Elegant Romantic Christmas Tree

My husband said " it doesn't matter what our Christmas tree looks like out of the box. You can't even see it when you finish decorating".  I have had this tree for years and it isn't as tall as I would like but the tree I used at Shelter Cove is too big. So, what did I do? I clipped some branches out of the big tree, wired them together and attached it to this tree on top. It looked hideous at first but I was bound and determined not to buy yet another Christmas tree. After decorating you can't even tell.

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Did I mention this tree was green until last year? I decided I wanted a flocked tree so instead of buying a new tree, I purchased a bag of the commercial snow they use with a machine to flock real trees. I do not own a flocking machine, so after some research, I laid out newspaper in the basement, wet the tree down with water from a large spray bottle and just "tossed" handfuls of the snow onto the tree. The fake snow has some sort of adhesive added and mixed with water sticks really well.  I rewet it and let it dry overnight. I resprayed it once more the next day. I wondered how it would do after a year in the basement but when my hubby brought it upstairs this year, I didn't see but a couple of flakes on the floor.

I used lots of pearls, gold, and crystal bead strands. The ornaments are gold, white, cream, silver, bronze and copper. I also added a box of pale rose gold ornaments.

I used lots of pearls, gold, and crystal bead strands. The ornaments are gold, white, cream, silver, bronze and copper. I also added a box of pale rose gold ornaments.

I started buying larger ornaments years ago. Surprisingly, most came from Big Lots. I usually "push" these into the tree to give it depth.

I started buying larger ornaments years ago. Surprisingly, most came from Big Lots. I usually "push" these into the tree to give it depth.

The skinny gold glass in the middle of the above picture is an extra piece from a chandelier I had at Shelter Cove. I knew I'd find a good use for them.

I finished the job by making a ruffled tree skirt. Tutorial to follow tomorrow...