100 Incredible Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Get ready to decorate your Christmas tree. Check out these 100 ideas for Christmas tree decorations and get in the holiday spirit.
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Grinch Christmas Tree Decorations
It’s OK to have a detached sense of humor when it comes to decorating the tree. This grinch didn't get away but makes for a memorable Christmas tree. Find out the best day to go out Christmas tree shopping.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Ugly Christmas Sweater
Ugly Christmas sweater parties have gone on for the better part of two decades but DIY Candy keeps the party going with this cleverly decorated tree that features tiny ugly sweaters as ornaments. The scarves really sell it. Check out 12 great Christmas gifts for the frugal shopper.
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Yuletide Yarn Tree
If you have leftover yarn from knit, crochet or other projects, wrap it around a foam cone to create cozy Christmas trees which are fun holiday projects. And use tacky glue or a low-temperature glue gun to secure the yarn. For added fun, repeat the process with coordinating metallic yarn or other color, wrapping lightly enough to reveal some of the base yarn underneath. Bright Idea: Want more options for trimming your yarn trees? Attach buttons, yarn or ribbon bows, beads, small silk flowers or pinecones, silver or gold charms, tiny tree ornaments or even costume jewelry.
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Ball ornaments don't have to be tree trims. They can be the tree! This one hangs in a frame with a 10- x 13-in. opening. For each row of the tree, lay a piece of wire horizontally across the back of the opening. Use a staple gun to tack one wire end to the frame, string on the ornaments and staple the other end. Secure the staples with a mallet and bend the wire ends over the staples. Add a bow as a topper. If you're looking for tips and hacks for your real or faux tree, don't miss this collection.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Salt Dough Cookie Ornaments
The smell of baking bread is a sure indicator of happy holidays. Mix up a batch of salt dough and use your favorite cutters and paints to make a set of colorful and durable ornaments with a DIY flair. If you can't bear to throw out those old cookie sheets, then repurpose them by doing this.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Bit of Birch Ornaments
Bring the outside in with a slice of birch. Use festive rubber stamps, a wire hanger, and ribbon embellishment to convert a bit of wood into a long-lasting slice of woodsy memorabilia. Try putting these super cool coasters out for guests too.
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Simple Christmas Decorations: Victorian Image Transfer Ornaments
Evoke a 19th-century feel with a homemade ornament using image transfer paper, muslin, lace, and a miniature embroidery hoop. This vision of Christmas past looks lovely hanging among your blinking lights. Make sure you know these Christmas ornament storage tips when it comes time to tear down.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Translucent Painted Christmas Bulbs
The classic Christmas bulb is more memorable when you make it yourself. With a clear glass or plastic bulb, glue, and food coloring, you can make a set of dreamy, translucent balls for your tree or windows. Try expanding your DIY decorations to every room with these outstanding tips.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Fun Faux Leather Ornaments
Faux leather is a strong material that can endure through multiple craft processes. Cut, glue, sew, and stamp it into an interesting conversation piece that could become a family tradition.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Advent Treasure Hunt
Children will love this treasure hunt idea for Advent. For each day, write a clue to the location of a treat, roll the paper into a scroll and tie it with a ribbon, leaving one end long. Put the scroll into a clear shatterproof ball ornament and glue the long end inside the ornament top, making the scroll hang inside. Number the balls with stickers and cover the tops of the ornaments with ribbon.
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Put your extra terra-cotta pots to good use—turn them into a Christmas tree! Paint three pots of descending sizes with red spray paint and let them dry. Then use round sponges of various sizes to add dots of green acrylic craft paint. When the pots are dry, stack them to form a tree shape and tape a coordinating bow on top. Another terrific gift for a gardener is this cedar potting bench. You don't need any special woodworking skills to build it.
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Up a Wall
Have a sofa-size painting or other large wall accent? For the holidays, remove it and use that wall space to hang small picture frames in the shape of a Christmas tree. You’ll create a heartwarming family tree of memories to enjoy all season long. Bright Idea: This wall-hung “tree” is a real space-saver for apartment dwellers.
