11 YouTube Videos to Watch for Fun Holiday Decor Ideas

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and get inspired by these holiday DIYs.

I honestly don't remember how I ever figured anything out before the days of YouTube. Based on the amount of time I spend there, I'm certain I've already accrued enough hours to receive my Masters Degree from YouTube University. (This does not exist.)

I can't help myself! The inspiration is just that good! Now that the holiday season is upon us, there are tons of videos bursting at the seams with seasonal DIYs, decor, table settings and everything in between. We sorted through them all to find you the best of the best.

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Photo by: Graphic: Erica Reitman

Graphic: Erica Reitman

So grab a mug of cocoa and check out some of our favorite Christmas decor videos:

Flat Christmas Tree

For those of you with a limited budget or a small space, you might want to consider a flat Christmas tree! These four DIY flat trees from HGTV Handmade can be made with items you likely already have around your house, and best of all - none of them will break the bank.

My favorites were a tie between the gorgeous washi tape/fringe trim Christmas tree that looks like something you might find in Anthropologie, and the wood grain tape/light tree that is decked out with all sorts of fun, soft ornaments.

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Chalkboard Tree

Kids will love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yarn garland is fun and simple to make for kids of all ages. String it across a flat, graphic chalkboard tree for extra wow factor. Get the how-to.

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  2. pom-pom

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Wooden Card Display

Showcase holiday cards and wrapped presents with this easy-to-make alternative version made from plywood. Get the how-to.

Garden Tool Tree

Instead of letting your garden tools gather dust this winter, use them for decoration. Hang your garden tools in the shape of a Christmas tree and add ornaments and garlands for a festive touch.

Bookshelf Beauty

How clever is this idea? Gather bright, monochromatic glassware and position in a bookshelf to resemble the outline of a Christmas tree. Add silvery orbs and bulbs to complete the effect.

Modern and Wall-Mounted

Bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree to a small space by creating a wall-mounted version using MDF trim and fabric. Get the how-to.

Doily Christmas Trees

Create lacy winter trees with paper doilies, hot glue and a few sturdy twigs or skewers. Cut a wedge out of a round doily and bring the cut edges together to form a cone. The size of your wedge will determine how narrow the cone is. Glue the cone together and slide onto the stick. Glue into place. Add more cones in decreasing sizes to create a layered tree.

Plank You Very Much

Add some farmhouse charm to your front yard this holiday season with a rustic, wooden Christmas tree. Get the how-to.

Nailed It

These nailhead trim trees are fun in the daytime but look breathtaking when silhouetted at night. Get the how-to.

Rustic Wood

This rustic wood model is cute and quirky, like a modern Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Succulent Stunner

Who says evergreens should have all the fun? Carefully-arranged succulents look wild in the shape of a Christmas tree. And if you live in a temperate climate, this tree would be especially appropriate.

Beachy Keen

Celebrate Christmas with some coastal flair, as featured in the home of comedy queen Lisa Lampanelli. This driftwood beauty is both creative and classy.

Pallet Cleanser

Reclaimed wood from pallets makes a clean statement in this alternative tree. The punchy color and bird silhouettes make it modern. Get the how-to.

Of a Feather

This gorgeous peacock-feathered tree, as seen in rocker Dee Snyder's home, looks plush and dramatic. The jewel tones are seasonable without being obvious.

Coffee, Please

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree. Get the how-to.

Put a Cork in It

Put a holiday spin on wine corks with a tabletop Christmas tree structure. Secure corks directly to floral foam cones using a hot glue gun and display all season long.

Making Music

This sheet music Christmas tree display stands out against a delicate tree branch wreath backdrop. Get the how-to.

Stunning and Statuesque

Add a touch of modernity to holiday decor with a minimalist backlit plywood Christmas tree that's perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Get the how-to.

Smartly Repurposed

An assortment of hardcover books are stacked in the shape of a miniature Christmas tree and decorated with old-fashioned string lights in Vice President Joe Biden's library during the holidays.

Photo By: Ken Cedeno ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

Twinkling Twine

This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and regular white glue. Cover a styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap them around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps to strengthen the final tree. Let the glue dry completely, and gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with bright red berries for a festive touch.

By the Sea

Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with shells in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

All Natural

Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Glue pebbles, acorns, pinecones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered, use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree.

Christmas Home Tour

The DIY Mommy has loads of cool videos up on her YT channel and this one is no exception. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada and takes us through her entire home from top to bottom, sharing all of her Christmas decor and decorating ideas for the holidays.

