The holidays are typically marked with all sorts of festive decorations, but perhaps none is more prominent and attention-grabbing than a Christmas Tree. When it comes to decorating your tree, you don’t necessarily have to break out the same old decorations year after year.
To change things up this year, try any one of the following Christmas tree decorating ideas.
1. Bold Tree Skirt
While the ornaments and tree topper are certainly important decorations for your tree, the tree skirt can really make a big statement. Choose a tree skirt made out of majestic fabric like heavy velvet or even faux fur, or consider a more solid tree skirt material like canvas or rattan. Deck it out in a vibrant color of your choice, and don’t forget the glitter and sparkle to really make it stand out.
2. Swap the Tree ‘Skirt’ With Something More Unique
If you want to try something different other than the traditional tree skirt, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Anchor your Christmas tree with an aluminum wagon, stainless steel beverage cooler, galvanized bathtub, or old wooden wine crate. Just make sure the size of the piece you use is proportionate to the size of your tree. To make sure the tree doesn’t topple over, create a solid base by putting heavy rocks or bricks in the bottom.
3. Spray Paint the Tree
You’ve probably seen cotton candy-blue or bubblegum-pink trees in storefront windows or mall corridors. If you think a brightly colored tree is something that would fare well in your home this holiday season, all you need is a can of spray paint to make it happen. Rather than searching far and wide for that perfectly-hued tree, it’s a lot easier to create your own with a simple can of spray paint from your local hardware store.
Paint the entire tree in full, or go a little more subdued by spraying just the tips of the branches. Just make sure to use a non-toxic paint (especially if you’ve got children or pets running around), and don’t start decorating until the paint has thoroughly dried.
4. Use Photos as Ornaments
Not only can your Christmas tree be put up as a symbol for the holidays, but it can be a source for all of your memories past. Use more meaningful ornaments on your tree this year by placing photos of your family and friends during previous Christmas celebrations, when the kids were little, during your most memorable holidays, and other events that you’d love to have captured in timeless photos.
Go with color photos or d create a more vintage look with black-and-white or sepia. House your photos in pretty frames to add some sparkle and shimmer to your tree.
5. Match the Theme of the Room
When choosing a color scheme for your tree, consider blending it in with the rest of the room that it’s in. If you’ve got steel blue and burnt orange throw pillows and accents in your living room, add these same colors to the tree. Likewise, if gold and silver tableware is scattered on your dining room table, these same metallics can be incorporated on your tree to create a sophisticated statement piece that could literally stick around in your space all year long.
6. Match the Gifts Beneath
You can shift gears with the matching strategy and make your tree’s decor follow the same color theme as the presents tucked underneath. If you’re doing all the gift-wrapping this year, consider using paper and all the trimmings in a specific color theme that can be extended to the tree itself. By using the same festive ribbons and bows on both the gifts and the tree itself, you can create a cohesive and uniform look throughout your space.
7. Go Au Naturel
Back when the Christmas Tree made its first appearance back in the 1830s in Britain, there were no mass-produced modern ornaments that we have today. In those times, Christmas trees were adorned with items gathered from Mother Nature, including pine cones, strings of winterberries, dried fruit, spices, and other decorations found outdoors.
You can channel these older times with your own traditional Christmas tree reminiscent of the days when Prince Albert set up Windsor Castle’s first Christmas Tree. It’s beautiful and it will give off a wonderful aroma all throughout the season.
8. Pet-Friendly Decor
If Fido will be running loose this holiday season, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice a festive tree in lieu of avoiding utter destruction. Pets will certainly be attracted to your tree, but there are some decorating tips you can try to keep your tree in one piece.
For starters, consider getting a smaller tree that can be fastened to the wall or mantle in order to prevent it from falling over. Choose large-sized ornaments that are harder to wrap your pet’s mouth around and swallow, and make sure they’re not made of anything breakable like glass.
Try to hang the ornaments a little further up rather than dangling along the bottom of the tree and tie them to the branches snugly with string or twist ties so they’re harder to yank off. Forego garland this year to prevent your pet from getting tangled in it, and keep the light strings out of reach to avoid any electrical mishaps.
9. Light the Tree With Faux Candles
When Christmas trees started to become popular in the 1800s, people didn’t have the convenience of plug-in light strings. Instead, they placed lit candles on the trees to light them up. Of course, this is hazardous to do indoors, but you can mimic the look of the traditional tree by placing battery-operated candles all over it to capture the essence of Christmas past.
10. Blooming Design
If you’re a flower fiend, why not fix the trimmings of your tree with some of your favorite types of florals? The real ones may cost you a pretty penny and will likely dry up within days, but you can easily replicate them with the silk variety. Scatter them about on all the tree branches or bundle them up into a rich garland to wrap around the tree for a truly magical statement piece in your home.
11. Group Small Ornaments Together
To add some visual interest to your Christmas tree, gather all those small ornaments of similar size, shape, and color and group them into clusters. Pin them deep inside the branches as well as on the tips to create some depth to the tree’s decor. These bundles of ornaments will look more grandiose compared to leaving them on their own.
12. Store Your Candy on the Tree
Christmas is definitely a time of presents and eggnog, but it’s also a time for festive candy. All those candy canes and candy corns that you collect over the holidays don’t have to be stored away or left on table tops. Instead, you can use them as decorations for your tree. Candy has a unique playful and fanciful effect on trees, and if that’s the look you’re going for, don’t hesitate to use them as part of your overall decorating theme.
The Bottom Line
There really aren’t any restrictions when it comes to how you choose to decorate your Christmas tree this year. Whether you’re looking for something more traditional, subdued, vibrant, unique, eclectic, or whimsical, the options are seemingly endless when you put your imagination and creativity into it. Try any one of the above Christmas tree decorating ideas to create something different this year.