One of the things I was looking forward to most when Hubby and I first got married was the holidays! It was so fun to have a place of our own that we could decorate and start our own traditions in. As excited as I was, I began to become slightly overwhelmed when it came to tackling our first tree. There was so much stuff that I needed and aimlessly picking cute things wasn't making for that show stopping tree I had always envisioned having. It was then that I took a moment and created a plan. Here I have broken down for you the steps I took in creating the tree I'd always envisioned. This is particularly helpful for those in the same boat, putting together your first tree, or just for a little inspiration. Hope you like.
First off, decide what you want your tree to look like. Start with a simple color scheme, even if you know you are eventually going to add color. I chose silver and white. For a theme I wanted something vintage and feminine.
THE STARTER KIT:
These are the essentails in building your tree. I like to think of it as your Holiday Tree Starter kit.
- Tree Skirt
- Garland or Ribbon. (Homegoods)
- Round ball ornaments in your matching color scheme. (Buy in bulk at either Big Lot's, Walmart, or Costco. Plastic is better because they're cheaper and wont break)
- Accent accessories. I chose flower clips and silver streamers. (Big Lots and 99 Cent Store) Other great options are metallic sprays, twigs, feathers, etc.)
- Snowflakes. These are a MUST for a new tree. They are soooo cheap and can be thrown anywhere there is a gap in ornaments. Seriously buy a ton and use every last one. They come in a ton of different colors.
- Tree Topper. So many different options but I knew I had to have a classic star. (Homegoods)
The only thing missing is the FUN STUFF. But we will get to that later.
STEP ONE: THE TREE
If this is your first holiday you probably have to buy a tree. Unless you go the real route. I'm the daughter of a fireman so from word one I was brain washed into thinking that if you had a real tree, your house would burn down, and there would be no Christmas. Besides, I like the ability to manipulate branches to make them look as pretty as possible.
STEP TWO: GARLAND
STEP THREE: ACCENT ACCESSORIES
STEP FOUR: ROUND BALL ORNAMENTS
STEP FIVE: FUN STUFF
STEP SIX: SNOWFLAKES
STEP SEVEN: TREE TOPPER
BTW, I normally wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put my tree out, but did it early so that you guys could see this post before you put yours together, just in case you needed a little direction, inspiration, or motivation :)
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