Though she has a traditional home, she shares tips and tricks that would be useful for anyone, no matter what your style. She also incorporates some vintage touches, as well as some faux and real greenery. She had a Nordic theme this year, so you'll find touches of faux fur and white candles.

Small Apartment Decorating

It's hard to argue with the facts: 12-foot Christmas trees make quite a statement. But what are those of us with tiny spaces supposed to do?

In this video, this adorable vlogger shares ideas of how she totally tricked out her tiny apartment with loads of Christmas cheer using store-bought items and some easy DIYs. Oh, and she's kind of hilarious.

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Classic Meets Mod

Mix trendy with traditional. Classic silver and gold ornaments and beaded garland complement a trendy monogram topper on this chic, simple tree. See more of this home from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Photography by David A. Land; styling by Matthew Gleason

Match Your Decor

Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, choose a tree color and theme that fit your design. This beautiful purple and pink flocked tree is a perfect accompaniment to the cool, purple decor in this eclectic living room.

Simple on Top, Bold on Bottom

Let your tree skirt do all the talking. Balance a bold tree skirt, like this beautiful Nordic-inspired design, with minimal tree decor, such as white lights and simple mesh garland. No ornaments necessary. Make this Scandinavian-inspired, no-sew tree skirt.

Go Glam on a Budget

Glam up your holiday decor with a flashy and fun celebrity-inspired tree. Trimmed with mini gold sunburst mirrors and pretty pops of pink and red ornaments, this bright white tree is fit for a superstar. To get this expensive look on a budget, make miniature versions of these DIY sunburst mirrors and reuse them as year-round home decor once the holidays are over.

Photo By: Benjamin Lowy ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

DIY Ornaments

Handcrafted ornaments aren't just for kids. This tree features pretty yet simple ornaments fashioned from twigs, hot glue and white spray paint. For a polished look, pinecones and pretty metallic baubles complement and soften the rustic quality of the handmade decorations. Check out more handmade ornaments.

Blooming Design

Visit your local craft store for an array of similarly-hued silk flowers, like these rich red garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and gerber daisies. Mold the flowers into a lush garland, or scatter throughout the branches with an assortment of well-placed ornaments. Top the tree with a richly textured ribbon for a high-end designer look.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Shiny Baubles

Glass ornaments add a designer touch to any tree whether you want a classic or contemporary look. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Bring Out the Color

Even if you don't embrace color in your everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time of year you can go overboard. Look for ornaments in bold blues, bright greens, pinks and purples and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold for a festive tree that is sure to draw attention.

Make an Individual Statement

Put your passion on display in style. Love Steampunk? Transform vintage and industrial knickknacks into cool ornaments, and finish your tree with a Victorian-style top hat. See more of this Steampunk-inspired tree.

Remember When...

Transform your family's special memories into beautiful ornaments. Snap photos on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies or sports, then print the pictures in sepia or black and white for a vintage look. Place the photos in miniature gilded frames and hang from your tree. Each Christmas you'll be reminded of your family's adventures and favorite memories.

Tags: 
  1. neutral photos

Photo By: Cheswick Photography

Spray-Paint Your Tree

To mimic the bright blue-green hue of peacock feathers, designer Meg Caswell spray-painted the tips of this tree's branches a rich teal hue. Add a touch of whimsy to your own tree with fun painted designs, like white branch tips, top-to-bottom color or an ombre effect. Tip: Choose a non-toxic paint and always apply in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before decorating. 

Truly Patriotic

Deck out your tree in America's hues: red, white and blue. In 2013, this beautiful evergreen sat in the White House's East landing and featured ornaments representing all five military branches. Take an exclusive tour of the White House at Christmas.

Photo By: Joshua Roberts ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

Kids' Tree

A mini tree is a great way to get the kiddos involved this Christmas. After you've finished decorating your tree, help them design a pint-sized version with leftover ornaments and garland. Or get hands-on with DIY decorations, like these button tree ornaments and straw tree topper. Recreate this playful kids’ tree.

Tons of Tinsel

Tinsel is a great way to incorporate sparkle and interest into any tree design. To recreate the subtle charm of this modern, white designer tree, add generous amounts of soft silver and light gold tinsel to branch tips after ornaments and garland are in place. Get 10 tips for creating an all-white Christmas tree.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Perfectly Natural

Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Dried fruit, spices and other natural materials make beautiful, rustic alternatives to traditional ornaments that, when combined, create a delicious holiday fragrance that can be enjoyed all season long. Recreate this aromatic tree.

