$20 Christmas Tree: Giving Old Ornaments New Life

Raise your hand if you’re surprised that my tree isn’t covered in gold goodness.  I’ll admit, I surprised even myself.  I blame it on the endless Shiny Brites that I kept seeing all over the place and my heart just kept screaming, “Let’s do Vintage-style. Color. Goodness.”  But, just buying up a collection of vintage ornaments can get pricey (or if you’re me, you just happen to check Facebook 30 seconds after an AWESOME set has been scooped up on your Vintage Yardsale page), so I’ll be collecting them this year to use on next year’s tree, but in the meantime, I needed to get creative to achieve the look I wanted.  
I also had dreams of a real tree this year, and every year for that matter, but when Christmas rolls around, I can just never bring myself to spend the money, so I stuck with my little tree that I’ve had since we were married seven years ago.  It was just one of those basic trees that the stores always sell for like $60 on Black Friday.  And I have to say, this year, she was lookin’ a little sad. BUT, it also goes to show that you can have a beautiful tree on a tight budget.  With a little fluffing, and a little DIY, she turned out perfect and I literally sit in the dark and stare at her EVERY NIGHT.
Anyway, let’s get onto this ornament stuff.  The first year we bought our tree, I bought a couple of sets of Martha Stewart glitter balls (the green ones you see on the tree were part of those sets) and a HUGE set of assorted silver ornaments at Target (I think there must have been like 100 ornaments in the set for like $20.00).  Here’s where I give one of my thrifty tree tips: don’t throw your old ornaments away just because they don’t match! I didn’t use these green ones last year, but they worked perfectly this year. In fact, that was the case with a lot of what’s on my tree this year.  If you sort of keep a collection, you have lots to choose from without having to go shopping for new stuff.  Yes, it creates a small ornament hoard in the storage room, but, whatevs.
I hadn’t used the silver ornaments on my tree for several years, and the silver finish was starting to scrape off so I broke out the glitter and Mod Podge (let me just tell you, this picture makes these ornaments look much better than they did in real life.  If they and been this shiny and beautiful, I would have kept them, but they were scratched up and nasty.)  
You’ll need:
Mod Podge
and a Paint Brush
The process is pretty simple and straightforward: 
Paint the ornament with a generous coat of the Mod Podge.  This little helper woke up from her nap in the middle of my project and you know she’s not sitting on the sidelines when there’s glitter involved!  It made the process twice as long and twice as messy, but she actually came up with some super cool ornaments and I always love when she can get involved in the process.  Anywho, back to the point: coat with Mod Podge.
Then, just dump a generous coat of glitter all over them and shake off the excess.  Apparently I was too busy yelling, “don’t dump that ‘pixie dust’ on the floor,” and “don’t mix those colors!!” to get any process shots of the actual glittering part, but I think you can probably figure it out.
I laid a hanger flat over the edge of the shelf, stuck a jar of flour on it to hold it down, and then hung the ornaments to dry.  If you find bare spots after they’re dry, you can just do another coat of mod podge and glitter.

When I hung these up, I really couldn’t believe how much they really finished the tree off and gave it the pop of color it needed.  And oh do they sparkle in the light!


Tomorrow I’ll be back to show you how I made the garland.

Here’s a little updated pic circa Christmas 2015. Two years and these babies are still going strong ;)

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