Let It Snow Christmas Tree :: Michaels Dream Tree Challenge


Here it is! The "Dream" Christmas Tree I just decorated for the Michael's Dream Tree Challenge! I was so excited to be asked to participate in this year's challenge. What could be more fun than getting a jump start on holiday decorating? I had so much fun shopping at Michaels, looking for inspiration and deciding on a theme (like 2.5 hours of fun!). Thank you to all of you who helped me make a decision (on Facebook) to go with the "Let It Snow" theme. As you can see, I went with a white and silver, glittery style. I absolutely love how it all turned out and now I'm debating whether to take it down or just leave it up in my home office!


This white, sparkly owl immediately caught my eye at Michaels and I used him as the inspiration for the entire tree! Isn't he so cute?


I found new, small wood letters at Michaels in this awesome font. The "MERRY CHRISTMAS" garland was really easy to create and the kids loved helping me paint and glitter the letters. I will be sharing a full tutorial next week for this garland! (update: see the tutorial here)



I also wanted to create an easy ornament idea to share with you. I always love seeing photos on the tree, so I came up with this layered ornament using glitter paper and the perfect letter stickers from Michaels that are the same font as the wood letters I used for the garland! I will be sharing the tutorial for making these ornaments next week, as well. (update: see the tutorial here.)



We made these paper medallion ornaments for a photo shoot for Pottery Barn Kids (can't wait until it is published!) and they matched perfectly with my tree theme. Aren't they gorgeous? Stay tuned for the tutorial for these, too. (update: see the tutorial here)


It isn't easy to find the perfect tree topper! This is something I've always struggled with. The topper is the focal point of the tree, so it is so important, but I rarely find something I love. This big silver, glittery bow was absolutely perfect and the just right size for my Michaels 7' Pre-lit Willow Tree.


So, there you have it! I hope you love my tree! I am staring at it right now and it makes me so happy and excited for the holiday season to begin!

Let me know what you think!


  • Michaels has a large selection of pre-lit high-tip count artificial trees ranging in size from 4 ft. to 7.5 ft. and all the way up to 9 ft. They even come in different shapes, from skinny to full and in-between with some smaller trees coming in different color options

  • Each tree purchased at Michaels comes with a 5 year tree warranty and a 2 year warranty on the lights

  • Stop by your local Michaels November 3 through November 9 for a special tree event



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  1. Heather 11/05/2013

    The garland & photo ornaments are my favorite! I am definitely looking forward to the tutorials for those. Although using glitter scares me. It really gets everywhere =/

  2. Jessica | Pen N' Paperflowers 11/07/2013

    Oh Kim!! This turned out sooooo beautiful! I love it!!
    The owl was the perfect inspiration piece!! Can't wait for all of the tutorials!!

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  4. Katie 11/09/2013

    Did you make or buy the bow topper? I love it!

  5. Alexis @ Persia Lou 11/11/2013

    Just beautiful! I love that garland!

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  9. Jeannie 11/18/2013

    I can't seem to find a tutoral for the paper medallion ornaments. Could you give me the link to it? Love the tree and want to make some them as well as the garland! Thanks!

    • Liz 12/02/2013

      Love the tree! How did you make the snowflakes

  10. Amanda Jones 11/19/2013

    Kim! I love this tree!! It is darling! I am doing a round-up of beautiful Christmas trees for my website next Monday and am including this one for sure! You did such a great job!


    • Kim 12/02/2013

      Thank you so much, Amanda!

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  12. Abby Patterson 11/30/2013

    Is everything from michael's? ( besides the things you made) I am in love with the tree! Definitely the inspiration for my tree:)

    • Kim 12/02/2013

      Yes, everything on the tree is from Michael's, including the the items I crafted! (letter banners and paper ornaments)

  13. michelle 12/01/2013

    Where did you get the pinecone and glass garland accents..michaels Too?? Didnt see there...looks gorgeous by the way

    • Kim 12/02/2013

      Yes, both from Michael's! The garland is actually plastic. :)

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  18. Liz 12/02/2013

    Love the tree! How did you make the snowflakes?

  19. Alicia 12/08/2013

    I absolutely love this tree, just beautiful! I am going to use the three tutorials you posted for my own tree, however, I am having a hard time following the tutorial for the paper medallion ornaments. When you fold it accordion style - is that lengthwise or width wise? When you say to put the medallion in the center, what kind of medallion is it supposed to be? I didn't see it on the supply list. I'm really excited to make these, thank you for your time!

  20. Alexandra 12/09/2013

    You're tree is sooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your tutorials on what you did for this tree. This will be my inspiration for next year's Christmas! :D

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  22. Johanna 12/31/2013

    I absolutely LOVE this tree! I will be doing my next year's tree all silver and white. I already started buying most of the decorations 1/2 off!!! :) I love the banner, do you sell it by any chance? Although I love all DIY stuff I'm not great at it .... Would love this banner!!! :)

  23. Johanna 11/05/2014

    Hi Kim! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Where can I find that crystal garland? I've been looking all over for it... Thank you

    • Kim 11/05/2014

      Thank you, Johanna! The icicle garland was from Michael's last year!

  24. Nancy 11/22/2014

    HI I just love our tree garland. I cannot find these letters with this magnificent font :(

  25. Mommiepoppins 12/02/2014

    My sister Mel and I found your tree on Pintetest not to long ago. You inspired me and she challenged me to do something spectacular this year ! Using what I already had, ( my husband was happy ) and a few sparkly snowflake ornaments found at a local drug store our tree turned out fabulous! I made the garland out of cardboard, paint and glitter- budget restrictions. Thank you for the inspiration! PS, wish I could post a pic of it here to share.


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