Do you want to know how you can make a sad, little 4-foot tree…
First of all, this Christmas tree almost didn’t happen.
I was determined to get a real Christmas tree this year, after being frugal and using our fake tree for years. This year I wanted a wider tree, and that wonderful pine smell.
The first tree lot I drove to was closed. So was the second one — they only sold to wholesalers.
The third lot was closed as well, and every tree in the fourth lot was six feet tall and way too wide for our cottage. I was looking for a smaller tree I could easily carry myself and fit into my car instead of strapping it to the top.
Home Depot to the rescue. I found a $19 tree that was easy to carry. Finally!
It looked a little sad, I have to say.
And then I had an idea: I added an extra branch to the top of the tree with twist ties to create a prettier top and those three big branches to the bottom of the tree. I simply shoved the ends of them into the extra space in the tree stand.
Landon helped me to put Christmas tree lights on the tree, and then I hung these pretty mercury glass ornaments I found at Target on the tree. I didn’t want to use any of our other ornaments this year to keep the decor really simple and classy.
For added height, I put the tree on a little table, and wrapped the stand and table with a plaid scarf I also bought at Target. I had the idea after seeing this picture of using a white throw as a tree skirt.
What do you think? Not bad for a $19 tree, right?
The little table wasn’t really big enough to hold the tree stand, so I decided safety is more important than looks and ended up putting the tree back on the floor, but you can obviously put your tree on a side table or crate. Just make sure it’s stable and safe.
I finished decorating our living room today, and this is what it looks like right now.
Do you have a fake or real Christmas tree this year? What did you decorate it with?
Don’t miss my Christmas Home Tour, part 1!