Last year, I had my Christmas tree up by the second week of November and totally skipped Thanksgiving décor. This year, I was determined to enjoy my Thanksgiving décor and resisted the urge to pull out any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. However, now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for full speed ahead and the holiday decorating has begun!
In our house, I always start with the tree. I’ve been slowly changing the color scheme of our tree, which started last year with our turquoise and gold Dollar Store Icy Wonderland Tree. I know that changing the color scheme of a tree can be expensive and nobody wants that added cost during the holiday shopping season, so I’m sharing a few tips to keep the cost down.
Tip 1 – Change the color scheme slowly and in phases. For example, when I changed the color theme of our 2013 tree, I used our existing gold ornaments and added dollar store turquoise ornaments into the mix.
Tip 2 – Don’t be afraid to buy BIG ornaments for pops of color. I like shopping the dollar store to get the most bang for my buck. Use the smaller ornaments to fill the insides of the tree and towards the top.
Tip 3 – Shop the sales! Tree picks. ribbon, mesh, and flowers from craft stores are at the lowest prices during Black Friday and Black Friday weekend. Missed Black Friday? You can still find great sales or plan ahead for next year and shop the end of the season sales.
Following the tips above, I was able to give our 2014 tree a totally new look! I used existing ornaments and added in a few inexpensive red ornaments for a new color scheme – red, turquoise, and white. Want to see how I did it? Keeping reading and I’ll share a few tips on how I decorated our 2014 Christmas tree.
Next, attach the mesh garland to the top of the tree with a zip tie or twist tie and loosely wrap it around the tree. You can also wrap a branch around the mesh to keep it in place. Once you have a placement you like, zip tie the garland to the tree in sections. Do not tie the garland onto the tree too tightly, you may need to adjust the garland later.Next, I like to get my large ornaments organized by size and color. Here are some of my old ornaments and some new ones for this year. Since I wanted to add a pop of red color, I picked up giant red and white glitter snowflakes, large glitter balls(not shown), and red berry picks(not shown).Tree Decorating Tips:
- Place the large ornaments on first and then fill in with smaller ornaments. I like to work from largest to smallest.
- Place flowers or ornaments to cover the areas where the mesh is tied to the tree. I used red poinsettia to cover these areas.
- Use zip ties or twist ties to make and attach the tree topper. Generally, I use three of each item for the topper – 3 bulb picks, 3 red berry picks, and 3 white stick picks.
- Place floral picks throughout the tree to add dimension and to spread some of the tree topper elements down the tree.
- Don’t be afraid to overlap the ornaments.
Once the tree is filled in with ornaments, my funny little daughter, who is wearing our stockings, applied “snow” to the tree. It may seem crazy, but our snow is actually fiber fill. The spiky branches will help keep the fiber fill in place, yet it can easily be pulled off and reused. I had so much fun decorating our tree with the new color scheme. I even wrapped our shelves with wrapping paper and made them look like stacked presents. I do this because it makes a nice back drop for Christmas day photos.
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