I had my Christmas tree 2017 mostly done – but there was just something about it that felt unfinished?
I photographed and primped and added more ornaments and took a few away, but I still wasn’t 100% happy with it.
Then one of my favourite bloggers, Kelley Nan, posted a tutorial on how to decorate your tree with ribbon, and if you’ve ever seen any of Kelley Nan’s Christmas trees, you’ll know that they are nothing short of spectacular!
So I stripped my Christmas tree 2017 down to start again and tried to follow her tips and tricks; like adding 3 or 4 different ribbons to your tree in random positions.
Ribbon can be crazy-expensive, especially in amounts to cover a tree like this – but I had some leftover deco mesh (from I don’t know what?) and the gold ribbon I found at Costco – which sells these monstrous spools for $10 or so.
Then I added in my giant ornaments to fill in any big gaps:
The snowflakes were from the dollar store and came as unfinished wood – I added two coats of white spray paint and some glitter to give them some shine.
I brought in my medium-sized ornaments – again, trying to fill in gaps as I went – and then finished up with the smallest ornaments at the ends of the branches. The gingerbread cookies were brought back onto the tree, although I didn’t need quite as many (which means I get to eat the excess!) and Christmas tree 2017 (version 2) is done!
Much better than the original right?
Okay, the original Christmas tree 2017 was pretty – but not THIS pretty.
My family room is done in warm colours and we have lights that cast an amber glow, so I can never seem to get a shot that isn’t somewhat yellow.
I have some extra ornaments decorating the base of the tree, guarded by my little Tomte / Nisse characters.
I set out the excess gingerbread cookie ornaments on a plate for photographs, but that’s just too much temptation for our sweet Lacey, so I’ll have to eat them all to save her from getting sick.
The sacrifices we make for our babies eh?
I’m not sure what had me so determined to go navy and gold for my Christmas tree 2017 – navy ornaments weren’t easy to come by – but I’m so glad I did. I love the traditional reds and silvers, but I wanted to be just a little bit different than the other bloggers out there…
even though I totally used another blogger’s tutorial. lol
Same tree from the first photo, same ornaments (actually, fewer ornaments on the tree than in the first photo) but with the extra ribbon it looks so much fuller!
Okay, photos taken in the daylight versus evening is probably not a fair comparison – but trust me, it’s gorgeous!
Click over to Kelley Nan’s blog for the full tutorial and to see how spectacular her tree(s) look.
Have a great one!