It’s that time of year again! Every year, the Michaels Makers start holidaying just a little bit early, to help you get inspired when it comes to your Christmas tree. And this year, guys, I upped my game. Remember how we painted ombre ornaments last year? Well this year, I just painted the dang tree. Full disclosure: this is hands down the messiest project I’ve ever tackled. But also one of my favorite holiday DIYs ever, so don’t be afraid to try it out! It was so messy, in fact, that I wasn’t even able to get my hands on my camera to photo the step-by-step. But lucky for you it’s totally easy — you’ve just gotta be willing to get down and dirty.
- artificial Christmas tree (Michaels has an awesome selection)
- acrylic paint (in the paint section, Michaels has large 16 oz. canisters in great colors. We used about 3 of these on a 7-foot tree.)
- rubber gloves
Make Time: About 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time Overnight)
Step 1: Open your tree and arrange the separate sections so that they’re each suspended between two sawhorses. It helps to put the handle of a broom stick or other thin piece of wood into the center hole of the tree so that you can widen the sawhorse legs and have more space for the tree. Be sure you have dropcloths under the trees!
Step 2: Put on those rubber gloves. Here’s where you’re gonna get messy. Hold the paint jar in one hand and dip your other hand in the paint. Then use your hand to squeeze the tip of a branch and squish paint onto the needles of the tree. That’s it. Do that a million times, trying to get as many branch tips as you can. Eventually you’ll establish a rhythm. I recommend starting from the bottom center and working your way up and over the top on either side so you’re not underneath the tree while it’s dripping on you.
Step 3: Allow all the paint to drip dry overnight. Set up the tree the next day and high five yourself!
Because I love the pink tips so much I decided to go big and simple with decorations! Some of the Martha Stewart honeycombs and fringe were perfect. You just kind of nestle them into the tree and bend the branches around them so they don’t fall out. That’s it! Even Mr. Lovely approves (I like a dude who’s okay with pink). Whaddaya think? Would you try your own version of this? If you’re scared, just start with a mini tree and see how you like the process. I think it could look really fun in a bright yellow or aqua blue. Or maybe acid green! Ahhhh so many options! xoxo