I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share this transformation with all of you. I am completely blown away with how my Dollar General Christmas Tree turned out. I picked this guy up for $35 because I used my DG coupon on a Saturday. Anyway, it was the best deal I could find on a 7ft Tree right now. Sure waiting until Black Friday may have yielded a better deal on a bigger tree, but I was just fine with spending $35 to have a tree I could get started on right now!
After getting it out of the box and a thorough toddler inspection, it was clear it needed a lot of help, but we were up for the challenge!
The first step was to fluff it and see what I had to work with. It wasn’t much, so I immediately took to 2 strands of garland and a package of garland ties from the dollar tree. All I did was wrap it in the inside to hide a bit of the negative space and add a a garland tie here and there where I saw some major holes. It helped a ton!
A friend on our facebook suggested taking some of the $1 dollar tree mini trees and using them to fill the inside a bit. I THOUGHT THAT WAS GENIUS and ended up using 5 around the inside of the bottom to help fill it out more.
As you can see between the garland, mini trees, garland ties and a significant amount of time fluffing and spreading branches, it really didn’t need much more. Lights, ribbon and Ornaments would do the rest of the work. I added two strands of lights that I picked up after Christmas last year.
So far the transformation was pretty nuts!!
Let’s talk about the base. A tree skirt wasn’t in the cards for me and my toddler this year plus I think the baskets and galvanized buckets are super cute. I just don’t love the price of the pre-made ones. So I grabbed a thrift store basket (I think an apple basket) from my stash and used it.
I had to trim each foot on the stand about 2 inches so that it would fit, and then we screwed it straight into the basket. It worked out great. I added a few bricks for extra weight to make sure my toddler couldn’t bring it down easily.
Ribbon time is my favorite time in tree decorating. Something about it is just super fun, and I get to be creative and a little funky with my choices!
I used 2 rolls of striped burlap ribbon from Dollar General.
I then used one roll of black and white buffalo check, and one roll of red and black buffalo check. Both from Hobby Lobby. I used garland ties to secure my ribbon in various places.
I wrapped up the ribbon fun with about a roll and a half of burlap ribbon from Walmart.
Adding all of the filler ornaments, and handmade ornaments we have done live added the final touches to the tree. Once they were all in place I did see areas where I had to take my left over ribbon and add some loopy’s. Just to help fluff it out.
THE TOPPER!!!! The topper of a tree is what makes the whole thing come together. It seems naked without it right? Well my Mama sent me the most amazing topper from Tractor Supply and it is absolutely perfect for this tree!!!
OOPS I almost forgot about the Dollar Tree Berries. I cut up about 5 bunches of it and placed it at the top and through out the tree. It added the perfect little touch to finish the whole thing out.
I AM BLOWN AWAY BY HOW THIS TREE TURNED OUT! I absolutely love it!!
I definitely think it looks like a million bucks and I sure didn’t have to spend that!! I’m not sure what my total investment in my tree was, but I know it was probably around $100 which isn’t bad for a fully decorated tree that you are completely in love with!
If you love it as much as we do, could you do us a little favor and…
PIN IT FOR LATER!
So what do you think? Do you see hope for your old tree, new to you tree, or BUDGET FRIENDLY tree you picked up somewhere? I definitely won’t count any tree from any store out that is budget friendly from now on!