Ho, ho, ho! We're in full Christmas decorating mode over here and if you read my last post then you know how many trees we're decorating this year! (You can go read it and come back, I'll wait for you) 😉
Today I am joining forces with a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you the Home for the Holidays Tour!
The tour is sponsored by Bespoke Decor. Read on for an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a $200 gift card to Bespoke. Happy Holiday to you a bit early!
For my stop on the tour, I'm sharing How to Decorate a Bee themed Christmas Tree! I'm so excited about this tree because it is an idea that I've been playing with for a few years but hadn't actually gone for it. Well, this is THE year!
OK, I'm all abuzz (ha!) with excitement to give you a tour of this tree and share the ideas and elements I used to create this look.
Let's start at the top, shall we? Every year at Christmas we visit Williamsburg and one spot I never miss is the Colonial Nursery. The Colonial Nursery is located on the Duke of Gloucester Street, across from Bruton Parish Church. It is filled with delightful gardening ideas and cute garden themed objects including the Bee Skep you see here at the top of my Christmas tree!
If you aren't able to visit Williamsburg this year, you can find the medium size Bee Skep on their website here.
At the Colonial Nursery they normally have these skeps in three different sizes and each year I try to get a new size to add to my growing collection.
I placed this medium-sized skep on the top and then tucked in a few faux hydrangea blooms and some glittered eucalyptus branches (both from Walmart) around it to give it a bit of a flourish.
For lights on this tree, I decided to use a mix of traditional small Christmas lights (or fairy lights as some call them) and then also use some large cafe lights. The large bulb of the string of cafe light bulbs is almost like an extra ornament on the tree and I'm so glad I added them.
In addition to tucking a few skeps around the tree, I wanted to add another large-scale element and I decided to use these galvanized pitchers. I like the garden/farmhouse feeling that they add. I repeated the hydrangea and glittery eucalyptus in these. By the way, the pitchers are also from Walmart.
For garland, I decided to use a tan buffalo check ribbon. I like the homespun feeling that this pattern lends to this tree. I also looped some gold tulle ribbon around the trim for some shimmer. It's very sheer so it doesn't distract, and isn't bold enough to stand on its own, it just adds some extra sparkle.
I had one strand of wooden beads that I strategically hung on the front of the tree. I like the light color and bit of texture it adds.
At the bottom of the tree, I have used a wicker tree collar as a base – LOVE the texture this gives the tree. It's so “right” to me for this bee themed Christmas tree idea. I got mine from Michaels Craft Store.
I also tucked a few fishing baskets that I've bought at antique fairs at the base – even though they aren't bee skeps they still have a nice color and texture that compliments the bee theme.
OK, now that you've gotten an overview, let's dive into Bee details!!
I found all of my bee images over at The Graphics Fairy – premium membership site. Are you a member there? I am and I just love, love, love all the gorgeous resources that Karen has curated there. I highly recommend you check it out.
I took one of her Bee images and a crown image of hers and merged them together in Photoshop and then created a sweet “Believe” banner. I printed it on cardstock and used my Cricut Maker to cut it out. Then I added a bit of wired sparkly ribbon and – presto-changeo – a Bee themed “Believe” banner was born!
I also used my Cricut machine to print out some larger sizes of just the crowns to hang around the tree. It's a Queen Bee tree!
I couldn't resist adding some actual Queen Bees to the tree so I again used my printer and my Cricut machine to cut out some Queen Bees that I created in Photoshop (thanks to the Graphics Fairy images).
I love these and think I'll keep some hanging around even after the holidays. 🙂
I also tucked in a few of the small bee skeps from Williamsburg. I am so impressed with the craftsmanship of these skeps.
You'll also spy a few of the handmade ones we made with twine earlier this summer! You can see how to make bee skeps in this video here on my YouTube channel – please subscribe while you're watching!
There is also a mix of white and gold ball ornaments sprinkled throughout. They add beautiful color and sheen to the tree.
Here's another closeup of the mix of ornaments and the pitcher.
The tree is a “Cashmere” style Christmas tree – that means the branches are soft and velvety. I thought that complimented this naturalist style tree.
I also placed another medium sized bee skep (like the one at the top) lower on the tree – this added nice visual balance to the tree.
Another DIY ornament on the tree is this woodcut image of a bee skep – this is also from The Graphics Fairy's website. The image was originally black and I changed it to a deep golden yellow in Photoshop and then printed them and cut them out. A couple of quick clicks of the hole puncher and a bit of sparkle ribbon were all I needed to make this pleasing little ornament.
And there you have all the elements I used to create a Bee themed Christmas Tree! What do you think? Have you ever wanted to create a bee-themed Christmas tree?
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Home for the Holidays Tour!
Now let's get some more holiday inspiration from my friends, shall we?!
Here is the line up for the week:
I hope you'll visit each stop on the tour and soak up all the fabulous holiday ideas!