Painting the Season

Chaska’s Joni Apt turns tree cuttings into Christmas ornaments.
Joni Apt’s hand painted Christmas ornaments.

Like many, Joni Apt’s Christmas tradition involves a cookie sheet. Unlike most, Apt, who lives in Chaska, uses her cookie sheets to corral dozens of wooden “biscuits,” which she paints with winter scenes to be hung as Christmas ornaments.

Apt’s Christmas tradition began about five years ago, when it became clear that she and her husband needed to remove a large branch from an old oak tree in their yard. As her husband cut up the tree, Apt found a small disk from the branch on the ground and inspiration struck. She asked her husband to slice the tree into what she’s dubbed “biscuits,” and Apt started painting ornaments for friends and family.

Apt, who works full time as a bereavement counselor, decided to expand her hobby into a small business and sells her ornaments online and at local craft fairs. Find them on December 3 at Pax Christi’s holiday boutique in Eden Prairie.