Now that Halloween is officially over, folks like you can fill their Pinterest folders with tons of inspiration for Christmas decor without getting dirty looks!! Today, I’m so happy to bring you some of my own inspiration for Christmas this year. Each year for the last 4 years Michaels has put on a Dream Tree Challenge for bloggers. Last year was my first one and I loved the experience. This year as a Michael’s Maker I was asked again to create a dream tree using the Hartford Pre Lit Tree from Michaels Store. Each one of us received the same tree and were asked to transform it into a dream!

Now, my dreams don’t change much year to year. My dream tree in general is something festive, something beautiful and something ME! So this year I kept the same color palette for the most part but added some of my favorite elements like wood, tin and of course buffalo check! I even snuck in a little black velvet, giving my tree a cozy cabin feel.  I even added the dusty miller from my Thanksgiving decor this year.

Buffalo Check Christmas Tree

I know it’s not realistic for you to go out and purchase and entire new tree with all the trimmings every single year so I encourage you to use some of the same items from last years tree and still have a fun new look!  For example, instead of striped ribbon like last year you can use a buffalo check ribbon or garland like the one above. It’s all about mixing and matching and staying true to your style!

Christmas Tree with Buffalo Check

Here’s how I put my tree together this year.

Just like last year I added flocked stems to the tree to get a flocked look. Then to change it up I added some dusty miller stems! I love the frosted color that it gives! You can find a these stems in the floral section but the selection varies from store to store.

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Dream Tree Challenge Just Destiny 2015

Next, I added garland! But instead of ribbon this year I uses….SOCKS!

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Yes, this garland is made of socks. More on that later. But I basically filled them with empty bulbs and tied them off! I got them from the dollar section at Michaels. But I think ANY sock will do. The texture it adds to the tree is SO fun. I can see myself doing this in white or even red for my trees years to come! It’s like an updated popcorn garland but with a much larger scale.

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I also added this BEAUTIFUL wood ribbon. I’m actually not sure if its ribbon but I found it in the naturals section at Michaels. The color and texture that it adds is dreamy!

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Next I added my largest ornaments. As soon as I saw these large flat tin bulbs I knew I had to have them. I paired them up with this amazing monogram that I found on Pinterest and cut it out with vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo. I love the elegant look that it gives the tree.

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After that I added all the small ornaments in black, white and tin to the tree.

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I made sure to use different finishes of white in glossy and matte.

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I also added a black snowflake cut out to these tin pans using my Silhouette Cameo again! You can find the bottle cap tin pans in the wood and tin section at Michaels. I love how it gives the tree a quilted look!

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For the tree topper, I spray painted a wooden star and tied it to the top. I always make a big  fuss about the top of the tree. It stresses me OUT! haha But this year I wanted it to be simple and there is nothing more simpler than a star!

Simple Tree Toppers

Here are some other shots of the tree.

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You can find those marquee numbers at Michaels too! They are battery operated and come in all the letters and numbers!

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·         Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.

·         From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com!

·         If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com.

Check out my tree from last year here…..

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  1. Love this! The buffalo check and that “wood ribbon” along with all the other fantastic ornaments you’ve grouped together just look gorgeous. I especially like how you styled the items around the tree as well. When looking at all these “dream trees”, I am coming to the conclusion that, that is just as important as the tree itself. It makes for a lovely Christmas scene and not just a tree. Excellent job! Pinning for sure!

  2. Girl, you are so talented! If I could just tap into your creative mind for only a sec, I’ll be alright! Until then I’ll use some of your great ideas…lol!

  3. Your tree is beautiful!! I love it. Would you be willing to share the source for your buffalo check pillows and blanket and also your stockings?
    Thank You

  4. Just the inspiration I was looking for! I thought my white, black, silver, gold, champagne, and green scheme was going to be overwhelming but seeing it all put together here is inspiring! I Love the buffalo check too! It’s so popular this season.

  5. Wow – are you ever talented! I had just pulled up your last year dream tree challenge to show my husband my inspiration for our Christmas decor. I wish so badly I could have a full sized tree this year! But because we are moving just days after Christmas, I decided that for all our sanity that we better keep it simple.

    Beautiful work! You are so inspiring with your designs!

  6. This is the best tree I’ve seen. I can’t stop looking at it! I’m absolutely stealing some ideas!! Socks! You’re very very clever!!

  7. Your tree is BEAUTIFUL! Do you have a link to the sock garland with tutorial by any chance? I would love to try this one year. Merry Christmas!

  8. Do you have a tutorial on the sock garland? I found the socks at Michaels and want to make it for my tree! 🙂

  9. This is awesome. I never would have thought those were socks. Your so creative!! I am totally doing some with buffalo plaid for Christmas. Thanks for the inpso. 😀

  10. Could you share how you made the sock garland? Thank you so much for letting us see your beautiful tree. Merry Christmas Patti Bishop

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