This picture (from Pinterest) though reminds me that with winter comes Christmas and it eases my dread a little bit.
It's such a perfect little vignette. So vintage and colourful. More than anything it makes me want to have a pink tree.
So I started searching. The results? Reasonable price = 4 foot tree. Sorry, my ceilings are 9.5 feet and and my 3 year old would likely be taller than the tree. Not going to work.
Reasonable height tree = $1000. Yup, not going to happen.
"Glue Sticks" suggested I just paint one. Genius. Done!
Meet my 7 foot "garage sale" find.
I feel like I grow up a little bit more every time I use primer - any one else? I just feel so wise and patient :)
I took the boy one with me to buy paint. He was really excited about a painting venture and asked if he could paint too. He got to pick out his very own can of spray paint so that he could do a project. He picked red. I let him go to town on a canvas while I worked on the tree. It was a fun mother-son DIY moment.
I really am loving the way it's turned out, though none of the pictures show quite the true colour of the tree. There really isn't any purple hue to it at all. It's a very pretty pale pink.
I searched the web before I started to see if there were any tips on painting a Christmas tree. None. Go figure! Here are a few things I learned:
- Primer really is a good idea. Go water based.
- Do not use cans of spray paint. It'll cost a fortune as you'll blow through a gazillion of them. I used at least 3/4 of a gallon of paint.
- Use a high velocity low output paint sprayer.
- Start by spraying the underside of the branch and then move to the top. Then spray from each side. Pull apart branches and really get into the root.
- Spray from absolutely every angle and when you've got them all, find another one!
The thing about DIY is not necessarily that you can do it for less money. Often times I spend more making it myself. What I like though is that I can create something original.
I'm quite excited to decorate my pink tree. I'm going to need to find new ornaments as my current colour scheme won't really work. I can't wait for Halloween to be over so I can start perusing Sally Anne for vintage ornaments!
Here's another pic from Pinterest. I think I'll do it in the window next to the tree :)
And aren't these "Santa Sacks" adorable? I love the look of presents under the tree but I think I'll make a couple to pack family gifts in for transport over the holidays. So cute!
Still not ready for winter but at least I can look forward to my pink tree :)
Oh... and another happy note... I was thrilled on Friday to have my FAVOURITE fabric designer Heather Bailey do a feature on our camper Elsie! I used fabric from her Pop Garden collection in the makeover and she wrote a sweet little post on our Elsie journey. Thanks Heather!
If you haven't seen it you can check it out here!