If you put up a Valentines tree and Valentine’s Day is over, you might as well put up a spring or summer tree, right? Sure you could put your tree in the attic and be done with it, but a spring or summer tree is just plain fun. What type of decorations does one put on a summer tree you might ask. Well I noticed this year that mushrooms and butterflies seem to be trending in home decor and I thought they would make the perfect summer Christmas tree decorations. So, this year I created a mushroom and butterfly tree that I could keep up from spring through summer.
Last year I did a spring tree in pastel colors, so this year I wanted to do something in brighter, bolder colors. I also did a Summer tree using my lemon decor and you can check that out at Lemon Decor Summer Christmas Tree. I’ve been wanting to do a butterfly tree for several years, so when I found this butterfly ribbon, I decided to make it happen. To accent the colors in the ribbon, I pulled in my florals and other Summer Christmas tree decorations like my DIY mushrooms, lemons, and iridescent ornaments.
Step One: Choose Your Ribbon
When I am designing a tree, it’s usually the ribbon that inspires the theme and the color scheme. That was the case here. Because this ribbon had such bright colors I wanted to carry that through in my tree. So, I grabbed my florals in bright colors – yellow, blue, purple, and white.
Step 2: Mushroom Make The Perfect Summer Christmas Tree Decorations
Having my ribbon selected and knowing my color scheme, I found some more inspiration at a craft store when I saw some mossy mushrooms. I loved the mushrooms so much that I decided to include them as well. I thought mushrooms would make the perfect summer Christmas tree decorations. I bought the mossy green mushrooms; however, I felt they were too small to really make an impact. So, I wanted to see if I could create a larger mushroom myself to give my tree some focal points.
At the same craft store I found what I thought I could use to make larger mushrooms when I found the craft foam aisle. I bought three large half spheres, and one large cone. My plan was to cut the cone into three pieces, making them into stems and attaching them to the half sphere which would be calm the tops of my mushrooms.
This plan worked and I decided to paint these mushrooms as well. My original thought was to cover them in moss like the small mushrooms were however, I’ve thought the larger mushrooms would be an opportunity to add more pops of color and pattern to my tree design. If you want to see exactly how these mushrooms came together check out my post on DIY mushrooms.
You can see exactly how these mushroom came together in My Large DIY Mushrooms.
Step Three: Bows & Ribbon
After attaching my mushrooms and adding my butterfly ribbon, I added bows. I used about a roll and a half of this this super cute black and white plaid ribbon. These also added a bunch of pattern to the tree.
Step Four: Florals
Next, I filled in with florals and greenery that I already had. I used yellow forsythia, lots of green eucalyptus, purple magnolia flowers, and other yellow, blue, and purple stems. I just filled in around my ribbon, bow, and mushrooms.
Step Five: Butterflies
To finish off this mushroom and butterfly tree, I added butterflies, of course. The butterflies I foundwere only on a wire. So, I did a little DIY magic to turn these butterflies into picks and added them to the tree. I also popped a few into the foam of my mushrooms. I like how these butterfly picks turned out. Because they have a little bit of movement, it makes them look like they are hovering around the tree. Check out exactly how I put these DIY Butterfly Picks together here.