A Baby’s First (Pantone) Christmas

It was December 1st and I didn’t have a single Christmas decor item even pulled from the attic yet.  In year’s past, our house would be frosted from head to toe in silver and white sparkling glory by well before now.  This year… not so much.  I unrealistically thought that I would be creating this dreamy winter wonderland for my little nugget’s first Christmas- making it a truly amazing experience (ok, more for me than him at this point, but whatever).  In reality, all I’ve had time to do is take care of baby, hubby and every few days, do something to myself!  

Honestly, I cringe at the thought of dragging our 9ft (non pre-lit, by the way) monster out of the attic this year, along with the 300+ ornaments and decorations.  But how could I not have a tree for baby’s first?!  What a tragedy that would be!  On the other hand… when I think of decorating a mini 4.5ft fur for our main man, I found myself giddy with excitement.  Four + a half feet… I can surely manage that!

After talking it over with the little Mr., we collectively decided that in order to do this right, his first tree must match his room.  And by match, I mean match perfectly!  Pantone perfectly!  Oh, and he insisted on using his initial for an overall theme.  He’s always full of great ideas 😉

So, off to Hobby Lobby + Michaels I go- on Black Friday of all days!  EEK- what was I thinking?!?

His room is various shades of gray (ha!), navy blue and creamy white.  However, I found that the task of tracking down ornaments in navy or gray is nearly impossible.  Figures!  Ok, on to Plan B…

Pantone colors from his nursery

Since I was forced to make my own bulbs, I took off for the paint aisle.  (I remember seeing a tutorial on Pinterest a few years ago- looked simple enough.)  I grabbed coordinating acrylic paints, clear bulbs and matching bakers twine to use as hangers- instead of those ho-hum metal hooks.  Tutorial coming up…

Christmas Bulb DIY Collage 2

Clear Bulbs + Paint – Michaels

I also found some cute, flat bulbs that I filled with leftover bakers twine and adorable ‘C’ ribbon!

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Bakers Twine filled flat ornament- both from Hobby Lobby

Craft paper cutouts - Hobby Lobby

Craft paper cutouts – Hobby Lobby

Picking up some coordinating cardstock in silvers, grays, navys and patterns made for an easy DIY garland. 

Cardstock + Bakers Twine - Hobby Lobby 2 1/2in Punch - Michaels

Cardstock + Bakers Twine – Hobby Lobby
2 1/2in Punch – Michaels

I created simple chipboard letters with leftover cardstock and hung direclty on the branches.

Chipboard Letter Ornament Collage 2

We carried the initial theme throughout the tree so naturally it needed a big ‘C’ to top it off right!  

Paper Mache Letter - Hobby Lobby Buttons - JoAnn Fabric

Paper Mache Letter – Hobby Lobby
Buttons – JoAnn Fabric

To finish it the whole thing off, I used a galvanized bucket instead of a tree skirt.  The metal matches several of the finishings throughout the nursery and I think it adds a touch of industrial pizazz!

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What nontraditional tree themes have you come up with?!  signature lips