How to Turn Your Tree from Boring to Badass for Cheap!

December 3, 2017

Anyone who is close to me knows how much I love Christmas.  My favorite thing to do (other than shop/decorate for presents) is decorating the Christmas tree!  It wasn’t until last year where I decided to buy my own mini tree and take my Christmas tree decorating a little more seriously.  I got so much Pinterest-envy looking for inspo but I didn’t want to spend hundreds decorating.  With a lot of trial and error, I figured out some little hacks to help your Christmas tree go from basic to badass on a budget.


The key to starting your Christmas tree decor is finding a theme!  I did a lot of Pinterest scrolling and made a Pinterest board of all the Christmas trees I liked (you can see that board here).  After a while, you might notice a theme generating – for myself, I really like glamorous, rustic themed trees.  But, there’s an infinite amount of possibilities!  I always suggest making Pinterest boards to aid in developing your “vision”.  

Color Palette

After going through and seeing what trees I was most attracted to, I came up with my color palette.  For myself, I was most attracted to rose gold/blush, white and gold.

This is a really important step to help make your tree cohesive!  All my decorating choices are going to be based on this color palette.

Michaels + Dollar Store

I found all the decorations for the tree from Michaels + a few dollar stores.  These are the best places to look on a budget!  Michaels constantly has 40-55% coupons every week, so it’s always good to keep an eye out for sales. The most expensive items I purchased were the pink + white bulbs, and those were only $7 each on sale!  The dollar store also has a ton of cheap decorations that look super cute as well!  I purchased the gold bulbs for only $1.25 for 15.


The best tip I can give to make your tree stand out is improvising!  I used wreath picks from Michaels for the antlers and some of the bigger pieces on the tree.  I also bought flowers from the dollar store to use on the tree.  To do this, you’ll need some scissors and Christmas wire hangers.  You cut the flower from the stem, and wrap the wire around the base of it like so:

Then you wrap the other end around the tree, and voila!  You’re done!

There you have it!  Some simple tricks and tips to make the most badass Christmas tree on the block!  I hope these tips help and let me know how you’re decorating your tree.

PS: Does anyone else have a pet that loves their Christmas tree as well?  I think I got Hello’s approval on my tree this year.

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  • Chanel

    Jack and Tilly are having a battle of who gets to claim the tree. Jack liked to climb it and Tilly likes to hang out underneath it, thinking that she is protected beneath it 🙂

    You’re tree looks so badass, mine is still naked.

    December 4, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Elizabeth

    OMG Hello is adorable! <3 😀 And girl, your tree decorating skills are sooo enviable! Thank you for sharing all of these great tips/tricks! Your tree seriously looks so glamorous! Glad to know that this can be achieved on a budget! Now off I go to Pinterest LOL! 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth

    December 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm Reply
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