I have been yapping for the last month about my Christmas tree. I was going to put it up a month ago! And then I had to put away all of my Halloween decorations. And you know what a chore that was! After that I had to work on Thanksgiving which was lovely. But the Christmas tree was patiently waiting out in the stairwell in a box. Waiting!! Oh poor Christmas tree.
Well enough of my bluster, I am done and am happy to show you how to upcycle your Christmas tree on the cheap!
And now for the back story. Last year I had decorated the tree with everything but the kitchen sink. It was nice and very sentimental but I realized many of those ornaments were in tatters. It was time for a change.
Time to become selective!
Time to turn over a new leaf... er, a new color!
And so I opted to remove as much red as possible, and do the Christmas tree in white, metallics and green. Because I am not someone who follows trends! Who's with me on this one?
I also needed to do it on the cheap because who has money to throw away every year on new ornaments? And who decided that we needed to have a new look each year anyway?
I had seen an idea over at my friend Leanna's blog, Of Faeries and Fauna Craft Co. where she had made a garland out of salt dough. Her ornaments came out beautiful. Sheer perfection I tell you! I was so enthused I decided to make my own...
Mine were nothing to enthuse about! They came out black and some even blew up and looked like balloons. I like to blame it on the stove. I had just repaired it the other day and it was working too well.
How was I going to save the situation? I certainly didn't have money to throw around buying new ornaments! Instead I chose to paint them with a copper color.
I painted them with chalky type paint and then for the second coat I used color. In this case they were painted white.
Don't they look nice next to my keys? I had used them last year on my mini roasted Christmas tree.
The next task was the globes. I had these for years in shiny blue and pink colors. Did I mention that I would put everything but the kitchen sink on my tree?
To rectify that situation, last year I had decoupaged them with paper in red and beige. Here is a picture of last year's tree. I was very happy with the way the globes had turned out but this year I was going for a more toned down look. Less red.
So what did I do to get rid of the red? You got it, I painted over them using chalky type paint and then regular craft paint. Here they are in the state-of-the-art assembly line drying.
You can see that they have loads of texture from last years' decoupaging.
I also had a bunch of wedding favors that I shaped into wreaths and removed all signs of colored ribbons.
I used thin and thick gold ribbons to go around the tree.
And let's not forget the star. Last year it was a golden color with a sponge like effect. Well you know I was not going to leave it alone...
This is my whitewashed star, with hints of its former self underneath.
At the bottom of the tree, nestled in between the empty boxes is the Nativity which is the reason all this is being done in the first place. We must never forget that.
Oh and the string on the ornament was from an old tassel I had. Just to be super frugal!
No matter how hard I tried, I just could not get rid of the red.
Sentimental pieces have a way of always sneaking in, here and there.
And that is how to upcycle a Christmas tree on the cheap. It still has lots of color on it but it does not look like last year's version which had everything but the kitchen sink.
I am learning to downsize and work with less color. I don't know if this is the right direction. Perhaps if the lighting was all white it would have looked better. Either way I had a budget to work with and those lights are in next year's budget.
So what do you say? Did I pull it off, or was this metallic and white idea an epic fail? Don't be shy. And tell me what you decided upon for your Christmas tree. I need fresh ideas for next year.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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