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A Fast Clip
This card holder is a snap to make with wire coat hangers. Twist and bend two hangers together to form a tree, creating a short trunk and a heart-shaped loop at the top for hanging. And paint about 60 wooden clip-on clothespins green and about four more brown. When the clothespins are dry, clip them to the wire, making a green tree with a brown trunk. Tie small strips of red fabric to the wire between the clothespins for added color. All that’s left to do is hang your holiday projects on the wall, attach Christmas cards and enjoy.
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Light-Up Porch Presents
Project via Hometalker Holly from Down to Earth Style. Combine two favorite Christmas features, twinkly lights and piles of gifts, and create the perfect attractive and exciting holiday display. These large lit-up wooden gifts are perfect for porch decor, or for arranging around your tree. Learn how to make the Light-Up Porch Presents.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Wood Slice Ornaments
Project via Hometalker Katie from Upcycled Treasures. For a simply beautiful holiday design, turn a fallen branch or collected log into a stack of slices perfect for decorating your tree. Add some graphics with this simple transfer method, or write merry messages and draw your own holiday images by hand! Learn how to make the Wood Slice Ornaments.
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Pallet Christmas Tree
Project via Hometalker Tammy from Deja Vue Designs. Take a break from the classic pallet Christmas tree by adding a little shine to your design. Drill holes in your pallet boards to fit twinkling Christmas lights, for authentic holiday style that would look great displayed on your porch or propped on your mantel. Learn how to make the Pallet Christmas Tree.
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Simple Christmas Tree Decorations: Broken Furniture Piece Ornaments
Project via Hometalker Debbi from Debi's Design Diary. Turn your broken or salvaged furniture scraps into whimsical Christmas tree ornaments with this awesome tutorial. Cut, paint, and hang these refinished furniture bits and bobs, for holiday decor that's stunning and free! Learn how to make Broken Furniture Piece Ornaments.
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Rustic Wood Tree
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Christmas Tree Alternatives: Book Tree
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Reclaimed Wood Tree
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Decorated Branch Tree
Christmas decorating doesn't get much easier than this. Go outside and find a branch (or you could purchase a plastic one from a craft store), place it in a vase or pot, or hang it from the ceiling or a chandelier and decorate it with your favorite ornaments. This would work great as a centerpiece or atop a living room table.
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Christmas Tree Art
If you have a fireplace and no room for a traditional tree, try decorating the mantel with some DIY tree art. Find a piece of reclaimed wood or even canvas for a backdrop, use wire to form a tree shape or simple zigzag and decorate with ribbon or strips of fabric tied to the wire. This ombre effect is on trend!
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Wine Cork Tree
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This tree is made from sheets of birch plywood with stars cut out for modern Christmas tree alternatives. Search for "plywood Christmas tree patterns" online for dozens of additional options. And a scroll saw works best for cutting the large pieces of plywood for a tree this size.
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If you have a chalkboard painted wall, why not draw a tree on it during the holiday season? You can also use a small chalkboard to draw a Christmas tree and hang it in the living room.
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This tree uses items found at the beach for a unique take on Christmas tree alternatives. So get your hot glue gun out and try using pebbles, star fish, driftwood, pine cones and other beach finds to recreate this look.
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A Wordy Winter
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12 Days of Christmas
Tater Tots & Jello writer Jen Hadfield came up with this advent calendar Christmas tree decorating idea. We can't wait either to count down the days to Christmas with these tree decorating ideas. Getting ready to decorate your tree? Untangle those lights and find out how to replace Christmas lights.
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Glittery Neutral Christmas Tree
AKA Design blogger Shannon Acheson incorporated ribbons with black and white ornaments to create a striking Christmas tree. Throw in the goody bags above the fireplace set up for the 12 days of Christmas and you've got a complete space for the holidays. Add a homemade bow to your gifts this holiday season.