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Go Mobile

Who says your Christmas tree has to stay put? A galvanized bucket with casters makes a stylish tree container and will allow you to transport your tree to any room in the house. Get room-by-room decorating ideas for mobile Christmas trees.

Put Holiday Cards to Good Use

Sweet Tooth

Add a sweet touch to your tree with holiday candy. To get this whimsical look, use packaged candy with a long shelf life, such as candy canes or lollipops. If you have pets or small children, artificial candy ornaments are a great alternative and will give you a wider range of decorative options. Polish off your sweet design with this DIY candy-inspired tree skirt.

Use Up Your Yarn

Put all of this year's leftover yarn to good use with easy-to-make yarn ball ornaments and bunny tail yarn garland. Paired together on a mini tree, these simple decorations are a chic and pretty addition to your front porch holiday decor. Get the easy step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Picasa ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Character Tree

For a simple and quick Christmas decorating solution, transform your tree into a fun holiday character, like this adorable snowman. “First create a snowman head and face from a large, foam floral sphere and place it at the top of the tree,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “Next, add two scarves just below the head. To create the look of coat buttons, line up three to seven black ornaments in the center of the tree. Lastly, give the snowman arms with branches placed roughly two-thirds of the way up on each side.”

Pet Friendly

Due to their natural curiosity, pets LOVE to play with (destroy) Christmas trees. Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to help keep your pets safe and your tree intact. Choose an artificial tree that is under 6 feet tall, and anchor it securely to the wall or floor to avoid toppling. Use flat matte ornaments that are larger in size; they are less attractive to pets than shiny ornaments, and are harder to chew on or swallow. Attach ornaments securely with twist ties and avoid hanging too many on the bottom quarter of the tree. Avoid using tinsel or garland, as pets can easily entangle themselves or choke on swallowed pieces. Lastly, tape down or cover any electrical wires, and always turn the tree off when you aren't in the room. Host a pet-friendly holiday party.

Sounds of the Season

If you prefer simple Christmas decor, dress your tree with a mix of medium and large jingle bells, silver ornaments and red winterberries. This vintage theme never goes out of style and looks great in neutral, rustic or modern-style homes. 

Complementary Colors

Show off the vibrancy of a bold-colored artificial tree with simple ornaments in toned-down, complementary hues. This bright, bubblegum-pink tree is simple and fun when adorned with a light scattering of red, fuschia and pink baubles in soft, matte finishes.

Match the Theme of the Room

When deciding on the perfect decor for your Christmas tree, glean inspiration from the room in which it will live. In a dining room, festive gold and silver flatware ornaments are a chic, easy way to match your holiday place settings.

Put a Bow on It

Match your tree to your gift wrap or vice versa. Designer Laurie March created a bright, unified look by using the same festive blue bows on both the Christmas tree and the gift wrap in this disco-inspired holiday space. 

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Statement Ornament

Amp up your tree's flair and personality by adding a handful of oversized ornaments, like these DIY felt poinsettias. Create graphic focal points by hanging the large-scale ornaments first, then decorate the rest of the tree with small-scale baubles, trinkets and winter berries in complementary hues.

Cluster Small Ornaments Together

"A designer trick for adding depth to your Christmas tree decor is to cluster similar ornaments together then hang them inside the tree and along the tips of branches," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "From a distance the clusters will read much more graphically than tucked and partially-hidden single ornaments, plus they will help fill voids throughout the tree." Get more professional tree-trimming tips.

Advent Calendar Garland

Start a new family tradition by turning your tree in a beautiful, vintage Advent calendar. This handmade garland version is made from printed linen pockets that hold candy or small gifts for each day of the Advent. Make your own with these step-by-step instructions.

Light It Up

Live in an apartment or loft with holiday-decorating restrictions? (Boo!) Bring the bling to your tree in a safe way with battery-operated or plug-in candles, like these gorgeous chandelier candelabras.

Photo By: BlairBunting/Getty Images

Travel the World

Can't get away this Christmas? Transform your home into a luxurious vacation spot with ornaments and decorations sourced from or inspired by your favorite locale. For actor Wayne Brady's Hawaiian-themed holiday home, designer Stacey Vuduris trimmed the tree with starfish, pineapple and tropical flower ornaments, and pretty puka shell garland. 

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Update Natural Accessories

"Update pinecones with holiday flair by lightly misting with white spray paint along the entire body until they take on a snowy, frosted appearance," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "Once dry, layer whitened pinecones onto branches with rope as hangers or simply place loosely throughout the tree."

