One of my favourite things I did last year was ask everyone to share their Christmas trees on Facebook. I loved seeing how each one was so completely different. Some were bright and colourful, others incorporated more garlands than ornaments, and some prefer to keep it more traditional. Either way – decorating the tree is a lot of fun making it personal to you and your family traditions.
My husband and I have never had a Christmas tree in our little home before and we’ve been here 4 years. I decided this year I wanted to have one in our living room. I wanted to enjoy the glow and twinkle of the lights in the evenings when we’re watching our favourite TV shows, on cloudy days (which feels like 90% of winter in SW Ontario), and have somewhere to stack all the pressies other than on my channel back chair.
I have always imagined a white Christmas tree in our living room setting and always had my eye on the Bouclair white feather Christmas tree. This year I bit the bullet and bought one…
Gold Polka Dot Tree Skirt: Homesense Canada
Setting up the tree was fun – my living room, including myself – looked like we had just massacred a few chickens. For weeks I was finding small amounts of feather floating across the floor. It seems to have stopped “shedding” for now but I imagine I will have the same experience when taking it down.
You have to let the tree rest for about a day while the limbs settle into place. It’s like any average faux Christmas tree, you can manipulate the branches in whichever direction you would like them to go. Leaving it bare for a day was also beneficial to seeing where I needed to twist or turn branches and fill any odd patches that were lacking fullness. Believe me – I didn’t think this tree could look any more beautiful than in its plain state…
It took me about 2 weeks to have the tree 100% decorated to my liking. As mentioned, it was our first tree so I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted the end result to look. I knew I wanted gold, silver, white and mint blue accents as these are my favourite colour combinations as well as my living room colour scheme. I started with some Pinterest inspiration of course. The tree above is neutral, simple and elegant, but I wanted the ornaments and mint blue to pop more.
I love the one above for it’s mint blue ornaments and fullness. I knew I wanted the ornaments fairly “over-loaded” on the tree like this one, I think it adds a lot of charm and character.
Source: Pinterest. Kara Allen
This tree I thought was just a whole lot of fun! It’s eclectic mix of different items as ornaments is so unique and playful, putting this tree up every year would be so exciting!
I started my tree with the neutrals: gold and silver ornaments. The mix of sparkle, matte and shiny create depth, texture and visual interest. My tree stayed like this for about a week while I shopped to find other decorations I liked. Nothing in the mint blue I envisioned seemed to be showing up in any stores. One of the boxes of silver ornaments that I had purchased had larger sizes and smaller matte silver balls – they weren’t my favourite so I left them off the tree for the time being.
After about a week of searching and coming up empty – I remembered I had a can of paint in the basement from some DIY projects and old, cheap glass ornaments that I had used outside in previous years but the colour had all faded off. So I went to work one afternoon and started painting all the ornaments in my favourite mint blue!
I loved how they turned out and decided to stop decorating the tree at that point as I was extremely happy with the outcome! I did try adding some ribbon, mesh garland and a few other bobbles; but after a day or two of walking past the tree I removed them and took it back to it’s more simplistic state.
Here are some things you should know about the feather Christmas tree:
- It is fairly delicate and fragile
- Patience is key. Being a redhead, I don’t have a lot of patience, but I was determined to make the tree work
- All the ornaments must be light in weight
- I am thankful for the above as my husband wanted to hang his ornament of the Christmas Vacation car right on the face of this beauty…
- I mean, I would have let him but it would have been a constant moving of the ornament battle from the front of the tree (where he would have placed it) to the back of the tree (where I would have placed it)
- This would have been a fun tradition for us I think, if the ornament wasn’t so heavy. It would have become a game of “who placed the Christmas Vacation ornament where”. 😉
Other than requiring light weight ornaments and objects, I have no complaints – I love this feather tree!
Gold & Silver ball ornaments: Canadian Tire
Gold Snowflake ornaments: Canadian Tire
Mint Blue ornaments: Buy a cheap box and paint them to your desired colour 🙂
Feather Tree: Bouclair
Now I want to see YOUR Christmas Trees! Head over to my Facebook page and start posting your Christmas Trees to my wall! Tell me how and why you’ve decorated your tree the way you have, what your favourite part of putting up the tree is, and any family traditions you have.
Can’t wait to see them all!