Christmas Tree Blog Hop
Welcome to Cottage On Bunker Hill if you are popping over from Shelley’s tour from Calypso In The Country Thanks to Stacy from Bricks ‘N Blooms for hosting the Festive And Fun Christmas Tree Blog Hop today.
Who else was ready to put up your tree in October…raise your hands??!! Maybe it’s because we are all so over 2020 or maybe because we are spending more time in our homes this year, and crave that cozy feeling, but it seemed like Christmas started early!!
Like I wasn’t the only looney in the Christmas aisle of Walmart grabbing ornaments in my shorts and sandals for once!
Speaking of Walmart…that’s where everything on my tree and even the actual tree is from. My old Christmas tree had seen better days and half the lights weren’t working anymore. (it’s enjoying a new life out on my Christmas Front Porch)
Shopping For A Tree
I have a small living room and I knew I wanted a showstopper of a tree…but didn’t want to spend a zillion dollars on one.
I had a mental picture of a winter wonderland in my head (surprising, because I really don’t like snow even though I live in New Hampshire!!).
what to look:
- number of branch tips
- pre-lit/ no lights
- light count
After doing my research, I ordered a beautiful one from Walmart (it’s sold out…I told you back in October to get moving!!). It is a pre-lit flocked 7.5 foot tree that has over 2,800 branch tips and 500 lights. Which basically means it is very full and the branches have a realistic look to them.
Setting Up My Winter Wonderland Tree
I’ve had friends ask how to make their trees look better and the secret is taking the time to fluff out all the branches. You can’t just pop the tree on the stand and throw a couple ornaments it’s way and think it’s going to look like a magazine…I wish!
See how misshapen the tree looked when I put it up. My son thought he was being funny and put the lone ornament on and stated “All set!”
It did take awhile to fluff and make each branch tip full. It’s totally worth it though!
My advice is to keep standing about 10 feet away from your tree and look to see if you spot the middle pole…you want to make that invisible!
After my tree was fluffed…I took a nap..LOL
No, it was time to add some ribbon. This is the point you could add garland as well. I love the look of the wood bead garlands but my day job is running a small daycare and there is something about garland that kids looooove to yank at!! Ribbon isn’t as much fun to pull I guess.
Looking back, I wish I had grabbed every roll of this ribbon at Walmart! It’s the most gorgeous blue/gray with a tan wired edge.
There are quite a few ways to add ribbon to your tree. For me, I cut the ribbon into 18 inch pieces with fabric scissors.
Starting at the top of the tree I tucked the top edge of the ribbon into the branches, then the middle part of the ribbon, and finally hid the end in the branch tips. Going in a slightly angled direction.
It took 3 rolls of ribbon to do my tree.
To go with my Winter Wonderland Christmas tree theme I wanted to add snowy and frosty feeling ornaments to the tree. Over a couple of months, I found all the ornaments at my local Walmart…they were all beautiful and better yet all under $2.
Start by putting the largest ornaments on the tree first. Then go back and fill in with smaller bulbs and ornaments.
Plug It In
Time for the tree collar…and plug in the lights!!
Do you think anyone will come cleanup my mess while I catch the end of this Hallmark movie…
Oh, there is always something that makes me feel better when I have the Christmas tree on! My neighbors must think I’m nuts when I turn the lights on at 4 am when I get up!!