This year I was SO excited to meticulously light, ribbon, garland, and ornament my Christmas tree. Sure, it was a $20 half off cheap-o tree in the clearance after Christmas sales a few years ago. But that didn’t stop me from knowing that I could make this the prettiest, glitteriest, glitziest Christmas tree I’ve ever decorated.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how I took an unlighted, cheap Christmas tree and lit it up in Christmas cheer!

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Step 1: Take one section at a time. 

This year I decided to take fluffing and lighting the tree one section at a time. That means I started with the base, fluffed it, and then wound the lights into it. Then I would do this with the next section and the next until I had a complete tree.

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

This just makes the whole process so much easier (and eliminates some of those plastic tree scratches that makes your hands and arms look like you were attacked by a cat). Plus, you are able to best light the tree this way.

I used Vidya’s awesome tutorial on how to best light a tree. Basically you wind the lights up and down each Christmas limb instead of just circling the tree and only having lights on the outer branches of the tree. This helps better light the tree with depth and makes it look like a prelit tree too!

Step 2: Layer on the ribbon and garland!

Now that the tree is perfectly lit and you are already basking in the holiday glow of the tree, it’s time to add some beautiful ribbon. This is the first time I had done ribbon on a tree but I don’t think I will ever NOT have it on my tree again! Ribbon can set your color scheme but it also plays well with the lights. It doesn’t block any lights but glitters and gleams with the lights behind it. Plus, it adds a whole lotta sparkle and that’s the point of this year’s theme, right?

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I used two spools of wired ribbon from Michael’s (70% off!).

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I did wide gaps between each round of ribbon because I wanted to alternate the two different patterns on the tree.

Once you have all the ribbon on the tree you need to start twisting and playing with it. You don’t want what looks like roads just plowing through your tree. You want the ribbon to play and mingle with your tree branches, weaving in and out. You also want to wrap some limbs around the ribbon to give it a gathered look at times.

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

After the ribbon was in I added one strand of silver garland just to up the shimmer factor. I didn’t end up having enough to go between each ribbon round but I looped it 3 times around the tree and it was just enough.

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Step 3: Adorn with ornaments!

Finally, the icing on the cake – ornaments! Whether you are using a color scheme to choose your  ornaments or going al la carte with your ornament collection, this is the fun part that doesn’t really take much skill. Just be mindful to look for holes where you are missing ornaments. Plus, I like to hide some deeper in the tree to add some more dimension.

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I used silver, gold, and white ornaments all over the tree. I chose to use balls and icicle lights so everything wasn’t the same shape.

Step 4: Skirt it!

Pretty much anything goes for a skirt! Your favorite fabric, a cozy blanket, faux snow (I picked some up last year after Christmas from Target for 50 cents!), or a specifically made Christmas skirt. Just make sure to add something so those plastic legs aren’t showing.

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

This year I was SO excited to meticulously light, ribbon, garland, and ornament my Christmas tree. Sure, it was a $20 half off cheap-o tree in the clearance after Christmas sales a few years ago. But that didn

This year I was SO excited to meticulously light, ribbon, garland, and ornament my Christmas tree. Sure, it was a $20 half off cheap-o tree in the clearance after Christmas sales a few years ago. But that didn

That completes my four step guide on how to decorate a Christmas tree in a fool proof and glamorous way! Do you have any tips to add? I’d love to hear your best Christmas tree decorating advice in the comments!

How to Light, Ribbon, and Decorate a Christmas Tree | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

In staying with my “The Most Sparkliest Christmas EVER” theme this year I decided to dip a (glittery) toe into the wreath making world. For some reason I am many rounds short of ever making a wreath in my life. It just never appealed to me UNTIL a wreath was pretty much the only way to add some curb appeal to my little apartment. Suddenly I wanted to make ALL the wreaths. Plus, my neighbors have some pretty impressive ones and I wanted to add to the festivity.

So after conferring with my wreath making connoisseur friend, pinning inspiration, and strolling through the aisles of Michaels (and the Christmas section in Wal-Mart), I hit upon my next creation: a gold and glittery wreath. Bingo. That’s just what I need on my door. All the glitter, all the time!

