Woodland Inspired Christmas Tree

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Today I’m sharing my woodland-inspired Christmas tree decked out with red and rustic Christmas tree decorations!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas! I can’t tell you how much I love participating in this series each year. Honestly, it’s one of the things I look forward to the most when the holiday season rolls around. Not only do I get to share inspiration with all of you, but I get to team up with some of my favorite bloggers. Be sure to check out all of their Day 1 projects at the end of this post.

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Technically, I’m cheating on today’s post because I’m sharing a tree I decorated back in October. It turned out super cute, and it is a Christmas tree after all so I hope it’s OK to post about it. Please know that I also will be sharing some techniques and unique touches that you can use to make your tree extra special. Sound fair?

Woodland Inspired Christmas Tree with Rustic Christmas Tree Decorations

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I started with a standard green tree. (This one here.). I always think it’s wise to invest in a quality tree. Not only will a good tree last for years, but you get what you pay for. You want a full tree so you can’t see through it. Realistic branches are also always a plus. I opted for the pre-lit variety because it saves so much time.

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Whenever I’m decorating a tree, I like to begin with a ribbon. Ribbon offers a bit of a backdrop for your decorations. It also helps to fill up the tree if you happen to be light on ornaments. I chose this thick black and red gingham flannel. I could spend all winter in a shirt with this pattern, so why not wrap my tree in it?

For this particular tree, I opted for an “Into the Woods” theme. Although the tree bears no resemblance, the theme was inspired by the movie of that name that’s coming out soon and Taylor Swift’s new song. (People, you have to take whatever inspiration you can get wherever you can get it, no questions asked.)

As much as I love traditional ornaments, it’s always fun to think outside the box when it comes to Christmas tree decor. (Donna of Funky Junk Interiors is the queen of unique tree trimmings.)

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These red lanterns are the perfect non-traditional ornament! Not only do they go with the tree, but you can put smaller ornaments, battery operated tea lights, or other treasures inside the lanterns.

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I also found an inexpensive Christmas village, so I just tucked several of the houses right inside the tree.


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Lastly, I picked up these adorable woodland creatures (a.k.a. squirrels) and added them as well.

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I then threw on some traditional ornaments to fill in anywhere things looked a little sparse.

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Finally, to bring my “Into the Woods” theme home, I added some icy red berry picks and a few snow covered pinecones.

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With that, my tree was complete! Colorful, warm, and cozy. I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?


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  1. Several other commenters have mentioned this, but my husband and I also pick out an ornament to represent a special memory from the past year. From our Mickey and Minnie bride and groom we got on our Disneyworld honeymoon to our double-decker bus from London, it’s always so fun to hang the ornaments and reminisce.

  2. My husband and I buy ornaments every year that are significant to our relationship or vacations that we took. When we decorate our tree, we reminisce about each one and are reminded of all of the fun things we’ve done together! We met online in 2006, so the first ornament we bought was of a little computer. 🙂

  3. I love themed trees. My tree is mostly vintage ornaments from my grandmother’s collection. My siblings and I used to help her decorate the tree and she would tell us the story of how she got each ornament. Every time I look at my tree, I think of those memories of decorating the christmas tree with her and remembering the stories she would tell.

  4. Your tree is gorgeous! Love the red checked ribbon! I think I may use that on my tree. My children have received ornaments every year from my Mother and an aunt. They would be devastated if I put up a tree without those ornaments.

  5. What makes our Christmas Tree special is the ornaments. Ornaments from my parents childhood, those purchased on special trips to Chicago at Christmas time, and those that represent all the trips and places we have visited!

  6. My tree is half ornaments my husband’s grandmother macraméd for him when he was a kid. Candy canes, teddy bears, squares with his name on them. There are so many of them!

  7. Your tree is so classic! I love the woodland theme, especially the idea of the small lanterns that you can fill with other treasures – how clever! My favorite thing to add to our tree are special ornaments we give each other every year – our boys usually have sports or other hobby themed ornaments and I have owls (Target and Hobby Lobby are always good sources for owls – also found some at Tuesday Morning this year) and my husband has ornaments with beach themes, Santas, and a few other interests.