We did a complete Christmas tree makeover this year. Foregoing the blue and green ornaments we used in years past, this year I opted for a sophisticated mercury glass, white, and natural color combo. With store bought and some DIY ornaments the entire makeover was under $100.
First, I collected mercury glass ornaments from Target and HomeGoods:
Then, I made faux ceramic animal ornaments with my son:
My son also helped me stuff some clear ornaments with brown paper curls:
In need of a quick crafty fix, I decorated the extra clear ornaments with washi tape:
To add more natural tones, I crafted a couple jute wrapped ornaments:
And for good measure, I threw on some brown paper maché ornaments. I left them undecorated, because I think they already look fabulous and tie in with the other brown paper ornaments.
The crowning glory for the tree is a vintage angel that my mom gave me. I don’t know if I have ever had a Christmas without this angel atop the tree.
The base of the tree boasts a subtle bit of color with my DIY ruched tree skirt. It looks equally lovely with or without presents.
And the final result:
In the coming years I hope to add to my mercury glass ornament collection. Next year we may also replace our scrawny tree with a much larger, fuller one. The best part of our current tree is that it is pre-lit. Next year I want the Christmas tree to be the showpiece in our two-story family room. Unfortunately our current tree is only 6 ft tall and will be dwarfed in the family room. I daydream of a 12 ft tree to tower in that room…which means I will need a lot more ornaments.
Leaving you with this really cool, almost accidental image of our tree caught in the reflection of the french doors: