Designer Brown and Ivory Christmas Tree

How to put it all together for less than $ 80.

Photo from Peter Liu of

  • Tree – 24.99 on sale at Walgreens – regularly $39.99
  • Ribbon – 6.99 Costco
  • Brown and Gold Balls – $5 Walmart
  • Angel light covers – $4 Rainbow Attic (Consignment Store in Kihei)
  • Guava branches painted white – FREE (recycled from centerpieces from an event)
  • Gold Poinsettias – $ 12 from Oriental Trading Company
  • Brown Glittered Poinsettias – $ 1 a piece from Flora-dec on Oahu last year
  • Spray Snow – $.29 on sale from K-Mart after Christmas last year
  • Tree Skirt – FREE (recycled from an old curtain)
  • Collect all the things you like, separate by color, and put it all together.

    1. Select a tree

    2. Put the tree together

    3. Build the tree

    4. Add the top

    5. Shape every branch

    6. Wire on the angel (slightly lower than the top so you have green showing from above)

    7. Add bows, pointsettias, and spray snow over dark areas

    8. Finish with balls, light covers, branches, put in place and add some fabric for a tree skirt

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    Silver and Red Christmas Tree

    Silver Tree AFTER

    Added red and silver ribbon, glittered red lillies, red balls and guava branches painted white to fll in this very sparse tree.

    Silver tree BEFORE

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    Christmas in Maui

    Decorating with Pink at Christmas
    Pink Christmas

     This tree is covered in all things pink – flowers, butterflies, angels, ribbons, and shatterproof balls. The filler is just white spray painted guava branches. It adds just a little fullness. It is a six foot pre-lit LED tree. In order to give it just a little more height without getting bulky, we placed itn on top of a shelf, covered it with a sheet, and an old table cloth. Since there is this new found space under the tree, we added five two foot pre-lit pink trees, a pre-lit village house, and a pink pointsettia. Lately the sunsets have been turning the sky pink – just to go with the decorations.

    Happy decorating. 

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    Christmas in July

    Traditional Christmas on December 25 is still six months away. However, if you love the Christmas season, why not celebrate in July? Here some quick decorating tips for your space. Wrap ribbon around your potted plants. Get out the candles and make some simple centerpieces with greens, and pine cones. Use your china, and everything you love at Christmas.

    What colors do you like to decorate with? If you like red, white, or blue, now is a great time to hit the sales. If you wait until after fourth of July, you may get some serious markdowns – candles, table settings, linens, fabric, ribbon, etc…

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    Christmas Angels used in Decorating at Home

    In the spirit of keeping it frugal, check out these angels. The range in cost is between $1.99 and $10 and we’ve had them for years. After Christmas, we pack everything up and store them in either plastic garbage bags, or large plastic bins. This way it keeps the dust and dirt off and looks brand new every year.

    Photos by our friend Peter Liu, a fantastic photographer. Check out the rest of his photos from our decorations in our home on Peter’s latest post, A Fabulously Frugal Christmas.

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    Decorated Christmas Trees – Maui Resort Style

    One way to get fantastic decorating ideas is to check out hotel lobbies. Blessed to live on Maui, here is some of what I found today, both favorites and not so favorites. Enjoy. Which one is your favorite?

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    Christmas Decorations for Office

    To add drama without interfering with the office color schemes we hung paper lanterns from the ceiling with fishing wire. The christmas decorations all have white and gold to keep the theme elegant.

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    After Christmas Frugal Shopping Plans

    Only six days left until Christmas. You can find some of the best deals on Christmas items right after Christmas. Starting to plan for next years themes now. On the wish list so far:

    • Pre-Lit LED Christmas trees in different sizes (they are packed neatly in boxes, or sometimes you get the best deals on the displays themselves)
    • Bright Green Christmas balls and/or bright green accessories
    • Christmas picks (must be less than $.50 a piece)
    • LED lighted Christmas Angels

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    Holiday Party Decorating Themes

    This Year I found myself donating decorations for several different types of parties – one at a restaurant, two at our home, and one at the office so far. I came up with one theme for the holiday parties, that way they can be reused for each one. I had several bows from a tree that was decorated last year already made. Since there was quantity, it was easy to just start there. When I was originally parsing through my personal stash, I separated the red ornaments, and poinsettias for this use since it matched the bows. Then I used swags to make centerpieces. The swags are low and flat, that way if you use them on a table, people can still talk and see over them. However, they have impact when you use multiple swags.

    For example, one of the parties, had two long tables (27 people), so the swags were strategically placed down the middle of the tables. Off to one side, was a two foot tree decorated with the same bows, poinsettia’s, and balls.

    The next party was at our home with only 12 people. I used the decorations to decorate one long table, and around the bar area, and the pupu (appetizer) area, and a lounge area.

    The second party at our home had over 20 people, and several tables for conversation. Each table got one centerpiece and the same color table cloths. Even though the tables were of different sizes, everything still matched. The fourth party hasn’t happened yet – tomorrow night – will have tables with food, and drink, but mostly people will be standing. I’ll let you know how the same decorations are used.

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    Blue and green decorated Christmas tree – Christmas theme for office

    This is a real tree in the conference room. It was a team effort to decorate the office and this tree. The idea was to use primarily blue and silver for the main colors and a few bits of green  throughout the office for a real winter wonderland.
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