White Paper Dream Tree


It’s November, which means it’s officially socially acceptable to start talking about Christmas! Right? I actually prefer to keep our house decorated for fall until after Thanksgiving, but this year I’m participating in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge--so I made an exception. We have a small place and not a lot of room to store seasonal decorations, so I resisted buying a bunch of ornaments. Instead, I had the idea to trim our tree with some DIY garlands, made out of various forms of white paper. It turned out really pretty, and each of these garlands is super budget-friendly, easy to make, and uses basic supplies that you likely already have. Ready to see how our tree turned out??

Christmas tree with DIY paper garlands

It’s simple, neutral, and a little Scandinavian-inspired. I like it a lot.

See how we transformed our Christmas tree with DIY decorations

We started with this gorgeous 7 ft pre-lit tree from Michaels, which was easy to assemble and made the perfect blank canvas. Our ceilings are only 7 ft tall, so it was just the right size (barely), leaving no room for a tree topper. Psst: You can get get FREE shipping on all 6 ft or taller trees until November 14th on

Simple Christmas tree with white paper garlands

To decorate the tree, I used three different types of paper decor: a garland made from unfolded mini white cupcake liners, white tissue paper tassels, and 3D paper snowflakes that I saved from a couple years ago.

Scandinavian-style Christmas tree

They’re all really easy to make, but a little time-consuming--the perfect type of projects for multi-tasking while watching a show. If you look up tissue paper tassels or cupcake liner garlands, you can find plenty of tutorials, and I already did a tutorial for the snowflakes here, so I decided not to shoot any photos of the process. Partially because I made these last week while I was sick, drinking tea, lounging on our sofa, and watching movies. Not exactly the perfect setup for DIY photos. :)

Christmas tree with DIY paper garlands

DIY Christmas decor

In addition to the paper decorations, I wrapped a wood bead garland around the tree to add a different element that still fit in with the simple, neutral theme. I guess I’ve really been loving neutral decor and wood beads for every holiday lately!

Winter mantel

I also gave our mantel a little winter makeover, with these darling ceramic houses, bottle brush trees, and miniature deer (all from Michaels).

Michaels Makers: White paper dream tree

And that’s it! Whether you think it’s still too early to decorate for Christmas or not, it’s never too early to start gathering inspiration. So make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, for more dream holiday trees created by the rest of the Michaels Makers! Plus, check out some of their ornament projects and tutorials.

Thanks to Michaels for partnering with me on this post.

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  1. Posted by JaneEllen on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

    What a beautiful job you did on your tree. The ornaments and garland are perfect and you didn't overload the tree, can actually see tree and ornaments clearly. I know some folks like to really load their trees down but to me it's so busy I want to turn away from it, makes me dizzy. To each his own tho. We all have our preferences, makes life more interesting. Enjoyed your tree very much, great job.
    Happy daze
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

      Aww, thank you JaneEllen! I really appreciate that. I love a simple tree too, with just enough trimmings to embellish, not overwhelm.
  2. Posted by Heather on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

    It's really cute! The simplicity makes it beautiful, and I love the budget-conscious aspect.
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

      Thanks so much, Heather!