Decorating your Christmas tree doesn’t have to be complicated! Check out these tips on Christmas tree decor ideas you can use on your own tree this holiday season whether you have artificial trees or use a real one!
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The Basics: Artificial or Real?
First things first, you need a Christmas tree. If you already have one, great! Feel free to skip to the next part.
Artificial Christmas Trees
Artificial Christmas trees are the go-to for a lot of people for many reasons. They’re easy to store, easy to assemble, you can choose the tree size, and so many have natural elements that make them seem more real.
They come in fun colors – you can buy a pink tree, a white tree, a blue tree, and the list goes on! You can find a flocked tree if you like the winter wonderland tree feel and most trees come pre-lit making it a breeze to jump right into decorating.
But not everyone loves a fake tree. Storage space can be an issue. And many people still prefer the look of a real tree.
Real Christmas Trees
For those who prefer the rustic charm of a real tree, local hardware stores have made it a breeze to be able to conveniently find one close to home. You can even have it delivered (delivery surcharges will apply).
Going to a Christmas tree farm is a fun way to get the family in the holiday spirit, too. With some Griswold luck, you may find a light shining down on the perfect real tree for your space!
You can dress up your real tree with an antique tree stand for the base of your tree or use a basket for a farmhouse look.
There are some drawbacks with a real tree, though. The tree branches drop needles that need to be swept up periodically. The trees need to be watered so they don’t dry out. And you’ll have to dispose of the tree at the end of the season.
Once you’ve decided what type of tree will work best for you, you’re ready for some Christmas decorations!
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Christmas Tree Ideas
The tree is up and you’re ready for the next step. If your tree isn’t pre-lit, stringing Christmas lights around the branches is the perfect way to create a festive glow. Or you may choose to keep it simple and forgo the lights.
Before decorating, you need to decide on a color scheme for your tree. You can always go with the traditional red and green looks or try a monochromatic tree for something different!
Here are some color combinations to help get the creative juices flowing:
- Red and green with gold, silver, or black accents
- Gold and silver
- Green, black and copper
- Blue and silver or gold
- Red and white
- Green and gold
- White and gold
The color ideas are endless, I suggest scrolling Pinterest or Instagram for some inspiration if you’re having trouble deciding!
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Christmas Tree Theme
In addition to the color scheme, you need to decide on a tree theme. Maybe you prefer a more elegant Christmas tree.
Or if you want an outdoorsy Christmas tree, wood ornaments with white ornaments looks great with some pine cones scattered in!
We have one tree that houses all of our sentimental Christmas heirloom ornaments that our family has collected throughout the years and it pretty much stays the same each year.
I like to weave some solid and plaid ribbons throughout to give it that full tree look. And one year we added a fun vintage ski lift from my hubby’s growing up years!
Decide what story you want to tell with your tree, whether fancy or minimalistic, whimsical or rustic, etc.
Christmas Tree Decorations
Now that you’ve decided on your color scheme and tree theme, you’re ready for the tree ornaments.
There are many options to choose from as you look to decorate your tree. You can go with a Christmas tree kit that has pre-selected ornaments and holiday decorations in coordinating colors.
Like us, you may already have a collection of sentimental ornaments and you’re just needing some fillers like Christmas tree ribbons or bows.
These are a few popular options:
Layering Your Tree
An easy way to decorate your tree is to do it in layers. When I was growing up in the 80s and early 90s, we didn’t have the luxury of pre-lit trees so the order looked something like this:
- Light strands
- Flashy garland
- Retro paper towel angel tree topper (anyone else?!)
Those were some rough years for interior decorating across the board!
Base Layer – Garland, Beads, Ribbon
But, planning out your layers is a great way to ensure a cohesive look over your entire tree. If you plan to use garland, beads, or cascading ribbon, I recommend starting there.
I love using ribbon throughout my tree to add interest. Some years I use one color and some years I use two coordinating ribbons. Have fun with it!
Once you’ve applied your base layer, you’re ready for the Christmas ornaments. I like to use green hooks so they blend in with the tree. Disperse your ornaments evenly around the tree taking into consideration the different colors and sizes to make sure they spread out evenly.
Now, if you desire to take your tree to the next level, you’re ready for fillers. At this stage you can use floral or berry picks to fill in the bare spaces. Another popular option is to tie bows on the ends of branches.
Tree Skirts and Collars
Get the base of your tree ready for Christmas gifts with a pretty tree skirt that coordinates with your theme. Or a popular option I love right now are tree collars! Here are a few of my faves:
To finish off the top of the tree you’ll need a tree topper. You can go with a large beautiful Christmas bow or the traditional star. Snowflakes and top hats are great options, too!
Or maybe you have a fun holiday tradition that’s been passed down like a vintage angel.
The Christmas season really is the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoying all of the gorgeous trees is just one small part of what makes it wonderful.
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