Let me tell you a little about my Christmas tree. It cost $38. No, it wasn’t on sale. No, I didn’t get it second hand. That was the full price at the store when I got it. See, I got married in September 4 years ago, and we weren’t exactly in a position to spend a ton of money on a tree, but we definitely wanted one. I waited too long to find anything early on at garage sales or online, so I got this one. I should also mention we lived in a tiny house, so the tree had to be small.

I still remember taking it out of the box, so excited for our first tree, and seeing all of the gaps in between the branches. It was a little disheartening, but I was determined to make it work. And I have. You see, we still have this tree. It’s the only tree we’ve ever had, and I dare say it doesn’t look like it cost $38 anymore!


I almost never put up the tree on its original base and use a tree skirt, and the main reason for that is our dog. He things the skirt is a new bed for him, so I’ve started using baskets to put the tree in and I use an old blanket around it. The basket it’s currently in actually does allow me to keep the tree on a base so it’s nice and secure! Now let’s get to making this sad little tree a little fuller!


First I start with the lights. Because of course, a $38 tree doesn’t come lit. You’ll notice it looks like I already have ornaments up. I don’t. Those are just bulb covers. These are good for two reasons: they fill in some gaps and they also give off a bit of a glow. Double win!


Next I put in some branches with pinecones and even some that are flocked. I always always always buy these at the end of the season and get them for a fraction of what they actually cost. It takes no time to add them into the tree, either. I try not to tuck them in too much. In the big gaps, sure, tuck away, but otherwise I like to have a few that really stick out of the tree to make it look a little larger and less uniform, like a real tree!



Now it starts to get fun! I add in a garland of some sort. I try to change this every year. I’ve used ribbons, scarves, and pom-poms in the past. This year I opted for a faux-fur ribbon because I wanted the tree to be more about texture than colour. I also added in some non-holiday florals with these little pom-pom like branches.I also really liked the look of leaves in the tree, which I hadn’t tried before.


Now we start with ornaments! The first three are representative of our family. Each of the boys have one and there’s a third just covered in hearts. The star also goes up at this point – before any breakables go on the tree, just in case I need to do any wrangling to get it in place!


These large white faux antlers are lovely because they can be hung or also tucked into the branches. More ways to fill in space and I like they they stick out a little bit.


Next come some gold geometric ornaments that are a little bit modern.


Lastly, I add some more gold and a couple of other personal ornaments – a little dog for our pup Luther, and a small house, representative of our own home.



There aren’t a lot of ornaments here this year (you can see my little trick for getting them all put away safely). Some years I add a lot more, while other years I keep it simple. I know that will all change as the boys grow, so I’ll enjoy whatever little time I have left decorating the tree as I please! Or maybe I’ll just keep decorating this smaller tree just the way I want and have another tree just for the kids to deck out. Any moms out there ever do that?

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