November 27, 2012

DIY Christmas Tree Decor

I am so incredibly excited to share this year's tree with you!





I've been working for the past week on the tree, and it's so nice to finally have it done. I wanted my Christmas tree to be a mix of sparkly stuff and natural elements, and since I had a small budget, I had to make most of the decor myself.


Rather than a traditional tree topper, I decided to use some of the white satin ribbon (I got 50 yards of it for a dollar at the thrift store, remember?) and make a giant bow for the top of the tree. It turned out to be my favorite part of the tree.


I also wove the ribbon throughout the entire tree to fill in between the branches. I love the way it turned out.

The cats also love the ribbon, as they've decided it's their sole mission to remove it from the tree. :)

Here's Tootie showing off her excitement.



If you missed this post, let me tell you a little secret about this tree: I found it for $40 at a thrift store. It was a 6.5 ft. pre-lit tree, still new in a box. I charged over to it at the the store like a stampeding bull, and laid my body across it until I called someone over to help me cram it in my car. 
My previous tree was 4 feet tall, rivaled Charlie Brown's tree, and I was in desperate need of an upgrade. One day I'll upgrade to a live tree, but for now, the $40 thrift store tree seemed like the perfect solution.

 I'll be sharing all the juicy details tomorrow about how I made many of my DIY ornaments, but for now here's a few close ups of the tree decor.





And that's the Christmas Tree for this year! 

For all of the other Christmas posts, check out the following:

'Til then!



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31 comments:

  1. HELLO GORGEOUS! You did a Wonderful Job Lady! WOW- Like.. I am WOW-ing over here! I will bust out the Hammer Dance with you...you nailed this tree! Nailed IT!

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    1. Hahahaha!!! Thanks, sweet friend! I love that you're willing to Hammer Dance with me!!! Glad you love the tree, too!!! Thank you!

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  2. You are one tree decorating DIVA! Wow! I haven't had the energy to even think about it yet...

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    1. Thanks so much, Gwen!! I'm soooo tired now! :)

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  3. Your tree looks really beautiful!! The pictures of your cats crack me up! I'll bet they'll like laying underneath it once they're used to it. I hope they don't eat it though because our cat had to go to the vet one year because he got sick eating part of our tree. I'm looking forward to reading about your handmade ornaments next!

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    1. Thanks Lisa!!! They won't really eat it...more like just try to destroy it! :) So glad you liked it!!

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  4. Last year was the first time I did ribbon on a tree, and it was awesome! Totally ties everything together in a way you might not expect... Yay for ribbon! And, many of our ornaments came from thrift shops and the dollar store as well... I think some of our strands of lights may be from the dollar store too. Love that place! LOL.

    You did a beautiful job on your tree, I love it!

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    1. Ah!! That's awesome! I love it! And yes, a BIG yay for ribbon!! I will use it from now on!!! Thanks for stopping by tonight! :)

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  5. Virginia, I continue to be so impressed by your talent! How did I never know any of this about you in high school?!

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    1. Aww! Thank you, Heather! That totally makes my day! Oh, and I had no idea I had any sort of 'talent' in highschool! This all came to life once we got a house and I had to figure out how to decorate it for cheap! I was just as surprised as you are!! :)

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  6. Excuse me while I close my mouth. My jaw dropped while looking at your amazing and super talented transformation! I love your creative ideas! Your is looks beautiful. I think the tree is smiling because you made it so lovely. :)

    I have concluded looking at your tree and others that mine is naked. I do not have enough ornaments on it and I may consider doing ribbon. I worry I will make it look cluttered. You seem to pull everything together with style.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Julie

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  7. Holy Moly!! It's beautiful and goes so well with your neutral space. And can you please tell me how you keep that space SOOO clean! Way to go girl!

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  8. Your tree is awesome, just gorgeous! And you are the cutest thing ever!

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  9. Gorgeous tree! Just my taste. :) I can't believe how clean and white your home is...!!! I really like the sequined ornaments... great idea! I may also have to steal your ribbon topper idea for my tree. I am your newest follower and I would be honored if you took the time to check out our blog (and Christmas tree progress!!!) @toddlindsey.com

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  10. Your tree is beautiful and I'm soooo impressed with your handmade ornaments! Can't wait to see how you made them all!

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  11. You did an amazing job with those ornaments! Everything looks so beautiful together. Very impressive, young lady! I can't wait to share this with my pinterest peeps~

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  12. What a gorgeous tree! Love it! Would also love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_11_27_archive.html

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  13. WOW Amazing!!!! I really love your tree!!! well done!!! I cannot wait to read the third post!!!
    From Germany with love
    PILAR

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  14. Your tree looks Beautiful Virginia, great job! I loved the jingle bells and the wooden ball ornament.

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  15. What a gorgeous tree and home! The kitties are ADORABLE! mine like to eat my Christmas stuff too. Have you ever tried wrapping gifts around cats? Why do the just have to get into everything? Anyway. You are one crazy TALENTED gal! When do you find the time to do all that you do?

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  16. Just me again. I forgot to ask. You know those clear glass balls that you can buy at michaels for painting and crafts? can those be spray painted as well?

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  17. Haha, that Tom Cruise part made me seriously lol...I'm still laughing actually. Your tree is seriously gorgeous and you are so on top of things. I haven't even thought about getting my tree down from the attic yet....and by "tree" I mean a fake four foot charlie brown nightmare that I bought on clearance five years ago for $9. And I own like six ornaments, so yeah, I have a ways to go to catch up with all your Christmas awesomeness :)

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  18. Virginia, that is some serious gorgeousness!!! I truly admire your talent and creativity!! I definitely will be using some of your ideas!! <3

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  19. super great idea with the vase filler, and i really love the natural rusticness here. those cats! they are making me not look forward to decorating a tree...we have a 4 month old kitten who is a humungous pain in the arse, and i have no doubt she will go to town with the tree.

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  20. Your tree is gorgeous. Love all the handmade goodness. I'm thinking maybe I should go back and add more to my tree.

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  21. Your tree is stunning - I adore the neutral colors!

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  22. Wow, your tree is stunning! You created some amazing things on the "super-cheap!"

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  23. That is a beautiful tree and so many amazing ideas!!!!

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  24. I just love your tree...mine is in the same style...you have given me some inspiration....I wanted to add some new ornaments to it and you have given me so many great ideas.... new follower. Love your disco balls.

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  25. So pretty!!! I'm so impressed with your wonderful creativity! I think the mirror ornaments are my favorite! xoxo

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  26. You did an amazing job! Looks great and I loved every photo!!
    Karen

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