How To DIY a High-End Christmas Tree
Decorating for the holidays doesn't have to cost a fortune. There is always a way to get the look for less; especially with a Christmas tree.
I saw this tree a few weeks ago at the store and absolutely loved the look of it… but not the price! It wasn’t even a big tree, just a porch-sized tree. I didn’t want to pay that much for a small tree so I went home and got out my paints and something from the dump reuse centre I thought might work.
I found this sad little tree and urn earlier this fall at the dump reuse centre and at the time hadn’t known what I would do with them.
See loads of other things I have found at the dump and repurposed here...
While I love the basket that the store tree was in (and I may look for one for next year), I decided to just give the urn a facelift for the time being.
Not wanting the urn to be the exact same colour as the tree, I gave it two coats of pale blue paint.
To highlight the details of the urn, I added some Antiquing Glaze. I love this glaze to give pieces an instantly old look and it is one of my favourite go-to’s.
I brushed it into the cracks and crevices with a small brush and then wiped it back with a damp cloth. I love the instant age it adds to a piece.
To give the tree a snow-covered (or flocked) look, I started brushing the “needles” with white paint. You do want to be quite gentle so that you don’t get splatters of paint flying everywhere.
After letting the paint dry, I wanted to add the clumpy snow so I mixed Frusion Fresco powder into the white paint. You want a thick paste consistency when you combine the two.
As soon as the paste was mixed, I randomly globbed it onto the top of the branches.
I was amazed at how little paint it took to cover the entire tree and how pretty it looked once it was all dry. You can use the same process on any size tree, wreath, or evergreen branches. It’s such a lovely way to bring the snowy outdoors in.
If you love this look as much as I do, keep your eye out at the thrift store or even on the curb… you never know when you’ll find a tree that needs a make-over too.
See the original Recreated Designs post with additional pictures here...