i should be mopping the floor: Aqua and White Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Aqua and White Christmas Tree

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This Aqua and White Christmas Tree is kind of our tree that almost wasn't. But, y'all...it's kind of my favorite lil' Christmas tree in all of its petite glory. 

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
We have a few Christmas trees around our home. I love having the two in the front windows; it was one of the things that drew me to this house. I was initially going to stop there. But, it has turned out that those two rooms aren't really the rooms we're in a lot (one is a formal dining and the other was a living room that we changed into my office...so, I'm really the only one in there). I went ahead and put a tree in our family room since that's kind of where we flop. But when people would come into this main living area, the first thing they'd say was, "So, will your main tree go in here?" And, I'd kind of hem and haw around and think..."I'm not fancy enough to have a main tree." Nonetheless, I dug this tree out of the garage, stuck it in a crock, and our aqua and white Christmas tree was born. Check it out below.


Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
This Aqua and White Christmas Tree of ours is part of a lovely Christmas Tree tour hosted by my friends, Diane of An Extraordinary Day and Mary Beth of Cupcakes and Crinoline. Thank you both so much for putting on such a fantastic tour!

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
So, who says your "main" tree has to be huge and lavish? This lil' four-footer does the job. I gave her a little extra height by placing her up on the hearth. Honestly, I didn't have a spot in this room for a big tree...this room is in the dead center of the house and connects everything (kitchen to bedrooms, etc.). We spend most of our time walking through it, rather than sitting in it. It's kind of a glorified hallway, if you will. But I lucked into an outlet built into the hearth, so voila...instant place to tuck in a little tree.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
The holiday look for this room was all built around this year's mantel decor. You can see how this mantel came together here. And grab my free printable Merry and Bright Banner here.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
On the other side of the room is my Christmas Gallery Wall.
You can see how I put it together here.
This is the one room in our house where I don't use red...
can you tell? It's aqua-city, all the way.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
And I tried to carry that non-red, only-aqua-and-white theme into this little Christmas tree, too. My goal was to keep the cost to a minimum, as well. I only spent $12 on new items for this tree...mainly utilizing stuff I already had around the house. The spendiest thing I purchased was the yarn to make all of the pom poms. 

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
The reason the pom pom yarn was so pricey was the fact that I bought some fancier stuff...I wanted the pom poms to resemble snow balls. I initially made these for something else entirely, but ended up stuffing them all over the tree for some fun texture.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
I grabbed the Buttercream Angel Hair yarn at Jo Ann's. It's the softest yarn ever, y'all...and has that delicate snowball look to it. I also used a jumbo pom pom maker and just followed the instructions to make gobs of these things. You can grab this same Jumbo Pom Pom Maker HERE on Amazon.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
This is about as close to snowballs as we get in this part of the world. I had some snowflakes from last year's tree that I added in, too.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
I also added white poinsettia picks from the Dollar Tree. I purchased these last year, but have seen the same ones this year. I also made some large aqua-colored pom poms using that same pom pom maker. I wanted to tuck some aqua deep into the tree for extra interest. The yarn of the pom poms gives some great texture, too.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
I used about five glittery picks from the Dollar Tree for a topper for the tree. And a star that I had grabbed there last year (but saw it there again this year, if you're in the market). That star was actually just an oversized ornament that I wired onto the top of the tree. I spread the pick's glittery sticks out and stuck each section in, kind of fanning them out.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
The little church ornaments were from my dining room tree last year. They also came from the Dollar Tree.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
I had the tree all set up and ready to go and kept telling my husband that I wished it had more aqua. At that point, all it had was about five aqua pom poms tucked in here and there. I wanted aqua ornaments, but didn't want to spend a ton of money on them. One morning right after Thanksgiving, I found myself in my favorite thrift store over in Belton. They had a huge stack of old, vintage-like ornaments in their original boxes. It was an enormous stack, y'all (we're talking well over a hundred boxes, no joke)...but it was completely a mess and ridiculously unorganized. I had a few minutes, so I sat down on the floor and started digging through the mammoth stacks of ornament boxes. I walked away with three BIG boxes of ornaments...one of them was filled with a dozen fun AQUA ornaments. I couldn't believe my luck. That box was three bucks...and well worth it for the dozen vintage aqua ornaments that were absolute perfection on this tree.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
Even though this little aqua and white Christmas tree is tucked into a corner, it's the first thing you see when you walk into this room from the entry hall. I'm pretty proud of my budget-friendly, non-red, pom-pom laden, vintage-ornament-filled tree. And I love to set the lights on the mantel to their aqua and white setting, too, to coordinate with the tree.