Forget the Tree Skirt

Mix it up this year by replacing your usual tree skirt with a repurposed container such as a vintage wine crate or galvanized wash tub. To get this antique look, choose a vessel that is proportional to your tree and large enough to create a sturdy base, then place heavy rocks in the bottom for added support. Drape a layer of coordinating fabric between the container and tree for a polished look.

Saturated Color

Go all out with your favorite color this holiday season. Choose ornaments in a variety of sizes, textures and shades of the same hue and arrange on a neutral-hued tree. Complete the look with holiday home decor and gift wrap in the same shades. See more of this home's purple and white Christmas decor.

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Ribbons Galore

Create a fun, eclectic design by tying ribbon to your tree's branches. Place pieces close together in a single, bold shade or, for added flair, arrange in an ombre pattern by using light-colored ribbon at the top then graduating darker shades of the same hue as you move toward the base. Tip: To save money, buy ribbon scraps from your local craft store or save pieces from gifts or crafts throughout the year.

Bright Neutrals

Bright, cheery neutrals are a great fit in almost any interior design, making them ideal for holiday decorating. This crisp, white tree is anything but bland when trimmed with modern parchment-colored ornaments and minimalistic garland. Make a beautiful, modern statement in your home with this easily adaptable, less-is-more approach.

Dark Neutrals

If you aren't a huge fan of white Christmas trees, but still want to try a neutral approach, consider an earth-toned design. On a classic tree, pair copper and metallic ornaments in flat matte or glossy finishes with natural decorations, like pinecones and cinnamon sticks, for a warm, neutral look.

Rustic Scandinavian

When you think of classic Christmas decor, you are likely picturing the rustic simplicity of the Scandinavian style. To get this handmade look, use decorations made from natural materials such as salt dough, basket weave and embroidery in subdued colors. Get more Scandinavian Christmas design tips here.

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DIY Statement Topper

Make a statement with your tree topper—literally. Use wood letters in bright seasonal colors to easily create your own word or phrase. Glue the letters together, then nestle the finished product into your tree's branches or attach with a pipe cleaner to the uppermost bough. Adorn with large snowflake ornaments or brightly-colored ting ting for a fun and unique topper that's sure to start conversation. 

Wrap Lights in Garland

Eliminate a step from your tree decorating routine by combining garland and lights. Simply choose several different fabrics in coordinating patterns and colors, cut them into thin strips, then tie the strips onto a string of Christmas lights until the chord is completely covered. Lace the lighted garland close to your tree's trunk for a subtle effect or attach to branch tips for a bright and bold look.

Decorate Together

Make special memories this Christmas by enlisting family and friends to help make ornaments and decorate the tree. It's a great excuse to for a party and a fun way to get everyone together before the holidays. Check out our tips and tricks for hosting an ornament-making party.

Tumblr-Inspired Holiday DIYs

I could honestly listen to this cute 15-year-old British vlogger talk against a black screen while he says things like “aloo-min-ium” instead of aluminum. But no need for that, because he includes a bunch of fun, simple DIY projects in this video for you to try. He makes spiral Christmas trees, twig pots (to use with candles) and a pinecone garland.

These DIYs are Tumblr inspired, so they would be great projects to do with your tween!

Disney-Themed Christmas Decor

If Minnie and Mickey get more respect than you do around your house, you'll love these ideas for decorating for Christmas — Disney style.

This young vlogger includes a few simple Christmas ornament projects that tackle creating Disney character baubles for your tree. Following her lead, you could pretty easily create an entire Disney-themed Christmas tree.

Make sure to stay tuned until the very end of the video when her kitty, Buddy, makes a cameo and attempts to play the Grinch that stole Christmas by dive-bombing the Disney tree.

Tree Decorating Ideas

This is an inspiration only video that includes pictures against a backdrop of fun Christmas songs; there are no instructions or DIYs. However, you'll get to see a roundup of some of the most creative Christmas trees I've ever laid eyes on.

If you're specifically looking for some inspiration on what you should do with your tree to make it feel super unique, you'll find lots of ideas in this video, like rainbow-themed trees, creating a tree with books and even a Christmas tree ladder.

40 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas to Try

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Classic Meets Mod

Mix trendy with traditional. Classic silver and gold ornaments and beaded garland complement a trendy monogram topper on this chic, simple tree. See more of this home from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Photography by David A. Land; styling by Matthew Gleason

Match Your Decor

Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, choose a tree color and theme that fit your design. This beautiful purple and pink flocked tree is a perfect accompaniment to the cool, purple decor in this eclectic living room.

