Ballard Designs Inspired Christmas Tree

I have always done a traditional red and gold tree, but this year I was inspired by this soothing Ballard’s photo to go au natural.

I wanted to create a Christmas tree that paid homage to all the trends of 2010, and I wanted to do it for free!  Here is the breakdown of how I pulled this off:

And now for the close-ups!  I made these mini chalkboards ages ago as garden markers and basket tags.  For a complete tutorial on how to make your own, click here.  I used a chalkboard pen to write the words.  So cute!

In the top left-hand corner of the pic below, you can see one of my book page balls.  

I made these babies last year.  I just stuck a hook on them and hung them on the tree!  To learn how to make your own, go here.
The little white birdies came from the DollarTree last year and the nests were a clearance find at TJ Maxx (last year as well).

My snow-covered pinecone tutorial can be found here.

All of the sea stars were purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop and hung on the tree using curtain ring clips.  

The gorgeous mercury glass ornaments were a gift from my TJ Maxx/Marshalls trip!

And if you somehow missed it, my wax paper faux capiz shell garland tutorial can be found here and was also featured on Apartment Therapy!

Thanks for letting me share my tree with you again!

….And my brick wall :)!

For more great trees, be sure to visit Sarah! For more great Christmas decor visit Julia!

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  1. michelle says

    Your tree is so beautiful!! I love all your ornaments and so creative and clever! I love your brick wall too!!! I need one in my home! :)

  2. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    Oh, my gosh, it's GORgeous, Beth! I think I like your version even better than Ballards with the brick wall behind it. Thanks for joining my party and sharing it with us. Merry Christmas! :)

  3. Karena says

    Beth I love what you have created! It is absolutely stunning!

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  4. { L } says

    You say Ballard Designs and I'm so there. :) Your tree is gorgeous and you did an amazing job with your inspiration photo! The garland looks stunning..truly. It was worth the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says

    This tree is gorgeous! I love it! And that brick wall is TO DIE FOR!
    There is just something so warm and inviting about exposed brick inside the home!

  6. Skooks says

    What a gorgeous tree! I love the natural style. And I've never seen the faux capiz garland thing but it looks awesome! I love capiz. My treetopper is made out of capiz. :)

  7. Haley K says

    oh i absolutely adore it ALL! the newspaper covered balls, the sea star topper, and the little twine-framed chalkboards are my favorite…AND the gorgeous garland!!

  8. Shortcake and Company says

    Gorg, Beth!! Seriously. It's be-a-utiful!! I'm thinking I want a second tree for next year…one a little more decor oriented. You've inspired me. I'll shop this year after Christmas, I think.

  9. Emily @ Finding My Aloha says

    Wow! Simply beautiful! You have inspired me. Normally I go for the traditional red and green in a pier one style but this is gorgeous and looks like it can be done on a budget. It will have to wait until next year, we dont have a tree this year, movers come to pack us up and move us to Alaska on Tuesday…eek! Just means I have plently of time to make gorgeous ornaments and garland for next year ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    I like the simplicity of it, Beth! It does remind me of Ballard's! I kept mine fairly simple, as well, in comparison to some, but I like it this way. I'll have to post mine later as I forgot to take the pictures off the card last night!

  11. One Cheap B*tch says

    Your tree is fabulous! Love the starfish on top and the chalkboard ornaments! I have some leftover chalkboard tags and may have to steal that look!


  12. Mrs.V says

    Your tree looks really lovely! You chose all the right little details – perfect finishing touches!

    Enjoy the holidays with your pretty tree :)


  13. Richella says

    It's really lovely, Beth. Restful and soothing but still festive. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of cocoa and read a good Christmas book. :)

  14. LUCKY 7 DESIGN says

    Beth it came out great. I did a post last week and that same tree was my inspiration this year (great minds think alike)lol I love your handmade ornaments and that fabulous garland I didnt do garland just the birds,pine cones and shimmery ornaments. Great Job! Gotta love Ballard!

  15. Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! says

    I love the all natural tree! I think the birds nests and pinecones are my favorite touches on it!

  16. Jemsmom says

    That is just beautiful and prettier than the Ballard one! I know you love to look at it all lit up at night! Gorgeous!

  17. Lettered Cottage says

    Literally one of THE prettiest Christmas trees I've EVER seen. I'm head over heels in love with it!!! Thanks for sharing it with us Beth! :-)


  18. Patty says

    I love the starfish clipped on with curtain rings. I'm doing one of my trees with starfish and was wondering how to hang them. Thanks for the tip!
    Lovely tree!
    Merry Christmas

  19. Elaine A. says

    You did a great job of making a lovely, inexpensive, beautiful tree. I'm so impressed. and the wax paper garland is brilliant!! Merry Christmas!

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