I wasn’t planning on sharing my big tree in my dining room this year. I honestly thought about not even decorating it, but I couldn’t help myself. 🙂 Despite the craziness of the season, I love having my 9-foot tree in the front window and seeing it glisten as I drive up to the house at night.
This year I didn’t add much more to the tree than last year, but I did add some new ribbon and larger ornaments.
You may remember the poinsettias and mini wooden skis from my tree in the living room from my home tour.
Here’s a little home blogging secret. Are you ready?? Things don’t necessarily stay the same after I take pictures. 🙂
For example, I had the large burlap and red poinsettias, red berry garland and the mini wooden skis on the tree in the living room. Once I shared my home tour, I removed all of the decor and just put up all of our personal ornaments that we’ve collected over the years. I love having all of those memories on display, but they don’t necessarily make for pretty pictures.
Real life? Yes. Pinterest-worthy? Not so much.
Then I had the poinsettia ornaments and wooden skis just lying around, so I added them to the big tree! I also added some plaid ribbon and buffalo check bows from Michael’s. I love those two ribbons!
Some of my ornaments I already had included these DIY chalkboard wood slice ornaments, some glittery deer, DIY scrapbook paper ornaments, mercury glass ornaments, tin metal picture frame ornaments and other little fillers.
Close-up of Ornaments from my Plaid Christmas Tree
I honestly LOVE the decorations I have for my tree and don’t plan on replacing them every year or anything like that, but I do like to add a little something different for fun each year. Ribbon is a great way to mix things up.
I used this rustic jingle bell burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby again from last year. I just loved it so much.
In addition to using a new ribbon, I changed up how I placed the ribbon on the tree. I cut it. Eek! Why was that so hard? I find that I don’t want to cut my nice ribbon, but I did it any way.
I stopped some ribbon before the bottom of the tree. And I started some ribbon in the middle. I curled it and looped it, and let it cascade down the tree imperfectly. I got a lot of tips about adding ribbon to your tree from this blog post.
With each passing year I will buy more ornaments and it will look more full and possibly will look like a professional tree. And eventually it may look like it belongs in a magazine. Ha!
After I finished adding everything that I wanted, I stepped back from it and immediately thought of a cabin in the Smokey Mountains. The skis and the plaid remind me of that country cabin in the woods with the skis and the buffalo check and plaid and my crate tree stand. I absolutely LOVE it this year!
Last year I did a collage of my Christmas trees through the years, so I decided to make it a yearly tradition. I love to see how it evolves over time. And I knew I put more lights in my tree this year, but by looking at it, I couldn’t really tell. Now seeing it compared to the previous years, I realize I did add a lot more lights!
Do you love decorating your Christmas tree?
What is your favorite part? The ribbon? Sentimental ornaments? Or the pretty stuff?
DIY Crate Tree Stand
Joy Sign – Target
Wooden White Distressed Christmas Tree – Hobby Lobby last year
Poinsettia ornaments – Target
Wooden Ski ornaments – Target dollar spot
Leather Club Chair – Ballard DesignsCar with Tree Pillow – Target last year (similar)
Burlap ribbon with jingle bells – Hobby Lobby
Plaid ribbon and buffalo check ribbon – Michael’s
Small potted faux tree – Pottery Barn (similar)