My Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree / Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Last week Michaels sent me one of their pre-lit faux Christmas trees to participate in their Dream Tree Challenge as well as a small fortune to shop for fun Christmassy finds and DIYs of my own making. And a few days ago I posted photos of me shopping at Michaels looking for the goods. And today, is the big reveal!

I’ve never had an artificial tree before and really, they’re kind of fun and easy! What I love is that you can position the branches exactly where you want them. You don’t really get that option with living trees. I did find it a bit sparse though so my goal was to thicken it up by adding real dried eucalyptus branches and snow covered twigs interspersed throughout. My theme was Winter Wonderland so I purchased mostly white, silver, gray, and slate blue ornaments and decor in various sizes to really fill the tree without cluttering it up. I also grabbed some silver and slate blue wrapping paper and added glitter ribbons and bows to match. I love a coordinated tree 😉 I hope you love it too.

* See last year’s purple and blue floral tree here.

I used trimmed pipe cleaners as hooks to add more white fluffiness

And trimmed dried eucalyptus branches…

Using wire cutters, I clipped off snow covered branches…

…and placed them strategically throughout the tree

I purchased large white poinsettias, cut the stems in half and slid them into the tree for BIG impact… I also found small white poinsettias with wire backings that I tied to the ends of my branches throughout.

I turned these snowy decorative votive rings into wreaths by simply slip-knotting a glitter ribbon through them and tying them to the tree branches.

I made a second Starburst DIY Tree Topper with pipe cleaners and placed one in the front and one in the back of the top of the tree to make it appear fuller.

* Find the Starburst DIY Tree Topper easy DIY HERE


Happy Holiday Season!

* Check out Michaels on Facebook page for all entries in the Dream Tree Challenge


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Mawiyah

    November 21, 2012 |

    Wow! Gorgeous 🙂

  • Jennifer

    November 21, 2012 |
  • Kiri

    November 21, 2012 |

    Such a beautiful tree. I am looking forward to trying out some of your ideas on our trees this year.

  • Maria @ GLD

    November 21, 2012 |

    Your tree is really dreamy! Great job!

  • thankfifi

    November 21, 2012 |

    I looove your tree! And how amazing to have a tree up and done this much in advance of christmas! Although perhaps you’re moving out before christmas anyway – can’t remember when you’re moving…
    Love the eucalyptus and poinsettia the most – might try to recreate that myself

    ♥ Thankfifi

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    November 21, 2012 |

    WOW! these pics are SO pretty! may have to convince my hubby to go get a tree tonight. putting on the lights is the most annoying part so this tree is sounding more and more fabulous…lol.

    happy thanksgiving!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Mercer.nat

    November 22, 2012 |

    It is a BEAUTIFUL tree! But perhaps a tad early? What about Thanksgiving? I can’t even imagine how beautiful your table must look 🙂

  • Lindsay

    November 22, 2012 |

    Gorgeous! I love it!

  • Misty

    November 22, 2012 |

    Ooh, I love the idea of using pipe cleaners instead of hooks.

  • Me

    November 22, 2012 |

    Beautiful!! I would have loved to do this so I could have told the man the tree needed to go up now due to business reasons! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Anonymous

    November 22, 2012 |

    “Perfect”!! (As Judge Judy often says)

  • Pascale

    November 22, 2012 |

    absolutely stunning!
    and so excited it is time to start getting festive! (My man asks that the decor only comes up in December – i suppose helps keep me from getting too carried away too early!)


  • myweekendfoodexperiments

    November 22, 2012 |

    Hey Maegan! Beautiful tree. I was blown away with your previous christmas tree.

  • Alela Sirah

    November 22, 2012 |
  • Whitney James

    November 22, 2012 |

    Really pretty tree! Reminds me of my Christmas tree when I was younger. you did a LOVELY job!


  • Precious Deedee

    November 23, 2012 |

    stunning!! I had artificial tree all my life for Christmas….this year I want a bigger one!

  • Anne

    November 27, 2012 |

    I LOVE this tree! Were the slate ornaments glass? I love the look of them but they wouldn’t last long at our house. 🙁

  • bellad007

    December 17, 2012 |

    I go through a tree topper pretty much every year. Too heavy, too cheapy, won’t stay on straight…my tree is all white and silver and your tree topper idea is absolutely the perfect topper for my tree! I went to Michael’s got pipe cleaners and mission accomplished LOVE IT! Thinking about making mini silver starburst ornaments with left overs…too much???

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