Once again Michael’s asked me to decorate a Christmas tree. My first year I made loads of wrapping paper ornaments. Last year many special people contributed to make an amazing tree totally decorated in crochet ornaments. This year I decided to show how I traditionally decorate my family’s tree with a collection of ornaments collected through the years.

Decorated Christmas tree

Many of our ornaments were collected while living overseas and represent places we have visited. We have a church from Russia, an Egyptian head, nutcrackers and Knights. We also have ornaments for our hobbies and interests. I was thrilled to see that Michael’s now carries these glass ornaments so my collection can grow.

For my candy loving daughter this gum ball machine seemed perfect.

Gum Ball Machine Ornamnet

For my son whom was born in Texas, a Santa riding in a car with a longhorn!

Texas Santa Ornament

And to remember our VW Beetle.

VW Beetle Christmas Ornament

I have always wanted a gold tree because I think it sets off these ornaments best. So yes, I spray painted the entire tree gold.  It worked out beautifully!

Gold Christmas Tree

Stop by Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the full Dream Tree Challenge and all of the fabulous trees that were created this year by the Michaels Makers. Head into Michaels Nov. 2 through Nov. 8 for the Make It Merry Tree Event  – 50% off all trees 6 ft. or taller!!! If you are looking for holiday tips and inspiration make sure and check out of Michaels’ Make it Merry  inspiration book or all kinds of holiday tips and projects.

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Thanks Michaels for providing me with a tree and gift card for decorating! As always, all opinions and ideas are my own. I don’t share things I wouldn’t use in my daily life!

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