My MacKenzie Childs Inspiration Christmas Tree 2011

I was lucky enough to find a pre-lit 5 foot Christmas Tree in a big red pot after Christmas last year while shopping at Marshall's. Don't you just love that place?

It was $50 and the only flaw was a small chip on the bottom edge of the pot. No worries, an opportunity for creativity right?

I am a huge fan of MacKenzie Childs and their Courtly Check design, I decided to paint the base of the red pot in that design. Combined with the upper red part, I think it looks fantastic and covered the flaw.

Since I have 10 foot ceiling in my living room, I placed the tree on one of those inexpensive three legged tables covered with a table cloth that I had on hand.
Before I added the white poinsettias
Then I went crazy decorating. All summer, I had collected silver cream and sugar bowls at garage sales for 50¢. I tied them with ribbon that I found at Sam's Club for a whimsical tree.
I also made Courtly Check looking ball ornaments that I posted a tutorial on HERE.
 And I hand painted wooden stocking ornaments for my family.
 Combined with a black snowman hat that I made several years ago and glitter stems, I am pleased with the whimsical and fun way the whole tree came out.

My friend Patti @ Pandora's Box actually went to MacKenzie Childs store recently and took a picture of their tree. I had already made my tree by this time, all I did after I saw the MC tree was add white poinsettias to mine. I do have a teapot that I painted like theirs that I could have added to the top, but I really like the look of the black snowman hat I made, so I left it alone. Here's a comparison...

Exactly, if not better than I had envisioned!

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. Oh I like your version so much better. The checks are perfect on the base and all of your check ornaments and those socks, how fantastic are they. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  2. OH I seriously love this!!! I was lucky enough to get a MacKenzie ornament as a gift and just love love love her stuff! Would love if you would share this at my link party going on now!

  3. Oh! I like your tree better! LOVE your topper, and your clever idea to cover the chip in the base :)

  4. Your tree is seriously adorable! Love it!

    Thanks for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805 and adding the Tree Party link button to your post! It's appreciated!

    I do hope you will take the time to check out the gracious sponsor of the $100 Pottery Barn giveaway by becoming a member of Hometalk or liking them on Facebook. Links are provided for each.

  5. Way to go girl! Your version is fabulous. Don't you just adore the MC shard tree - I have some ideas for reproducing this - bet you do too!

  6. Your Christmas tree is beautiful! We thought you might like to check out our Holiday Decorating Guide for more inspiration for your home: http://bit.ly/tUDZa6. Happy holidays and thanks for shopping at Sam’s Club! – Carrie from Sam’s Club

  7. Yours is much prettier than the original MC. Call me stupid, but I had to google just to see who MC was. No, lol, I don't get out much. Yours really is prettier.

  8. Hi Terry
    Just Lovley,.,,,,,,That treee is georgeous :)
    and do not miss...




    It´s Fun :)
    WELCOME :)
    HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

  9. Wow, I love your tree and I also think yours is much prettier than the Mac Kenzie Child's Tree. Your tree is perfect, thank you for sharing!

  10. I love your tree. Come grab your featured button. You've been featured more than once.


  11. I love Mackenzie Childs and courtly check is my favorite too. Your tree is so whimsical and fun, its gorgeous! Love the topper too.

  12. I think I like your tree better. I love the stocking ornaments.

  13. I love what you did-
    I have been wanting the Courtly Check chargers because I think they would go with everything-
    I am off to read your tutorials!

    I am a new follower-

    White Spray Paint

  14. Can't believe I missed this when you first posted. I found it on McK-C's pinterest board. What a compliment, Terry. I want to add a black top hat to my tree this year. Do you have instructions on how you created your hat?
    Happy Holidays………Sarah

  15. Hey Terry, popping over from DIYbeautify to say your tree is gorgeous! Can't believe how much it looks like the McKenzie Childs one and I love your idea of hanging silver creamers and sugar bowls on it! Thanks for stopping by www.diybeautify.com and commenting on my silver post :)


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