Do you love a good deal? If you're anything like me, you do, and you've probably bought cheap trees on clearance after Christmas. And those trees are sometimes great quality, and sometimes not. Since I'm a more is more kind of person when it comes to Christmas, I have trees all over my house, so I use each and every tree, regardless of the quality. Today I'll share a few tips on how to turn up the volume on those cheap Christmas trees!
First things first, fluff those trees nicely! Go layer by layer, get your hands on each and every branch, and move them around to try to fill in as many empty spaces as possible. Next come the lights.
Now here's one of my favorite tips...
USE TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF GARLAND!
And if you can, use two different textures. I used burlap ribbon and silver plastic beads on the neutral tree.
For the red tree, I used wood bead garland, and also red plastic beads.
I love seeing the two different textures on the tree. It adds a lot of life and interest.
Here's a closer view so you can actually see both.
For the red tree, I also added berry picks. I didn't add picks to the neutral tree this time because I didn't have anything that worked with the colors. But I highly suggest using picks or stems on artificial trees to fill in all those holes. It can be anything...greens, flowers, metallic curly cues, wood branches, berries, holly...whatever you see in the craft store that works for your tree. Bonus, they're typically very cheap, and if you shop at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or Joann's, you can usually find them for 50% off!
Once you have your garlands and your picks done, it's time for ornaments. Here's my second favorite tip...
USE MULTIPLES OF THE SAME ORNAMENT!
When you use multiples spread all over the tree, it makes a big impact, and it's very pleasing to the eye.
Of course, you'll use single or individual ornaments too, because those are usually the ones that have meaning to us; the ones that we look forward to pulling out year after year.
But using those multiples too, brings an overall cohesive look to the tree.
Here are the finished results of both trees. Two completely different looks, using the same method!
Last but not least, be sure to cover up those ugly bases. I didn't add a photo of this, but if you want to go the extra mile, instead of using a tree skirt, put your tree into a galvanized bucket or wooden crate. Try a tree collar, or if you like a glam tree, use some faux white fur over your base. You're only as limited as your imagination. I personally love the look of a tree nestled into a container of some kind.
I hope this is helpful as you think about decorating your tree this season!
And enjoy a few more photos before we say goodbye.
There might be nothing I love more than...
...photos of Christmas!
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