Christmas tree decoration, Melbourne: Mums earn $26/hr for service

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A pair of sisters are funding their festivities this December by decorating other people’s Christmas trees.

Melbourne sisters Veronika Gentile, 30, and Giovanna Avati, 40, charge $26 an hour to trim the trees of families who are “too busy” to do it themselves.

Veronika and her sister Giovanna have paid for their Christmas Day lunch. Picture: veronikaa__p
media_cameraVeronika and her sister Giovanna have paid for their Christmas Day lunch. Picture: veronikaa__p

And what started out as a hobby has now become a lucrative side hustle for the sisters as they have already earned $416 after decorating eight trees before December even began.

The women, who say they were inspired by their mum’s extravagant colour-co-ordinated trees, said the business began when friends started admiring their own Christmas trees.

Speaking to the Daily Mail , Veronika said her passion for Christmas decorating started four years ago.

“I started getting a lot of attention from friends, they loved my ornaments, and one of them even asked if I would set up their tree for them,” she said.

The mum has made hundreds of dollars decorating Christmas trees. Picture: veronikaa__p
media_cameraThe mum has made hundreds of dollars decorating Christmas trees. Picture: veronikaa__p

After initially omitting the charge, the two mums slowly introduced a fee of $26 an hour.

Stay-at-home mum Veronika, who mainly relies on the clients’ own decorations rather than outsourcing, says she uses the same approach to decorating customers’ trees as her own – but is keen to avoid tinsel.

“At the moment we’ve only used what people provide us. They tend to leave us a box of things and we get to work,” she said.

“It’s all about positioning.

“For my own tree I place my ornament, stand back and figure out if it works in that space. I do the same thing for other people.”

A tree decorated by the sisters. Picture: veronikaa__p
media_cameraA tree decorated by the sisters. Picture: veronikaa__p

The $416 the two mums have already earnt is enough to cover the cost of their Christmas Day lunch.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Mums cash in on lazy Christmas families

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