Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – DIY Painted Christmas Tree

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I know it’s only ONE day after Halloween, but this Christmas Tree has been decorated and in my living room for several weeks now. I’m happy to reveal my tree for the 2013 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge today!

To celebrate the holiday season, Michaels sent pre-lit trees to several DIY bloggers and asked us to get creative with crafts and decorating. I was excited to be asked to participate, because I just changed the colors in my living room to white and silver, and was dying to do something different from my usually colorful kids tree.

This is MY tree! Full of glitter and sparkle!

I will show you bits of my tree today, and later do some detailed craft tutorials on the ornaments.

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I chose a theme of stars and silver glitter. It was a blast shopping for new ornaments and decor.

What you see on my tree all came from Michaels. They have some fantastic items to choose from now! Everywhere I walked in my local Michaels, I saw stars.

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I almost went with an owl theme because I found some really cute ones, but the stars kept calling my name… so I had to buy them and reach for the stars!

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Painting the Christmas Tree

First off, I needed to paint the tree. Out of the box it was your usual evergreen tree, which I LOVE, but I have always wanted a white tree!

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It only takes a few steps to paint a tree!

1. Cover the lights with tape (this is when children like my daughter who love a good task, come in handy!)

2. Then use satin white spray paint and cover as much of the tree as you can with the paint.

3. Let the tree completely dry. Then remove the tape and start decorating.

Removing the tape from the lights took the longest. My helper had moved on to playing with her Barbies. I would say it took a good 30-40 minutes to take off all of that tape by myself. I found a few bulbs that I forgot to cover and the paint scraped right off. So don’t worry if you miss some. I’m sure nail polish remover would remove it as well.

You can see the paint in this close-up photo along with a few of my DIY ornaments.

After the paint dried, the Christmas tree didn’t become totally white, but more of a frosty green similar to the white winter wreath I painted a few years ago. They both match now and I love the way it turned out!

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About Michaels Trees

  • 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!

Browse through the Michaels Décor Guide for tons of ideas and projects to make spreading the holiday cheer throughout your house easy!

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Need inspiration about what to put under the tree for your kids this year? Look through the Michaels Holiday Gift Guide – with tons of present ideas, including the must-have gift this season, the original Rainbow Loom!


Thanks to Michaels for including me in their Dream Tree Challenge!!

Products from Michaels that I used on this tree:

  • Large Paper Stars (They were half off when I got them! )
  • Wooden Snowflake Ornaments
  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Silver Pine Cone Ornaments
  • Clear Plastic Star Ornaments (for my DIY ornament)
  • Small White Bird Ornaments
  • Silver Glitter Scrapbook Paper (for my DIY ornament)
  • White Pom Pom Garland
  • Silver Branch Garland
  • Burlap Garland
  • Silver Ribbon
  • White Glitter Leaves
  • Glitter Bird with Feather Tail (top of tree)
  • Silver Sequins (for my DIY ornament)
  • White Spray Paint

If you need craft help, you can call 1-800-MICHAELS Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. CST and be connected directly to Michaels crafting experts. You also can send craft questions via email to [email protected] or by using the hashtag #AskMichaels on Facebook and Twitter. Find Michaels on Facebook here.

Disclosure – I received a 7ft. pre-lit Christmas tree and gift card to participate in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge.

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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. I was going to try this but lacked the nerve. I'm glad your turned out so nice. I will go ahead and spray away! Thanks

  2. I love this idea! I have always had the traditional tree color (Green) but, 6 yrs ago we went to white… Now I want green again lol I wonder if I could do this technique, spray paint it green?? if so what color green?????…..

  3. I love the idea of painting it! No flock mess 🙂 It turned out beautiful Amy!

  4. I am totally doing this!!

  5. Amy, your tree is gorgeous! I love your ornaments & that you spray painted it! So clever & SO BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Wow! So beautiful Amy!

  7. This tree is stunning! I love the white spray paint!

  8. I love that you painted it and it looks like alight dusting of snow. The burlap and glitter are such a great contrast. I love that you picked the Texas stars! Just an adorable tree! Can you make one for me now?

  9. it is BEEEE-UUUUU-TI-FUL!

  10. This is just gorgeous. I love the theme you went with.

  11. I love the idea of spraying it white!!

  12. I’ve been considering buying a white tree, and I think I’m going to do this instead. Love the way it still looks a little green but it is softened. SOO good!

  13. Your tree is gorgeous Amy!

  14. Amy! Your tree is beautiful!! And I love the idea of spray painting it. Genius. It looks amazing on your little table!


  15. This is lovely! I am inspired (& I don’t really enjoy decorating)

  16. I LOOOOVE your tree Amy!! That is the kind of tree I would love too – I get tired of the tree full of color and would love to do one all white and silver. I would have never thought to spray paint the tree!!

  17. I love this tree and it is right on time. I have a couple of spots in my home where I’d like to put a small tree and this is the inspiration I needed.


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