Are you putting up your Christmas tree this weekend?
I usually hold off until December 1st before putting mine up – out of respect for Chloe’s birthday – but this year she opted for a weekend trip instead of a party, so I was able to put my tree up early. (YAAAAY!)
Each year I try to change things up a bit – not by spending a fortune and re-outfitting the entire tree – by using what I have and adding a handmade touch here and there to give me a different look.
In 2013 we went with pinks, blues and greens – bright, bold and perfect for the bright eyes of a 6 and 7 year old.
Last year (2014) Chloe helped me with the tree and decided we needed a green and white theme:
Most of the ornaments are the same, but I brought in handmade bows and removed the pinks and blues.
This year I wanted a more ‘rustic’ Christmas tree – something with warm reds and wood bits:
This is where my patchwork stars came in, and I added some red birdhouses to the mix. These were in the $1 bin at Michael’s and I know I’ve seen them at the dollar store as well. I just added a coat of ($1) craft paint and some sparkle and hung them. Grand total $9 for 8 of them.
A few pinecones for a natural feel – they are just sitting on the branches.
A few ribbons – although I think I’ll end up adding more (and larger) bows – and I snuck a snowman into the branches as well.
That’s it! The rest of the ornaments were on the first two trees, but with these small edits it looks like a completely new Christmas tree!
We still have a kitten in the house, so the lower branches have to remain “bald” or my tree will become one giant cat toy.
Change your tree up this year – $0-minimal budget and a lot of imagination can give you a completely different look.
Have a great one!