Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Creating a Coastal Christmas Tree

So it's about time I got around to Christmas! I hate to decorate before Thanksgiving, but then the time seems to go by so fast and all of a sudden, Christmas is 3 weeks away! Yikes!

Today I thought I'd show you my Christmas Tree and talk a bit about how I put it together. I tried to take pictures while I was doing the decorating, but as usual, I got caught up in the process and didn't take as many pics as I should have. For some more ideas, you might want to check out this post on the elements of a coastal Christmas.

Here are tips for creating this look:

1. The basics: I used a 7.5 foot pre lit tree with white lights. Then I added a gray-washed basket tree collar.
2. I wanted to downplay the "greenness" of the tree. Full disclosure--I would  have preferred a flocked or frosted tree, but I couldn't find one in my price range. Anyway, I purchased 15 frosted pine cone bunches from Michaels. There was a sale so they were 49 cents each. I just wired them on to the branches in random spots, avoiding the lights. They really added a lot of texture.

I also purchased a couple of icy branches at Michaels and deconstructed them into individual twigs. I place those in the tree as well.

The combination of the pine cones and icy branches took the edge off the greenness and made it look much more interesting.

3. Next ornaments. I like to start with the most unique ornaments and arrange them so they can be easily seen. Here are some of my favorites:

It's fun to collect special ornaments over time, but it's good to have some basic ornaments to set the color scheme. I purchased several boxes of round matte glass ornaments in aqua and in white, some mercury glass ornaments, and some frosted glass pine cones. I used these to fill in the tree.

Then I purchased some small starfish from Amazon and hot glued twine loops on the back. Simple!

4. For the tree topper, I used a large resin star fish. I just lashed it to the top of the tree with some twine.

And here's one more look at the finished tree!

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