Hey ya’ll! I am back to share with you another holiday-inspired post. See how I turned this cheap and fake tree into a rustic glam Christmas tree.
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When decorating my home for the holidays, I prefer to incorporate my year-round decor into my theme. I would describe my style as rustic with pops of coastal elements all while trying to exude an underlying vibe of sophistication. I classify my Christmas decor as “rustic-glam”.
My personal tastes tend to be a contradiction of sorts, so why would my decor not reflect this? Rustic Glam is the ultimate paradox…a juxtaposition of earthy, rustic elements with pops of glowing glam.
This year I would have loved a real tree, but given my first holiday home tour was due in November, I had to go with the longest-lasting option (I did not want my tree looking like Charlie Brown’s once Christmas rolled around). And so, a faux Christmas tree from big lots it was .
Given this tree was cheap, I knew I needed to make it look fuller and more natural. So…..
I started by “filling out” my el cheapo tree with faux pine sprigs. I believe this had the biggest impact on my puny, artificial tree. To add some glam, I also inserted these metallic berry twigs (you can find similar ones here).
Continuing with the “rustic glam” theme, I then added large silver ball ornaments along with gold disco ball ornaments. I have had these ornaments for years now.
Because I have a toddler in the house, all ornaments must be shatter-proof. I learned this the hard way after hanging some mercury glass ornaments. Within 5 minutes, two of the ornaments were shattered….my son thought they were actual balls. Away went the antque glass ornaments and out came my cheap, Big Lots “balls”.
And please don’t judge the protruding light wires. A little side story…my pre-lit tree lights decided to stop working a few days after I decorated my tree. Being pregnant and lazy, I simply added string lights over the existing ornaments. Ain’t nobody got time to take down all of the ornaments and start from scratch.
To add some rustic touches, I incorporated pine cone ornaments (buy similar ones here) into the mix.
And to top the tree, I added this sun burst mirror I bought from Burlington for less than $5 (you can also get them here). It was actually wall decor, but after seeing a similar piece used as an ornament in Ballard Design’s, I was inspired.
Oh…and I completely forgot about my ribbon. I have had it for years, but it was purchased at Hobby Lobby. It resembles burlap, but it is actually made of a shiny mesh material…perfect for my rustic glam vibe.
Hopefully next year I can get a “real” tree. Until then, I am going to burn a frasier fir scented candle and go cozy by the fire. And if you havent checked out my full Christmas home tour, be sure to click here.
Update November 2017: I recently purchased a new artificial tree which I absolutely adore. If you are looking for a realistic, pre-lit tree on a budget, you need to check out the following round-up post….
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