One of my favorite times of year is when I can decorate the Christmas Tree with my family. Having the tree up with all of the colorful ornaments and pretty lights just makes my heart so happy. Then at the end of the month or sometimes even into January, we take the tree down until next year. The thought has crossed my mind before… Why not decorate the tree for other holidays and enjoy the lights and colors all year round? So with the help of Tree Classics sending me a beautiful white 9′ Arctic White Pine, I was able to do a 4th of July decorated tree.
I have been on the search for a white tree for quite some time now. Our dog no longer chews on everything in the house, so it is finally time to have a large tree that sits on the ground versus the ones I have been putting on the table. There is something about a white tree that provides the perfect background for just about any color of decoration. A 4th of July decorated tree was an easy plan to get together. The best tip I have for you is to not buy supplies until just before the holiday since that is when all of the craft stores discount their merchandise.
I was able to shop for most of the decorations for our tree at Michael’s, but I got a few things at Party City. The shimmering tulle ribbon is an easy way to add pops of color and elegance with little effort. Since the tree is white, I went with blue and red ribbon that I wrapped around the tree. The spools that I picked up were about 9′ long so I was able to get a few good wraps down the tall tree. Michael’s had some 4th of July garland that was so cute and festive and added extra dimensions to the design. Now when I say design, it was more of randomly adding items to the tree until I ran out.
Speaking of the tree, I was blown away by the fullness of the Tree Classics 9′ Arctic White Pine that I was sent for this project. There are lots of artificial trees out there and most have skimpy branches that don’t cover the wires and connections behind it. As I fluffed the branches of this tree, it filled out full and gorgeous. It was just what I had in mind when I had been shopping for the perfect Christmas tree. The beauty of having an artificial tree is that you can use it for many years. It is a one time cost versus buying a live one each year. The other benefit is that I can do projects like this 4th of July decorated tree in the middle of summer. It can also be my excuse for not having to pack away the tree and decorating it year round.
Tips for a 4th of July Decorated Tree:
- Use items that bring color and texture. I was able to find some flowers to match the theme as well as different types of garland and ribbon.
- Add items that are quirky. The sunglasses I found play into the summer time of year as well as can be a party favor for when I have guests over for our 4th of July BBQ.
- Add items that are useful and meaningful. The small flags that I added throughout the tree and at the top really help to bring the theme home and the kids can take them out when we head to the parade that morning.
- Use a tree that is white with white lights. A white tree provided the perfect neutral background so that no matter what decorations you add to the tree they will stand out and shine. You want the tree to be a canvas.
- Have fun with it and don’t be bogged down by order. My favorite way to decorate is by being random. Sure I like to have some sort of order, but for the most part I just add a little something here and there to fill in empty spots.
I am excited for this new tradition of using our Christmas tree more than just once a year. What would you add to your tree? What holiday would you use it for besides Christmas?