Again this year I was challenged by Michael’s to put together a Dream Tree – and this might be my favorite year yet! I had kind of an out-there idea to paint the whole tree, and it totally worked and looks awesome. As we’ve built our new house, I’ve declared the decor theme “Rustic Modern”, kind of updated farmhouse chic. And so I wanted to bring that into our tree this year – I love the industrial elements of the metal, textures of the burlap, all paired with the unexpected pop of modern turquoise – it’s so cool in person!
If you’ve ever considered painting a Christmas tree, do it! It was so much fun to see it take on a whole new look. I’ll have a whole post later this week dedicated to the details and tips and how-to of painting a tree. Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.
Today I want to cover the other elements of the tree. I think the stars of the show are the large marquee snowflakes and stars. They are amazing and I love their unexpected use on the tree. I just kind of wedged them into place sitting on thick branches.
I found them on sale at Michaels for 50% off, so that was good! I grabbed a ton, they’re so cool! I was the crazy lady in the store with the overflowing cart 😉
There is a whole section at Michael’s filled with awesome metal ornaments in all shapes and sizes. I grabbed a little bit of everything.
With so much metal on the tree, I knew I needed other textures – I grabbed premade burplap bows and then just rolls of burlap. I planned to use burlap as a garland, but I wasn’t loving it as I put it on the tree, so I scratched that idea. I did, however, love the bows and depth they added.
The burlap and metal really play well off one another.
I carried that texture on down to the tree stand. I grabbed a basket at Michael’s (also on sale!) – the tree stand doesn’t actually fit inside the basket, so I cut a hole in the bottom of the basket for the tree stem. The actual stand is under the basket and the “trunk” runs through the hole in the basket.
I found some metal flat ornaments that had blank fronts – I thought it was perfect for a DIY ornament. We really like to make handmade ornaments each year. So the kiddos wrote their names on the ornament in pencil, then using a nail they punched a line of nailhead dents all long the letters of their name. You know a craft is successful when even a middle school boy wants to participate 😉
My 1st grader was able to make his all by himself – also a sign of successful crafting.
Even the cat approves of the awesome Dream Tree 😉
From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com. And 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.
Wondering about my Dream Tree’s of the past??
And for sure you’ll want to check out trees from other Michael’s Makers: