Inspired by my boyfriend’s love for his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, and the total lack of Christmas cheer in his bare, white wall apartment I decided to get creative with my gift giving this year.
The idea for a themed Christmas tree is not an original one. It did, however, seem to be a gift I could have fun with and use to Christmas up his place without invading his space with too much holiday wackiness. Afterall. we all know someone who is Christmas crazy and given the opportunity would probably leave trails of green and red with every step they could. So my first focus was to be sure I stayed true to the team colors and football theme.
I made a list of basic must haves for the Green Bay Packers Christmas Tree and after a quick search to sample prices tallied the average cost I’d have to spend on each piece.
3 – 4 foot Christmas Tree $30
Green & Gold Lights $20
Green & Gold Garland $10
Green Bay Packers Mini Helmets $28
Gold & Gold Football Ornaments $20
Green & Gold Ribbon $ 5
Green Bay Packers Fabric $40
Green Bay Packers Mini Pennants $20
TOTAL Cost $173.00
I was discouraged at my first look at this hefty price for a do it yourself project. My budget really wouldn’t allow for the price. I pouted for the rest of the night and started searching the internet for Green Bay Packers themed odds and ends.
The next day I decided to scour the search engines for online craft stores, party supply stores and NFL team shops for better prices. I started with one piece at a time, narrowing down the best prices one by one.
At a large online craft vender I found the best deal on a tree and football themed ornaments. At a self proclaimed famous year-round Christmas store I found the best price on lights and beaded garland. At a party supply store I found a fantastic price on mini Green Bay Packers Helmets. Finally, at a small online store I found low priced mini pennants. Putting time and patience into really searching out the best price pays off big time.
After all was said and done my expense list looked like this:
3 foot Christmas Tree $10
Green 50 CT Light Strand $ 5
Gold 50 CT Light Strand $ 5
Green Beaded Garland $ 3
Gold Beaded Garland $ 3
Green Bay Packers Mini Helmets (16) $10
Gold Plated Footballs (20) $ 2
Green Jingle Bells (16) $ 2
Gold Ribbon $.48
Green Ribbon $.48
Green Bay Packers Fleece (6 yds) $14
Green Bay Packers Mini Pennants (2) $ 4
Shipping & Handling $22
TOTAL EXPENSE $80.96
Getting a package a day in the mail made everyday really feel like Christmas but the decorating process was the most enjoyable part to this project. Once all my pieces were collected I finally had a chance to get creative. Here are the steps I took:
1) Christmas tree base – I was going to anchor the tree in a plastic pot and wrap the pot in the Green Bay Packer Fleece. The tree I bought has a good sized weight metal base. I decided to wrap this base in the fleece, stuff it with clean but unwanted cloth and tie it off with some of the green and gold ribbon.
2) String green and gold Green Bay Packers colored light strands. Test the plugged in look so any spaces can be adjusted easily.
3) String green and gold Green Bay Packers themed beaded garland. Test lights again to see the effect.
4) Cut green ribbon and string gold footballs.
5) Cut gold ribbon and string green jingle bells.
6) Mini Helmets – I used a long nail to poke two small holes in the top for stringing hanging ribbon through.
I turned the helmet on its top on a cloth draped over a stack of magazines I was throwing away. Any hard surface you don’t mind poking holes into works well. Make sure the helmet is upside down to allow the nail to puncture from the inside out and avoid crusing the helmet with the pressure of the puncture. This took some patience but a good sized needle threaded with ribbon made the stringing easy.
7) Christmas Topper – originally I considered finding a gold tree star and supergluing the Green Bay Packers into the center. In my online searching I came across mini pennants of NFL football teams and decided to super glue two mini pennants back to back on the top of the tree.
8) Final light test.
Use the internet to get the best deals on your creative projects. This Green Bay Packers inspired Christmas tree could easily be transformed into any theme from baseball to baking with just a little internet research and freestyle thinking.
Putting the time and effort into making a personalized Christmas gift was a lot of fun. No sports fan can deny the coolness of a sports inspired holiday. Being a man’s man my boyfriend appreciated my bringing Christmas, Green Bay Packers style, into his apartment. He might even keep the tree up until after the superbowl.