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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Also, if you’d like to join us in this 12 Day adventure, we’d love to have you. If you are inspired to recreate anything we make, share it with us on social media using the hashtag #12days72ideas. We can’t wait to see what inspires you!

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.

Into the Woods | Inspired by Charm #12day72ideas

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

Into the Woods | Inspired by Charm #12day72ideas
Into the Woods | Inspired by Charm #12day72ideas

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

Into the Woods | Inspired by Charm #12day72ideas
Into the Woods | Inspired by Charm #12day72ideas

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

What to see more Christmas Trees? Check out these:

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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. we pick a special ornament every year. my kiddos are getting older and they can name the date, place, time, what they were wearing, etc, etc, etc, of every single ornament on our tree. i love that!

  2. We have put up a huge Star Wars yard display for Christmas – this is our second year. Our whole family gets into it, designing it and painting it and putting it outside! We also have a silver pom pom tree in our living room and my great grandmother’s color wheel.

  3. My husband and I are building a tree out of driftwood this year. I’m super excited not only to be doing the project with him, but also to try something new.

  4. What makes my tree special are the ornaments collected over many years especially angels given to me by those who are angels now. One is labeled ‘To Sandy from Santa Claus” in my mom’s handwriting– it’s from when I was three!

  5. While I am no pro at tree trimming compared to Mr. Inspired by Charm…I love pulling the ornaments out each year and seeing all of the places my husband and I have traveled together. Ever since our honeymoon, with each vacation stop we’ve made while together I make sure to grab an ornament or something I can make to hang on the tree! Each one has the year and location on it…some are legit ornaments, some are small kitschy items that I put a string on, some are just a plain bulb with sand from the beach. Sadly, we didn’t get to add to the travel ornament collection this year but we did get to add a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament and for that we are thankful 🙂 So there’s our little Christmas tradition that happens all year round!

  6. I love Christmas! The thing that makes our tree most special is all the different ornaments…they were given or made for me when I was a child, and then when my children were born, we carried on the tradition. When I first married, we had my little collection from my childhood and a couple of first year married ornaments and we bought some glass icicles and a couple of special ornaments and it seemed to be the best tree ever!
    I love reminiscing about all those special pieces each year as we decorate and admiring them on our tree each year! Merry Christmas! karen….

  7. What makes my Christmas tree extra special, is that it is real. So many of my friends have fake trees. It’s just not Christmas for me if I don’t smell that smell and sweep up those needles! I love thinking about my family and friends as I put up all the ornaments they have given me.

  8. I just started following you. I have to say, that’s the prettiest font I’ve seen used to sign up to follow a blog! I’m looking forward to see what you have in store!