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Tree Ideas: Pinecones and Gold Ornaments
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Black and White Christmas
Some thick black and white ribbon courses around this tree from Just Destiny Mag and the black and white ornaments complement the tree. Mix in the cute sleds and this tree has a lot going for it. Get some holiday decorating tips to get you step up for the holidays.
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Woodland Black and White Christmas
Taryn Whiteaker picked up wooden ornaments to create this beautiful tree. The white ornaments continue the white motif and a strand of black and white ribbon breaks up all that white perfectly. Check your Christmas lights with a Christmas light tester.
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Electric Christmas
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Frosty Christmas
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Plaid Ribbon
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Christmas Tree Design Ideas: Sweet, Sweet Christmas
Want to sweeten up Christmas even more? Try out this Candy Land-inspired tree. Check out the faux gummy bear tree topper, along with the lollipops, candy canes and popsicle ornaments. Save some cash this holiday season with Christmas cost cutting tips.
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Gold Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: White and Gold
The Crafting Chicks tucked in some gold snowflakes to break up the white of this tree to make it sparkle. Gold garland added in gives it an additional glimmer in the right light. Get some shopping ideas if you have a hard time finding the perfect DIY gift for the handy person in your home.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Pastel Power
If you don't want to overwhelm a room with color, find some lighter pastel colors like this tree from Cuckoo 4 Design. Add a pop of magenta to keep it from getting too dull. This tree also features a foldable star tree topper that can make it stand out. Get some inspiring ideas for holiday wreaths outside.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: A Picture of a Peacock
If you ever wanted to anthropomorphize a Christmas tree, this would be the first place to start. Your tree will surely stand out with this peacock-inspired tree. Keep your home clean during the holidays with some hints.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Classic Christmas
Amy at Atta Girl Says opted for a classic look with this Christmas tree. She made sure to include a lot of family ornaments and found a way to balance it out so it doesn't look cluttered. Find what your fixer-upper needs in their toolbox this Christmas.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Christmas at the Cabin
Create a rustic look that will make it feel like you're having Christmas at the cabin. Using plenty of brown and gold colors, this tree incorporates cork tags, decorative potpourri, grapevine balls and silk flowers for a classic look. Find the right DIY gift for under $50 this season.
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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Cardinal Christmas
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This Jeweled Forest tree design from Design Dazzle is a reminder that you're tree topper can really be anything you want. This tree uses a silver birdcage to top it. The tree added several shades of green: sage, jade, apple and mint. The ornaments add some glitter and the moss gives a bit of a habitat for the birds. Give the birds of your backyard a clean bath by learning how to clean a bird bath.
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Dollar store dusters dressed up this tree from Craftberry Bush to give it the look of a fresh, heavy snow. The dusters were arranged perfectly into the gaps and crevices of the tree. Find out how to transform ordinary items into the extraordinary.
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Ski Down the Tree
What's better than having a pair of old skis around for Christmas decorating? They're a perfect antique feature in any home and as a tree topper for this tree from Love the Day it works, too. The antique wagon adds charm to the flocked tree and check out the tiny cottages that hang from the branches. Find out how to refinish furniture if you have some antique items that need some work.
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The Weary Traveler
Hike on over to Lil Blue Boo to get a chance to roast marshmallows after you get off the trail. This hiking-themed tree knocks it out of the park. It comes completes with tiny canteens, plaid backpacks, thermoses as ornaments. Find out what you should've known about camping that you don't.
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Do You See What I See?
Keep your eyes peeled for certain creatures with this deer-themed Christmas tree from Lia Griffith. This big buck is a pretty neat touch to a Christmas tree and gives people something to marvel at that is out of the ordinary. Build a maintenance-free fence to keep the real deer from chewing up your garden.
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Point to Antlers
You might not think it but antlers on this tree from U Create make it really pop. The faux snow surrounding the antlers and a distressed deer head ornament create a rustic charm few others have thought to design.
