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Our “Dollar Tree” Christmas Tree

December 8, 2011

So I haven’t done a full out Christmas since I was like 12!  Our family stopped putting up Christmas Trees since then, with an occasional Charlie Brown tree (little tree).  Now we have Peyton so she knows what is going on this year so we had to get a tree.  I wanted a fake one because I always think a squirrel is going to come out like on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation but Mister insisted on a real one.

Now for the decorations!  I am starting from scratch.  I quickly learned that decorations are expensive.  I would rather spend that money on clothes for Peyton!  Hobby Lobby had 50% off Holiday decorations last weekend but Peyton decided to drop a load while I was looking around and we had to leave.  So I took her home and headed back to Hobby Lobby.  There is a Dollar Tree next to my Hobby Lobby so I ran in there first just to see what they had.  JACKPOT!  The have pretty decent tree decorations.

They had Christmas bulb packages of 15 for $1!  I got some nicer ones of 5 for $1.   So after about $25 in Dollar Tree, here is our tree!

 I am in no way a decorated so this is what you get!  I think it’s a start.

Here are the bulbs up close. I am not sure what they are made of but its not really glass so they are not easy for Peyton to break. I still need to fill in some more spaces but this tree works for me.
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  • kita
    December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I usually go with a color and I go all over the place to find the decor for the tree. This year my color is ice blue and silver which has been the same color since 4 years ago. I am to cheap to buy new decorations. The dollar store has great stuff also kmart. I also bought some stuff from belk back in my home town.

  • Letillia
    December 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Your tree is super Cute!! I usually do a different color scheme every year and that can get pretty expensive so what I do is @ the end of the season everything starts to go on Clearance and that is when I “RACK UP” for the next year.

    I had a question for you, I have a Christmas Party to attend to on tomorrow it starts @ 7pm and it’s a womens only function (Church Women). The attire is Dressy Casual “What do you think would be good?” I’m thinking jeans, a nice top and I have some shoes from Shoe Dazzle that I have had for months and still haven’t worn them they are open-toe, sparkly turquoise color.

    I just moved here from GA and this will be my first outing w/ these ladies so I don’t wanna be like “BAM I’ve arrived” lol but I still wanna be “FLY” Tia. You feel me??

    So what do you think, sorry so wordy and long but I had to ask.


  • Julie
    December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful tree and such deals! Christmas is huge in my family so I haven’t ever bought decorations. I just have the one’s that have been passed down to me from other relatives. It is so much fun to decorate and hang the same ornaments that hung on my Great Grandparent’s tree:)

    I want to get little trees for Otto and Ava’s rooms and will be heading out to the dollar tree to pick up ornaments to fill in the gaps in their trees.


  • 'Tia
    December 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    The tree looks great!!! Dollar Tree is definitely coming up in the world.

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  • Chicago Mom (Heather)
    December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Looks great!! Jo Ann Fabrics also has cheap ornaments and decorations.

  • CHH
    December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Too funny, Trina (I think you know what I mean)!

  • Bud and Leo
    December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    It looks beautiful!!! Great buys, as always 🙂

  • The Russell Family
    December 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I got some of those same glitter ornaments and put them in clear vases and bowls for our bookshelves. Then I hung them from the garland on our mantle, as well as added them to a plain wreath I got from Walmart last year on clearance. Easy and cheap decorating, yes, please!

  • Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers}
    December 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I freaking love the Dollar Store! Just went today to pick up Christmas tins for Goodies I am baking! Your tree looks great!

  • Mrs. Collins
    December 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Cute tree! We have our tree up I have yet to upload the photos. We always get a real tree my hubby loves it. This year we got Madi to help us decorate so of course that included some breaking of balls/bulbs!

  • Cam | Bibs and Baubles
    December 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    we haven’t put up our tree yet. we still need to go out and get one. we have a ton of decorations. i think that’s on the long list of things to do this weekend! Your tree looks good, girl!

  • Ingrid
    December 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    The tree looks great! Our tree this year is red and silver themed and I got our ornaments at K-Mart, Target and a local discount store.

  • Tiffany @ Savor Home
    December 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    The Dollar Tree is a life-saver sometimes! Your tree looks great!

  • Nesha
    December 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Don’t you just love the Dollar Store?! Your tree is HUGE compared to ours. It’s tall and skinny. I don’t like the real trees either. I hate having to water them and clean up all the pine needles. But, they are very pretty though.

  • Lipstick Diva
    December 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I haven’t put up mine as of yet but last year it was pink, silver, purple and turquoise. I love decorating and I put silk flowers and butterflies in it too lol I know not very Christmasy but it was so pretty.

  • Dr. Reginia
    December 9, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I think you scored big.

    I’m not much of a holiday person so I didn’t put up a tree. As an adult, I’ve never had a tree. I typically go on vacation for Christmas.

  • Bravoe Runway
    December 9, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I’ve bought my ornaments over the year on sale after xmas at target 🙂 I love your tree it is very festive.

  • KGChrissy
    December 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

    My Mom gets our tree the day after Thanksgiving but, for all the decorations she buys them on clearance. Go to Walmart the 1st of the year. Jackpot! everything is like 75% off.

  • Fashion Meets Food
    December 9, 2011 at 3:42 am

    How cute did your tree turn out! xo

  • All Glam Things
    December 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    So Pretty! I have to tell you Girl~ with your Fab Giveaways you made my heart pumping!!) Thanks for the HAT!!!~ LOVE



  • Jen @ A Touch of Lovely
    December 10, 2011 at 1:04 am

    i’m loving the dollar store for decorations right now! i just bought some fill ins there last weekend!

  • caramelnaps25
    December 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I think it turned out fabulous and you didn’t break the bank! My stepdaughter will be gone this year so we are not even doing a tree and I don’t feel bad. I dont get out of school (work) until right before Christmas so there is no time for all of that anyway! Do I sound like a grinch? lol I am not:) I’ll visit my mom- she’ll have one big enough for all of us:) Lol @ the squirrel popping out:)

  • Yakini @ThePrissyMommy
    December 11, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Aww, the tree looks GREAT & love that u saved some money. Cuz no ma’am, decorations *aint* cheap!

  • Talking with Tami
    December 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Great job with your tree very pretty!

  • Nikesha
    December 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I have an artificial 7ft pre-lite tree that I love. Believe it or not, I have same decorations from 2001 or 2002, so they r about 10yrs old, lol. This year I decided to buy a few more bulbs and got a great deal from home depot, 18 large bulbs for 6 bucks. Im really good with keeping up with stuff, considering my decor traveled 1000 miles when I moved to texas in 04′.

  • YUMMommy
    December 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I like to shop for Christmas decorations at Walmart the day after Christmas. They’re as low as 90% off. Last year I got ornaments for like 25 cents. I also hit up the Dollar Tree after Christmas and got some for almost free!