Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rich Floral Elements in Christmas Tree Decor

As promised, another Christmas Decor Tutorial.  Do you use large flowers as a foundation to your Christmas Tree decor? 



 
I will admit it was very difficult to get the accurate purple color expressed in the photos.  They do vary, but I did my best to tweak to the true effect.  lol

I have done this for years and it is beautiful.  This year, as we are switching to a lavender/eggplant color scheme, hubs found a mantel garland that he loved and thought it would be cheaper to buy than if I made one.  (Silly guy, but it made him happy!).  So as you can see in this picture, there was a deep eggplant ribbon in the mantel decor that we have not used in our ribbon on the Christmas tree:

Mantel Decor
Ribbon Choices for Tree
Now, remember when I told you NEVER PAY FULL PRICE?  Well, every single week Michael or Hobby Lobby will have their floral stems and/or Christmas floral stems 40 to 50% off, guaranteed.  So you check the flyers that come in the paper or you go online and check their ads.  At Hobby Lobby, you can check their online coupons as well, and you might get additional savings.  Last week, the coupon was 40% off any one regular priced item!

So, we were at Micheal's with our coupons and sales going on and I saw these gorgeous eggplant poinsettias (?) and knew they'd be perfect.  Regularly $5.99, we got them for $3.00 each.   You always want to work in 3's - and I decided to get 6 for the entire tree.  (Our new tree is very slim - another hubby request - been putting that purchase off for at least 3 years.  lol)

New Floral for Tree
First, we placed the ribbon.  Tutorial HERE.  Next, we placed the floral pieces - all as the foundation to the tree decor prior to the many ornaments.  I leave the long stems on the florals as well as the price tags until I am sure I will use all of them and decide how many I need.  Sometimes I return extras. 

Current placement of 3 flowers - may change!  lol




As soon as I get the florals set in place, we go back and cut the stems (with wire cutters) to about 8 inches.  Since we don't attach the florals with wire, the length of the stem gives just enough to settle in the tree limbs and sit firmly.  Remains easy to remove and move around until they are just right once the ornaments go on.

Here is what it looks like at this stage at night.

Taken with iPhone4 - sorry about the quality.




Are you ready to change up your regular routine and try some gorgeous florals on your tree this year?  If you normally do a red/green decor, can't you just picture large red poinsettias?  Some of the choices go from little to no glitter to being super sparkly- so many choices at the various stores.


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26 comments:

  1. Have been considering putting florals in the tree this year - your post just might push me over the edge into really doing it! Pretty purple colors, can't wait to see the final product.

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  2. This is lovely! I do one tree that is all gold and crystal. I use gold poinsettias in it and love it. Love the slim tree!

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  3. It really adds so much to your tree. It looks like something from a magazine!

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  4. Love the idea of ribbons and the purple-green combination is always inspired. Jane F

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  5. Purple being right up there as my favorite color, I sold! LOL So pretty!

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  6. My favorite color! Beautiful and do-able!! I'm visiting from a blog hop. I'm a new follower. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

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  7. Really lovely. The flowers add so much drama. I'm doing a small tree for my entry with just lights & flowers. Trying to wait until after Thanksgiving, but it's so hard. I'm a new follower.
    CAS

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  8. I put white poinsettias with silver sparkles in our tree a couple years ago. It did make a difference. Your tree looks great!

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  9. It's so pretty and beautiful at night! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm enjoying yours!
    XO
    Kristin

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  10. And THIS is why I am so excited about hosting Tell me Tuesday--because I don't have to travel far to find inspiration! These are stunning. Truly! Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday at Vintage Pollyanna! http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/11/antiques-roadshow-tell-me-tuesday-link.html

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  11. So striking. I love the color and glamour.

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  12. I love the color ! So pretty ! You have great taste ! Following you back and thank you for your visit and following me. Come say hi when you can :)
    Bisous
    Frenchy

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  13. Love the purple flowers...Stopped by from Toot Your Horn Tuesday Blog Hop and following you via Google Friends.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Elizabeth

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  14. Love your tree! I have used burgundy and pink poinsettias all over my tree for several years now. Use gold ribbon and gold and burgundy ornaments. Also us the teardrops from and old chandelier attached to small velvet bows on the tree.

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  15. Gorgeous! Love the purple and gold. I've never used that combo at Christmastime, hmmmmm. Maybe in my bathroom just to test it out?

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  16. Ann, it is gorgeous, but wanted to clarify - it is silver instead of gold. Quite different for us this year and I can't believe hubs is all for it. But he has been the driving push!

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  17. I just LOVE the purple! It looks SO regal! Excellent choice!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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  18. Oh I do love the look of your beautiful purple poinsettias! They really make the tree~ it looks just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  19. These are beautiful. I have quite a few of them in this color purple and dark pinks too. I use them on the mantel, the tree and banister. I agree, purple is hard to photograph and have it not look blue.

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  20. How beautiful. The ribbons look great, but then when you put the flowers with it, it just add so much. Very elegant! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

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  21. The purple is gorgeous on your tree. The pop of the color and the flower sis just beautiful.

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