How many trees do you put up around your house?
Christmas decorating minds want to know.
I’m not sure when or where or how it all got started, but we are all in on the Christmas trees around here. Brace yourself when I tell you the current state of Christmas tree decorating here at Thistlewood.
Every year we put up nine full-sized trees in the house.
Did I just type that?
My plethora of Christmas trees and I have tons of ideas on decorating and branches and ribbon and unique think outside the box ideas. And today on Day 11 of “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” Leslie and I are sharing all the Christmas tree decorating ideas.
Here are 14 Christmas tree decorating ideas just for you (you will NOT be disappointed—I worked really hard on the list and they are amazing).
1. Add birch logs to the branches of the tree
Add a little dimension to your tree by adding birch logs.
Take about 12 or more birch logs and insert them in the tree heading upwards.
You could also paint regular twigs white and use those instead.
2. Add silver platters to the tree
I collect vintage silver trays.
To add little bling to the tree, I simply tucked them in the branches.
The silver reflected the light and made the tree look extra sparkly.
3. Group three smaller trees together
Large trees are expensive.
If a large tree isn’t in your budget, why not make the same statement, but for a lot less money.
These are three white trees from the dollar store that I grouped together.
The largest tree is up on a box in the back to give the trio height.
4. Update a scraggly tree with magnolia
I had boxes of these scraggly trees from the dollar store.
It doesn’t matter how much you fluff a dollar store tree, it’s just going to look like it’s been paryting a little too hard.
I clipped fresh magnolia and added them to the tree.
I’d spritz them every so often and they lasted the season.
5. Print on ribbon and decorate your tree
I love adding ribbon to a tree.
And what’s better than to make your own.
Then drape it through the tree.
6. Add pom pom trim instead of ribbon
I found tons of red and white pom pom trim at a yard sale.
Instead of ribbon, I just draped the pom pom trim through the branches.
After Christmas was over, I took it off the tree and added it to curtains.
7. Add dried hydrangeas to the tree branches
I’ve actually added dried hydrangea to mantels and swags and greenery.
Here, it’s added to the tree branches.
Wrap a thin gauge wire around the hydrangea and wrap it around an individual branch.
8. Add a chalkboard star to the top of the tree
I love a star at the top of the tree.
Especially when it’s a chalkboard.
To create this look, simply tuck a chalkboard on top of the tree and draw a star on it.
9. Make your own dotted ornament DIY
I love making my own ornaments and this is one of the easiest.
Take a plain white ornament and add a sticker to the front.
Then dot around the sticker with a sharpie. Remove the sticker to show the outline of the ornament.
10. Make your own handmade ornaments
Here are a few more suggestions for using what you have to decorate the tree:
- clip bingo cards onto the tree with clothespins
- make a snowflake out of bedsprings
- decoupage pictures onto wood blocks
- use gift tags as ornaments
- tie snowflakes onto a piece of yarn to make a garland
11. Add framed Christmas words to the tree
This was such an easy idea to fill up the tree.
Find frames (you may have them at home or you can find them at dozens of places without spending a lot of money).
Then print out Christmas words, add them to the frames and tie them onto the tree with a ribbon.
12. Use eucalyptus as a tree topper
This was one of my favorite trees.
The tree is full of blue and white ornaments and the top?
It’s simply eucalyptus stems tucked into the tree.
13. Make your own wrapped rope ornaments
I love the texture that jute adds to the tree.
You can make your own jute ornaments.
Simply take a styrofoam sphere, start at the top with a drop of hot glue and continue to wrap the rope until you’ve covered the ball. Add a drop of hot glue at the bottom to finish the ornament.
14. Hang the star from the ceiling
Looking for a way to make your tree the talk of the neighborhood?
Instead of just topping a tree, why not take your tree topper to the next level.
We used a thumbtack to hang a star tied to a ribbon from the ceiling.
I love decorating trees.
I love Christmas and thinking outside the box and getting creative.
But my favorite thing about all those evergreen branches?
Look at the beautiful Christmas tree ideas that Leslie has for us.
12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas
(what you might have missed)
- DAY 1: What You Should Be Shopping for Christmas Now
- DAY 2: How To Choose a Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 17 Ways to Make Last Year’s Christmas Decor Look Like New
- DAY 4: 7 Simple and Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas
- DAY 5: Gift Guides For All the Hard To Buy For People On Your List
- DAY 6: 21 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas
- DAY 7: 25 Gifts Under $25
- DAY 8: 17 Unique Handmade Gifts
- DAY 9: Christmas Dessert Ideas
- DAY 10: 20 Stocking Stuffers under $5
Here’s what Leslie has been sharing
- DAY 1: How to Shop for Seasonal Decor
- DAY 2: A Cranberry Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 11 Ways to Repurpose Last Year’s Christmas Decor
- DAY 4: Christmas Dishes and Table Decor Ideas
- DAY 5: Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone You Know
- DAY 6: Gift Wrapping Ideas
- DAY 7: Gifts Under $25
- DAY 8: Gifts Handmade With Love
- DAY 9: Make Ahead Christmas Desserts
- DAY 10: Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning