Trimming the Tree Like Macys does with only $25.00!

In: Holiday Tutorials

Since today is December 1st, I find it completely appropriate to show pics of our living room Christmas tree this year.  I’m not going to lie, I did put it up in November, but at least I always wait until after Thanksgiving.
The most completely Awesome thing about this years Christmas tree is that it cost me around $25.00!  Yes, that’s right, you too can have a different theme every year and I’ll show you how I do it.

The first thing you should think about is how can you fill as much space on  your tree without spending any green.  Well, I like ribbon.  I like really fat ribbon that takes up a bunch of space.  The best time to get this ribbon is the day after Christmas at places like Hobby Lobby.  You can get rolls of like 15feet of fat, wire edged ribbon for like $2.00 each.  This year, I knew I wanted one of the colors to be red, but I wasn’t sure of the accent.  I decided on burlap and white.  It’s pretty trendy now and it looks great with the colors of my home.  Also, since we have so much kraft paper left over from our DIY Don’t-paper flooring, we are going to wrap all the gifts in that with beautiful bows.  It will look AMAZING with the burlap.

Here is what I picked up- 2 rolls of 20ft of wide burlap ribbon at Walmart for around $3.00 a roll.  You can get it in the floral area.  Since this is the first year I’m doing red, I didn’t have any in my stash, but luckily, I picked up 4 rolls of 9ft wire-edge sparkly, red ribbon at the Dollar Tree.  

I don’t add the lights in my total because everyone has a bunch of lights hiding somewhere in their basement, but if you want a deal, you can pick up strings of 100 at Walmart for $2.50 each.  Then I don’t feel so bad when they don’t work and I have to recycle them.  At least they were cheap.  I use 7-8 strings on my tree, but my tree is a 9ft skinny thing so you may want to use more.

After I put my lights on, I use a little secret weapon to make the tree look not so fake and phony…  a couple cans of fake snow spray.  I bought 2 little cans at the Dollar Tree and they did my whole tree, but just barely.  The great thing about this stuff is that it just shakes off at the end of the year.  You can even use an air compressor to blow it off outside in the summer if you don’t want it anymore.  

Once my tree is lighted and flocked,  I start with the ribbon.  This year I started with the burlap at the top of my tree and weaved my way down keeping the ribbon wide and open.  I use the little branches of the tree to pinch it and hold it in place- this little tip can be used with large ornaments as well.  I learned this when I bought my 12 foot tree at Menards and had to disassemble it myself the day after Christmas!  I like to do the rows pretty close and make them even otherwise your tree will look sloppy.  Then, I did the same with the red, filling in the areas where the burlap missed.

Ta Da!  Look how much tree is already covered and all we’ve spent was $10.00!

While I was at the Dollar Tree, I picked up some really large, white, red, sparkly ornaments.  I bought 4 red and 3 white really large ones and then 2 medium sized little wreath ones to go with my woodsy burlap.  You want to get a few really over the top, large ornaments to, again, fill in as much space as possible.  Space them evenly apart around the tree.  
Step back and do the “Squint test.”  That’s what my Mom calls it- to see where you have any holes.

Next, I like to fill in the rest of the tree with any cute ornaments that I can harvest from my stash that will fit my theme.  Unfortunately, I don’t have many this year.  I had a few glass ones that I put high up on the tree so the baby couldn’t get them and some white snowflakes, but then the bottom was bare.  I did pick up some cheap plastic ball ornaments at Dollar Tree and I had a can of glossy white spray paint.  Now gold became white.  I also made these cute yarn covered balls in about 20 minutes.  They give a nice texture as well.  The kids had picked some pinecones at the park last year and I had already baked them so now they get a nice spot on our tree as well.  Now, fill in those holes!

The white star on the top of the tree was gifted to me and the red was just in my stash.  I wired them together and stuck them on top.  I did see a red and white stars at the Dollar Tree that are comparable though.  The red sprays were an after Christmas buy a couple years ago at Hobby Lobby.  I think I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.00 each.  What a steal!

So, there ya have it!  A new Christmas tree theme for:

Ribbon- $10.00
ornaments- $11.00
Snow Spray- $2.00

Grand Total:  $23.00

All of these items were purchased within the last week and a half so you can probably pick them up yourselves!  I would love to see picks of your $25 Christmas Trees!

Next up-
Book page wreath!