Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – Ombre Christmas Tree

You: “Hey, Roeshel! Um…it’s barely November!

Me: I know! When Michaels set the date for the Dream Tree Challenge my first thought was “It’s the day after Halloween for goodness sakes!” But my second thought was “With all that’s been going on around here, I need a happy distraction and hey, a head start doesn’t hurt.

Michaels Christmas Dream Tree

For me, holiday decorating definitely fit the bill. I wanted to decorate a tree! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I feel all organized by getting an early start. Get comfy, my friends. I have a lot of holiday cheer to spread around!Ombre Christmas Dream Tree Michaels provided me with a beautiful pre-lit 7 ft. artificial pine and a gift card for decorating to participate in the dream tree challenge to kick off the decorating season in the DIY Show Off house. Decorating early will definitely help ease my holiday-stress.ombre tree skirt

Last year, I made a beautiful no-sew ombre tree skirt and I knew I wanted to continue with an ombre theme in the family room. ombre ruffled tree skirt

{easy sew or no-sew ruffled tree skirt tutorial

Non traditional star orb tree topper:  I painted assorted sized wooden stars and embroidery hoops in ombre colors with a spray of Krylon glitter blast and let them dry. I assembled the hoop orbs using hot glue. Next I drilled a hole in the top of each star, laced stars and hoops with fishing line, tied on some ribbon bows and hung from the ceiling using small Command hooks. Christmas star mobile

DIY hanging tree topper 

And Michaels had everything I needed to assemble my non-traditional sparkly ombre dream-tree theme starting with cool wintery mint…Mint Ombre Christmas Tree

sparkly sky blue…blue ombre Christmas tree

happy cheerful aqua…aqua ombre Christmas tree

my favorite,  a deep rich turquoise…turquoise ombre Christmas treeturquoise Christmas tree

to a beautiful royal blue…royal blue ombre Christmas tree

Everyone: “Ooohhhh! Ahhhhh!ombre tree skirt

Glitter sparkle everywhere! Love it! #bling!ombre ornaments

This tree is nice and full but I start by filling in an artificial tree with the HUGE assortment from the floral department first…poinsettias, pine branches, large flowers/accessories with glittery leaves, beaded sticks and feathers – all just tucked between the branches. Then I finish up by adding in traditional ornaments, birds, ribbon and pinecones. Ombre Tree

Someone is certainly fascinated by it…

She takes after me…just can’t stay away from the glimmery shimmery beauty. Ombre Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas just doesn’t work in this room with my beautiful colorful curtains but this gorgeous ombre tree in blues and greens is perfect! I decorate three trees, one that’s traditional, one that’s more natural and now this non-traditional ombre tree to light up our eclectic colorful family room. Fun! blue-green ombre Christmas tree 

I’ll be hosting the DIYShowOff annual Christmas tree link party this year as usual starting December 1st. I normally start my holiday decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. How about you? 

Ombre Christmas Dream Tree

Disclosure: I received a 7 ft. pre-lit tree and gift card for trimming the tree from Michaels in exchange for sharing the Dream Tree Challenge. Tree theme, opinions, experience and decorating are in my own words. 

DIYShowOff ombre Christmas tree

For more holiday crafting and decorating information: 

  • See my experience with shopping at Michaels.
  • More great tips for Christmas tree decorating.
  • The Michaels Décor Guide has tons of ideas and projects to make spreading the holiday cheer throughout your house easy. Navigate through the online versiondownload a copy, or pick up one at your local Michaels!
  • Michaels is offering a holiday helpline this year! Now through Christmas Eve you can call 1-800-MICHAELS Monday throughFriday from noon until 5 p.m. CST and be connected directly to Michaels crafting experts. You also can send craft questions via email to holidayhelp@michaels.com or by using the hashtag #askmichaels on Facebook and Twitter.

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

I know it’s not even Halloween yet but I have had Christmas decorating on my mind early this year for many reasons. One of those reasons: I’m so excited to be participating in the 2nd annual Michaels Dream Tree Challenge! 

Last week, I took a moment to run into Michaels to browse the Christmas decor and craft selection for the challenge. First, there is no such thing as just running into Michaels. Is there? I’m always there way longer than intended – a DIY/crafter’s dream come true! Who would have thought the aisles would be stocked for the holidays so early? It seemed they were still working on it but there were so many glittery, beautiful, fun themes that it’s difficult to know where to start. Michaels Craft Store

Traditional red and green?red and green Christmas

A more natural vibe with burlap? Love the pinecone garlandsnatural Christmas

and how sweet is the printed burlap ribbon?burlap Christmas

Silver?silver Christmas

Country?country Christmas

Pastel?pastel Christmas

All white Christmas?white Christmas

Silver?silver Christmas

Fun, bright and colorful?Colorful Christmas


I’d say there’s something for everyone!

Christmas decorating is one of my favorite things about winter. I love it! Now, I’m not a fan of taking it all down, organizing it and putting it all away but when the days are short and cold, I can ignore my dislike for the winter season by getting my home all warm and festive. turquoise white Christmas tree

And festive it is. I decorate the dining room, living room, family room and sitting room. My most favorite holiday decoration: our Christmas tree! Make that plural. Do you decorate more than one tree? burlap natural Christmas tree

My tree decorating tradition has changed since my girls are no longer little and at home but I still love playing Christmas music even if it’s more of an event for one. And when it’s all done: hot cocoa, only tree lights glowing in the room and reflecting on the year’s blessings. Do you have a tree-trimming tradition?traditional Christmas tree

 Six Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree

If you could decorate your tree any way with any theme, what would you choose? Come back November 1st to see my choice…it may be early but I’m going to be ready for that holiday home tour. 😉 

*Michaels provided me with a 7 ft lighted tree and gift card to participate in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. As always, the post above is in my own words and my own opinion. I’ll be sharing my decorated tree and a DIY ornament tutorial in the near future.  

  • Michaels has a HUGE selection of pre-lit artificial trees. 
  • Did you know each tree purchased at Michaels comes with a 5 year tree warranty and a 2 year warranty on the lights? Now you do!
  • Heads up: On November 3 through November 9, Michaels is hosting a special tree event.
  • Follow the hashtag #JustAddMichaels to see more!