Hello friends!!

Can y’all believe Christmas is right around the corner?

I have so much shopping to do! How about y’all?

This month our host Terrie challenged us to do something creative with a Dollar Store Tree. My first challenge was finding a tree… man they sell out super fast! Thankfully one of my blog friends found 2 for me! Thank you Jessica!!

Pssssttt…. make sure you scroll to the very bottom and check out everyone’s projects.

I decided instead of making something out of the tree (since it’s the final day 😂😂), I want to DIY decorations for the tree. Decor can be super costly and my goal was decorate the tree without buying anything for it.

I started by emptying out the box that I used for my Thanksgiving centerpiece and placing a tree there. I then placed the second one in the pitcher of my antique wash basin.


My plan is to DIY all of the ornaments. I decided to make an orange slice garland, a salt dough garland, and to use bleached pine cones.

Orange slice garland

Items needed:

  • Oranges
  • Twine
  • Cookie sheet
  • Pizza pan with holes
  • Knife

Thinly slice oranges and use a paper towel and pat them dry.

Then either place them in the oven directly on the rack or use a pizza pan that has holes in it.

I Used the pizza pan for the oranges and then placed a cookie sheet on the shelf under the oranges to catch any liquid off of them.

Turn the oven to the lowest setting (200 or less) and bake the oranges for 3 hours turning them every 30 minutes.

Then thread the twine through the oranges.

Salt Dough Garland

Items needed:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Rolling pen
  • Paint or glitter to decorate
  • Twine

Use 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup water. Mix all ingredients and then knead the dough. Flour your surface and your rolling pen. Form dough into a ball and then roll it out. Use cookie cutters and cut out ornaments. I used a straw to make a hole for the twine. Then bake at 170 for 3 hours. Let cool for an hour. After ornaments have cooled for an hour then decorate however you want. Finally thread the twine through tying each ornament as you put it on the twine.

Bleached Pine cones

Items needed:

  • Pine cones
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Twine

Mix water and bleach into the bucket. I used 1/4 bucket bleach and the rest water. Place pine cones in the bucket and let sit for 24 hours. Then remove the pine cones form the bucket and allow them to dry, preferably in the sun.


Now decorate your trees as you like.

After I had them decorated how I wanted I then sprayed the tree with the canned snow. I plan on adding some battery operated twinkle lights 🙂

After decorating I figured out 2 things:

  1. My ornaments were too large for these small trees. Next time I will make smaller ornaments.
  2. There really isn’t a need for the twine on the round ornaments and the oranges. Next time I will just place them on each limb.

For the second tree I added the pine cones and sprayed with snow! SUPER EASY!

Total cost was $2 for the trees 🙌🏽 Everything else I already had.

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First up is Christine at CD country living. Click below to see how she transformed her trees ❤️

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  1. Danya

    Great idea to use orange slices, love them. Looks great.


  2. Wow! You put a lot of work into this! Everything looks so good! I love all of it!

  3. Danya!!! how amazing your Dollar Tree Christmas tree looks. You out did yourself my friend. Making those ornaments and sharing the tutorial is wonderful, thank you! I just love how your decorated tree looks. Thanks for joining the challenge this month. It is always a pleasure working with you and reading your talented DIYs. Happy Holiday!

  4. This is soooo cute! Very clever ways of decorating without spending anything.

    1. Free is always good… right 🙂

  5. I just love that you used homemade decorations on your tree and I’m green with envy over that wooden box!!

  6. Your tree decorations look great! I have always wanted to make an orange slice garland- yours is beautiful.

  7. I learned so much from this post. Had no idea you could bleach pine cones (want to try this) and while I had heard of salt dough that’s about as far as that went. Would be fun to make ornaments with my granddaughter. Really like the natural look and that you made your ornaments to dress up a simple $1 dollar tree. I can’t really explain it, but this, perhaps because of its connection to nature, really speaks to me.

    1. Thank you Kelli! That means so much. Yes I think I want to make the salt dough ornaments again and let my grandson decorate them.

  8. I love your orange garland so much!!! And these trees are GORGEOUS!

  9. This looks beautiful Danya ! I love the colours and it blends in well with the farmhouse style…
    I’ve never done the orange or dough garland before .. I think I’ll be doing this for Christmas .. it’s beautiful!!
    Well done!!

    1. Thank you! They were both so easy to make.

  10. I love everything about this!

  11. I love how creative you were with the salt dough ornaments and dried oranges!! Absolutely beautiful!!!!

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