You read that right. Faux-laroid as in fake Polaroid. We decided to carry over our photo love from the THANKS collage onto our tree this year. Since we changed our Christmas colors up completely from the previous years, we needed an inexpensive way to add decorations to the tree. Bonus it’s kid friendly…no glass ornaments to break around here.
Nick set up a template in photoshop that would mimic the Polaroid look. We selected about 60 pictures from this year to print out. The pictures are 3.5″ x 3.5″ not including the white space.
Once I had the pictures, I just needed to trim some of the white space off the bottom. The final size of the picture ornament is 4″ x 4.5″. I taped hemp to the back, so the pictures would hang on the tree.
Our tree is decorated with our faux-laroids, the mod podge book ornaments, and some paper mache stars painted with leftovers from the chairs. The stars were on clearance for $1 at Michaels, so it seemed like the easiest way to incorporate our pop of pink into the tree. There are a few gold glitter ornaments left over from prior years that are scattered in there as well.
The decor still has a consistent neutral base that doesn’t clash with the hot pink and bright blue. From the beginning we wanted to make sure things didn’t get too circusy with the bold colors. I think the tree and mantel compliment each other nicely. I am glad our stocking holder pictures don’t have any white space. It helps separate the 2 ideas instead looking like a mini version of the same thing.
I felt like I could make a pink tree skirt without throwing everything out of balance, so I went for it. It’s a felt scalloped skirt that incredibly easy to make…like 30 minutes total. I modified Martha Stewart’s template, so the skirt was much larger and actually proportional to our tree.
Not to overplay the picture thing but we went with photos on our Christmas presents. I really wanted to do cute gift tags and all the beautiful gift wrap ideas you see on Pinterest, but Ramona can’t read yet. (I know she’s already 3 I should really get on that. 😉 ) I think the picture on the present will be more fun for her. However she already told me that she was going to open her presents, so I might regret it later.
So here’s the budget breakdown of decorating this 9 foot beauty:
Pink Stars: $5
Book Ornaments: $5 (2 boxes @ 2.50 each)
Star: $15 (I didn’t want to DIY anything…lazy)
$36 which isn’t bad considering we had to pretty much start from scratch except a few gold ornaments. Plus the pictures will be used again somehow. I don’t have anything up my sleeve yet, but I’m going to stretch that $10.
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