Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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The winner of the $200.00 Gift Card to Michaels Stores is………………


I’m so excited for CTY! She is a loyal and regular contributor to the comments on this website and always has a positive attitude and happy spin on everything she posts!  Congratulations CTY! :-)

I know I’ve said this before…but this time I MEAN IT!  I really need to have my head examined! How did I think that decorating THREE different trees would be a good idea???  Well, it’s not that it wasn’t a GOOD IDEA…it’s just that it really wasn’t all that PRACTICAL at this time of year. :-)  But I had fun doing it anyway. I hope you enjoy the results. :-)

Just to refresh your memory…Sunday I posted about Michael’s giving me the challenge to create a Holiday Dream Tree. Since my idea of a “dream tree” is one that is beautiful, creative and AFFORDABLE, I decided to do THREE trees. I just couldn’t justify spending all $500 on one tree! My daughter and I came up with the idea to set a budget of $100 for each tree and then do a giveaway for the remaining $200. So make sure to read how to enter at the bottom of this post.

So without further ado…here are my Holiday Dream Trees, courtesy of Michael’s.

Tree #1 – Rustic Reflections

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Tree #2 – Traditional Treasure

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Tree #3 – A Nod to Norway

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I really did have a lot of fun picking out the decorations and creating each of these trees! Too bad there are things called “deadlines”…they tend to put a damper on the whole “fun” aspect. ;-)  I want to thank Michaels though, for inviting me to be a part of this challenge. It really got the creative juices flowing!

You can see the rest of the trees created for the Holiday Dream Tree Challenge on Michaels FACEBOOK page or on their PINTEREST page. Be sure and check them out! There are some BEAUTIFUL ones!

I learned a lot decorating three trees in a row. First of all I learned it’s hard to get a nice photograph of a Christmas Tree!  No matter what I tried….I just couldn’t do the trees justice! So you’re going to have to take my word for it….these looked a lot better in person. :-)

Christmas tree decorating

I also learned that there’s really no WRONG way to decorate a Christmas tree, but here are a few of the tips and techniques *I* use that might be helpful:

  • When you’re ready to set your tree up, pick a low-traffic spot away from fireplaces and heaters.
  • When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first (unless you’re lucky enough to have a pre-lit tree!), then garlands, then the ornaments. If you DON’T have a pre-lit tree…start lighting your tree at the bottom and work upward. Weave strings of lights along the branches “inside,” then move to the outer edges of the branches. After you have completed the lighting of your tree, fluff the branches.
  • Start by adding your garland. Choose something that complements your theme. The possibilities are endless!  Ribbon, beads, burlap, pinecones, popcorn…the skies the limit!  Plus, you don’t have to limit yourself to using just one type of garland. Try twisting several strands together to create a thicker, more interesting look.
  • After the garland is arranged, next add the “filler ornaments” (or colored glass balls). You’ll want to space them evenly around the tree. These are the mainstay of any tree and help establish color and shine.
  • Your ornaments will look better if they hang suspended rather than touching branches. Don’t be afraid to bend or move branches to accommodate placement.
  • Don’t hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations ‘inside’ your tree for added dimension, and don’t forget the back of the tree..
  • Take a step back while decorating to see which areas need filling.
  • Once the filler ornaments are on, it’s time to add your unique collection of ornaments. You know, the ones you’ve had since childhood, or all those handmade ones from the little ones throughout the years. This is the fun part where you get the reminisce about where each one came from. :-)
  • Make sure and hang antique and fragile ornaments near the top of the tree, where they will be less likely to get knocked off by pets, babies, or passersby.
  • Finally, you need to give your tree a “crown”. If the traditional “star” or “angel” tree topper aren’t your thing, try a giant bow (which you can pay over $10 for at the store OR make your own very easily!)
  • Last, but not least, finish your tree by adding a tree skirt and plenty of beautifully wrapped presents. :-)

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Now, to the REALLY good stuff! A chance to win a $200.00 gift card to Michael’s so you can get everything you need to create your OWN Dream Tree!

How to enter to WIN! :-)




All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us your best tree decorating tip!

You can also increase your chances with these Bonus Entries:

1. Join One Good Thing By Jillee and Michaels on Facebook. Leave a separate comment letting me know.

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The giveaway is open until Sunday, November 25th, 2012, 11:59 pm MST. The giveaway is only open to USA and Canada residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). One winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. Sue Coates says

    I have been a follower of yours on Facebook for awhile now :)
    I am now following Michaels on Facebook!

  2. jamie lynn says

    my “tip” would be for the kitty-cat owners – get a fake tree! my cat loves to play with my tree and with a real tree – it made an even bigger mess of pine needles on the floor than normal. he still likes to play with the fake tree (and sleep underneath!) but there’s no mess!! :)

  3. Sue Coates says

    I have been following you on Twitter for a long time now.

    I am now following Michaels on Twitter!

    Thank you, Sue

  4. jamie lynn says

    also liked you & michael’s on both facebook and pinterest! thanks so much for this giveaway!! :)

  5. Amanda says

    I have one tip that was instilled in me since childhood. NEVER, ever, use tinsel on an artificial tree that you intend to use again. I looks beautiful the first year, but you can never get it all off and it doesn’t look quite so pretty for the next 5+ years.

    Also I love you’re first tree Jillee, its so cohesive and beautiful =)

  6. Ali says

    My tree decorating tip is: Don’t forget to water your tree! NO decoration can save a dry, needle-less tree :) One year I thought the hubby was watering, he thought I was watering and well… we had to buy a second tree!