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My Rustic Glam Christmas Tree – From Cheap and Fake to Fabulous

My Rustic Glam Christmas Tree – From Cheap and Fake to Fabulous

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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I am honored to be joining the “My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition” blog hop hosted by Casa Watkins. If you are joining me from Vintage Romance Style, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you.

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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.

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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 .

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….
the most realistic and affordable artificial christmas trees

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My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

Love the tree, I plan to replicate it this year as we purchased a "fake" tree a few years ago and I'm always trying to glam if up. I have a question, was the ribbon put on before or after the ornaments. Thanks!!

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Thursday 24th of November 2016

Hi Brenda! Since I did this tree last year, I cannot remember. But I used the ribbon again this year and I put it on before the ornaments. Hope this helps!


Thursday 17th of December 2015

I love how your filled in your tree with twigs and berries. I was always feel like my tree has too many "holes". Totally did not notice the light chords in your gorgeous tree. ;) Merry Christmas!

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Friday 18th of December 2015

Thank you so much, Kathy!!


Thursday 17th of December 2015

Your tree is beautiful! I love that mirror tree topper - such a smart idea! I can never seem to find a tree topper I love. I think next year I need to get creative!

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Thursday 17th of December 2015

Thank you so much!

Mary-the boondocks blog

Monday 14th of December 2015

Erica it is such a beautiful tree. And you are not lazy. Being pregnant is a full time job in itself, at least that's how it felt to me, lugging all that weight around. I love that mesh ribbon, it adds so much warmth to the tree, and the mirror is out of this world!! You have done an amazing job with the tree and your home.

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Monday 14th of December 2015

Thank you for always being so sweet to me, Mary. Much love!!!

Angela, Blue i Style

Sunday 13th of December 2015

Such a pretty tree - the perfect mix of glam with those rustic elements! Love it!

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Monday 14th of December 2015

Thank you so much, Angela!