Dancin’ Around the Christmas Tree…

There are a few great benefits to living out in hicks, 1) we are minutes away from a great pumpkin patch and 2) we are minutes away from several u-cut Christmas tree farms! Every year my husband and I get bundled up and head out to the tree farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree for our home. This year was extra special because we added one more to our family outing! I don’t think Baby E had any idea what was going on, but she loved feeling all of the needles on the branches (she is really big into textures right now).

This year I decided to switch up our Christmas Tree decor and take a little bit different route. I normally do silver, charcoal gray, and chocolate-brown but this year I decided to stick with more of my ‘rustic-glam’ look and go with silver/champagne and throw in a few natural elements. I mean, it’s not out of a magazine or anything but it works for us :)

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on my new theme so here is a little secret, about 98% of everything you are going to see from now on is from the dollar store! Shh, it will be our little secret.

Here she is!

I used the silver ribbon and silver ornaments that I had from previous years and then added more from the dollar store. Can you believe these only cost me $1 or less a piece?

I also added some spray painted vines that were also from, yes you guessed it, the dollar store. They were $1 a bunch and I got a handful of silver and champagne. I have a general rule that I always have to add some form of natural elements into a design and I was happy when I found these!

I had every intention of making one of those fabulous ruffled tree skirts this year, but I never got around to it. Good thing I had my shopping and wrapping done early this year, so no one knows the difference!

I was planning on doing a separate post on wrapping but I decided to cram it all into one post for ya. I’ve seen a lot of brown packages this year and I too jumped on the bandwagon. Not only are they simple yet beautiful, but they don’t cost you an arm and a leg! I paid $1 for a roll of postal paper at the dollar store and I wrapped 9 shirt boxes with it. Compared to the luxurious wrapping you can buy for $7.99 a roll that only wraps 3 boxes (that’s the worst).

Let’s take a closer look at the finished wrapping. All of the decor was either purchased at the dollar store or from my craft stash. I LOVE wrapping. I could seriously sit there and wrap for hours. When I was a kid, my brothers used to put their gifts to me in a box and then have me wrap it myself because they knew how much I loved it AND I’m sure they didn’t mind getting out of the job :)

Do you have a fun tradition for getting your Christmas tree? Do you go to the same lot every year, cut yours down yourself or go the fake route?

I’ll be linking up to a few of the holiday parties on my side bar and some of them here!


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Lorena says

    I love your tree! The dollar store is amazing! I am happy to drop off my gifts for you to wrap, should you feel the urge to wrap more presents.. :)

  2. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon says

    Such wonderful wrapping. Im totally pinning this! Last I went to the dollar store there wasn’t anything left but, for this, Ill have to check one more time ;) I would love for you to share this at my special holiday linky party going on right now!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
    ~Nikki …xoxo

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