Welcome to my first Christmas tree of the season! My daughter Emma and I had such a fun time pulling this tree together, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! I’ve never owned an all white Christmas tree before, but I’ve been wanting one for a long, long time. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a traditional tree and we’ll be sharing one of those too (stay tuned), but the designer in me has been itching to get a white one to play with. For my first go at decorating a white tree I knew I wanted it to have a blue & white theme (that color scheme is my obsession right now), but as I began looking at decorations I started hitting roadblocks.
I wanted the look and feel of my beloved china patterns without the danger of my four year old or my cat breaking the dishes… plus I have a teeny-tiny budget and couldn’t afford to go crazy buying ornaments, so I had to put on my thinking cap.
I first struck GOLD while doing a search over at Creative Market when I found this Blue Teapot illustration collection (affiliate link). Happy Sighs – for $7 I was able to download this darling set of watercolors which I could then print and cut out (over and over)!!! What a deal! Plus, they are UNBREAKABLE! Hooray!
Isn’t it charming? These petite faux apples become impromptu ornaments as well when tied with a bow.
The pagoda image on the china watercolors got me thinking about a diecut placemat I had seen at Caspari – I raced into the store on Saturday after work and sure enough there was this perfect Blue & White Pagoda which in my mind I knew I wanted to use as a tree topper! Even better, I was able to buy just one.
That pagoda shape got me thinking about a pagoda styled birdcage that I had. After a quick spray paint job it was ready to cuddle up to the tree and add a nice pop of color.
I also made this paper ornament – I like how the dark blue adds a bit of drama. I’ll be sharing a little tutorial for this ornament later this week.
I found these blue butterflies at the Dollar Tree, 2 for $1 – yay!
They add a nice energy to the tree.
When I first began to work on this tree I was actually using a different tree – a smaller flocked green tree – the scale of the tree just wasn’t right and I began to panic. So I scooped up my daughter and we took off to look at Christmas trees. As I mentioned I’ve always wanted a white Christmas tree so I narrowed my search to those. We hit the jackpot at Walmart when I found this Holiday Time Pre-Lit 7.5′ Lenox Pine Artificial Christmas Tree, Clear Lights (affiliate link). The flocking make the branches so much more substantial than all of the other white trees I have seen. It’s so full looking and it’s on sale! Double YAY!
I pushed the giant Christmas tree box around the store for a quick stop by the fabric section (I can never resist the fabric department!) and boy am I glad I did… because what did my little eye spy? This charming blue & white fabric by Waverly – the colors are just PERFECT for my tree AND, wait for it… it is only $3.97 per yard! Can you believe it?! I clutched the bolt to my chest with glee knowing that some how, some way, this was going to make my tree perfect. I began thinking of how to use it… a tree skirt was one obvious option but I wanted it ON the tree…. I briefly thought about framing the fabric but frames can be heavy on branches and then it hit me – embroidery hoops! I happen to already own lots of those and they are light.
A few blue & white porcelain drawer pulls add some interest as well.
Green is one of my favorite colors to combine with blue & white plus, it added dimension to the treescape.
A mini pagoda (spray painted to match the larger one) is just the right size to nestle a teacup inside.
I just couldn’t resist adding this little guy into the seen. My daughter wants a dog for Christmas but for now, he will have to do.
The tree casts a beautiful glow at night too!
Here’s a handy Pinterest ready image for you to share if you are inclined. I’d be so thankful!
I’ll be sharing more details later this week plus a blue & white tablescape inspired by the tree in tomorrow’s post. In the meantime, have you ever owned a white Christmas tree? What was your favorite color scheme to decorate it? Thanks for sharing!