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Succulents and Spruce Tree
Succulent garland, pinecones, pheasant feathers and burlap poinsettias make this tree a cornucopia of Christmas tree decorating. Potted succulents line the burlap tree skirt to further the theme of this tree. Add some succulents to your garden in the spring.
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Cable Knit and Cocktails
From A Thoughtful Place this tree uses textured ribbon to add to the cable knit theme. A cable knit throw pillow sits on the chair and a cable knit blanket sits on the stairs. The color scheme of the tree remains simple with shades of white and cream. The cocktail part of this tree comes from a salted caramel apple cider cocktail served around the tree. Get some ideas for a home bar or liquor cabinet for your home.
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Merry and Bright Christmas
Make It & Love It blogger Ashley Johnston went big and bright with this design. She mixed in big silver stars along with silver letters to spell out "merry" and "bright" on her tree. She sprinkled in some frosted pinecones to complement the silver color scheme as well for a tree that sparkles.
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Winter Wonderland Tree
Blogger Jade Harrington created her own deer antler ornament by combining different elements to create a unique glittery feature. She glued antlers to an ornament ball and added a block of wood with yuletide sayings. She also added in interesting ribbon that resembles tinsel in a way.
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Berry Garland Christmas
This tree from Clean and Scentsible used white artificial berries like ribbon to wrap around the tree to create a new look. The red tree topper and little ornaments break up the white well.
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Sugar Bee Crafts blogger Mandy Beyeler went away from traditional looks to create a floral design for her Christmas tree. The spiral garland layout of the faux flowers keeps your eye moving without getting districted by loads of ornaments. Find out how to take care of plants in winter.
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Coastal Christmas Tree
Lots of gold with some powder blue and white berry garland make this tree from Sand & Sisal glow. Also scattered throughout the tree are seahorses and sand dollars to provide the coastal motif.
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Home Sweet Home
Gingerbread men come alive with this fantastically sweet Christmas tree from A Thoughtful Place. Candy cane ornaments and popcorn garland will have you hankering for Christmas dinner with this design.
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Pinecones and twig balls make for a classic, rustic feel with this tree. It mixes in a gold ribbon and gold ornaments for a glowing effect.
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Memorable Christmas Tree
Hanging pictures of favorite memories on the Christmas tree is a cute way to get nostalgic with family. This tree from the Aunt Peaches blog does just that while incorporating cascading ribbon. This tree even used old ties as a tree skirt.
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Spin the Color Wheel
This tree featured at Inspired by Charm doesn't shy away from color in its design. It spirals down the tree as you imagine the different color combinations that exist.
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This tree at Just Destiny Mag takes a classic look and twists it a little with its ornaments. It prominently features silver bells but adds lanterns and flags to its flocked picks.
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Little Drummer Boy
Silhouettes of a little drummer boy take the old favorite holiday song and brings it to life on this tree from Kara's Party Ideas. The silhouettes stand out but the drum and drum stick ornaments make this a complete tree that carries out its theme perfectly.
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Pretty and Plaid
Classic plaid is pretty with some textured golden ornaments and frosted branches. The DIY Playbook did it right with a timeless decoration.
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This tree from Giggles Galore glams up the traditional role of ribbon with a billowing, flowing decorating idea. The light brown works with the burlap bow atop and running reindeer ornaments.
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Marquee Star Tree
A Rustic wood marquee star adorns the top of this tree from BabySavers which makes the glow of the tree that much brighter. Ornaments also include old style skeleton keys and a faux snow globe as the alternating ribbons fit snugly around the tree.
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This Christmas Tree from Lil Luna says something with its bunting banner that spells out merry, joy and peace. It makes the large picture ornaments fit in perfectly.
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Less is more, especially with this Scandinavian-inspired tree of silver and black ornaments. There's no need for a tree topper in this modest tree, that would be too much jazz for a toned-down tree.
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Alternative Tree Stand
A tisket, a tasket why not a basket for a tree stand? That's the thought the people at The Merry Thought had with there Christmas tree. It helps set a pretty picture when the tree is allowed to stand out.
