It is officially December and that means I can finally share my Christmas tree with you all. This year I am joining a whole group of other ladies. who are also showing us their trees.
Because I just moved I was not about to spend a fortune on decorations for the tree. I wanted to find the most affordable way to decorate the Christmas Tree! I went with a color palette that was new to me. I chose blue because ... well do I really need a reason? And I balanced it out with silver, gold and bling. But I also added a bit of rustic in there. Sort of a melting pot, but it works for me.
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My Blue Christmas Tree
This year I was starting from an almost blank slate. My boys had bought Christmas decor a few years back, so when I got here I saw that it was a large variety of ornaments. But I wanted to have a theme this year. I decided to look at what we had and go from there.
We had some lights but I wish I had read this great Christmas Light Guide on how to choose the appropriate lights for my tree and for outdoor decorating too. It is so important to be able to choose the correct lights so we can reduce our electricity costs.
The first thing that caught my eye was this lovely fella! And so I took my cue from him and made the theme silver and gold, with a dash of blue and of course white.
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I also found a few of these half shaped globe ornaments. All I had to do was to remove the excess greenery inside (because it was too colorful) and I had a ready ornament.
Next I spotted this lovely horse, and although he did not fit in exactly with the theme, I kept him because he was too pretty not to.
Here is a pretty good representation of the color scheme. Again the half circle ornament was simple and pretty.
Another lovely find, was this white sparkly star ornament. I guess my guys had good taste after all.
From there on I had to upcycle a few ornaments. Like this light blue one you see below. It was originally a whole 'nother color, not that you can tell now. It is amazing what a little amount of paint can do.
These silver mini-globe ornaments were bought at a yard sale. I think I got 36 for a dollar. This is why I love living here! I grouped them into threes and tied them with jute. I ended up with a whole bunch of these triplets on the tree.
And those blue longish icicle ornaments, also at that same yard sale. I left those alone.
And to add a bit more sparkle, these pretty crystals. Can you guess where I got them from? Nope, not a yard sale. I had them left over from a chandelier we had many years ago. I think they really add lots of interest to the tree. And make a nice contrast to the jute.
This next one may surprise you. The oval shape was actually a bracelet. And the rest is a gold bead garland. Put them together and you have a unique ornament. Because you know I let nothing go to waste.
Another piece of jewelry, this time a pearl necklace. I simply wrapped it around itself and added a pretty grey bow!
This is one of the homemade ornaments I had made years ago. You can get the simple tutorial here.
And this oh-so-special ornament was given to me by Angela of Simply Beautiful by Angela for our Ornament Exchange 2017. You can see her tutorial here. It is very dear to my heart because the text is from "Twas the Night Before Christmas" one of my favorite stories to read to the kids, when they were younger.
And the ornament I gave to Angela? Well I gave them all away so I made a cardboard copy. I promise when I find more of those pretty wooden stars I will replace this one. Or maybe not! ;)
For the garland I came up with a new for me idea. I took a sheer piece of ribbon in grey and wrapped jute around it. The jute also had bits of sparkly silver on it.
Below you can see how it was wrapped and then knotted every foot or so. Oh and that old blue globe, it looks all vintagy from wear but I think it looks great!
And to top things off I added this delicate golden star. I had also gotten this at a yard sale a few years ago. I love the vintage feel of it. Did I mention how much I love yard sales?
Finally on the bottom of the tree I added our train set that my son bought a few years ago. And of course the presents are pushing the train tracks out of the way.
I have to say for a thrifted Christmas tree I am over the moon happy with how it turned out. And how affordable it was! The only thing I bought from the store was the jute threaded with silver. Everything else was upcycled, repurposed or bought at a yard sale. Not bad at all. Don't you agree?
A night view when all the lights are on.
And these are my tips on the most affordable way to decorate a Christmas Tree! I think I did a pretty good job considering I only spent a few bucks for the jute. With a little outside of the box thinking we can all thrift, recycle and repurpose to create a beautiful tree for Christmas.
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What theme have you chosen for your tree this year?
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.
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