Every year, I have a favorite Christmas decoration. This year, it’s the entire silver tree. I’m so obsessed with how it turned out this year.
I bought this silver tree two years ago after Christmas. It was the display at a local department store and I had ogled similar trees for three years. I bit the bullet and bought it 75 percent off. Last year, I didn’t have many decorations that worked with the tree. I loved it, but I knew it had more potential.
I wanted to make it match our dining space, instead of competing with the yellow and grey and white and touches of blue/turquoise. You already saw my take of the untraditional holiday dining room table a few weeks ago. The tree is an extension of the table.
I didn’t want to spend a fortune to decorate the tree. So, I combined a few thrifty purchases with quite a bit of DIY to make this tree unique and special.
What I DIYed:
3D paper garland
I had planned to make simple circle garland for the tree. I cut the circles on the Cricut with existing cardstock. They are about 1 1/2 inches each.
Then, I accidentally ran two of the circles through the sewing machine together and realized it made a really cool 3D effect.
This was super easy and turned out to be a great addition to the tree.
The only problem was that I didn’t have quite enough garland since I doubled up the circles. But, I was tired and didn’t want to make more. Maybe some day. Or maybe not. I think it looks good as is.
I totally swiped this idea from my friend Rachel at Maybe Matilda. I was talking about how stinking trendy my tree was and she said that all I was missing was chalkboard. She gave me the okay to run with her idea and I’m glad I did.
To make, I simply spray painted mason jar lids with chalkboard paint. Once dried, I hot glued turquoise ribbons for hangers.
Big, bang and boom.
These were my first project for the tree. It took nothing more than scrapbook paper, wire, hole punch and tape.
As an aside, the sparkle paper does NOT work for this project. The thinner paper works better.
Accordian fold, half the paper, add two small hole punches and wire.
Then, cut the sections to a point towards the fold. When you pull the paper apart, you tape the sections together in the back. I didn’t take a picture of this part, which probably would have been helpful. But, honestly, I didn’t think it was going to turn out.
But bam. It turned out. And they look so pretty on the top of my tree. (I used wire to attach them.)
It took a little more work to make all the elements, but I think the tree is perfectly suited for the dining room now.
mmmm… I love seeing the tree behind the ornaments on the chandelier.
How many photos can one take of her pretty dining room and tree, you ask?
You have no idea.