11.20.2012

FAIL.proof.CHRISTMAS.tree

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. 
  1. Tree Skirt
  2. Garland or Ribbon.  (Homegoods) 
  3. 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)
  4. Accent accessories.  I chose flower clips and silver streamers. (Big Lots and 99 Cent Store)  Other great options are metallic sprays, twigs, feathers, etc.)
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 

 I highly highly highly recommend a pre lit tree.  It makes life so much easier.  The price may be scary at first but think about it, you're going to use this for YEARS!

 STEP TWO: GARLAND
 Evenly distribute the garland around all sides that are visible of the tree.

STEP THREE: ACCENT ACCESSORIES
 Place accessories throughout the tree on all visible sides.

 STEP FOUR: ROUND BALL ORNAMENTS
 Scatter round ball ornaments throughout the tree.

STEP FIVE: FUN STUFF
 Ok so I talked about FUN STUFF earlier.  Fun Stuff are all the ornaments that give character and personality to the tree, because up until now it's just a bunch of balls. FUN STUFF is if you have any left over cash after buying your starter kit, or for next year.  Buy a set or two every Holiday Season and watch your tree grow with you.  I know at first it's so hard not to go crazy and JUST buy the fun stuff, but trust me, your tree won't look like you are envisioning it.

 Look how fun all the FUN STUFF is.....

 STEP SIX: SNOWFLAKES
 Ok so you know how I told you buy a crapload of snowflakes?  Go crazy with them.



STEP SEVEN: TREE TOPPER
 Last but certainly not least!



This is what my tree looks like today, but is always growing.  Every year it becomes a little bit more complete.


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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16 comments:

  1. what a beautiful tree Kristen!! I love it. I could have picked out of a line-up and guessed it was yours :) We will do ours maybe this weekend....ours is more ecclectic with ornaments dating from when I was born....

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  2. This tree looks like it needs to be in a storefront.. you did SUCH a good job on it! I'm lazy with my tree ... always just adding candy canes and lights. Inspired I am!


    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

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  3. your tree looks beautiful! I wish I could get a tree this year but I just don't see it happening :(

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  4. Gorgeous of course! I think last year I re-decorated our tree about three times :)

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  5. Love your tree! The flowers are a great touch!

    xx
    giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  6. Lovely Christmas tree, I can't wait to do this in my own place one day too : )

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  7. What a pretty tree!getting ours this weekend, I can't wait!

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  8. This is so beautiful (I can't believe your hubby let you put it up this early!)! I have to wait til Black Friday, but I'm so excited. I'm doing something a little different this year...definitely posting pictures =)

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  9. Aw wow, the tree looks so magical and enchanting, such a splendid way to decorate!

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  10. Oh my goodness, it IS a show-stopper!! I love it!! I love that you made a plan for how you wanted your tree to look. Mine is just a collection of ornaments and stuff from the last 9+ years of my marriage so it totally looks like that "family tree", like the trees that are covered in ornaments made by toddlers. the only show my tree is stopping is maybe Barney. Someday I hope to have room to have 2 trees- one for the family, where all the kid's creations will go, and then one that's just to be gorgeous and that I can decorate however I want!

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  11. This tree is amazing! I'm very impressed...please come help me with my tree this year!

    xx,
    Maya

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  12. How exciting! Your first tree in your new house too... It's beautiful Kristen! So many lovely details. The anticipation to put up my own just went up a notch:)

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  13. Beautiful Christmas tree! love how you decorated it!

    http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

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  14. wow it is gorgeous!!:)
    I can't wait to start decorating my apartment too, I always wait until December to do it:)

    x Claude

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  15. How beautiful!! I never would've guessed it was a faux tree :-)

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