Simple on Top, Bold on Bottom

Let your tree skirt do all the talking. Balance a bold tree skirt, like this beautiful Nordic-inspired design, with minimal tree decor, such as white lights and simple mesh garland. No ornaments necessary. Make this Scandinavian-inspired, no-sew tree skirt.

Go Glam on a Budget

Glam up your holiday decor with a flashy and fun celebrity-inspired tree. Trimmed with mini gold sunburst mirrors and pretty pops of pink and red ornaments, this bright white tree is fit for a superstar. To get this expensive look on a budget, make miniature versions of these DIY sunburst mirrors and reuse them as year-round home decor once the holidays are over.

Photo By: Benjamin Lowy ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

DIY Ornaments

Handcrafted ornaments aren't just for kids. This tree features pretty yet simple ornaments fashioned from twigs, hot glue and white spray paint. For a polished look, pinecones and pretty metallic baubles complement and soften the rustic quality of the handmade decorations. Check out more handmade ornaments.

Blooming Design

Visit your local craft store for an array of similarly-hued silk flowers, like these rich red garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and gerber daisies. Mold the flowers into a lush garland, or scatter throughout the branches with an assortment of well-placed ornaments. Top the tree with a richly textured ribbon for a high-end designer look.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Shiny Baubles

Glass ornaments add a designer touch to any tree whether you want a classic or contemporary look. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Bring Out the Color

Even if you don't embrace color in your everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time of year you can go overboard. Look for ornaments in bold blues, bright greens, pinks and purples and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold for a festive tree that is sure to draw attention.

Make an Individual Statement

Put your passion on display in style. Love Steampunk? Transform vintage and industrial knickknacks into cool ornaments, and finish your tree with a Victorian-style top hat. See more of this Steampunk-inspired tree.

Remember When...

Transform your family's special memories into beautiful ornaments. Snap photos on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies or sports, then print the pictures in sepia or black and white for a vintage look. Place the photos in miniature gilded frames and hang from your tree. Each Christmas you'll be reminded of your family's adventures and favorite memories.

Tags: 
  1. neutral photos

Photo By: Cheswick Photography

Spray-Paint Your Tree

To mimic the bright blue-green hue of peacock feathers, designer Meg Caswell spray-painted the tips of this tree's branches a rich teal hue. Add a touch of whimsy to your own tree with fun painted designs, like white branch tips, top-to-bottom color or an ombre effect. Tip: Choose a non-toxic paint and always apply in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before decorating. 

Truly Patriotic

Deck out your tree in America's hues: red, white and blue. In 2013, this beautiful evergreen sat in the White House's East landing and featured ornaments representing all five military branches. Take an exclusive tour of the White House at Christmas.

Photo By: Joshua Roberts ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

Kids' Tree

A mini tree is a great way to get the kiddos involved this Christmas. After you've finished decorating your tree, help them design a pint-sized version with leftover ornaments and garland. Or get hands-on with DIY decorations, like these button tree ornaments and straw tree topper. Recreate this playful kids’ tree.

Tons of Tinsel

Tinsel is a great way to incorporate sparkle and interest into any tree design. To recreate the subtle charm of this modern, white designer tree, add generous amounts of soft silver and light gold tinsel to branch tips after ornaments and garland are in place. Get 10 tips for creating an all-white Christmas tree.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Perfectly Natural

Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Dried fruit, spices and other natural materials make beautiful, rustic alternatives to traditional ornaments that, when combined, create a delicious holiday fragrance that can be enjoyed all season long. Recreate this aromatic tree.

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Go Mobile

Who says your Christmas tree has to stay put? A galvanized bucket with casters makes a stylish tree container and will allow you to transport your tree to any room in the house. Get room-by-room decorating ideas for mobile Christmas trees.

Put Holiday Cards to Good Use

Sweet Tooth

Add a sweet touch to your tree with holiday candy. To get this whimsical look, use packaged candy with a long shelf life, such as candy canes or lollipops. If you have pets or small children, artificial candy ornaments are a great alternative and will give you a wider range of decorative options. Polish off your sweet design with this DIY candy-inspired tree skirt.

Use Up Your Yarn

Put all of this year's leftover yarn to good use with easy-to-make yarn ball ornaments and bunny tail yarn garland. Paired together on a mini tree, these simple decorations are a chic and pretty addition to your front porch holiday decor. Get the easy step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Picasa ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer

Character Tree

For a simple and quick Christmas decorating solution, transform your tree into a fun holiday character, like this adorable snowman. “First create a snowman head and face from a large, foam floral sphere and place it at the top of the tree,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “Next, add two scarves just below the head. To create the look of coat buttons, line up three to seven black ornaments in the center of the tree. Lastly, give the snowman arms with branches placed roughly two-thirds of the way up on each side.”

