuff and Tuff...She is Tuff.

    They are 11 weeks old now and a rolling tussling ball all the time. I 'FORGOT' about the Christmas tree attacks.

    Thanks for the notice.

    Quilter 68 who is now 69

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    We used the styrofoam balls and had to tie our tree up to the drapery rods. Finally after years of redecorating the tree every morning before leaving for work, we got rid of the tree! Kids are all grown and live away. We use other decorations instead of a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie
    The metal medium sized "jingle" bells that the cats can swat at - at the bottom of the tree, of course!!!!!! Edie
    Oh yeah, I did get the bells and a bunch of ornaments and snowflakes and medium sized bows too! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr
    We used the styrofoam balls and had to tie our tree up to the drapery rods. Finally after years of redecorating the tree every morning before leaving for work, we got rid of the tree! Kids are all grown and live away. We use other decorations instead of a tree.
    My 4 yo grand daughter lives with us so I wanted to put a tree up for her, otherwise I wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Does anyone know where I can find unbreakable ornaments? I have 3 kittens 7 & 8 months old that I don't want to tear up my handmade ornaments. I need ones that the cats won't ruin.
    Don't know where you could find the ornaments. Your post reminded me --- A friend had two new kittens at Christmas time and her Christmas tree was completely naked of all decorations. She has pictures of two solid white kittens climbing in the tree.

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    Using unbreakable ornaments is just the 1st step...unfortunately you also need to figure out how to "tie" the tree so it can't fall over.....ask me how I know???? I'm owned by 4 house cats..:roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Using unbreakable ornaments is just the 1st step...unfortunately you also need to figure out how to "tie" the tree so it can't fall over.....ask me how I know???? I'm owned by 4 house cats..:roll:
    Yep, I thought of that too! :lol:

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    I got a lot of foam snowflakes for my tree at Michael's.

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    And if you have cats, tinsel is a no-no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr
    And if you have cats, tinsel is a no-no.
    Definately not! I reamed out my DH for putting tinsel on the tree several times! :twisted:

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    Dollar Store has some surprisingly nice decorations.

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