For several years, I have set up Christmas trees in local schools and churches. Since we do a “family tree” at home, these trees give me the chance to create themed trees as well. I decorated a Names of Christ tree for my son’s parochial school and a Church Anniversary tree for my dad’s church’s tree. Using ornaments from the dollar store, I created a country church tree that fits their space perfectly. I hope it gives you inspiration as you plan your holiday decorating this Christmas season.
COUNTRY CHURCH TREE WITH DOLLAR STORE DECORATIONS
CREATING A THEMED TREE WITH DOLLAR TREE DÉCOR
The base for this tree is a pretty artificial tree prelit with white Christmas lights. I knew I wanted to use a red-and-white color scheme, but I didn’t start out with a specific theme in mind. I ended up calling it the Country Church Tree once I chose the ornaments at the dollar store.
The vast majority of the decorations on the tree are from the dollar store. With the exception of the flocked branches and the twine ball ornaments, everything else on the tree was purchased at the dollar store. You really can pull together a nice-looking tree using inexpensive ornaments.
BEAUTIFUL DOLLAR STORE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
The starting point for this tree was these adorable white church ornaments. The actual church is a small, white church with a steeple much like this ornament. I repeated this ornament all around the tree.
I used these glittery cross ornaments on this tree last year, but since Christ is the greatest gift of Christmas, they made their way back onto the tree again this year.
Instead of traditional ball ornaments, I tucked several of these old-fashioned-looking bell ornaments into the tree branches.
Dollar Tree carried these word ornaments in three varieties, and they are scattered around the tree as well.
I wasn’t sure I was going to use these sparkling tree ornaments on this tree because they are more modern looking than the other ornaments I chose, but I ended up liking the stark white against the red ribbons. As an added bonus, these trees can serve as Christmas decorations, and then you can incorporate them into your post-Christmas winter decor as well!
These metal poinsettia tree ornaments are my favorite ornament from Dollar Tree this Christmas. They are sturdy and colorful, and they look like vintage tin ornaments. The polished metal surface of these poinsettias reflects the white lights beautifully too.
CREATING TEXTURE AND INTEREST ON ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES
Once I had all the main ornaments on, I wasn’t really satisfied with the way the tree looked. It seemed flat to me. I solved that problem by pulling out the twine ornaments and the faceted ball ornaments I made last year and tucking them way back into the branches. Adding the extra dimension of ornaments inside the tree made a huge difference in the finished look.
I cut apart a few flocked branches that I found at Michael’s and stuck them into the top branches of the tree. Dollar Tree carries floral sprigs too, I just happened to already have these on hand. Although it may seem like adding more artificial branches to a faux tree seems counterintuitive, using lots of greenery can make the tree look more real! If your tree has huge gaps in the branches, consider draping some evergreen garland inside of the tree as well.
Then I finished the topper with a giant poinsettia clip ornament from the dollar store. Don’t feel like you have to use a traditional tree topper like a star or an angel on your tree. Large floral pieces can take center stage and are usually more affordable.
CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING TIME LAPSE
I am so happy with the way this tree turned out, especially since the decorations were so economical. I hope you found some inspiration here as you decorate for the holiday season.