Did you know there are 173 days until Christmas?

And. I. Can’t. Wait.

I’m not sure about you, but on December 26 I’m already looking forward to Christmas again.

It’s my favorite time of the year. I’m all about snow and celebration and Santa and elves and mistletoe and Christmas Eve service and Christmas decorating and trees.

Christmas ones.

Every year we put up nine full-sized trees in the house.



Did I just type that?

So my plethora of Christmas trees and I have tons of ideas on decorating and branches and ribbon and unique think outside the box ideas.

The goal of this week? To inspire you to create your own Christmas pinboard with all these ideas. Then you can spend the next 160 days taking it easy until it’s time to decorate again.

Here are 17 Christmas tree decorating ideas just for you (you will NOT be disappointed—I worked really hard on the list and they are amazing).

Red and White Christmas Tree

1. 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.

Merry Christmas Thistlewood

2. 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.

Magnolia Christmas trees

Farmhouse Screen-in Porch Christmas

3. 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.

Dining Room Decorations Christmas

4. 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.

Red Vintage Christmas Tree

Vintage Christmas Tree

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Add wooden three-letter monograms

You can order three-letter monograms in wood from etsy.

I ordered them in different fonts in the smallest size and painted them red and white.

Then I tied a ribbon through them and added them to the tree.

The monograms make amazing present toppers, too.

8. 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.

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 branches or stems to your tree topper

Create a little drama with your tree topper.

Start with a large star.

Then tuck in decorative stems or Christmas picks to add height (and a little personality) to the top of your tree.

12. 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 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.

13. 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.

14. Print on ribbon and decorate your tree

I love adding ribbon to a tree.

And what’s better than to make your own.

Here are simple DIY instructions on how to make your own ribbon.

Then drape it through the tree.

15. 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

16. Add a toolbox instead of a tree skirt

I love thinking outside the box when it comes to a tree skirt.

There are tons of good ideas I’ve seen, like tubs and buckets and baskets, but what about putting something in front of the tree to act like a tree skirt.

This vintage toolbox I’ve used is the perfect example.

17. Add a chalkboard star to the top of the tree

I love a star at the top of the tree.

Especially when it’s chalkboard.

To create this look, simply tuck a chalkboard on top of the tree and draw a star on it.

I love decorating trees.

I love Christmas and thinking outside the box and getting creative.

But my favorite thing about all those evergreen branches?

Is when they hold an ornament with a story like this one. 🙂

Happy Christmas in July

(see you tomorrow with gift wrap ideas)

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  1. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So many ideas! We also love Christmas! We usually have 5 full size interior trees and 2 full size exterior trees. Have to be careful with the exterior trees as if they freeze we won’t be able to remove until spring ( had that happen with some fall pumpkins one year). Love all your ideas.

  2. Image for JC JC

    What Christmas inspiiraton!!! You got me thinking about all the amazing possibilities. I absolutely love the idea of hanging the star from the ceiling! We have a 9 ft tall pencil tree and inevitably no matter what goes on top it flops over with the weight of it....sorta like a Dr. Suess effect.😂 This idea would give me options. Also, the Dollar Store has large trees?😳 Really? Who knew. It must be online as I have never seen full size trees for sale in my local store. I love the grouping of the three and dressing them up with these ideas would make them shine. Thanks KariAnne!!

  3. Image for Deborah Wire Deborah Wire

    I love Christmas too, but am married to the original Scrooge. Thank you for sharing what I wish my house could be.

  4. Image for Mr Mark Mr Mark

    Do you know what those two white trees are on the ottoman in the picture above #10? They look like they are made of wood or possibly something natural. Super great ideas, already pinning!

  5. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    So many beautiful trees and amazing ideas! I really thought that the white ornament with the Sharpie was such a fabulous idea! So many wonderful ideas that could be implemented in our own homes! You always come up with the best, KariAnne, you are a creative genius for sure! Thank you for sharing all the inspo!


    Kari, Looking at these lovely trees and thinking about Christmas helped to make me feel cooler in our +90-degree heat. Thank you! BTW, where did you get your gorgeous curtains--the ones with the smocking at the top? I love them! Stephanie P.S. Please tell Santa to not forget my pony this year!

  7. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I loved ALL the ideas- also a Christmas a holic, 😊 Have done the monograms on packages one year but never thought of a tree, tried looking on Etsy and could only find large, where did u get the small ?

  8. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    So many great ideas! Seriously! Hang the topper from the ceiling?! Group three trees! In love! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Not to take away from the beautiful Christmas blog but I'm in need of your expert opinion. My husband and I are in our early 70's and are updating our small living room. We live in an area where there are only a couple of furniture stores and they are either too rustic or too expensive. We've even tried shopping thrift stores without any luck. We are wanting four matching chairs for our informal living room. Have you had any experience with places like Wayfair, Walmart, etc. We don't need real high quality but we do want something that looks nice and will wear nicely. I would so much appreciate your input as I value your talent highly. Have a blessed day.

  10. Image for Jan Jan

    What a very sweet story, isn't that how all marriages should begin and keep going with the two of you being very best friends and no need for any others in your lives. That's how mine has been for 54 years now and I praise God everyday for my very best friend. Jan

  11. Image for Renee Renee

    Omg! 9 trees!!! You must start decorating in Sept. I feel lucky to get one tree up for the season. One year, the tree was decorated on Christmas morning— AFTER the presents were opened…

  12. Image for Peg Peg

    Oh what fun it is to . . . see 17 Christmas tree ideas!! Hanging the star from the ceiling (and those snowflakes) was my favorite!!! xoxo

  13. Image for Heather Heather

    Hi Kari, You are seriously talented! I absolutely love the tabletop blue tree with the eucalyptus, so beautiful and I am not even a fan of blue. Have a wonderful day :-) Cheers Heather

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    You are the original Everready Bunny. So.much.energy. Looks like you have fun with your trees. I confess that I enjoy putting the same ole ornaments up every year, but I do like to change up some of the other things (ribbon, other add-ins). My ornaments feel like old friends and I can't abandon them to a box .... and we only have room for one tree .....

  15. Image for Cara Cara

    Love, love, love Christmas in July! It is the best next to actually decorating for Christmas season! We have started our planning and cannot wait to see how much we can drag out of the attic this year! We buy something, or something(s) new for Christmas every year in July! I am loving all of your ideas! Christmas is really the time of year to show our creativity!

  16. Image for Judy Feyen Judy Feyen

    Karianne your killin' me! I could start thinking about and planning the next Christmas on December 26th. We use to put up 7 including one up on our outside portico over our front door. I have scaled back and now concentrate on 4 of them. I love to coordinate 3 of them with the interiors of the rooms they are sitting in and the fourth is always decorated with the ornaments that our children made and that were bought when they were young.. I did promise myself this year, I would try to enjoy the summer before getting TOO excited about new Christmas decorations. Now with your post...I don't know...the urge is starting!

  17. Image for Lyndsey Lyndsey

    So many Christmas tree lovers commenting! I only put up five trees!! Lol! Thanks for these pics in July. They've made me excited. And although I've seen many of these trees on your blog over the years, I always swoon. This year the hanging topper, the three grouped together, and the chalkboard star are standing out as new ideas. I guess I missed them when they were first posted. I will try the chalkboard star for sure this year Thanks!

  18. Image for Lee Lee

    Amazing! How do you store all this beautiful stuff, where do you keep it all and when do you start? And where do you get all your energy? I absolutely LOVE everything you share with us- and the humble, fun way you do it!

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