Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas! I can’t tell you how much I love participating in this series each year. Honestly, it’s one of the things I look forward to the most when the holiday season rolls around. Not only do I get to share inspiration with all of you, but I get to team up with some of my favorite bloggers. Be sure to check out all of their Day 1 projects at the end of this post.
Also, if you’d like to join us in this 12 Day adventure, we’d love to have you. If you are inspired to recreate anything we make, share it with us on social media using the hashtag #12days72ideas. We can’t wait to see what inspires you!
Technically, I’m cheating on today’s post because I’m sharing a tree I decorated back in October. It turned out super cute, and it is a Christmas tree after all so I hope it’s OK to post about it. Please know that I also will be sharing some techniques and unique touches that you can use to make your tree extra special. Sound fair?
I started with a standard green tree. (This one here.). I always think it’s wise to invest in a quality tree. Not only will a good tree last for years, but you get what you pay for. You want a full tree so you can’t see through it. Realistic branches are also always a plus. I opted for the pre-lit variety because it saves so much time.
Whenever I’m decorating a tree, I like to begin with a ribbon. Ribbon offers a bit of a backdrop for your decorations. It also helps to fill up the tree if you happen to be light on ornaments. I chose this thick black and red gingham flannel. I could spend all winter in a shirt with this pattern, so why not wrap my tree in it?
For this particular tree, I opted for an “Into the Woods” theme. Although the tree bears no resemblance, the theme was inspired by the movie of that name that’s coming out soon and Taylor Swift’s new song. (People, you have to take whatever inspiration you can get wherever you can get it, no questions asked.)
As much as I love traditional ornaments, it’s always fun to think outside the box when it comes to Christmas tree decor. (Donna of Funky Junk Interiors is the queen of unique tree trimmings.)
These red lanterns are the perfect non-traditional ornament! Not only do they go with the tree, but you can put smaller ornaments, battery operated tea lights, or other treasures inside the lanterns.
I also found an inexpensive Christmas village, so I just tucked several of the houses right inside the tree.
Lastly, I picked up these adorable woodland creatures (a.k.a. squirrels) and added them as well.
I then threw on some traditional ornaments to fill in anywhere things looked a little sparse.
Finally, to bring my “Into the Woods” theme home, I added some icy red berry picks and a few snow covered pinecones.
With that, my tree was complete! Colorful, warm, and cozy. I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?
And now it’s time for the first giveaway of the 12 Days of Christmas!
I obviously love decorating and trimming the tree, si I thought it would be fun to giveaway a Gift Card to one of my favorite places to shop for awesome holiday decor, Target!
Below, see how you can enter to win a $100 Gift Card to Target to help deck your halls with merriment!
There are two ways to enter to win!
ONE: Leave a comment below telling me what makes your Christmas tree extra special.
TWO: Sign up for the Inspired by Charm mailing list. You can sign up at the end of this post or at the very top of this page (just above the IBC logo). Once you’ve signed up, comment again telling me you did so. (If you already receive emails from IBC and want a second chance to win, share this giveaway on your favorite social media and comment again with the link.)
This giveaway is not sponsored. It is available to readers in the United State and Canada. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:59pm EST EXTENDED: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly selected and announced at the top of this post.
Good luck and Happy holidays!
See how the other 12 Days Bloggers are decking their halls.
Front Door Christmas Decorating from Shanty 2 Chic
Branch Candle Centerpiece from Funky Junk Interiors
Blue and White Christmas Decorating from Thistlewood Farms
Advent Calendar from Songbird
Colorful and Crafty Printables from Remodelaholic