I decided that I wanted to do a beach/coastal type of tree this year. Even though I live in Ohio nowhere near a beach, the thought of being at the beach or anything beachy makes me happy.
I went with burlap and pretty teal/blue colors for the overall look of my tree this year.
I found these pretty ornaments at Wal-Mart and they were the PERFECT color! The best thing... they are plastic and kitty proof! We have a kitty this year so I had to remember to not put anything glass on the tree.
She's already been a naughty kitty this year. Can you spot her? I caught her yesterday on the stairs trying to knock the ornaments off the tree.
To match the beautiful ornaments, I decided that I needed some bows. Of coarse, they are really hard to find in the colors that I chose this year, so I decided to make my own!
I chose one of my favorite ribbons from May Arts. It's the Natural Burlap/Stripe Edge ribbon in Teal(406-15-04).
Making your own bows for the tree is so simple! All you need is ribbon (wired is the best so you can shape the bows), jewelry wire, and scissors.
First, tie a bow and cut the ends (you might want to heat set with a lighter or fray check). Then thread the jewelry wire through the back and tie it off.
Now you have a perfect bow ready to go on your tree!
I also needed a tree skirt to match. Of coarse, this was impossible to find in the colors that I wanted. So I took to Pinterest...
This tree skirt was too beautiful NOT to try! I love how it turned out! I will note, this is a project and a half! Not one to do in just a few days!
To make your own tree skirt you will need 2-3 yards of each fabric (I chose a pretty teal fabric and some ivory colored burlap), Christmas tree skirt (cotton skirts are $3 at Wal-mart), Ribbon.
Start by hot gluing fabric to the bottom of the tree skirt. You will need to fold the fabric over each time to give a ruffled look.
Add a layer of burlap after the fabric.
Keep going by alternating fabric/burlap with each row.
Instead of adding a tie, I added some bows from the burlap/stripe ribbon to match my tree bows. I don't like typing a skirt around the tree so I did it this way and just laid the ends of the tree skirt overlapping so the bows would show.
Last, but not least... do you remember the little clothespin flowers that I posted a few weeks ago?
Here they are! PERFECT addition to my beachy tree! CLICK HERE for a full tutorial to make your own!
Stop by the May Arts blog today to see Christmas Trees from all of the Ribbonistas! Also, they are offering a giveaway, so you don't want to miss out on that!
Thanks for stopping by!