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Lake Cottage Christmas Tree and Thrifty Tips

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Possibly this lake cottage Christmas tree might just be my new favorite.

It’s always so much fun to see the different ways that everyone decorates their Christmas trees. I’m always amazed at the beauty, creativity and endless ideas that people come up with. Whether your style is traditional, farmhouse, country, cottage or another style – today’s hop is for you. I am so excited to share my Lake Cottage Christmas Tree and Thrifty Tips.

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 40 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today! A big thank you to Michelle of Our Crafty Mom for organizing this hop!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela

| Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

 Jolene | Create Pray Love

 Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna 

 Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy Bits

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications | Stephanie | Abbotts At Home

  Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks |  Sarah | The Project Pile


To our regular readers, I am so happy that you are here! For those of you that are new visitors today, welcome! Let me briefly tell you that I live in a townhouse in a lake community. My husband and I moved here last year, not expecting it to be a full-time gig. But life has a way of changing things. A lifetime of Christmas decor is in the very back of a storage unit, so I have had to learn how to get creative with my Christmas decor. This lake cottage Christmas tree is in the guest bedroom of our home and I love it!The tree is 7 feet tall and a bit Charlie Brown like. It’s super skinny and looked even smaller in the room next to the vaulted ceiling.

Tip #1 Add height to you tree by placing it on top of a sturdy box.

By placing the tree on the box, it made the new height 10 feet. So much more grand 🙂 This cute sign was just $3 from the Target dollar spot. It is a great statement piece on the tree.

Tip #2 save money by Making some of your ornaments.

I made this mini wreath with a mason jar lid ring and buffalo check wrapping paper.

Tip #3 Use Gift tags as Ornaments

These very adorable “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” gift tags were packaged 10 for $3. They matched the tree perfectly and I thought…why not use them as ornaments.

Last year I made these white painted ornaments.

How sweet is this church? I found it at an antique shop a couple of weeks ago for just $1.00. It is signed on the bottom by the person that made it.

Tip #4 Maybe someone can make ornaments for you.

A couple of weeks ago we participated in an ornament exchange. I was the very fortunate recipient of these beautiful wood slice ornaments. Aren’t they perfect on my tree?

Last week my Honey Bee surprised me with a trip to New Your City after Thanksgiving. This has been a bucket list trip for me for a very long time. Ever since I was a little girl growing up in south Florida, I always had my nose pressed up next to the television watching the Macy’s Day Parade. I was always impressed by how well the city was decorated for the season, how cold it always was (sometimes there was even snow) and then the grand finale with the arrival of Santa Claus. It made such a lasting impression on me. I hoped and dreamed that one day I would be in New York City for the holidays.

I feel so fortunate and blessed to have a husband to make my dreams come true. We went to see the Rockettes Christmas show and I bought ornaments to commemorate our trip.

This is another ornament that I made last year.

Tip #5 Use wrapping paper that coordinates with your tree and cut squares and use as ornaments.

Tip #6 Use Pine Cones as filler in spots of void

Sometimes there are large open spaces in a Christmas tree. Use pinecones. In my area they are plentiful and free! This year I even learned how to bleach pinecones and they turned out beautifully!.

This vintage toy boat is a vintage treasure. I bought it at a flea market several years ago for just $10.

It still has the original oars and ropes.

I added a tree with pom pom ribbon.

Thank you so much for visiting my Lake Cottage Christmas Tree and Thrifty Tips.

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest board!

Now let’s check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!


  1. Super cute tree! I had it on my to do list to make those sliced wood ornaments… and that didn’t happen. Maybe next year because I just love yours!

  2. Your tree is gorgeous!! I love all of your budget tips – such a good idea to use wrapping paper! Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  3. I don’t know how you decorated your tree so fast after being in New York and it looks amazing! Yeah that church is so cute, the whole tree is just to cute for words.

  4. The little Christmas tree sign is a great centerpiece for your tree. Canada had Target and they certainly were the store Americans enjoy most strange because they seem to have really great stuff in the States at prices your willing to pay.

    Great tree and a skinny tree is on my list for next year. Merry Christmas.

  5. You guys, this tree is so awesome! I love how you used the buffalo check ribbon and how you used all of the special ornaments from your travels and a nod to the lake too. It’s really beautiful – fabulous job! Hugs, CoCo

  6. What a great tree! I love how you incorporated the navy with the red, while maintaining the Christmas look. I especially enjoyed the adorable stuffed Santa ornament. This was such a great theme for a lake cottage home, and looks like it was very fun to decorate! Thank you for some inspiring thrifty tips for filling in the tree too.

  7. Donna @ Modern on Monticello says:

    I was excited about your tree the minute I saw that sign in the middle. Not to mention that you added some fabulous buffalo check ribbon and vintage ornaments. The budget tips are great too. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. I am so in love with this tree! I have a buffalo check entryway and porch this year! I need your tree to finish it off! The sign tops it off. Pinned and shared! Love Love love!

  9. I love your tree and all of your suggestions! I am totally stealing the Christmas paper idea and gift idea to fill up a tree inexpensively. Love. Pinned to my Christmas tree board.

  10. This tree is just beautiful!! I love, love the little camper ornament! What a great find. Thank you so much for joining us in this blog hop!

  11. I love your Ornaments! The Denim Santas are great and I love Christopher Radko! Your whole tree is so lovely! The dark blue with the Buffalo Plaid is great!

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