Welcome to the 2021 Christmas Tree Blog Hop! This year, I’m sharing an Elegant Tropical Christmas Tree.
Before we get to my tree, I want to thank Michelle at Our Craft Mom for putting this Christmas Tree Blog Hop together. It’s a great hop to view a bunch of beautiful decorated Christmas Trees from across the blogsphere. And since this Christmas Tree Blog Hop is all about sharing Christmas trees, be sure to visit Virginia’s Traditional Flocked Christmas Tree with Swarovski Ornaments or Kirsten’s Minimalist Tree and the other beautiful decorated trees at the end of this post.
Ok, now on to this year’s tree! I love changing up the tree, but like I said in many of my past Christmas tree posts, my kids prefer a more traditional tree. So, this tree Elegant Tropical Christmas Tree is the perfect marriage for everyone in the family. I get a festive new themed tree and the kids get the traditional gold and red color scheme they love.
Now, I have to say that I’m pretty lucky that I had most of the items on-hand to create this tree. The shipping issues that have been plaguing this year’s retail industry would have made it extremely difficult and expensive to start this tree from scratch. In general, many faux flowers have been sold out in stores and online, so I made due with what I had and what I was able to find.
In case you don’t know, I grew up in Hawaii and tried to use flowers that reminded me of home. See those red orchids? My grandpa grew various orchids in the backyard, so orchids will always remind me of home and were the main flowers for this tree. In fact, I wiped out two Hobby Lobby stores of all their red orchids inventory just for this tree (sorry to those that live near me).
In addition to orchids, I used red Anthuriums, another flower my grandpa grew under the mango tree and proteas found in most Hawaii flower shops. Then, for the tree garland, I used a fern garland that I decorated with various flowers to mimic a Hawaiian Haku Lei. There’s even Poinsettias all over the tree, which is the most common plant used to decorate Hawaii malls during the holidays.
Since I couldn’t get enough flowers to fill in the tree, I used lots of various sized ornament balls and ball clusters to fill in empty spots. If you look closely at the tree, there are very special large orange hand-blown glass ornaments. I found these special ornaments at Neiman Marcus over 10 years ago and this is their first Christmas tree debut! Raise your hand if you’ve bought things because they were too good to pass up and had them in storage for a long time before using them.
For dimensional interest and more filler, I used lots of palm leaves, gold glitter sprays, and black iced sprays throughout the tree. The palm leaves were in my stash from my Luau Santa Christmas Tree and the gold glitter and black iced picks were new additions from Hobby Lobby. These picks were both under $1.00 and an inexpensive way to add some glitz and glam to the tree.
Why did I chose these picks? Well, the gold glitter picks helps to add the traditional Christmas gold and gives the tree a lot of texture. The black iced picks remind me of coral and helps to add another layer of interest and dimension. Two other reasons I like these picks: will work into future trees and can be easily stored flat.
Finally, I wanted the top to look like an erupting volcano. To create this lava effect, I used a large red glitter spray with three gold sprays wired together and gold ribbon to fill around it. At night, I think it gives off the glowing look of an active volcano.
Speaking of that glowing volcano look, I’ll give you a Christmas tree decorating tip. If you like fully packed trees, add extra lights! This it a prelit tree with over 750 lights, but I added 400 more lights to help with any lights blocked by the ornaments and to give it that ‘glow from within’ at night.
I hope you enjoyed this Elegant Tropical Christmas Tree. For more gorgeous holiday trees, make sure to visit the other bloggers in the Christmas Tree Blog Hop too.
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