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My Winter White Family Photo Christmas Tree!!

I love this time of the year!!

I am SO excited to decorate for Christmas.

So when Michael’s contacted me and asked if I might want to design a tree for their tree challenge, I thought it would be SO fun.

Michael’s sent me a pre-lit 6-foot tree and a gift card and I headed over to the store to see what I could find. They have three different collections that they put together for the 2012 holidays. My favorite was the Crystal Elegance Collection. I LOVE that they based some of the collection off of a trip the design staff took to London. They travel around the world to look at trends and colors and use what they find to make the new collections for each year. SO cool!!

My main focal point of the tree are these laser-cut wood frames that I found at Michaels. They are very light and inexpensive — and I thought they would be perfect picture ornaments for my tree. They also come in several different sizes

To make the photo ornaments, I took our family pictures and printed them out in black and white. Then I spray painted the frames. I cut out a piece of posterboard the same size as the frames and them taped the picture inside of the frame, with a piece of posterboard behind it to secure it. Then I placed the pictures throughout the tree. (printable from Poppy Seed Projects.) Thanks to my sister for the photos she took of us.

I also took a larger sized frame and spraypainted a piece of plywood with chalkboard paint. Then I put the chalkboard plywood behind the frame and attached it with ducktape. I looped some ribbon through the holes at the top of the frame and hung it on the wall with a Command Hook.

I also made some ornaments using coffee filters and some jewelry brooches from Michael’s jewelry aisle. A tutorial for those is coming up soon.

I put the tree in a crate that I found in the unfinished wood area, and then I stenciled and painted the crate and added wheels to the bottom. I love using this as an alternative to a tree skirt.

So now I have a cute tree for the season. And I love that I can look at it and see my family and some of the things we have done in 2012 together.

There are a few other bloggers who also took the tree challenge. I can’t wait to see ALL of the trees and the great ideas!! You can check ALL of the trees out on Michael’s Facebook page and they have a FUN Pinterest page set up for this challenge too – with tons of great tree decorating ideas. Hope over and be inspired for Holiday tree decorating!!

So fun!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!


PS — I have a really exciting giveaway going on right now!!

Be sure to enter to win a Silhouette Portrait!!

It’s a BRAND NEW addition to the Silhouette family.

I’m so excited to be giving one of the first ones away — the giveaway ends on Friday.


  1. wa, gray and white are quite great.

  2. This turned out so cute! Love the picture frame ornament idea and tree in a crate… great job! :)

  3. Thanks for taking part in the challenge and sharing your work!

  4. Christi Cope says:

    So, I just spent my lunch hour buying everything to replicate this tree, but i’m having a hard time finding a tree with a stand that fits in the crate. What am I missing?

  5. great tree! i want to steal it.

  6. i just got some of those frames too! i love them!!! and they look great on your tree :)

  7. Love it! It’s gorgeous. Did you make the garland? If so how?

  8. What a great idea to decorate with family photos! Love this idea!!!

  9. I LOVE THIS!!! I just searched pinterest forever trying to find this, knowing that I had seen it somewhere. Just beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Jen, this is simply stunning!! I had no idea Michaels carries such cute frames. Love them. Your tree is just beautiful. Hope you’re doing well. It’s been crazy around here…haven’t been able to comment on my favorite blogs lately!

    • Amanda!! Thanks for the sweet comment. I have been out of town without internet for the past week. I am so behind lol. I hope things are going well for you and you are getting excited about the holidays!!


  11. I love that what did you use for the silver paint?

    • Hi Kelly!!

      I used Martha Stewart metallic paint for the stencilling. They have a silver metallic paint that is so pretty! You can find it at Michaels.


  12. SO cute Jen! I love the North Pole crate, I might have to steal that idea. :)


    • Thanks Anna!! I really love that crate. I am thinking of making a few more for the holidays. I love this time of year!!

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  13. Adore!!!

  14. I love this tree Jen! It is SO gorgeous! Love the photo frames! Wishing you a wonderful Thankgiving with your family! Angie xo

  15. Okay so that is seriously the coolest tree ever I love the that you put it in the crate.

  16. gorgeous. love those frames.:)

  17. The tree is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the frames with the chalkboard paint message. You did a wonderful job!!

  18. Love love love. Thanks for the inspiration

  19. Looks great! I love how the frames turned out!

    • Thanks Kelli!!

      I love those frames they sell at Michaels. I can’t wait to make something for Valentine’s Day with them too!! Happy Holidays!!


  20. So that’s really pretty!!

    • Mimi!! Thanks my friend. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting ready for an awesome Christmas!!


  21. I love this idea!!!! It’s so pretty too.

    • Thanks so much!! I love looking at the tree and seeing all of the fun pictures of our family from 2012. So fun!! Merry Christmas!!



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