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

All I need to make my glitter extravaganza wreath was a roll of 35 foot ribbon (plus a little more to hang) and a wreath form. I first thought I was going to use a foam wreath form but the circle just seemed too skinny for the wreath. So I actually went with the straw form (don’t unwrap it!) and it was perfect (and much cheaper).

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now, I went real classy when making this wreath by using a good measure of duct tape. When all else fails, duct tape doesn’t (put that on a t-shirt, right?!).

To start the wreath, I taped the ribbon to the back of the wreath form. [You can also use wreath pins but I didn’t think to buy those in my naive wreath making.]

Then, tightly wrap the ribbon around the form, making sure you don’t see any of the wreath form underneath the ribbon. You will have to overlap quite a bit but that is ok. Just make sure to really tighten it every time you wind it to cut down on gapping.

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Once the wreath is completely covered, duct tape the ribbon on the back of the wreath.

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Finally, you need to make a bow. In full disclosure this is my first time making a bow and it is WAY harder than anticipated – especially with the ribbon I was using. It seems like ribbons with more bend and wire are easier to manipulate into bows. I based my bow loosely on this tutorial but honestly I cannot really tell you how I made it. After over an hour of wasted YouTube tutorial watching and crinkled ribbon, I said heck with it and just went rogue on my bow making. Four loops and a little duct tape later I had a bow.

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

However, since I see more wreaths in my future (hence more bow making) I pledge to learn how to make a bow and share with you my findings.

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Lastly, use the same ribbon or a coordinating ribbon and loop it around your wreath to hang it. Secure it to the top of your door with – that’s right – duct tape.

Now isn’t this the classiest wreath making tutorial you just ever did read? Thought so!

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Gold Glitter Wreath | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now there, a glittery gold wreath! My only wish is that I could take a paint brush to that door and turn it into a fun color! But alas, not in this apartment building. Perhaps some outside of the box thinking is needed for me…

Why hello my wonderful readers and any new friends that may be popping by from Simply Designing as we embark on a fun little last minute holiday crafting blog hop! My friend Jessica at Decor Adventures emailed a group of us bloggers asking if we wanted to join in on a little last minute Christmas crafting adventure. The challenge was to use what you already had to make something new for Christmas. I was so in! Christmas decor is so versatile and you can always reimagine it into new and beautiful decorations.

Last minute holiday ideas | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I took a jaunt around my apartment to see what I could wrangle up. I spied a pile of these knock-off golden orbs (whewww that post is back in the day too!) that I had made with embroidery hoops. They weren’t looking quite as good post-move but I knew I could do something fun and exciting with them for Christmas.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

That’s when the real raid began. I knew I wanted to make them into mini-Christmas wreaths. I also knew that most anything could go on the wreaths. I basically pulled out all my crafting supplies and Christmas decor I hadn’t used yet and just began tinkering (kinda like an elf in Santa’s workshop, right?!).

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Here are the four different wreaths I made and what I used to make them:

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Yarn Wrapped Embroidery Hoop Wreath

I did two of these in different variations. For the first one I took my fluffiest yarn (so sparkly and cozy – perfect for winter) and wrapped it around the hoop. I just tied it to the wreath when I started and stopped to secure it. Then I used some wrapping ribbon to make it fun and festive.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

For the second yarn wrapped wreath I used the same method but I just wrapped part of the hoop. I wanted to show off the gold on the hoop and give it more of a color blocked look. I used some more ribbon to top this one off too. The curly cue ribbon is just so beautiful on these wreaths!

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Ribbon Wrapped Embroidery Hoop Wreath

I raided my wrapping supplies (95% of which I have saved from presents given me so I don’t have to buy the stuff as much) again and found this pretty red ribbon. One side of it actually said Estee Lauder (haha, I seriously save everything) but I just flipped it over and wrapped it around the hoop. Then I finished it off (and secured it to the hoop) by making a bow. For a final touch I used a Christmas tree present box (that also serves as an ornament I guess since it had a loop attached to it) and hung it from the hoop.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Glitter Leaves Embroidery Hoop Wreath

This one took all of 5 seconds. I had a glitter leaves stalk that I’ve stuck in a vase for years and decided just bend it around the hoop. One bend and some leaf tweaking and I’m in gold glitter love. This one is so simple yet classy all at the same time. Win!