Pet Friendly

Due to their natural curiosity, pets LOVE to play with (destroy) Christmas trees. Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to help keep your pets safe and your tree intact. Choose an artificial tree that is under 6 feet tall, and anchor it securely to the wall or floor to avoid toppling. Use flat matte ornaments that are larger in size; they are less attractive to pets than shiny ornaments, and are harder to chew on or swallow. Attach ornaments securely with twist ties and avoid hanging too many on the bottom quarter of the tree. Avoid using tinsel or garland, as pets can easily entangle themselves or choke on swallowed pieces. Lastly, tape down or cover any electrical wires, and always turn the tree off when you aren't in the room. Host a pet-friendly holiday party.

Sounds of the Season

If you prefer simple Christmas decor, dress your tree with a mix of medium and large jingle bells, silver ornaments and red winterberries. This vintage theme never goes out of style and looks great in neutral, rustic or modern-style homes. 

Complementary Colors

Show off the vibrancy of a bold-colored artificial tree with simple ornaments in toned-down, complementary hues. This bright, bubblegum-pink tree is simple and fun when adorned with a light scattering of red, fuschia and pink baubles in soft, matte finishes.

Match the Theme of the Room

When deciding on the perfect decor for your Christmas tree, glean inspiration from the room in which it will live. In a dining room, festive gold and silver flatware ornaments are a chic, easy way to match your holiday place settings.

Put a Bow on It

Match your tree to your gift wrap or vice versa. Designer Laurie March created a bright, unified look by using the same festive blue bows on both the Christmas tree and the gift wrap in this disco-inspired holiday space. 

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Statement Ornament

Amp up your tree's flair and personality by adding a handful of oversized ornaments, like these DIY felt poinsettias. Create graphic focal points by hanging the large-scale ornaments first, then decorate the rest of the tree with small-scale baubles, trinkets and winter berries in complementary hues.

Cluster Small Ornaments Together

"A designer trick for adding depth to your Christmas tree decor is to cluster similar ornaments together then hang them inside the tree and along the tips of branches," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "From a distance the clusters will read much more graphically than tucked and partially-hidden single ornaments, plus they will help fill voids throughout the tree." Get more professional tree-trimming tips.

Advent Calendar Garland

Start a new family tradition by turning your tree in a beautiful, vintage Advent calendar. This handmade garland version is made from printed linen pockets that hold candy or small gifts for each day of the Advent. Make your own with these step-by-step instructions.

Light It Up

Live in an apartment or loft with holiday-decorating restrictions? (Boo!) Bring the bling to your tree in a safe way with battery-operated or plug-in candles, like these gorgeous chandelier candelabras.

Photo By: BlairBunting/Getty Images

Travel the World

Can't get away this Christmas? Transform your home into a luxurious vacation spot with ornaments and decorations sourced from or inspired by your favorite locale. For actor Wayne Brady's Hawaiian-themed holiday home, designer Stacey Vuduris trimmed the tree with starfish, pineapple and tropical flower ornaments, and pretty puka shell garland. 

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Update Natural Accessories

"Update pinecones with holiday flair by lightly misting with white spray paint along the entire body until they take on a snowy, frosted appearance," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "Once dry, layer whitened pinecones onto branches with rope as hangers or simply place loosely throughout the tree."

Forget the Tree Skirt

Mix it up this year by replacing your usual tree skirt with a repurposed container such as a vintage wine crate or galvanized wash tub. To get this antique look, choose a vessel that is proportional to your tree and large enough to create a sturdy base, then place heavy rocks in the bottom for added support. Drape a layer of coordinating fabric between the container and tree for a polished look.

Saturated Color

Go all out with your favorite color this holiday season. Choose ornaments in a variety of sizes, textures and shades of the same hue and arrange on a neutral-hued tree. Complete the look with holiday home decor and gift wrap in the same shades. See more of this home's purple and white Christmas decor.

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Ribbons Galore

Create a fun, eclectic design by tying ribbon to your tree's branches. Place pieces close together in a single, bold shade or, for added flair, arrange in an ombre pattern by using light-colored ribbon at the top then graduating darker shades of the same hue as you move toward the base. Tip: To save money, buy ribbon scraps from your local craft store or save pieces from gifts or crafts throughout the year.

