Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Frugal Girl's Guide to Tree-trimming

This will be my husband and I's first Christmas together and we don't have a go-to stash of Christmas decorations and ornaments. I can't bear the thought of purchasing these items at full retail so- I challenged myself to see if we could actually decorate a tree using only items already in the house. I felt confident that if we could stick to whites/silver/gold we couldn't mess up too bad! ( I must reveal that we did already own a few special ornaments and the pretty angel topper- a gift from Therese.)

Garland= alternating rows of old thrifted lace trim and rows of broken necklaces
Ornaments= existing + metallic drink umbrellas, jewelry (pearls, pendants, brooches, earrings) using a pack of dollar store ornament hooks, fake roses, white feathers from an old hat
Tree skirt= a thrifted 80s full-skirted tulle dress  
Presents under the tree= sequin pillows and a Victorian-look collage chest (holds our DVDs!)

-Bride & groom ornament for our 1st Christmas (a gift from The Wilson's)
-A cameo from a thrifted dress gets new life adorning a tree branch 
-Metallic drink umbrellas in gold/silver/greens add much needed glitz and glimmer
-Vintage silhouette pictures (a gift from my Aunt Sandy) re-purposed from wall to tree hanging


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  2. Beautiful job, Jenn. I also believe it doesn't take money to trim a tree or wreath. However, I have the advantage of having years of treasures to draw from. I would not trade one single 50 cent old ornament for a dozen new $10.00 ones.

    Some of the things on your tree, you will still use 20 years from now. Love you.

  3. I love this tree!! Beautiful.I am so glad you are beginning your tradition of Christmas and meaningful treasures! Love you much, Therese

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  5. So, so incredibly pretty! I'm really impressed - and inspired - by your ingenuity and the stunning Christmas decor you put together with what you already had on hand. Very, very gorgeous work, honey.

    ♥ Jessica

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