{Mostly} Handmade $20 Tree Makeover

This tree is so out of character for me and full of firsts, yet somehow a tree that’s so out of my ordinary became a tree that is so totally me!

My tree is old and it’s cheap {$40 on Black Friday several years ago}.  Every year I intend to buy a new tree and every year I can’t bring myself to spend the money.  I love my tree, but it’s sort of seen it’s better days–especially after the world’s worst light-stringer, yours truly, had to string new lights last year.  Every year I also consider a real tree…cut to previous statement about light stringing, combined with the fact that I also detest it, and you’ll understand why I’ve kept my sad little tree. Sooo…I decided to give it a makeover.  On a budget, as always.  This is the first year my tree has been matchy, matchy.  It’s the first year it hasn’t been the traditional red and green.  And it’s the first year I’ve “wrapped” my tree.  And guess what?  I’m like beyond ecstatic about how it turned out.  Literally, I kind of catch myself just sitting on the couch staring at it.

The best part is that it cost me about $20.00 and a lot of handmade love went into it.

In the coming days I’ll be sharing all of my super cheap, super simple projects with you.  Like this one you may have seen if you’re an Instagram follower.
The pictures of the process were actually much prettier than the final product until I found a creative way to turn them into one of my favorite little happy accidents of all time.
So I leave you with a last little preview of what’s to come and I’ll be back tomorrow to share the beginning of the anatomy of a handmade tree.
And while you wait, if you want some these easy little twine balls for own your tree, you can find the super simple tutorial here.
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  1. Anonymous says

    Is there a trick to using a bucket for a tree stand??? I think it’s so cute and I’d rather not buy a tree skirt! Thanks!!!

    • says

      I don’t know about how everyone else does it, but I just put my tree on it’s regular stand and put it in a bucket big enough to hold it {mine is from the paint section at Lowe’s}.

  2. says

    I found your blog through Pinterest and I am a new follower. I just love your tree! I put up several trees throughout my house and I just don’t have the kind of budget to decorate each one like the ones that I have pinned. Just last night my husband commented that our tree looked very pretty. I told him I wasn’t happy with it because it didn’t have all of the stuff I had seen on other trees. Seeing how simple and beautiful your tree is gave me affirmation that my is just fine!!!! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and I can’t wait to read your future posts!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

    • says

      Thank you so much! I always get discouraged too at how much Christmas decorations can cost. It seems to suck some of the fun out of the season. So glad I could help and thank you so much for the kind words!

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful tree! I love all the handmade ornaments and especially the framed pics. Adorable! Great inspiration! P.S. Your logo is pretty cute too! Thanks again for sharing for our Home for the Holidays party!

    • says

      Oh thank you. That framed one is one of my favorites too and was actually given to me by someone else. It’s a picture of my mom when she was little :D Thanks so much and have a Merry Christmas!

  4. says

    I’m not sure if you’ll get this question being that your post is a year old but I was wondering how you made the paper fan/button decorations? I just love your tree and want to try and make my own this year.

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