WOW!! This challenge turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. After accepting this challenge I searched through several photos of Christmas Trees and even took a peek at the trees from last years Dream Tree Challenge. After several hours I came up with a plan. I'm more of a traditional gal so I wanted a lot of natural elements but I also wanted a pop of glitter. Who doesn't love glitter?
With a plan in mind and a list of items I was hoping to purchase, I headed to the nearest Micheals. However, once I arrived I realized that it was not going to be as easy as I thought. There were so many beautiful ornaments and I changed my mind about the decorations at least a dozen times. I ended up purchasing way more ornaments than I actually used.
Once I was back home, the girls help me set up the tree and then I spent the next week decorating, redecorating, and arranging ornaments. I started out with a lot of 'natural' decorations (pine cones, berries, and twine) but I decided that they made the tree look too country. While I am a country girl I just wasn't in love with the look. In the end I decided to stick with a simple color combination of white, gold, red and bronze. Most of the ornament that I used are covered in glitter. I even found a few cardboard and wooden ornaments that I painted with glitter paints. When I first took off all of the 'natural' ornaments and started adding more glitter ornaments I was worried that it might be too much glitter. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. The tree looks amazing.
The sparkling ornaments against the green tree were the perfect combination.
I've gone through several tree toppers over the last several years and I really have not liked any of them. This year I decided to make my own and I have to say that I am absolutely in love with it. Everyone that has come into our home has commented on this beautiful star. I took at least two dozen photos of this star. The entire star is covered in glitter and it looks absolutely amazing sitting on top of our tree. However, the photos I took just do not do it justice.
Would you like to make your own star tree topper!?!
Come back next week and I will show you how. It is so easy and only cost a few dollars.
While our tree looks beautiful during the day the real magic happens when you turn off the lights.
The lights bounce off the glitter making the entire room light up. I even added some sparkly ribbon to the presents!! The girls' jaws dropped the first time I plugged the lights in. They kept pointing at all of the ornaments saying, "Look and how much this one sparkles!"
All of the ornament I used to decorate the tree with were purchased at Micheals.
If you would like to see the other trees created by bloggers in the Dream Tree Challenge, follow the hashtag #JustAddMichaels
· For even more inspiration and ideas, Michaels has a Decorating Guide that has tons of ideas and projects to make spreading the holiday cheer throughout your house easy. Navigate through the online version, download a copy, or pick up one at your local Michaels!
Michaels is offering a holiday helpline this year! Now through Christmas Eve you can call 1-800-MICHAELS Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. CST and be connected directly to Michaels crafting experts. You also can send craft questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the hashtag #askmichaels on Facebook and Twitter
Need inspiration about what to put under the tree for your kids this year? Check out the Michaels Holiday Gift Guide – with tons of present ideas, including the must-have gift this season, the original Rainbow Loom!
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