And you thought it was too early to start thinking about Holiday decorations? Here in the U.S. most people will put up their holiday trees the day after Thanksgiving towards the end of November. However, when Michaels asked me to participate in their Dream Tree Challenge I couldn’t resist getting an early start on the Holidays! For my dream tree I was immediately drawn to an elegant and rustic winter woodland look using natural elements like wood, burlap and kraft paper mixed with gold, champagne and a pop of red. For this red infusion I started with the wide red and burlap ribbon, wrapping it around the tree as my garland. I then anchored my woodland theme by attaching three large reindeer into my tree branches as if they are running through the forest. This is my touch of unexpected. Once I had my larger elements in place I added the traditional balls in frosted gold, champagne and bright green. I then decorated the tree with smaller ornaments ranging like  wood and kraft stars, glittered pine cones, round twig balls, laser cut wooden snowflakes and paper snowflakes (see this post).  The elk and reindeer mini trophy heads were placed in key spots and a few fluffy birds were tucked into the branches. My final touch of red were the berry clusters tucked into the branches adding yet another visual texture as well as color. To top of the tree I had to indulge in this kraft Reindeer trophy.  Festive and cozy, don’t you think?

I hope that our Dream Tree Challenge using the wonderful selection of Christmas tree decorations from Michaels will give you new ideas and inspiration for your own holiday tree. To kick off the holiday season, make sure and check out Michaels’ Make it Merry inspiration book or all kinds of holiday tips and project. Also head into Michaels November 2-8 for the Make It Merry Tree Event, 50% off all trees 6ft. or taller. For the full Dream Tree Challenge and all the fabulous trees that were created this year by Michaels Makers stop by Michaels’ blog. Cheers! ~ Lia