It’s finally happening! I’m sharing our 2015 Christmas tree! It’s been so gloomy here lately, and the other morning the sun came out for about an hour so I scrambled to take photos.
Originally, I was going to go with our green fake Christmas tree. But a couple days after Brad lugged it down from the attic I said, “You know what? I think I want to go with the white tree.” My epiphany was met with a blank stare from my lovely husband. So back up into the attic he went to retrieve my white tree.
My initial plan for the tree was to do a white, silver, and turquoise theme. I started by putting all the white and silver stuff on the tree first and I was really digging it. But I still went ahead with the turquoise and silver ornaments and started hanging them on the tree. But I didn’t really like how it was turning out. So I’m pretty sure the words I said to myself were “Screw it, let’s go all white with a little bit of silver”. And that’s exactly what I did.
It’s very winter wonderlandy. Yes, ‘wonderlandy’ is a word in the dictionary.
This tree is really hard to photograph. It always looks pinkish in photos, but it’s not in person. It’s also a lot prettier in person than in photos. I’d invite you over to see it with your own eyeballs, but I’m sure we’d start talking and before we knew, we’d waste an entire afternoon, and I’m kind of busy this time of year. So it’s not you, it’s me.
I wrapped the gifts in four different papers: white with silver polka dots, silver with silver polka dots, silver faux bois, and silver plaid.
I used a bunch of white picks from JoAnn Fabric, Michael’s, and Factory Direct Craft (FDC).
I didn’t intend on buying picks from FDC but JoAnn sold out of the big berry picks, and I needed more so I resorted to FDC.
The presents turned out well if I do say so myself. I used a few different wrapping techniques with the ribbon and bows. Most involve cheating. Let me know if you’d like more info on that subject.
The only true ornaments I hung on the tree are these little guys that look like snowballs.
Once I figured out what I was going to do it was super easy to put the tree together. I just started shoving picks all over the place.
Before I put the picks in, I wrapped this pretty, sparkly garland from Michael’s around the tree. I figure I can keep it and use it on future Christmas trees.
Here’s what the tree looks like around 5PM when it’s getting dark outside.
And here’s how it looks at night with all the lights turned off.
People have asked how Owen has done with the tree, and I have to say that he’s been pretty good about keeping his paws off of it. I think the tree being the opposite of colorful helps.
Although yesterday he suddenly became very interested in the tree and the presents under it. He ended up pushing a gift, which happened to be his (I’m pretty sure he can read his own name at 16 months. #Gifted. Just kidding. He can’t read.) in to the kitchen. Then he returned to the tree and pulled a snowball ornament off. Oh, and then after lunch I found a piece of a chicken nugget in the tree.
But I promise that is the most contact he’s had with the tree in a couple weeks.
pre-lit Christmas tree … Kohls.com circa 2012
no sew faux fur tree skirt … DIY | tutorial found here
snowball ornaments … JoAnn Fabric | this year
sparkly garland … Michael’s | this year
white floral picks … JoAnn Fabric, Michael’s, Factory Direct Craft | this year
gift wrap … Target | circa 2014 and Hobby Lobby | this year
white and silver polka dot ribbon … JoAnn Fabric | this year
white faux fur stockings … Target | this year | find them here
Next week I’ll share the rest of our dining room area, where the tree is located.