In my house we decorate four christmas trees every year. Three artificial and one live tree. What can I say? I’m a bit of Christmas nut. Lol. Especially the decorating. All the decorating, gift giving, and activities can add up quickly! Since we are a family on a budget, its important that we find way to still enjoy the activities of the season, just on a budget.
Today I’m going to be showing you how I create a beautiful christmas tree for $50! That’s it! And no, I’m not talking about a little table top tree; I’m talking about a regular to slim 6ft tree that everyone can love!
Step 1: Finding an AFFORDABLE TREE
Target is my go to place for everything! Food, decor, clothes, you name it. So when it came time to shop for a tree I knew exactly where I wanted to go… TARGET! The tree I choose for each of my kiddo’s room, is a 6ft Unlit Slim Alberta Spruce. Normally this tree cost $40, but I was able to snag it on sale for $28. And guess what! The tree is still on sale! I’ll link it for you below.
Step 2: Setting up and fluffing the tree
Setting up an artificial tree can be a pain, but if done properly the tree will look amazing. So take your time! I like to start at the bottom of the tree and separate out the branches. Keeping a look out for any areas that might have holes or empty spots. If you find a spot that you just can’t covered by rearranging the branches, don’t worry! Later on you can hide that spot with garland, an ornament, or a recent trick my mother in law just taught me. Go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and pick up some floral piece that you use to make wreaths or center pieces. And stick those into your tree to fill empty spots! I love that idea.
Step 3: Lights
Have you ever heard of the squint test when comes to putting lights in your Christmas tree? I hadn’t till I got married my husband. You see the goal is to wrap the Christmas tree with lights, and when you step back from the tree and squint your eyes, you don’t see any dark spots. That way you know the tree is completely covered and the lights are well spaced. I know this sounds a little odd, but give it a try with your tree. If you see any dark spots, rearrange the lights a little.
Step 4: Flocking (optional)
I’ve always wanted a flock tree, but buying one has always intimidated me. What if I don’t like the tree when I get home? What if the flocking only lasts for one year? How well will the tree store? So, this year I enlisted the help of my mother in law to flock my affordable tree from Target. This way if I didn’t like the flocking or all the flocking fell off I wasn’t out hundreds of dollars on Christmas Tree.
For those of you who have never flocked a tree before, flocking is a messy business. Since the weather in Austin has been a little chilly and windy. We decided to flock the tree inside. I stood behind the tree holding up a sheet to protect my walls and my mother in law went crazy spraying the tree down. I thought the tree was only going to need one can of spray, but it ended up needing three cans! Who would have thought one slim tree would have needed so many cans? Trust me when I say it was well worth it. The tree went from looking ok, to looking high end/expensive looking with just a little bit of flocking!
Step 5: Decorating
Decorating a tree is all about personal preference. I like to keep my trees simple, with minimal decor, that way you can still see the beautiful tree underneath. But I have friends who decorate almost every inch of their tree and it still looks beautiful! It’s all up to you and your personal style.
Here are a few tips on how to decorate your tree and not break the bank.
- Use ribbon for your garland. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo Anne’s are always running a sale, so buy your ribbon from one of those locations for a deal.
- DIY. DIY’s are a great way to get a large bang for your buck. Take the pinecone ornaments on my daughter’s tree for example. Grab a $3 bag of pinecones, a bottle of elmers glue, glitter, hot glue, and some twine. Cover the pinecones in elmers glue, sprinkle a little glitter on top, wait for the glitter to dry, then hot glue the twine on top to create an easy affordable ornament.
- Use a blanket or piece of fabric for the tree skirt. Tree skirts are expensive so this year I skipped the tree skirt and bought a yard of fabric Hobby Lobby for $6. Just wrap it around the bottom of the tree and you have a one of a kind tree skirt.
Step 6: Enjoy
Just remember its your tree, decorate or don’t decorate the tree. After all its all about what you like!
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