We are approximately 53 days away from Christmas…. but hey, who’s counting?! When the Michael’s Makers team explained that November’s challenge was to debut a fully dressed tree, we too had a mini freak out (@#$%?!) especially when we found out that all of the Michael’s Makers’ Dream Trees would be shared TODAY… November 2nd. Instead of getting our tinsel in a tangle, we made a plan, turned on our favorite Christmas carols (it’s never too early for Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You”) and got to work creating a tree that actually turned out to be exactly what it was supposed to: a dream tree.
Since I (Casey) am still in the process of getting organized in my new place and I (B) have some mini dining room construction on the immediate to-do list, we decided to spread the holiday cheer by heading over to Maggie’s condo. Other than the fact that Maggie will now have to live with a Christmas tree for
a little longer than she probably anticipated, she was super excited and agreed to let us invade her space (…hopefully for the last time. #eek).
We used her existing color scheme and the overall “feel” of her glam space as inspiration for the tree’s look. And after we set it all up, we’ve gotta say that we kinda wished this was in our own homes!! Gold + Silver + Natural Elements = Perfection.
Everything from this “look” is from Michael’s… and when we say everything, we mean it very literally. The tree, the wrapping paper, the ribbon and ornaments (including those awesome disco ball ornaments!), the topper, and even the accessories on the table were all scored from Michael’s. <– If you haven’t seen their new Christmas decor, you have to go check it out… especially if you want a holiday marquee sign. #hearteyesonrepeat
And if you’re shopping for a new Christmas tree, from now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com!
We DIY-ed some of the white ornaments (super easy tutorial coming closer to the holiday) but pretty much used all of the other decor as is. If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com.
Rookie Tip: If you’re looking to step up your “tree game” this year, we would encourage you to coordinate your tree with your wrapping paper. By wrapping your gifts that coordinate with your tree, your gifts will do double duty — gifts AND decor. We went with plain paper but added extra glam with unique ribbons & bows to coordinate with the tree.
One thing we did use for the first time ever was flocked branches. These thick bundles of extra color/texture/fill are found in the floral section & were the perfect way to add extra layers and more thickness. <– these flocked branches remind us of what extensions are for hair. Is that weird?!
Plus, adding all of this plush pine allowed us to cut down on using tons of ornaments. We both agree that we probably won’t decorate a tree without them again because they make such a big difference. Rookie Tip: We would recommend waiting for these to go on sale before adding them to the tree because they can be a tad pricey, especially since we bought 7 bundles.
Overall we’re extra grateful that our dream tree came together and that we were able to get our act together before our November 2nd deadline. We don’t plan on jumping into all things Christmas just yet, but this project does have us scheming how we will tackle Christmas decor in our own homes this year. You can expect a few more holiday posts sprinkled into the month’s blog calendar but you can also expect Thanksgiving posts and lots of NON-holiday content too.
Before you go, it’s important that you don’t leave here thinking that you’re behind on the holiday prep…. THOSE THOUGHTS ARE NOT ALLOWED HERE!! As far as we’re concerned, the fact that you’re even thinking about the holidays for two seconds today (only 2 days after Halloween), you’re already ahead of the game! You may not be ready to dive in just yet, but when it IS that time you HAVE to check out the 49 other “dream trees” below, or you can check them out on the Glue String blog. Just magical…