Friday, December 2, 2011

Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Christmas Tree

One of my projects this year was to make a Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Christmas Tree.  Why?  Well, Halloween is my favorite holiday and I really like to think outside the cookie cutter.  

I was really inspired by the beautiful NBC decorations at the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland.  So I took my purple Christmas tree and went to a couple craft stores after Halloween and this Black Friday weekend to purchase discounted items for tree decorations.  Everything, with the exception of Zero for the tree topper, was bought on clearance or severely discounted.

For starters, I already had a 4 foot purple Christmas tree that was given to me as a gift earlier this year.  Why purple?  Like I said, I like to be different.  

Basic decorations consisted of black & silver ribbon, tiny lightweight pumpkins, and green glittery flowers.

The flowers had a wire stem, so they were easily wound on the branches.  They were 65% off when I bought them so they came out to $0.30 each.

The ribbon was on 75% Halloween clearance and the entire spool cost me $2.99.  I used it to tie black bows around the branches.

Next was the mini pumpkins.  I bought the last two boxes at the craft store for 75% off after Halloween ($3.99 for each box of 10 pumpkins).  Using a black marker, I drew Jack-o-Lantern faces to match the NBC theme.  Next, I used black thread to tie a loop around it and then hung them on the tree. 

Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie Jack-o-Lanterns

Using black thread, I made a loop around each pumpkin top and hung them on the branches.

Oogie Boogie

In the Halloween discount bin, I also found this ribbon with Jack-o-Lanterns for $0.99.  Since I only had one, I used it to string up the trunk of the tree.

For the NBC ornaments, I bought these light-weight Christmas balls over Black Friday weekend at the Disney Store.  First they were 40% off and then I got an extra 10% off with my Disney Visa Card for a grand total of 50% off ($12)!  

I also got this great Jack ornament for $5.99 (50% off).  Score!  

Now for the tree topper.  Over Thanksgiving at Disneyland, I found this little Zero plush that had a light up nose.  With my Annual Passholder discount, it was 20% off.  

To make it a tree topper, I dusted off my sewing kit to grab the thread puller and opened up the bottom of the stitching.  This allowed me to empty out Zero's guts aka stuffing and beans.  

That made him very lightweight and the perfect candidate for the tree topper.  

And here's the final tree!  What do you think?

And since we're on the topic of Jack Skellington, check out my new wreath from Disneyland!


  1. Thanks, Beth! I had a lot of fun working on it. It was nice having an art project again. :-)

  2. This is so cute! I really need to watch this movie again. I've only seen it once and it was the year it came out! Honestly, I don't even remember it very well...

  3. Thank you, Beth! I know Nightmare is going to be airing on ABC during their Christmas special line up, so maybe you can catch it! It's a great musical!


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