DIY Mardi Gras Tree

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Mardi Gras is just around the corner here in Louisiana! King cakes abound, parades coming through town, and beads all around. It’s a unique holiday that is especially celebrated here in the boot state, and one that is full of fun and folly.

Mardi Gras is french for Fat Tuesday, which is, in it’s own way, celebrated in my home state of Michigan with packzis binges. Side note – keep an eye out for the king cake/packzi mash up recipe I am going to be popping out soon! But here in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a season-long event that only ends on Fat Tuesday.

Today I have decided to share with you all, a simple decoration that I have brought together to celebrate the Mardi Gras season. In this house, the Christmas tree stays up all year long. Not because we are too lazy to take it down, but because we have absolutely nowhere for it to go once it comes down. Because of this, I have decided to decorate the tree for Mardi Gras!

It truly wasn’t too hard, and is budget friendly. I already had the tree, so all I needed were some decorations!

The purple lights were bought from Lowe’s after Halloween when they were having a clearance deal on purple, orange, and lime green string lights.

Here are some purple string lights on Amazon that would do nicely, if you don’t own any.

purple-lights

Next, you can choose a garland, if you’d like. I used some Mardi Gras beads that Taylor and I bought last year. You can also choose to use Mardi Gras boa scarfs from Dollar Tree!

Here are some beads I found on Amazon!

beads

You can also decorate using ornaments. We actually had some purple ornaments from Christmas that I kept on the tree, and then I went out and bought some additional ornaments from Walmart. They had some purple, green, and gold combo sets!

If you missed the Christmas clearance, here are some ornaments I found on Amazon!

purple-ornament

You can also jazz it up with some unique Mardi Gras style masks. Dollar Tree has a small selection. They also have adorable mini gold, green, and purple hats. I am in love with these French Quarter street signs.

signs

For a tree topper, I decided to go with a jester hat!

hat

Put it all together, and you’ve got a focal piece for your Mardi Gras celebration.

tree

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