To finish them all off I once again used ribbon I had in my stash to loop around the hoops and hang them. I decided to make a little gallery of them on the wall but these could go anywhere: on a door, window, even on a tabletop! Maybe even hang them off cabinets! Endless opportunities.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath Epicycles | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now let’s continue the blog hop to see what other awesome Christmas crafting has happened! Next stop is Decor and the Dog. Everything Michelle, Nate and Ike (the dog behind the decor) do is so gorgeous so if you haven’t checked out their blog yet make sure to take some time to peruse it now. So good.

To start the blog hop at the beginning so you don’t miss a single awesome project go to Decor Adventures and take it from the top!

Tuesday, Dec 9

Wednesday, December 10th:
Rappsody in Rooms | Decor and the Dog | Ciburbanity | Primitive & Proper

Today, December 11th:
Gourley Girl and Guy | Desert Domicile | Life on Virginia Street | This That and Life

Teaser alert: BLINGING gold glitter wreath tutorial coming up soon!

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Merry Christmas friends! Welcome to my ever so humble apartment Christmas tour! It’s actually been kind of amusing for me to decorate for Christmas when I still have a room of boxes waiting to be unpacked. Then, to bring in more boxes of Christmas stuff to try to squeeze into this just one month old apartment has been an interesting but fun challenge all at the same time.

I decided that this Christmas to me is all about simplicity, joy, and sparkle! I actually coined this Christmas theme “The Most Sparkliest Christmas Ever”. I just wanted it to be all about joy. Joy to me is sparkle so I let that abound! Joy to me at Christmas time is also letting things be relaxed, simple, and definitely not over decorated (at least this year). So this really is a simple Christmas this year. My head just couldn’t handle much more than simple this year.

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I kept the decorating to the main room with the focal point being the tree. But it’s just not any tree to me this year. It is a glittery, sparkly tree of gold, silver, and white. It makes me happy like no tree has ever made me happy before.

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I am actually going to devote a whole post to how I lit, ribboned, and bedazzled my tree this year because I picked up a few tips and tricks that I thought would be helpful to share!

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I couldn’t help but bring in another tree that is oh-so-dear to my heart: my vintage, family heirloom ceramic tree. I love this tree so very much. It just brings warmth and love to my heart looking at it and remembering all the family Christmases it has seen. I also think it was looking quite pretty on my kitchen cart. The perfect place.

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Then it was time to sparkle up my table that already hosted a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I added my gold glittery pinecones and a brass stand filled with dark chocolate mint Hershey kisses (given to me by my Secret Santa in my stocking). I thought it added just the right touch of Christmas sparkle without cluttering up my space. Cause gosh darn, I am that person saying that sometimes Christmas decor just makes me feel cluttered.

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Then, as a fun twist and part of the 12 Days of Christmas blogger tour, I had to incorporate the 9th day of Christmas: nine ladies dancing. Say what?

My original plan was to make a silly video of me dancing as I decorated for Christmas. But then who really wants to see that? So instead I kept my idea of simple Christmas decor by going black and white. I printed out nine black and white photos of iconic women and/or dances throughout history and hung them on the wall with green polka dot washi tape (cause green polka dots make it Christmas, right?). Add a little Christmas glam on the table underneath it, and I call that decorating for the Nine Ladies Dancing. Boom. Can I get a high kick for that?!

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I actually am really digging this washi tape black and white gallery wall. Adding things to your walls adds so much dimension to a room. It just feels different as I sit in here and write this blog post.

Oh yes, and I threw up some glittery ornaments for fun in a few of the shots. I also thought about stringing some garland and/or lights around it … but then I didn’t. But maybe you could?

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

The pictures represent some of my favorite moments: the iconic Dirty Dancing scene, a beautiful shot from a dance scene in White Christmas, Princes Diana dancing in a gorgeous black gown, Audrey Hepburn being her glamorous self, my favorite artist Jack Vettriano, a classic photo of a woman (anyone know who she is?) with elephants, the Rockettes of course, Jackie Kennedy at her wedding, and a little bit of flappers just for fun.

Here’s a collage of the actual photos I used to show you a close-up.

Nine Ladies Dancing Collage | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now that I am sure that I have intrigued you as to the 12 Days of Christmas decorating tour, why don’t you hop on over and check out more of these crazy twelve days?! Happy blog hopping!

