Beautiful Christmas tree decorating ideas & DIY tutorials! Professional tips & tricks on styles, colors, how to use ribbons, ornaments, etc!
In this collection of achievable and beautiful Christmas tree decorating ideas, we will share lots of tips and tricks on commonly asked questions such as:
“How do I decorate my Christmas tree like a professional, and easily?“, “How do I use ribbons to decorate a Christmas tree?“, “How to choose Christmas tree decorations with an elegant color palette?“, and more!
A Christmas tree is often the focal point of our holiday decor. Christmas tree decorating can be really enjoyable and rewarding with a little thoughtful planning before diving into a giant box of ribbons and ornaments.
These 42 inspirational Christmas trees are organized into 20 BEST Christmas tree decorating ideas you can apply easily. Choose your favorite styles, be your own designer, and create a beautiful harmonious look throughout your home. Let’s start with the Christmas tree!
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Idea 1: simple and natural Christmas tree decorating
If you love the serene beauty of minimal or Scandinavian style, you will love these simple Christmas tree decorating ideas.
Idea 2: farmhouse style Christmas tree decorations
Farmhouse is truly a timeless style. The key is to select natural and softly aged materials with a color palette of neutrals and whites.
This stunning farmhouse Christmas tree is decorated with an artful blend of white ornaments, and natural pine cones and cotton. Source: Love Grows Wild
Idea 3: how to decorate snow flocked Christmas trees
A snow flocked Christmas tree does not need much to look stunning. Less is more, keep it simple and elegant with all white ornaments. Source: Thrifty and Chic
Gold and silver also looks stunning and elegant on a snow flocked Christmas tree. Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess
You can flock a Christmas tree easily using pre mixed Sno-flock, like here by Lovely Etc. You can also make your own snow flocking using a bar of soap in just minutes! Tutorial here.
Idea 4: make fake snow with easy to find materials
If you love the snowy look but don’t want to have a permanent snow flocked tree, there are many ways you can make some snowy elements to add to your Christmas decorations.
For example, I made this tabletop snowy tree centerpiece using DIY snow covered pine cones and branches, tutorial here. You can make them in just 5 minutes, and tuck them into your Christmas tree.
Idea 5: Christmas tree decorating with ribbons in vertical pattern
One of the easiest ways to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro is to use ribbons. Ribbons come in so many sizes and colors, and you can create many beautiful patterns with them on a Christmas tree. Source: Hunker
This beautiful variation from Shannon at Home Made Lovely uses neutral colored buffalo check and burlap ribbons in vertical style.
I found these nice photos on different ways to use ribbons to decorate a Christmas tree. Original photo source lost, please let me know if you find it!
Idea 6: how to decorate Christmas trees using ribbons in horizontal pattern
One of the reasons ribbons work so well in Christmas tree decorations is that they create a unified look.
They also make a Christmas tree look full without needing lots of ornaments. Here the ribbons are used in a horizontal spiral pattern. Source: hgtv
Here’s a great tutorial at Remodelaholics on using ribbons and Dollar Store ornaments to decorate a Christmas tree.
Idea 7: more variations of Christmas tree ribbon decorations
Once you learn the basics, you can create other beautiful patterns using a combination of different ribbons.
Another great way to find Christmas tree decorating ideas and inspirations is to look at online retail shops that sell Christmas trees. They usually have photos of beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Idea 8: advent Christmas tree decorations
Hang some numbers or signs in your Christmas tree that count down to the big day. Source: Tater tots and Jello
You can also add some numbered packages as fun and lovely Christmas tree ornaments. Source: Design Dazzle
Idea 9: red and white Christmas tree decorations
Speaking about red and white, here’s a red and white DIY Christmas candy cane wreath. You will never guess what it is made of! ( Spoiler: the material to make the wreath is FREE!)
You can never go wrong with the classic red and white Christmas tree decorations. Get creative with white “snow”, red berries, ribbons, ornaments, and candy canes! Source: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | Inspired by Charm
Idea 10: decorate a Christmas tree with stars & snowflakes
You can make Christmas ornaments with something as simple as paper! Here are some easy DIY 3D paper snowflakes which would look beautiful on a Christmas tree!
Instead of storing lots of really large ornaments, make some big paper stars and snowflakes to give your tree some bold accents. Source: Johnathan Stiers
Paper garlands and 3D paper snowflakes are easy to make, low cost and earth friendly! Source: At Home in Love
Idea 11: dreaming of a white Christmas tree
A fake white Christmas tree only requires minimal decorating to look enchanting. You can choose your favorite colors as a starting point. I totally heart pink, and I can’t get enough of this happy white Christmas tree decorated by Emily Henderson
This lovely white Christmas tree decorated by So Much Better with Age combines two of many people’s favorite styles: vintage, and French country. The neutral colors fits perfect in an elegant farmhouse setting.
Idea 12: using letters and banners in Christmas tree decorations
Letters and buntings can work the same magic as ribbons and garlands on a Christmas tree. Source: Make it Love it
Source: First Home Love Life
Idea 13: tell a Christmas story
Christmas is so much about love and family. Jen at Craft-o-Maniac decorated her Christmas tree with copies of her grandmother’s piano music sheets. Such a heart warming story!
Idea 14: display treasures from your life
Although I studied art and worked as a designer until this blog took over, the best decorating advice I have for anyone is: if you are surrounded by things you love, you can throw all rules out the window.
The same applies to Christmas tree decorating: a tree will look happy and beautiful when it’s decorated with your favorite Christmas cards and your collection of charming little treasures. Source: Country Living | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Idea 15: mini wood signs as Christmas tree decorations
Everyone loves painted wood signs with beautiful lettered quotes. Have you thought of using them as Christmas tree ornaments? Source: Lil Luna
Idea 16: woodland themed Christmas tree decorating
Use rustic materials like burlap and pine cones, and classic patterns like plaids and buffalo checks to create the feelings of a little cabin in the woods. Source: A Pop of Pretty
The woodland style is very much a country cottage style. Anything reminding you of a cozy forest cabin will look perfect on your Christmas tree.
Here, forest animal and mini camper wooden ornaments and rustic mini wood signs make this Christmas tree irresistible. Source: U Create
Idea 17: decorating a Christmas tree with candles
The old fashioned candles warm our hearts and souls. Don’t use real candles in a Christmas tree though!
Idea 18: decorate a Christmas tree with gold ornaments
If you love a romantic and glamorous style Christmas tree, gold and metallic ornaments would be great choices.
For those who love pink but want a more subtle vibe, try the color made famous by Apple: rose gold, shown in tree above, decorated by Lucy at Craftberry Bush.
Idea 19: decorate a Christmas tree with your favorite colors
Blue and chartreuse ribbons and ornaments on a snow flocked tree reminds me of the magical Christmas on Ice. Source: Centsational Girl
This Christmas tree is utterly gorgeous and romantic with peach and plum colored ornaments in a sea of white feathers and flowers. Source: Jeweled Interiors
Idea 20: Unique Christmas tree decorated in rainbow colors
For our grand finale, a tree so full of imagination and exuberance : over 600 ornaments in a rainbow pattern. This tree would look amazing in any style home, another proof that inspiration is timeless. Created by Micheal at Inspired by Charm.
Can’t get enough Christmas tree ideas? Here are 48 alternative DIY Christmas trees perfect for small spaces!