Christmas Tree Decorating Tips – Dream Tree Challenge

November 14th, 2014

2 weeks ago I unveiled my 2014 Michaels Dream Tree, and today I’m going to share some of my tips for decorating Christmas trees. Here’s my finished tree in all it’s glittery glory: 

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So how did I get there?

TIP 1: Use Mixed Greenery Garlands

When dealing with a fake tree you need some greenery variation to bring added depth, color, and texture to your tree. My preferred method is to pick up some mixed greenery garlands and weave them through the branches of the tree.

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Here you can see the bare tree on the left, and then on the right I’ve tucked the garland in and around branches positioning the branches and pine cones (part of the garland) so that they stand out, but also appear natural. I ended up weaving 4 garlands through the tree.

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Here’s a close up of how the garland branches integrate with the tree.

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Here you can see the top of the tree. I started my first garland at the top and made it so that several of the garland branches were positioned vertically and extended the height of the tree by a few inches. It also makes the top just a little bit more full.

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TIP 2: Use picks to add visual size

Once the garland is integrated, I move onto picks. I love love love using picks to decorate trees. They ad some sparkle, fullness, and interest. At Michaels, they have picks in several different areas of the store. My favorite picks are in the floral department. I only use a few of theses because they are larger.

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I found these gorgeous frosted sage-looking bush picks in another area of the store. I ended up cutting some of the stems off to make them go a little bit further in the tree.

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And my favorite picks of all are the little glitter picks. The color on these were perfect, a warm white gold color. I also love how in the tree they look like clusters of mini glitted pine cones. Glitter picks are always a good way to bring some bling and texture to your tree.

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After all the picks are placed just so, I tucked some wide cream ribbon in and around some of the branches. Then I moved onto ornaments.

TIP 3: Use ornaments with a variety of textures

I start with balls and crystal snowflakes, and place them far back on the branches about halfway towards the trunk of the tree.

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Then I add all the smaller ornaments. For this tree, I used wooden snowflakes and wooden trees.

michaels dream tree challengeAnd what tree couldn’t use a few frosty nests? These were my Leo’s favorite. I’m always on the lookout for decorations with little details. 
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This is what the tree looks like with all the greenery, picks, and ornaments. Lovely, but lacking focal points.

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TIP 4: Create Focal Points

To create focal points for this tree, I made these 4″x19″ banners using glittered card stock cut with my cricut explore:

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And these cream village houses using my cricut explore, cream card stock, glitter, my glue gun, silver pipe-cleaners, and some little baby trees.

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With a few strong focal points, this tree is all done!

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If you haven’t seen our Dream Trees yet, stop by The Glue String to see all 30 – they will blow you away! You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend, use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same!

  • All Michaels stores are hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 from 1-4pm – come in and create a fun holiday project with the help of a Michaels associate!

Check out all the other Michaels Maker’s Christmas Tree Tips here:

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