My brother ask me to make him a Mardi Gra tree. I made him one a few years ago and he loved it. He loves Mardi Gra and has friends in New Orleans. He is heading to NO for New years and wanted to take them a MG tree. He wanted a small tree and also wanted me to decorate it for $20.
To do that I would have to make most of the decorations. MG colors are green gold and purple. I could find plenty of gold in the cheapo section of any Christmas store decoration dept but the green and purple proved harder to find at a bargain. I started off with gold pre lit tree. At the dollar store I found a purple boa, purple tinsel,and purple string beads. I bought white Santa head, white birds and brown/white birds. I dyed them all purple and hot glued them to the tree. I also glittered the inside of a few small ornaments purple. I sprayed painted some large bells I already had purple and some green.
I couldn't find anything in the green color that was at a reasonable price. So I made a few things in green. I glittered the outside of a few Christmas ornaments too. I cut mask and jester hat from green card stock from Designer Calendar cart. I hot glued everything to the tree.
I hear in NO they leave their Christmas tree up until Mardi Gra and just change out the decorations. Now his friend will have her own MG tree. This was a lot of fun to make. Brought back some happy memories for me too. NO is a beauitful city. If you ever get the chance to go you should.
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