I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…and since I live in Texas the chances of that happening are fairly slim. So, this year I decided I would create my own winter wonderland with a snow covered Christmas tree for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. I’m absolutely thrilled with how this snow covered tree turned out and can’t wait to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, a roaring fire in the fire place and dream of a white Christmas while admiring my Winter Woodland Christmas Tree.
I loved creating my Rustic Reindeer tree last year and when the Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge was announced I had lots of ideas swirling around in my head. There was the idea to create a bright and colorful kid-friendly tree for the play room, or the idea to embrace the “mad for plaid” trend and create a rustic plaid tree, but every time I thought about it I kept coming back to a winter wonderland theme. Finally, on one of my trips to Michaels inspiration hit while I was browsing the fall clearance items. I spotted the cutest fluffy white owls and immediately knew that I wanted my tree to feature these adorable woodland creatures.
I have always admired the look of the pretty snow flocked trees, but the OCD clean freak in me has always squashed the idea of actually ever having one. I was telling my mom about how I wanted to flock a tree but was worried about the mess and how it would turn out. She told me the story of the one Christmas my great-grandmother decided to try something out of the ordinary and flock her tree, she remarked about how stunning it was and that it’s always been one of her favorites even after all these years. I’m a sucker for personal connections and decided at that moment I was going to go for it, after all my motto is making the “ordinary EXTRAORDINARY one creative project at a time.” I did tons of research and decided to use bonding flock to create the snow white tree of my dreams. It was easier than I thought and the end result was even more stunning than I could have imagined. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a big mess, but I think my great-grandmother would be proud.
Now that I had a snow covered tree and a theme, Winter Woodland Christmas, it was time to decorate. I decided to incorporate some of my handmade decorations from last years Dream Tree Challenge and used the ruffled burlap garland as a base. I added a silver ribbon over top of it to create that shimmery, snowy, rustic woodland look.
I used some of my birch logs and stuck them in the tree, perfect for the owls to perch on and add texture.
Along with the fluffy white ornaments I made last year, I handmade a whole bunch of new ones this year. I used lots, and lots of feathers to make a variety of different ornaments to carry out the winter woodland vibe throughout the tree. I covered Styrofoam balls in white feathers, added feathers inside of glass ornaments and glued feathers to the outside of ornaments for an easy and cohesive look.
I wanted large over sized ornaments but I couldn’t find them in the store to match my theme. So, I used Styrofoam balls and covered them in glitter, beads and snowflakes to get the look I wanted. When you can’t find what you are looking for in the store consider creating your own DIY ornaments, in my case it was simple and only required a few inexpensive supplies.
Last year I made these simple wood slice ornaments and I thought they were the perfect addition to this years tree as well. I love how I was able to incorporate some of my ornaments from last year, but achieve a completely different theme for this year’s tree. Let’s face it, most people don’t run out and completely redo their tree from top to bottom each year. Slowly adding and incorporating elements from previous years is a great way to cut cost and save on decorating your Christmas tree, all while changing the overall look and feel.
What to do with the top of the tree is always a struggle for me. This year I added lots of snowy white branches to add height and interest to the top of the tree. My mom found this beautiful stuffed owl at a local shop, Holiday Warehouse, and he was the absolute perfect addition to the top of the tree.
I absolutely love how this snow covered Winter Woodland Christmas tree turned out and look forward to celebrating the season with my very own white Christmas.
I know you just put away the Halloween candy, but if you are inspired to start decorating your own tree make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees. And if you need a new tree this year make sure you take advantage of FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com now through November 14th!