By Aliki Kraterou
A crafty grandma spent A YEAR creating a magical Beauty and the Beast Christmas tree for her Disney-mad granddaughter – because the family couldn’t afford to go to Disneyland.
Windowed mum-of-five Tina Doherty McPhee wanted to bring Disney’s special Christmas magic to her large family for less than the cost of a trip abroad so instead decorated her 7ft fake tree with characters and ornaments from the film.
The savvy carer and gran-of-two spent £500 over the course of 12 months gathering artificial roses, teacups and figurines of Mrs Potts, Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Cogsworth and Belle’s dad Maurice from Amazon and gold balls and roses from her local pound shop.
And while it took her a mammoth seven hours to put up the tree, she said it was worth the effort as her children and grandkids couldn’t believe their eyes when she unveiled the surprise earlier this month.
Creative Tina, who is mum to Teresa, 24, Francesca, 21, Bobby, 19, Precious, 17, Trisha, 16 and also grandma to Andrew, two, and Precious-Rose, five, said: “I just thought it was too expensive to go to Disneyland so I tried to bring Disneyland here instead.
“It took me about a year to gather everything for the tree, but it was worth it.
“It’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about how you fix everything.
“The tree was not expensive, but it looks like it is.
“Nobody knew anything about it before I unveiled it, I wanted it to be surprise.
“I was so tired at the end but it was worth it – everyone was so excited.
“When Precious-Rose saw it, she couldn’t believe it, she said ‘it didn’t feel real’.
“The kids were so excited, they even said now they have their own private Disneyland so they don’t mind not going to the actual one.
“I started thinking about in in January, I knew they would appreciate it.
“They said it was the best present they had ever gotten and all money in the world couldn’t buy it. “
Tina had help from good friend Betty Allison, 78, an artist, who also created some of the ornaments.
Her video of the tree has now racked up thousands of likes and shares on social media.
She added: “I am quite happy with the result.
“Last year I did The Grinch, but this one is much more successful.
“My granddaughter loved it so much and has told everyone about it.
“I probably wouldn’t be able to beat this year but if I could, next year, I would do a ‘Lady and the Trump’ tree.”