If you’ve been reading IBC for a while, you’ll know that I’m crazy about Christmas. Inspired by some of my previous holiday decorating adventures, today I thought I’d highlight 10 Ideas for Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorations.
I hope you find this post helpful if you’re looking to update your tree decor or planning a completely new look. After blogging for almost 9 years, I have plenty of Christmas tree decorations to share. Would you believe I’ve decorated almost 20 different trees during that time? (I said I was Christmas crazy!) Although I can’t show you every tree, the following ideas are among my favorites.
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1. Get Inspired by Adele.
When I’m thinking about a new theme for a tree, inspiration can come from anywhere. Back in 2015, the return of Adele prompted the colors I chose for the Christmas tree in my dining room. I fell in love with a green and gold dress she wore in one of her performances, and that dress inspired the tree.
Of course, those colors took on a direction of their own as I decorated the flocked white tree, but I must give credit to Adele and her beautiful dress.
2. Shop Vintage.
Shopping local thrift stores has always been one of my favorite ways to find unique Christmas tree decorations. Not only are the values great, but you get to capture a piece of holidays gone by. In addition to local spots, I also check out eBay and Etsy for festive finds.
In fact, one year I was able to snag a collection of vintage pin and sequin ornaments from eBay that inspired an entire tree. Last year, I used those same ornaments on a more traditional green tree I set up at my grandma’s house. She hadn’t decorated a tree in years, so I was able to do something special for her.
3. Go for Flocked.
If you’ve never tried a flocked Christmas tree, I can’t recommend it enough. While I love a traditional green tree, there’s something that feels a bit more magical and winter-like about a flocked one. Take a look at the two flocked trees I decorated last year.
This one was in my living room.
And this one was in my office.
I even decorated this one twice. The second version made the cover of Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine! (You can read more about that here.)
How’s that for proof of the beauty of flocked trees?
4. Create Gift Ornaments.
Whether you hang these on a tree, tie them on a package, or just hand them out, these gift ornaments are a creative way to use clear glass ornaments.
Here, I filled them with hot cocoa mix, a lottery ticket, cookie sprinkles, and other small items to create unique expressions of love. You can see more of my creative “fillings” here.
Bonus Idea: Enjoy a Very Merry Ornamentini.
Speaking of filling ornaments with fun surprises, I also got the idea to create an Ornamentini!
This cocktail in a Christmas ball ornament is a drink your guests are sure to remember long after the party. You can learn how to create one and get my recipe here.
5. Add an Ornament Garland.
In recent years, I’ve been able to find ornament garlands. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can see a couple here and here. (I’ve also seen them at HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx.) As you can probably tell, it’s a garland made of ornaments. I have a couple different ones and have made great use of them in my trees.
Here, I used a copper ball garland on my navy blue Christmas tree.
And here, I added a rainbow garland to one of my flocked trees.
What’s great about these ball garlands is that you can use them almost anywhere for instant impact. Last year, I decided to weave the rainbow garland into a pine garland on my staircase banister.
The results speak for themselves.
6. Bring in Chic Metallics.
While I’m normally a fan of color for Christmas, last year I went with blacks and metallics for my Christmas tree,and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.
The look was super chic. However, I kept it interesting with quirky, unique touches such as an owl tree topper and gold sequin unicorn ornaments.
7. Craft Concrete Ornaments.
Speaking of urban chic, why not make your own Christmas tree decorations from concrete? Yep, concrete! Here, I used a fun craft product to create different-shaped ornaments. I finished off the edges with gold German glass glitter for a little sparkle.
You can learn how to make them here.
8. Pick a Theme.
Sometimes a theme can be your best friend when decorating a new tree. Take, for example, this woodland-inspired tree I decorated a few years back.
The woodland cabin theme made finding ornaments and other decorations for this tree much easier. I even added things like lanterns, faux squirrels, and snowy pinecones. You don’t need to use just “ornaments” designed for a tree. Get creative with the things you include.
9. Keep it Quirky.
When it comes to trimming my tree, I often shy away from anything formal or fancy. One year I set up a mini real tree in my entryway and covered it with ornaments of cats in Santa hats.
If you look close at my trees, you’ll find things like unicorns, more cats, mushrooms, and lots of other quirky things. I think it’s all about having fun and using ornaments that make you smile.
BONUS IDEA: Add Ribbon!
10. Go Rainbow Gradient.
No list of Christmas tree decorations would be complete without a mention of my Gradient Rainbow Christmas Tree.
This may go down in history as one of my most memorable trees. It is certainly one of the most pinned images on Pinterest. It’s easy to see why.
To be honest, this tree was among the easiest to put together. Over 600 round glass ornaments in a rainbow pattern cover this tree. Some are new, and some are vintage. Together they look spectacular.
And there you have my list of beautiful Christmas tree decorations. I hope a few of these ideas inspire you as you set out to decorate your own tree.