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…
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.
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.
I used thin and thick gold ribbons to go around the tree.
This is my whitewashed star, with hints of its former self underneath.
Sentimental pieces have a way of always sneaking in, here and there.
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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