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“Merry and Bright” Dream Tree Challenge 2014

Don’t worry, I realize I’m jumping the gun a bit by throwing a little Christmas at you today…….just like Pinterest and every other social media channel out there, ACK!  One holiday at a time, right?! ;) 


And I know I just barely finished Halloween costumes and such (and have yet to show you my kids all together in their costumes — how about tomorrow??)…..but it’s time for Michaels’ annual Dream Tree Challenge.  (Maybe you remember last year’s challenge?)  And since it’s only the beginning of November….this gives you some time to start planning your own tree!


And this year, I was going to do color.  Lots and lots of COLOR.  But, my eye kept wandering towards the sparkle.  And glitter.  And some frosted mini pine cones…..and I just couldn’t help but add all things sparkly and bright to my cart!  I think I’m secretly dreaming of blankets of powdery white snow falling outside.  Now that Halloween is over, go on Colorado skies — snow your guts out! :)




I started by hanging some shiny beaded garland strands and draped them across the branches.  I absolutely love how these look!




Then I bought some painted white letters, spray painted the front with silver glitter, and then glued them to some jute string and hung them from the the branches.




Then I spray painted some metal stars silver (because they were yellow, blue, and red) and then topped that with more silver glitter spray paint.




I added a pre-made burlap bow to the top of the tree instead of adding a star (which is what I prefer atop a tree)…..because well, there are stars all over this tree!


I found these little sprigs of pine cone trios that I then stuck into to tree, to help fill and plump it out.




Then I bought some ball ornaments (I bought plastic ones because…….small kids!) and filled them with sparkly white snow fluff and some gold glitter confetti.




I also found these branches covered in more sparkle.  It wasn’t quite your standard flocking spray….it was a bit more crystalized than that.  And is perfect added in random spots all around the tree!




And, in case you’re wondering (just like my kids were), no, those aren’t real presents under the tree.  I wrapped a few empty boxes, just to show what the tree would look like closer to Christmas!  However, decorating this tree made me want to hurry and get Christmas shopping finished, so the rest of December could be spent, I dunno, sipping hot cocoa?! 





Christmas music is now officially permitted in the Johnston household.  We played the Pandora Christmas station all weekend long.  Thanks little Christmas tree……this was totally your doing! :)




A few more things:

  • If you’re needing a little more inspiration, be sure to check out the Make It Merry Look Book.  SO much to see over there!
  • And all Michaels Christmas Trees are on sale until November 8th, for 50% off.  Yes, that’s HUGE!




And check out the other bloggers’ trees in the Dream Tree Challenge…




  1. Kim says:

    This is my favorite tree!!!

  2. Jacqui says:

    So different, here the weather is heating up we have already had a few days over 35dC or 95 Fahrenheit. Oh well must do an American Christmas at some stage :) Your tree looks amazing, and the thought of Christmas shopping is making me giddy, BUT I LOVE CHRISTMAS and your tree looks devine

  3. Mrs. Kolca says:

    Our tree has white frosty feel, too, just like that. Beautiful!

  4. Anastasia says:

    Tree is lovely!!!!!

  5. Kelly Deal says:

    Gorgeous tree! That’s the look I want to go for!

  6. Winter says:

    Oh! it’s beautiful! Such fun! And I have a confession, I adore holiday decorations. Any holiday, any time. It makes my heart happy to see them in the stores. In my world, it’s never too early for Christmas decor!

  7. Holly says:

    Wow! That is gorgeous! What a dream come true to have no limits on what you can put on your tree!! ;) I love it! And I’m really surprised y’all don’t have any snow…we live up in Cheyenne and we got a good dusting last night and it’s still coming down today! Hopefully it’ll head down your way soon. :) Woo-hoo for officially starting Christmas!

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