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 some Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorating ideas!

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.

(Also, you can click on any image or link in teal for more information.)

Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas:

Get Inspired by Adele.
When I’m thinking about a new Christmas tree decorating ideas, 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.

Adele Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

Adele Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

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.

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.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

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.

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.

How to Decorate a Flocked Christmas Tree

And this one was in my office.

Flocked Christmas Tree Decorations

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.)

Magazine Worthy Christmas Tree Decorations

How’s that for proof of the beauty of flocked trees?


A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree

For this Christmas tree I took inspiration from Christmas past. Glass vintage Santa ornaments sparked this tree wrapped in red. You can read more about how I put it together and see more pictures here.

A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

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.

 Christmas Tree Decorations - lottery ticket gift idea

 Christmas Tree Decorations - hot chocolate gift idea

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!

Very Merry Ornamentini Holiday Cocktail recipe

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.

Colorful Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas:

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.

Navy Blue Tree - copper ornament garland christmas tree decorations

Here, I used a copper ball garland on my navy blue Christmas tree.

Navy Blue Tree - copper ornament garland christmas tree decorations

And here, I added a rainbow garland to one of my flocked trees.

rainbow ornament garland christmas tree decorations

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.

rainbow christmas tree decorations garland

The results speak for themselves.

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.

silver and gold Christmas tree decorations

silver and gold Christmas tree decorations

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.

DIY Modern Concrete Christmas Tree Decorations

DIY Modern Concrete Christmas Tree Decorations

You can learn how to make them here.

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.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Tree Decorations

Rustic Woodland Christmas Tree Decorations

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.

Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas:

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.

Unique and Quirky Cat Christmas Tree Decorations

Unicorn Christmas Tree Decorations

Unique and Quirky Christmas Tree Decorations

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!

I love adding ribbon to my Christmas trees. I recently shared a video on how I add ribbon to my Christmas trees. You can read the tutorial and watch that video here.

Christmas Tree Ribbon Tutorial - How to Add Ribbon to Your Tree

Go Rainbow Gradient.
No list of Christmas tree decorations would be complete without a mention of my Gradient Rainbow Christmas Tree.

Gradient Rainbow Christmas Tree Decorations

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 decorating ideas. I hope a few of these ideas inspire you as you set out to decorate your own tree.

Happy Trimming!

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  • Pam at

    Hi Michael:
    I was telling my daughter about the video story you did on Instagram on putting ribbon on a Christmas tree. It was so simple and straightforward (and made me feel like I could do it!) I thought were going to post on your blog but I cannot find. Is it a link within another post? I want to show it to her.

    Thanks! Pam

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Pam, It’s coming soon! I had to have it formatted for the blog and uploaded. I’m hoping to get it up on the blog on Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Lisa B. at

    All the trees are so beautiful. Want you to know that I’ve been to three stores in Cali to get the magazine with your Christmas tree on the cover and can’t find one copy. Must have sold out!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! And get out!? Really? I’ve still been seeing them here and there.

      xo Michael

  • Pam Clark at

    I was so inspired by your flocked office tree last year that I bought a flocked tree after Christmas, ordered all the colored glass balls from Lowe’s, and tracked down the plaid ribbon. I can’t wait to put it up next week. I saw the comment above about a video for draping the ribbon. Just what I need! You are my Christmas Tree idol!

    • Pam Clark at

      Change!!! I WAS so inspired by your tree! How in the world did that get autocorrected?!

  • Brocanteuserose at

    You are hands down my favorite spot to go to, for Christmas inspiration! I love that you do more than one tree and that you change up your style /design every year. And each year is amazing! So fun!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I sooooo appreciate hearing this. Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Madeline at

    So fabulous! I especially love the metallic tree. CHIC AF.

    Also – your slow cooker Thanksgiving sangria and the cranberry old fashioned are officially on my list for rounding out 2017. Yum!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you AF!! 😉 And you’ll love both recipes. Enjoy!

      xo Michael

  • Lindsay at

    Wow, so much beauty in one post. Absolutely stunning! I think my favorite is the flocked tree that was in your office – both ways it was decorated!

    Also, I always love the little you that pops out at the bottom, but now you added a Santa hat! Adorable.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Lindsay! The flocked tree will be back this year, but in a different way!

      xo Michael

  • Elle at

    Thank you for the Christmas cheer and yuletide inspiration! I’m lovin’ it!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so welcome!

      xo Michael

  • Diane + Dean DIY at

    Michael, WOW! Absolutely gorgeous Christmas decor and beautiful photos! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thanks so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Kathy at

    Wow, absolutely stunning!!! Michael you have Inspired (lol) me to do my Christmas tree different this year!! Thank you Amazing trees and congratulations on your front cover with BHG!!!🎄🎄

  • Judy at

    I love all your trees, but especially the flocked ones. I wish you lived next door to me. I am getting too old to haul all the ornaments and things out, but I am inspired by you. Thank you for all the great ideas and happy holidays.

  • Glory of the Snow at

    Great ideas! I love buying Christmas decorations whilst travelling, that way I have some very special to me and unique pieces on my tree which also represent beautiful memories! 🙂


  • Chelsea Allen at

    Gah, I love all of them! The hubs and I have been talking about getting a flocked tree cuz they’re just so dang pretty, but I’m afraid it would be a crazy town mess from set-up to take down. And we have four kids, one of whom likes to mess with stuff, so…yeah, the fear is real! What say you? Are the flocked kind super sheddy?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They are messy to set-up and to take down but nothing CRAZY. However, I don’t really noticed much mess while it’s up. I don’t have kids though – you’d probably need to set up some rules. Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • Kim at

    Your trees are absolutely beautiful! Just stunning. I loved looking through all of the different tree designs you have done throughout the years and am so impressed. And congrats on the magazine cover too! Keep it up! 🙂

  • HerBraveTaste at

    I am loving the metallics this year!! Unfortunately I didn’t get my tree to look anything like that, but maybe next year! Any of these would be a tree to be proud of 🙂


  • Marg at

    Michael, I found you today via Country Living online featuring Fall decor blogs. You are so precious, warm and talented. I can’t believe that I haven’t seen your blog before. Count me in as a new follower, and excited to see your new home journey in pictures. It’s a beautiful home, and I wish we were neighbors! I’d so enjoy being around your lively zest for life. I adore your Christmas trees!

  • Mary Gilmer at

    Hi, Ive been wanting to have a flocked Christmas tree. Where do you find them? Is there a way to DIY the flocking? I’m flocking dying to have one!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They have gained popularity recently so you can find them pretty much anywhere Christmas trees are sold. You can also flock a tree yourself. If you google it, I’m certain you’ll find a tutorial.

      xo Michael

  • Trekesha Wilson at

    Hello Michael!!!

    Where do you buy your gift wrapping paper?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Everywhere. Honestly. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • judi at

    Where do you buy your ornaments? Any sources you recommend?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Honestly, everywhere. I only buy glass. HomeGoods / TJ Maxx, Michael’s, Target, Balsam Hill, specialty Christmas stores. I also love vintage so – eBay, Etsy, thrift stores.

      Hope that helps!

  • Mari at

    All the trees are beautiful!.

  • Tamalita at

    All of these trees are incredibly beautiful! The rainbow gradient – oh my. Wow! I love it.

  • Mir Graham at

    I wish you were my neighbor so that you could come over and help me. You are absolutely so talented, and you have a wonderful personality. I cannot wait to see what you bring to the blog in 2020.

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