Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Cozy and Colorful
A New Use for an Old Thing
A tractor grill takes the place of a tree skirt in Serena Thompson's home.
A stone fireplace keeps an elegant Christmas tree toasty on the covered patio of thisArizona home, furnished like a full-fledged living room.
Carved-wood cookie molds and burlap ribbon decorate the living room tree in thisTennessee home.
A Festive Room
For the living room's tree, the homeowners of this Connecticut home limited themselves to basic glass ornaments in a handful of shades: blue, green, and gold. The presents beneath it benefit from a similar restraint.
In this Connecticut home, multiple mini-trees are placed throughout the house. This one, on the library's demilune table, jibes with the room's palette. The table is also flanked by English club chairs, 1960s Ethan Allensconces, and midcentury intaglios.
Santas, Stockings, Snowflakes
No need to go out-of-the-ordinary for something extraordinary. Use your staple holiday ornaments like Santa, snowflakes, and stockings to create a superfestive and fun tree. Choose ornaments in the same red-and-white palette to pull it all together.
Blue and Gold
Vivid robin's-egg blue ornaments lend this conifer top (often sold by tree farms and vendors) a touch of whimsy. Handmade taffeta birds alight in the branches, making their home among faux nests and glass- and foil-covered eggs. A champagne bucket makes a one-of-a-kind tree stand.
Moon and Stars
This tree celebrates the heavens with cookie decorations, baked with ready-made dough bought at your local grocery store. Plaid ribbon doubles as garland and packages are wrapped to match. Buy ready-made dough—it's sturdier than homemade. Knead in 2/3 cup flour until smooth to increase dough's density, making it suitable for ornaments. Roll dough. Cut shapes. Make holes for hanging. Chill and bake per manufacturer's instructions. Decorate to suit your style!
KEITH SCOTT MORTON
Birds of a Feather
Cardinals flock merrily together on a towering Fraser fir festooned with a sage-colored satin ribbon sash and a garland of pinecones.
A tree trimmed in traditional red and green emphatically says "Christmas" with top-to-bottom vintage letters. These letters culled from old signs, printers' type, and alphabet teaching aids punctuate this tree. Arrange them to make a statement, and spell out holiday words such as "Ho Ho Ho" and "Holly." Throw in silver starbursts, baubles, and tinsel garland for a stylish '50s aura.
A Cook's Christmas
Holiday time usually means more time—and more people—in the kitchen cooking and baking. A small tree introduces Christmas spirit without getting in the way. Green hobnail glass and kitchen utensils from the '40s and '50s inspired the mint green and cherry red palette of this tree. Hang utensils amid homespun touches such as popcorn garlands and crisp gingham ribbon.
A Colonial Christmas
In re-creating early American holiday tradition, consider decorating with little gifts, paper chains, cookies for children, and dried quince slices. Candles add a special, warm glow, but to ensure safety at home, opt for faux candles that are lit with bulbs.
The New Tree Skirt
So long, standard base-hiding apron: This kicky wicker mini provides contemporary cover with natural style.
Spreading The Career
Upgrade a Plain Glass Ornament
Frame fabric in embroidery hoops to create homespun ornaments with graphic good looks.
This fir tree is decked out with craft-store birds and painted pinecones.
Birds and Pinecones
The star of this avian-themed tree? An egg-filled nest perched at the top.
DIY Tag Ornaments
Make eye-catching ornaments by creating custom tags with written messages or photos.
Blue-and-Gold Christmas Tree
A striking gold-and-teal color scheme sets off this seven-foot Douglas fir. Gold ribbon bedecks the branches for classic appeal.
Create a pinecone tree on a cone-shaped foam base. Anchor the base in a container with a heavy object, then wire the cones onto 2" wooden floral picks. Insert picks downward into the foam, starting at the bottom with the largest cones and working to the top with the smaller ones. Conceal the foam by tucking sheet moss among the pinecones.
Fresh Green & White
White dove ornaments combine with amaryllis, carnations, and orchids on this lovely tree.
Humble pinecones make a triumphant return to the tree as glittering Christmas ornaments. Use silver and gold metallic spray paint to highlight the textures of pinecones.
A smaller tinsel tree with pearlescent ornaments packs a festive punch.
A beautiful collection of hand-blown glass balls—plain, faceted, and tinted—adorn this tree. Consider placing a tree near the fireplace so ornaments are illuminated by its light.
Displaying Two Trees
One room can embrace two types of trees: modern and traditional.
Strung popcorn and cranberries are used as garlands on this au naturel evergreen — and, yes, those were strung by hand. Not to worry, however — they don't have to be. This kind of garland can be purchased at most holiday decor stores. The rest of the decorating is simple: apples, oranges, and pears straight from the market! Oranges should be sliced, then dried. The apples and pears can be tied to branches with red ribbon.
From A to Z
This tree is trimmed with vintage letters found from old signs, printers' type, and alphabet teaching aids.
An all-white home becomes a holiday haven with glittery decorations and a shimmering gold tree.