This year I was SUPER excited to be part of the 2nd Annual Michael's Dream Tree Challenge - I've never had free reign on a tree (normally we just load our tree up with all the ornaments from the kids - which I do love) and it was so fun to put together a more "grown-up" tree. But my style isn't super "grown-up" - it's still loud and fun. But with that, I am pretty traditional and love traditional holiday colors.
And so let me present my tree: Red and Green BLING!
The start of the show are these baubble things - I couldn't get enough of them. I love the extra dimension they give, and their sparkle. You can bend them and they'll hold their shape. I have them sticking out every which way:
I even bundled up a bunch with some sequin strands and used them as the tree topper:
In addition to the baubles sticking out, I used a bunch of these glittery twirly stick things - they're really thin and I'm sure they have a name. They're in the flower section and you buy them in a bundle but I pulled them apart into individual sticks and stuck them all over the tree. So fun! Anyone know what they're called?
I'm weak for a great deal and this big glass vase was on mega-clearance. I grabbed it for some added interest and added blingy balls and sequin strands to it.
In the ornaments section at Michael's you can find tons of fun glittery ornaments in red and green - I grabbed a few of these spikey balls, a few spring-looking balls, and some words like "joy" and "peace" and "hope" and spread them throughout the tree:
With all that store-bought awesomeness, which I love, there still needs to be some handmade things to make the tree more personal and more "me". So you may have noticed the circle glitter garland, or the mason-lid ornaments - stayed tuned for a future tutorial post on making those!
A little more info about Michael's Craft Stores: