It is no secret that I love Christmas. And each year, I try to do something a little different. One constant has always been that I wanted my trees and my decorations to look like I hope my house does throughout the year – designed by a designer. Professional in other words. Professional. Designer. These words bring to mind – cha-ching! But reality is, it doesn’t have to. In fact, it can be completely affordable.
To me a designer tree looks planned and thought out. And planning, probably one of my favorite words, started by gathering your supplies. And by that I mean ornaments, lights, ribbons, the tree…you get the idea.
First place to shop, your own home. You’d be surprised what you have. I’ve collected quite a few things over the years, be it purchases I have made or things others have given me, I have quite the Christmas stash. Perhaps you want to do a red, green and white color theme. Start by pulling the items that fit. But don’t limit yourself to just your Christmas boxes. I have fabric and ribbon boxes that I pull from regularly.
Second, make a list of what you still want and need. Then shop savvy. I know it may not be the first thought for designer but check out the Dollar Tree and the 99 Cent Store. They have some awesome décor and super inexpensive. I snagged some festive ornament sets, funky snowflakes and a bundle full of shatter proofs (used for the wreath). They come in all shapes and sizes and with today’s technology you can’t even tell they are shatter proof.
Another savvy shopping idea is to check out the Michael’s and JoAnn’s deep discounted sales. I snagged all my ribbon from them this year. Each spool was 60% off the original price with and extra 25% off that price. Couldn’t go wrong there. Plus, all my picks for the tree came from there. Also at 60% off and another 25%, I was able to get a cart full for the tree!
Here are the supplies I used:
large wire ribbon
small wire ribbon
twist ties (green)
large, medium and small ornaments
Putting It All Together:
1. Got to start with lights. The key in my opinion is wrap them around the branches to help it look full of color!
2. Ribbon. I can not say enough about ribbon. The biggest key in making a tree look professional and designer is how the ribbon is added. Instead of just wrapping the ribbon around the tree, creating peaks and valleys, make it look more planned and frankly, prettier. To accomplish this on my tree, I pinched the ribbon together and tied it to the tree with the twist ties. Trust me these are awesome and essential. Wire ribbon makes this so much easier too!
Also, if one ribbon looks good, two look a-maz-ing! Do the same as with the larger ribbon but use a smaller contrasting ribbon. Not only does ribbon take up space, i.e. you need less ornaments, but it gives added dimension to the tree itself.
3. Start big! Pull the biggest ornaments you have and put them on the tree first. I started with my snowflakes. Not only does this take up space but it draws the eye in from a distance.
4. Start adding your small and medium ornaments. Its filler up time so to speak. Find empty spaces and add an ornament. One word of advice. Spread out your color. Unless you are doing a monotone tree or a tone on tone tree, color should travel all over the tree. The eye will follow from one pop of orange (or brightest color) to the next and then the next. But if its clustered, then the eye has no where to go.
5. There is something fun about “odd” items and that’s what picks are. I happened to have found fun ones of all kinds of weird and quirky design that fit my Kate Spade Live Colorfully theme this year. With picks, you are really looking for places on the tree that need texture and dimension.
6. Lastly, the topper. I got a free topper with a coupon from Target when I was purchasing some other items I needed. But truth be told, it was a little boring-ish. I loved the color. I loved that it wasn’t a traditional star. But it needed more. Its easy to turn a boring topper into a fun festive topper just by adding picks right below it. The key – layer them.
And there you have it. Six steps to creating a designer looking tree on the cheap!
Until next post!