How to Make a Cheap Christmas Tree Look Beautiful

A lot of times we see these gorgeous Christmas tree designs on Pinterest and Instagram and think well of course that tree is beautiful because they spent $1500 on the tree.  Then you add another $1,000 for the fillers and ornaments.  Today I’m going to show you this tree that I got for $7.00.  Yes I did add fillers, but they have all been collected after Christmas when they were on major sell. I do not buy any of these at full price.

Transform a cheap tree into a gorgeous tree you're proud to display. Jenn Ely Interiors

If you can see in the picture the middle lights are out. First, I had to string a set of lights there.  I am a fan of pre-lit trees.  But, I got this one for $7 so I’m not complaining.

See how I take this $7 tree to a beautiful blush and black tree for a guest room. Jenn Ely Interiors

This is what it looked like after the lights were strung.   Next I fluffed all the branches.  Don’t skip this part.  You want to touch every branch.  This takes time and it is the part that is my least favorite.  However, it is probably the most impactful step to making your tree look good.

Using fillers in your tree makes your tree look fuller and in my opinion are the key to an expensive looking tree.

I used 2 sets of white stems and two sets of green.  They are really great for filling in the holes on the tree.  When people ask how I get my trees so full; fillers are always my answer.  If I have money to spend on one thing, I always use it on fillers for the tree.

Using fillers in your tree makes your tree look fuller and in my opinion are the key to an expensive looking tree.

Using fillers in your tree makes your tree look fuller and in my opinion are the key to an expensive looking tree.

I get most of my picks and stems from At Home and Michaels.  If you are in the Hampton Roads area you can sometimes find them at Norfolk Wholesale too.

This is blush and black tree is the $7 tree we transformed. See what it looked like in the before picture.

If you can see in the picture I used pink peonies eucalyptus, ornaments, and pink floral picks.  The bows were the finishing touch I needed to pull the 2 colors together.

This black and blush tree was a cheap $7 tree that was transformed into this gorgeous tree for a guest room.

I often get asked did I let my kids help me decorate the trees with me?  I did a FAQ Christmas  post and answered that and several other questions.  You can read that here.

This is blush and black tree is the $7 tree we transformed. See what it looked like in the before picture.

I hope this helped you see that you don’t have to have an expensive tree to make your Christmas decor fabulous.  Work with what you have and make it yours.  The last thing I will say is try not to compare yourself to others.  It can really steal your joy this time of year and it’s easy to do.  On Friday I’m doing a little behind the scenes post to show you some ways I kind of fudge things to get that great shot.  It’s a fun post.

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