Dream Tree Challenge – Rustic Reindeer Christmas Tree

Dream Tree Challenge Creative

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Last spring we moved into a new home and I’m super excited about decorating for Christmas and making memories with my family in our new home. So, of course I was thrilled to find out that our Michaels Makers Challenge this month was to decorate a Christmas tree for the Dream Tree Challenge.  I had a hard time deciding on a theme for my new tree, but knew I wanted it to be fairly neutral with a little bit of sparkle and glam.  I’m calling this our Rustic Reindeer Christmas Tree.

Michaels Dream Tree_Giggles Galore

This tree features everything that I imagine you’d find in the reindeer’s barn at the North Pole.  From snow balls and jingle bells to the wood and Rudolph’s shiny red nose, this sophisticated yet cozy tree is the perfect mix of natural elements and glam.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing lots of tutorials so stay tuned for those, but in the mean time let’s have a look at my Dream Tree!

Fabric Rag Ball Ornament

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

My Rustic Reindeer Christmas Tree is a combination of ornaments I bought at Michaels mixed some fun DIY ornaments.  My handmade DIY garland was the focal point and main color palette with pops of white, gold, silver and just a hint of red.  I love the mix of shiny metal, rustic wood, burlap and glitter!  I used my Cricut to add simple words to the wood slice ornaments I found at Michaels.  I love how simple they are, especially mixed with all the shiny ornaments.

Rustic Reindeer Ornaments

Glam Reindeer Ornament

Glam Pinecone Ornaments

This year I’m using brown kraft wrapping paper and plain white paper to wrap all of our gifts.  Gold glitter ribbon, burlap, twine, dollies, and wood slice ornaments will make every package look extra special.  I blame my mom for this, she always coordinated the wrapping paper to match her tree and every present had beautiful bows or were adorned with creative tags, we always joked that the packages were too pretty to even open but it’s those little details that made Christmas feel extra special and one of those traditions and memories I’ll carry on with my family.

Rustic Reindeer Wrapping Paper

Rustic Reindeer Christmas Presents

Wood Slice Ornament Tag

Are you ready to decorate your Dream Tree?  Head to Michaels November 2 through November 8 for the Make It Merry Tree Event and save 50% off all trees 6 ft. or taller!

Tree event creative

Make sure you stop by Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the full Dream Tree Challenge and all of the fabulous trees that were created this year by the Michaels Makers.

Giggles Galore Dream Tree


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Jacqui Odell says:

    This makes me want to break out my Christmas decorations.

  2. I love everything about this tree!!!!

  3. So cozy! I love this Mariah.

  4. LOVE THIS!! So rustic! I love the burlap garland!

  5. LOVE the Rustic theme & Reindeer too!!

  6. Oh my goodness you had me with the BURLAP! Love it!

  7. Love the tree, it’s beautiful! I’m digging on burlap a lot lately, and I love how you mixed the burlap with the glittered ornaments. The art of pretty wrapping has not been given to me yet, God bless your mom for giving you that gift! 🙂

  8. Above is what a name looks like when your 2 year old bangs the keyboard and you don’t notice he erased your name! lol

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the burlap rustic Christmas decor!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the combination of rustic and glam.

  11. That is one beautiful Christmas tree and I do the same with matching my gift wrapping with the Christmas tree. It just makes everything look so special. Love your theme!

  12. This tree is beautiful – my mom would love it. She adores white 🙂

  13. That is fabulous. Lovin that burlap garland and fabric flowers. Gorgeous!

  14. I love this tree! I am so getting that burlap garland!! making those sweet ornaments and tags, such great ideas!

  15. I love all of the rustic details on this tree — including the burlap garland and tree stump ornaments. So fun and gorgeous!


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