Hey guys! Jenna here again sharing my tips for making an inexpensive fake Christmas tree look full and pretty for the holidays. Now I am all for a real tree, they smell incredible and look beautiful (check out the real trees here: Mr. Greentrees), they're just dreamy. However I just don't have the budget for a new tree each year yet, and I love getting creative with a faux tree.
I have been dreaming about getting a high quality faux Christmas tree but for one reason or another it never finds itself in my budget. There are numerous options online like frosted Xmas trees, realistic Xmas trees, pop-up ones, and many others. They are all so beautiful that it makes me want to own one for myself. So, this year I set out to make my inexpensive Target tree next level. I think it worked, and I spent barely any money doing it. Sure, I love browsing christmas trees store as much as the next person, but I just felt that this year I wanted to try out the faux option - besides, a real tree is something I definitely want to work my way up to in the future.
I had almost bought stems to fill in this tree multiple times, but I ended up waiting until the week before Thanksgiving and found that Michael's had all their Christmas stems and trimmings 70% off. Through this sale I was able to buy all the pieces I needed including the ribbon for a steal of a deal, only spending about $80 for everything on this tree. Not too bad if you ask me. The greenery is pretty neutral in style so I envision myself being able to reuse it in future years even if I go different directions with my decor. I definitely see myself getting my money's worth out of it. That's one of my biggest tip for purchasing Holiday decor, if you invest most of your dollars on pieces that can be versatile and skip the more themey feeling pieces, they will prove themselves a better investment.
So what did I do to take my inexpensive tree to a higher level?
First I started by taking my additional stems of faux greenery and dispersing them evenly around the tree. Since it's tucked in a corner and no one will ever see the back I skipped it. Gasp I know. Once the stems were tucked in, I started looping the thicker ribbon weaving it in and out of the branches. I cut my ribbon into about 6' pieces. I find that its easier to work with, and I like the undone whimsical sporadic look with the ribbon loops. I think it makes your tree feel easy going and fun.
After I used my thick ribbon, that really helped fill in the sparse spots in the tree. I then moved onto placing my feature pieces. First being my larger feature flowers, then my large wooden snowflake ornaments. I used only about 8 flowers and 6 big snowflakes on my 7.5 foot tree. I just eyeballed it and tucked them where it looked right.
Last, my Joy to the World ribbon was tucked in. I worked in smaller 4' pieces of this and just wove it here and there. Once I added the star I was done.
I love all the texture and relaxed nature of this tree. I think it feels elegant without trying and that's kind of my jam.