This post goes along with my Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Reveal and I want to share six Christmas tree decorating tips I learned from putting this together along with other tips I picked up over the years. Most of these can apply to any real or faux trees and hopefully they might help get your creative juices going.
1. Think Outside the Box when shopping for Decorations
Don’t just look in the Christmas tree decorating section! Look over party supplies (see those tissue paper fans on my tree? came from the party supplies section. so did the paper straws I used to make starbursts and the paper I used for a tree skirt), scrapbooking items (that’s where I found those canvas tags), kid sections, etc. You might be surprised at what you might find to use to adorn your tree so keep an open mind.
2. Make Tree Decorations Yourself
This is especially good if you are on a budget. It’s amazing how some diy tree trimmings can make a tree look like a million bucks (but totally didn’t cost anywhere near that!). When I was shopping ornaments for this tree I was trying to stay within a budget. After adding up the prices or ornaments and garlands and other trimmings, I knew I had to do some diy ornaments to fill up this tree and stay in budget. (See everyone elses Dream Trees and the diy’s they did by stopping by The Glue String to see all 30 – they will blow you away!)
3. Splurge on a big item that you really love
Fall in love with a beautiful tree skirt? Want lots of realistic looking garland to wrap around your tree? Go for it! I would say that the garlands were my splurge. I couldn’t think of a diy garland I wanted to do and I just absolutely adore that natural look, so I went for it. And I’m happy I did.
4. Sketch out an Ornament Hanging Plan
If you are trying to go for a styled and orderly look, create a sketch to help you plan where to put your trees. I started with the really large ornaments placement and went from there. It helped me balance the tree out. I grew up doing the tree with the large assortment of ornaments that had been collected for years and years, so we would just fill up the tree. This tree took me a while to kind of get an idea of how to do a more styled look, so making a sketch helped me have more of a visual without putting on and taking off a bunch of ornaments.
5. Make your faux tree look fuller by adding plain garland around the inside of it
I didn’t do it on this one, but I usually do this to create a fuller looking tree. It’s an inexpensive little trick and works great.
We want to see how you have decorated your tree! You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend, use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same! And don’t forget, Michaels has a variety of Make it Merry projects for you and your family to work on this season!
Ps: All Michaels stores are hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 from 1-4pm – come in and create a fun holiday project with the help of a Michaels associate!
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