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

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Michaels Holiday Pinterest Party – Glittered candle jar

November 13th, 2014

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This Saturday, November 15th, Michaels is hosting a nationwide Holiday Pinterest Party! So mark your calendar and plan on stopping by your local Michaels store for some fun pinteresty fun. At the event customers will be given a list of Pinterest-inspired holiday projects and choose one that is right for their home or for a gift. You’ll even be given an exclusive coupon to use when purchasing products at the event and then have access to use the classroom to complete your project!

This glittered candle jar is one of the projects that will be featured. The image on the left is the original inspiration, and the one on the right is my version:

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Here’s all the supplies I used:

Candle Jar

Gold Glitter

Petal Pink Glitter

White Gold Glitter

Tourmaline Glitter

Ribbon

Charm

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

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I thought this project would be the perfect excuse to create a custom mix of glitter a la Aunt Peaches. I used a mixture of large gold & fushia glitter and added some fine copper, hot pink, and white gold glitter. theprojectgirl-mixed-glitter

 

Then brushed on some mod podge and rolled it around in the mixed glitter.theprojectgirl-mixed-glueThen I tied on the bow and a charm and there you have it, a super cute glittery gift!
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Don’t forget to go to your local Michaels craft store THIS SATURDAY to create your own pinterest-inspired project!

Pressed Gold Foil Christmas Cards at Minted

November 11th, 2014

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1. Very Merry, 2. Gold Tree, 3. Merry Christmas, 4. All is Calm, 5. Warm Wishes, 6. Joy

If you follow my instagram, you know I’m obsessed with anything gold. So I’m super excited to print my Christmas Cards at Minted.com again this year because of the gorgeous gold pressed foil cards they have. These are a few of my favorites, now I just have to decide which one I like best (number 1 is well number 1 right now)! Do you have a favorite?

I also love printing my cards at Minted because they can print the addresses on your envelopes and store your addresses from year to year making it so quick and easy to send out your cards.  Last year was the second time I’ve done this and it really is a huge time saver each year after entering in all your addresses.

Now all I have to do is take pictures and decide which lovely design I’m going to use! I’ll be sure to post pictures of my printed 2014 cards so you can see how the gold foil looks.

This post contains affiliate links, but seriously Minted.com is the best!