Anatomy of a {Mostly} Handmade ChristmasTree: Part 2

You can find the first post in this series here

First, let me answer questions about putting your tree in a bucket:
*I got my bucket in the paint section at Lowe’s for about $20.  This would add to the cost of the tree if I’d had to purchase it solely for Christmas purposes, but I use it as a drink cooler at parties and BBQ’s in the summer, so I just pulled it out of the garage and stuck the tree in it.
*There wasn’t really any trick to standing the tree up in the bucket.  It’s on it’s normal stand and the bucket is simply big enough to just set the whole stand right inside.  So I guess if there’s a trick, it’s just making sure that your bucket is wide enough to hold your tree stand.  This will probably ensure it’s also the proper scale, because a 10ft tree would look a little weird in a tiny bucket.

For the record, I LOVE the bucket.  No straightening the tree skirt every five minutes!

Onto the first steps of the $20 {Mostly} Handmade tree, and this is where the “mostly” part comes in.  I wanted to try to hide the fact that my tree looks really fake and that my lights are really poorly strung.  So as I said in my first post, for the first time ever, I “wrapped” my tree.  Why have I never done this before?!  I always thought that wrapping would take up precious ornament space, so I didn’t do it, but now that I have, I actually think it enhances the ornaments and the lights and adds a little more depth to the tree.  The lights behind the burlap give off a beautiful glow and the ornaments don’t get lost in the sea of green. So, the burlap was my first purchase. It was one roll like this, 50% off at Hobby Lobby in the Wedding Floral section.  If you’ve never “wrapped” I highly recommend you try it.

As you can see, the burlap is a little pricey, so make sure it’s on sale or you have your coupon.  I just wrapped from the top down and played with the spacing so that I only needed one roll.  You can see that I sort of ran out at the bottom of the tree, but it didn’t bother me once the ornaments were on, so I didn’t bother with a second roll.

So running total at this point: $7.50.  Next came the only other thing I spent money on: An assortment of champagne color ball ornaments from Walmart.  {And I just realized you can see my little reflection in the shiny ones–hi.}

They have these in every color of the rainbow for $8.98 and I still have half of them left for other projects if I want {I think they even have a set that’s half this size, so you could probably get away with that for a small tree.}

So I hung the balls on the tree alternating between the different textures, and then it was time to move on to the handmade part.

Tomorrow, I’ll share this little garland with you that’s so easy, it probably doesn’t even warrant a tutorial, but I’m going to give you one anyway.



  1. says

    I found your blog via Pinterest tonight thanks to your free Christmas printables – and oh my gosh I am here to stay! I seriously love your style and your taste in decorating. I just pinned some more of your projects. So happy to have found you!

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