MONDAY December 1st

{Partridge in a Pear Tree}

Simply Fresh Vintage Petticoat Junktion Snazzy Little Things

{Two Turtle Doves}

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer Fresh Idea Studio

TUESDAY December 2nd

Country Design Style DIO Home Improvements mommy is coocoo

{Four Calling Birds}

Artsy Chicks Rule Virginia Sweet Pea

WEDNESDAY DEC 3rd

{Five Golden Rings}

House on the Way DIY 180 Restoration Redoux

{Six Geese-a-Laying}

Postcards from the Ridge Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

THURSDAY December 4th

{Seven Swans a Swimming}

Curb Alert! Cupcakes and Crinoline

{Eight Maids a Milking}

Our Southern Home

FRIDAY December 5th

{Nine Ladies Dancing}

Better After Rhapsody in Rooms

{Ten Lords a Leaping}

The Endearing Home

SATURDAY December 6th

{Eleven Pipers Piping}

Refresh Restyle Lilacs and Longhorns Imparting Grace

{Twelve Drummers Drumming}

What Meegan Makes Mrs. Hines Class

 

Pssst: Make sure to come back soon for more glittery Christmas goodness. Sneak peek below!

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Sparkly Christmas Tour | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday full of family, happiness, and love – no matter what form that takes in your life! I was lucky enough to have my Dad come visit, and we had Thanksgiving at my apartment! Movies were watched, pies were baked, and laughs were had!

Now, I’m going to be turning all Christmas decor soon but before I get to that I thought I would first show you how my first furnished apartment tour and how it is shaping up a few weeks in (you can see it empty here). I’m definitely not promising perfectly styled shots and an all done apartment. Nope, that’s not my place at all right now. The big stuff is in and the boxes are only somewhat unpacked. But they are still there, biding their time for me to pay attention to them.

So let’s take a turn through the apartment and see where we’re at before it turns all sparkly and gold for Christmas (for real, I’m writing this staring at my Christmas tree and it will not let you down in the sparkly department).

The Living Room / Dining Room / Kitchen

This main room is definitely the most unpacked. Which makes sense since I live here 99% of the time. I still have lots of ideas for this room – like renter friendly artwork, wall treatments, and fun little styling. Oh yeah, and getting the box outta there and making the bookcase look presentable and not having a rug rolled in the corner. I am definitely wanting a rug for the main room too. Plus the table needs painting. Too much green in that corner and it has a huge rust stain. I’ll be back with more details about the color scheme I’m thinking about going with in here.

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

The Den / Studio

This place is  legit MESS. It’s where all the boxes go bide their time. But I have big plans for this place. I want it to be my studio for crafting, photo shoots for projects, and lots of other fun stuff. Right now it is just a pile with a styled bookcase. You have to start somewhere right?!

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

The Bathroom

Not a lot to say about this place. You do what you do. I made a few pretty vignettes in this small space but there is a lot of storage organization that needs to go down in here.

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

The Bedroom

This room is screaming for something on the walls, don’t you think? I do! But the morning light that comes in here is magical and my window has a pretty view outside of trees (not a parking lot like my other windows)! I love this room though. It is so cozy and has plenty of storage for my clothes which is a first for me in quite a long time! I also am digging how my herringbone rug and duvet cover pattern really jive together. One of my best mixing patterns to date!

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

The Laundry Room / Utility Closet

It houses a major Craigslist score of a washer and dryer that are practically brand new but it also houses a big fat mess on the shelves. But hey – it’s storage and it will be organized eventually. Oh yeah. and it’s a place for my exercise ball to hang out. Win.

My New Apartment Tour - A Few Weeks In | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Well folks, that’s the grand tour! Hope you liked this peek into this little place I call home. I love every square foot. Can’t wait to share my further adventures in it!

  • carol

    Seriously so adorable. Love everything. Your kitchen has more cabinets then my home. Enjoy it. It’s lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much!! Isn’t the kitchen amazing for an apartment?!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Megan….I love your apt. It’s cozy…..warm….and inviting:) you will get it all figured out…..and I love your kitchen….so cute:) it looks like a spacious apt..and you even have a washer and dryer….that’s awesome….I love too decorate….it’s my passion….and your doing a Great job…..Thank you for sharing your pics…..I’d love too see the end results…..very cute apt:)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much! It is a fun process for sure! Love my kitchen and washer and dryer! :)ReplyCancel