A Gold, Silver & Glamorous Christmas Tree

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.Glamorous Christmas Tree with gold and silver for a fabulous holiday style!

Gold & Glamorous

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).

Glamorous Christmas Tree complete with gold ribbon, gold and white ornaments and tons of silver accents!

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! Recreate this Glamorous Christmas Tree at Home with Michael's! | DIY Playbook

DIY-ed Elements

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.

Wrapping paper is an easy way to up your Christmas decorating game. Make your wrapping paper match your tree!

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.

Color Scheming

Other than coordinating the wrapping paper, we didn’t do any extensive planning. We picked our general “color scheme” and “feel” of the tree and kept our eyes peeled while we were out shopping. Anything we LOVED that was silver, gold, or natural was fair game to add to the cart. Little by little we gathered items within these guidelines and when it was time to dress the dream tree, it all kind of came together. #thankgoodness #noplanB

We love this gold burlap ribbon we used to wrap all the way around 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?!Our Glamorous Christmas Tree - all lit up! Don't you love that big beautiful star!?

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. 

Our Christmas Tree Challenge entry - glamorous Christmas tree with gold and silver color scheme.

An Early Merry Christmas!

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.

Oh Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree!

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!


To see a whole tour of Maggie’s space, be sure to check out these posts:

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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