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Mrs Claus Cottage Christmas Tree
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No Lights, No Problem
A tree with no lights might have you thinking what kind of Ebenezer Scrooge decorated such a tree but this tree from Love The Day has got so much going on, it doesn't need any lights to shine.
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Let the lanterns of this Christmas tree from As Simple as That light your way to an outdoor adventure-themed tree. The ornaments are faux wood that was burned without any special tools.
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Grounded Floral Design
This tree from Craftaholics Anonymous brings in pink decorations but adds an earthier touch with pinecones. The pink peonies get balanced out with some antler picks as well.
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Glittery Glam Tree
The tree from The Clueless Girl squeezes in so many ornaments it's astonishing. But it all comes together and makes it feel like this tree is ready to walk the red carpet with all of its glitz.
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Up in Lights
Announce your Christmas tree with marquee lettering like this one from Craftaholics Anonymous. It's a neat idea though it may move a little too far away from the rustic intentions of the antler and snowflake ornaments.
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Gray and White Christmas Tree
Gray's a color that gets a bad rap. When it's gray outside, it's lousy weather, but gray is a color nonetheless and it works exceedingly well with this tree from Taryn Whiteaker. After spray painting the tree, she added wooden tags painted in various shades of gray and the gray-ish snowflake tree topper brings it home.
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Rustic Plaid Cabin
Kara Allen of Kara's Party Ideas has got a Christmas tree bursting with greens and red plaid. Vintage items like snowshoes and a sled complete the rustic look while the marquee letters don't overwhelm the tree. Pinecones are sprinkled with some faux snow and tiny sleds hang from the limbs. These are vintage Christmas decorations we'd like to come back into style.
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Gold and Silver Winter Wonderland Tree
Crystal Owens at A Pumpkin and a Princess has got the precious metals covered with her tree. The garland weaves both gold and silver together while she mixes in gold and silver ornament balls around the tree. Beaded mercury glass ornaments class up this tree and burlap poinsettias match the color theme seamlessly.
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Santa North Pole Christmas Tree
Santa will feel so comfortable with this Christmas tree decorating you might have to coax him back up the chimney to finish delivering gifts. Tater Tots & Jello created a Christmas workshop with this tree with some marquee stars and lettering for the man from up North Pole way. The candy cane decorations pop up all over the tree and a red and white garland wraps around it. Santa definitely won't be trying to slide down the chimneys of these homes.
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Simple doesn't mean thoughtless and there was plenty of consideration giving to decorating this tree from Simple as That. From silhouette balls to paper doily garland this tree is something special. The white pictures frames continue the theme and their contents give it meaning.
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Sunburst Mirror Christmas Tree
A fancy looking sunburst mirror ornament doesn't need to cost you much as proven by Tater Tots & Jello. A few craft sticks, glue, pompom ribbon, spray paint, mirrors and coasters will get the job done. It'll also make a tree pop. See why having extra crafts sticks around is a really good idea.
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Traditional Red Tartan Plaid Christmas Tree
It doesn't always take a ton of inspiration to create a dynamic tree. Check out this from By Stephanie Lynn who stayed with tradition with red tartan plaid. She mixed in prigs of juniper, iced pine and frosted fir branches for an added depth. These are the 10 best real Christmas trees you can pick up.
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Gee, I'm a Tree
This geometry-fueled tree design from The Project Girl allows the tree to fill in the space between the open design of the geometric ornaments. Add in some white ornaments and cottonball garland and the white light from the Christmas lights make this a bright tree. It's one of those Christmas tree ideas that will make you think a little. These are 12 stunning Christmas light displays you've got to see.
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Traditional Plaid Christmas Tree
A tree like this by Positively Splendid will harken back to the childhood of many who grew up in a home with a tree that had decorations galore. In a way it resembles the chaotic balance of family with so many items but that's what makes it perfect. It could inspire some more Christmas tree ideas and Christmas tree decorations ideas for your next celebration.
Originally Published: December 02, 2019