Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Tree Decorating for Under $70

We had plans for a gorgeous home to be build and finished here in North Dakota by the time we got married.  So I would move into a brand new house just in time to decorate for Christmas!  It was perfect.  But like so many tell you home building never goes as planned.  We ended up not being able to build our home because our builder did not have his finances straight.  We decided not to continue the building process, and for now we are going to continue hanging out in our one bedroom apartment for a little longer until we can find the perfect home at the right price.  The only problem with this is, the majority of our stuff, including my gorgeous collection of Christmas decorations, is in storage.  Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I absolutely love decorating for it!  I did not want to spend a lot of money on ornaments or trimming for the tree since I already have a good collection.  Our main tree was a 5 or 6 foot Dollar Store tree that I got for $20.  It was pretty puny with large gaps but I made it look pretty good with lots of big ornaments, garland, and all kinds of picks.  Since, we've gotten married, I figured we should own a nice tree that is a little bigger.   Target was having an awesome sale on Christmas trees during the Black Friday weekend.  I think I saved $60 or $70 on this tree and it is beautiful!  I ended up not getting a prelit tree.  My mom always has trouble with hers and I have tons of Christmas lights from the wedding.  Once I got the tree I headed to Michaels to find some great ribbon that was 40% off.  I figured I could decorate the tree with ribbon and skip the ornaments and other trimming to create a good-looking tree without spending too much on decorations.  I am happy to say I am very pleased with what I was able to accomplish with about $60! Keep reading for tips, tricks, and the details.

We already had the cow hide rug.  Since I don't have a tree skirt and I did not want to spend time making one or trying to find one, I just slid it under the tree.  It give the tree a great rustic feel.

I used this tutorial that shows you how to use ribbon to fill your tree!  I put 3-4 different ribbons together with floral wire and wired them to the tree.  This is a great way to make your tree look like one of those trees dripping with decorations.

The antlers are real mule deer antler shed that C has found out hunting.  He loves this aspect of the tree.

I used this tutorial to make the gorgeous green and plaid ribbon that looks like designer ribbon for less.  It's super wide and add so much to the tree.  I used 2 rolls of 2 1/2 inch and 1 rolls of 1 1/2 inch ribbon.

1 comment:

  1. You look wonderful in that outfit! I love the unique idea of your tree :)