Fresh Ideas for Christmas Tree Decorating
Santa-Inspired Christmas Tree
Santa comes but once each year — lengthen his visit by creating a Santa-inspired Christmas tree. Cover a Christmas tree with white lights. Wrap the top and bottom with a white feather boa and the area between with red gossamer and sheer ribbon. Secure a large black belt around the middle of the tree to create Santa’s waist. Make gatherings throughout the middle section with red ornament ball clusters, and embellish the tree skirt with a pair of Santa-esque slippers.
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Red, Silver, and Gold Christmas Tree
This radiant Christmas tree shimmers so sweetly it looks sugarcoated. Rather than scatter glittery red, silver, and gold ornament balls evenly throughout the Christmas tree, place them in clusters on the same branch. Delicate butterfly ornaments with sparkly gold outlines, plastic gold candles, and simple snowflake ornaments fill in the gaps. Top the tree with an oversize, elaborate red-and-gold bow with fluttering tails.
Blue-and-White Christmas Tree
This little snowman must have worked hard on this blue-and-white Christmas vision. Bedecked with white and blue lights, stretchable fake snow, snowflake ornaments, ornament balls, and overlapping blue-and-white beaded garlands, this Christmas tree is beautifully busy. For more blue-and-white decor, craft an elaborate tree topper from snowflakes, plastic sprigs of blueberries, and shimmery white and blue ribbons.
Black-and-White Silhouette Christmas Tree
Use old-fashioned framed silhouettes in a fresh, updated way – as Christmas tree decorations. Hang them on the tree with green ribbon, then embellish with silver mementos and sprigs of faux white berries to complete the classic look.
Mitten and Ice Skates Christmas Tree
Celebrate the signs of winter by filling the boughs of your Christmas tree with mittens and ice skates in coordinating colors. Wire the skates sturdily to the trunk and space them evenly to balance the tree.
Sparkling Starfish Christmas Tree
What better time to recall balmy summer days on the beach than in the chilling depths of winter? Outfit a standard Christmas tree with glittering starfish and simple green flowers to remind you of the warmer days to come.
Little Presents Christmas Tree
Who says presents have to go under the tree? With these simple gift-box ornaments, there are plenty of presents to go around. For an extra surprise on Christmas morning, use one of the ornaments for a small gift, such as jewelry.
Miniature Village Christmas Tree
Hang tiny cardboard houses, churches, and other buildings on the tree to give the appearance of a little village set on a mountainside. Add ribbon garland to mimic winding roadways. These miniature houses are reproductions of ornaments made in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of these ornaments include an opening in the back for tree lights, allowing the village to be illuminated.
Family Heritage Christmas Tree
Decorate your tree to reflect your family heritage. Here, Swedish and Danish flag garlands mix with straw, felt, wood, and glass ornaments to dress the tree in a Scandinavian theme.