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
As I mentioned, we do have multiple trees in our home. Our sentimental ornaments are all on the family room tree (pictured above). It's covered with them from top to bottom (we collect ornaments as our "thing" when we travel and then accumulate a couple every Christmas season, too). I shared this tree, above, earlier this month. It has a fun, vintage vibe to it and my kids still love the multi-colored lights (me, too, really...I even added bubble lights to it this year). Click HERE to see this tree in more detail (the post has free printable lollipop ornaments, too).  

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
Our more traditional tree sits in the dining room. This year, I used jute webbing in place of ribbon and really love it. It's also covered in poinsettia picks, pine cones, and a few other ornaments, too. Both this room and my office can be seen from the front of the house, so they each have a tree in the window. And to be completely up front, the tree in my office isn't decorated, (womp, womp). I had high hopes, but time is getting away from me. It is, honestly, for symmetrical purposes...ha! I turn its lights on at night so the two trees both glow from the outside of our home. 

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
These two front windows are part of the reason this house just got to me, y'all. My mother always had her Christmas tree in her front window of every home we lived in. I was elated to find a house where we could duplicate that tradition. And with my symmetrical self, I had to carry it out times two. 

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
My little jute webbing ornament coordinates perfectly with my dining room tree. 


For more extraordinary Christmas tree inspiration, please visit all of my friends in this festive blog hop. You can find all of their beautiful trees below:

Day 1
Day 1 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree Tour

Day 2
Day 2 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree Tour

Day 3
Day 3 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree Tour

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
I'm still quite giddy over the whopping $12 I spent on this tree.
Next year, I'm challenging myself to $10.





11 comments:

  1. Awww beautiful and thank you for sharing

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  2. Your aqua tree is so pretty! How lucky were you to find aqua ornaments at the thrift shop? I like how you put your tree in a crock and I love the aqua glow that I could see on your white hearth. All of your trees are gorgeous!

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  3. a gal after my own heart, aqua and saving money...oh, and beauty! thanks for the eye candy today '-)

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  4. I love, love, love aqua and your tree is amazing. And I adore your mantel too. And that gallery wall! So good.

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  5. Oh my Goodness!!!! I LOOOOVE your Christmas tree. You got me there. I love aqua and the whole combination of elements and colors is just perfect. Your home looks so cozy. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
    Hugs

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  6. Your tree is amazing, i love the pom poms everything looks so beautiful glowing in your gorgeous room!

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  7. First of all I didn't know I could buy a pom pom maker! That's something I totally need. yes, love pom poms, I need it. Now, your aqua and white Christmas tree's adorable. Well, your entire room is.

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  8. Can you send this aqua tree to my house?! Aqua is one of the colors I use throughout my house, and yet my tree is iconic red, green and white. :0 Very pretty and fun. Love the gallery wall as well. Visiting from BFF party.

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  9. So festive and fun! I love that you made your own pom-poms too! I've always wanted to do that!!
    Beautiful!
    xoxo,
    Jennifer

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  10. This is beautiful! I love these colors together. Also really cool you are a graphic designer- Im going back to school for that right now.

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  11. I love this tree! The colors are perfect and the pom poms add such awesome interest to it...and the colors...well, I love aqua but I always tend to do RED somewhere (almost everywhere) but maybe next year I'll switch things up and use some aqua.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kristi! xo

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