Bright Neutrals

Bright, cheery neutrals are a great fit in almost any interior design, making them ideal for holiday decorating. This crisp, white tree is anything but bland when trimmed with modern parchment-colored ornaments and minimalistic garland. Make a beautiful, modern statement in your home with this easily adaptable, less-is-more approach.

Dark Neutrals

If you aren't a huge fan of white Christmas trees, but still want to try a neutral approach, consider an earth-toned design. On a classic tree, pair copper and metallic ornaments in flat matte or glossy finishes with natural decorations, like pinecones and cinnamon sticks, for a warm, neutral look.

Rustic Scandinavian

When you think of classic Christmas decor, you are likely picturing the rustic simplicity of the Scandinavian style. To get this handmade look, use decorations made from natural materials such as salt dough, basket weave and embroidery in subdued colors. Get more Scandinavian Christmas design tips here.

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DIY Statement Topper

Make a statement with your tree topper—literally. Use wood letters in bright seasonal colors to easily create your own word or phrase. Glue the letters together, then nestle the finished product into your tree's branches or attach with a pipe cleaner to the uppermost bough. Adorn with large snowflake ornaments or brightly-colored ting ting for a fun and unique topper that's sure to start conversation. 

Wrap Lights in Garland

Eliminate a step from your tree decorating routine by combining garland and lights. Simply choose several different fabrics in coordinating patterns and colors, cut them into thin strips, then tie the strips onto a string of Christmas lights until the chord is completely covered. Lace the lighted garland close to your tree's trunk for a subtle effect or attach to branch tips for a bright and bold look.

Decorate Together

Make special memories this Christmas by enlisting family and friends to help make ornaments and decorate the tree. It's a great excuse to for a party and a fun way to get everyone together before the holidays. Check out our tips and tricks for hosting an ornament-making party.

Color Pop Christmas DIYs

If you're all about bright, fun colors, you'll love this collection of holiday decor DIYs.

This young vlogger tackles a super easy Advent calendar project made with your favorite photos and some string, as well as a “Ho Ho Ho” necklace organizer that you could also use for keys or other important items. 

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Green + Brown

Colors seen together in nature always work well in decorating, so don't be afraid to take a cue from Mother Nature. This is especially true when pairing brown and green, two of the most-popular earth tones used in home decor. For sophisticated simplicity, try decorating a green tree using only brown ornaments. Consider using several different shades of green for a layered, multi-toned look when decorating walls and hallways.

Parchment + White

Neutrals are a safe bet in interior design, and they can work just as well for holiday decorating. For understated elegance, consider pairing white with parchment. This less-is-more approach is timeless and easily adaptable.

Parchment + White

Design tip: For greater dimension, throw a metallic into the mix — whether it's silver, gold or bronze. The introduction of the metallic will help break up the tone-on-tone appeal and add layered depth to the overall color scheme.

White + Brown

White and brown is simple, elegant and gender neutral. This combination is also incredibly versatile; add a few accents of blue or red to make it masculine, or add pink for a feminine touch.

Kelly Green + Baby Blue + White

While kelly green is often paired with red for holiday flair, it works surprisingly well in a seasonal sense when paired with baby blue and white. The key to successfully using this color combination is the proper balance of white. With a strong white backdrop, such as a white tree or tablecloth, the color scheme often seen on beach blankets and sailboats can take on a wintry appearance.

Violet + Brown + Bronze + White

Make it masculine! A color combination of violet, brown, bronze and white is a great way to add manly appeal to your home this holiday season. For proper balance, stick with brown and bronze as the dominant colors, with sprinkles of violet for accent, and set it all against a white tree.

Turquoise + White + Parchment

Beige as an accent color? Yep! While turquoise is often paired with jewel tones and metallics in holiday decor, pairing the jewel tone with a muted, neutral tone — such as parchment — is much less expected. This is an excellent way for colorphobes to introduce more saturated hues into their holiday decor without being overwhelmed.

White + Gold

Since the days when frankincense and myrrh were acceptable holiday gifts, gold has been commonly paired with silver and/or violet. To put a contemporary spin on this classic color, consider pairing gold with white. The juxtaposition of gold's warm undertones and white's coolness strikes the perfect balance.

Hot Pink + Lime Green + White + Red

During the past few years, hot pink has become a haute hue for modernist holiday decor and is often paired with silver or gold. To add a little more Yuletide pop, pair hot pink with lime green, red and white.

Bubblegum Pink + Purple

Bubblegum can be used for something other than a dentist's worst nightmare of a stocking stuffer. Lovers of retro and kitsch can put a regal spin on the nostalgic 1950s tone by using bubblegum pink as the dominant color toned down with the dark richness of purple.

Robin's-Egg Blue + Red + White

Midcentury modernists can add vintage flair this holiday season with a color scheme of robin's-egg blue, red and white. In the 1950s, decorators paired robin's-egg blue with olive green and/or red-orange. By pairing the hue with red and white, the beloved color takes on an entirely new identity as a contemporary holiday classic.

Teal + Red + White

Thanks in part to candy canes and Kriss Kringle's wardrobe, red and white is one of the most iconic holiday color combinations; depending on how you pair it, though, the classic combo can be totally fresh and fun. Consider using teal as your dominant color this holiday season, with traces of red and white as accents.

White Wonderland Tour

We jump from crazy color to a white wonderland Christmas theme. This successful interior designer lives in San Diego, Calif., but she's decked out her home in true winter wonderland style for the holidays.

The designer takes us through her house room-by-room to share all of her best Christmas decorating tips. In her entryway, she shares a fun snowflake garland/mobile with simple string and LED lights that make a big impact. She also shares some great decorating ideas for your staircase banister.

10 Tips for Creating an All-White Christmas Tree

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Try an All-White Holiday Theme

In keeping with its understated, elegant decorating style, the living room features an eight-foot-tall artificial tree completely decorated in shades of white, cream, dove gray and silver.

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Layer Various Shades of White

What sets white-on-white Christmas trees apart from others is their restrained use of color, relying on different tints and shades of the same hue rather than complementary or contrasting colors.

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Add Length With Yarn

Layers can help widen, lengthen or even add reflective qualities to Christmas trees. To add length, consider draping strands of yarn along the branches. When choosing yarn, it's best to look for styles featuring shades of white and cream which are slightly off from the coloring of the tree. The yarn will also help fill the gaps between branches, resulting in more fullness.

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Fill In With Tulle

Tulle is a decorator's secret for adding fullness to a Christmas tree. To do this effectively, purchase approximately three yards of tulle, cut into eight-inch squares, then stuff each square into any visible gaps between the branches. In addition to adding fullness, the tulle will also introduce texture.

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Keep the Look Cohesive

Once the tree is decorated, choose wrapping papers, ribbons and bows in different shades of white to carry the tree's look down to its coordinated gifts. Here, a combination of white, gray and silver wrapping paper and metallic ribbon are used to keep the gifts cohesively layered.

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Dress Up Gifts

While many styles of white wrapping paper feature patterns, plain white kraft or butcher paper are more simplistic alternatives. To help keep focus on the tree, consider mixing in plain white wrapped gifts dressed up with metallic bows and ribbon.

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Update Natural Accessories

Update pinecones with holiday flair by lightly misting with white spray paint along the entire body until they take on a snowy, frosted appearance. Once dry, layer whitened pinecones onto branches either with rope added as hangers or simply placed loosely throughout the tree.

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Add Metallic Accents

Metallic accents on an all-white tree create a stunning play on light, and they also add elegance. During the day, silver or gold ornaments add a cool, sparkling effect. At night when a Christmas tree is lit artificially, the metallic accents cast a warm glow onto the tree.

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Use Textured Ornaments

A key element in the success of an all-white Christmas tree is the use of textural ornaments to break up the monochromaticity. Although it's ideal to stick with organic ornaments in shades of white, cream and dove gray, natural tones such as greige or parchment work, too.

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Mix In Gifts

When wrapped boxes are added around the base of a tree, they can take over and detract from the tree itself. To keep below-the-tree decor balanced, it's wise to mix in large, unwrapped gifts with interesting shapes that break up the linearity of rectangular and square boxes.

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Hit the Lights

When it's time to light up the tree, white twinkle lights will emit a warm glow throughout the living room, resulting in a cozy, seasonal ambiance.

Christmas Clearance Haul

If you're not necessarily looking to get your DIY game on this holiday season, then this video is chock full of inexpensive decor items you can find at Target in their famous Dollar Spot section.

This vlogger used a lumberjack theme which incorporated plaids, burlap and wood. She also shares some fun gift wrap ideas, as well as suggestions for gifts to share with your kids' teachers.

Big Box Christmas Decor

Blogger Carly Cristman shares an apartment tour where she spills the details on where she purchased all of her decorations for this year's decorating bonanza. Everything came from big box stores such as Target, Pier 1, Home Goods, World Market, Z Gallerie and K-Mart. So if you'd rather skip the DIYs and just go straight to the decorating, tune into this video for loads of inspiration.

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