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100 Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

October 31, 2023

Trim your tree in style with easy DIY projects, design tips and unique color palettes from the holiday decorating pros.

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Photo: David Tsay. From: HGTV Magazine.

Christmas Tree Decor Ideas We Love

Are you ready to shake things up this holiday season? Whether you want to try out a brand new Christmas tree theme or are just looking for new ways to use the decorations you already have, our pro-level decorating tips and tricks are here to help. Find expert ornament-hanging ideas, new ways to use ribbon, tree topper inspiration and how to incorporate unexpected objects (like gingerbread houses!) into your tree design. Break out the real or faux tree (extra points if it's flocked), gather up your sparkliest ornaments and keep reading to learn how to decorate your Christmas tree like a pro.

First up: Enlist the whole family to join in on the decorating fun and make holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Here, an extra-large tree ensures plenty of decorating space for every member of HGTV star Luke Caldwell's big family. See how he decorated his home for the holidays at the link below.

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Photo: Marian Parsons

Trim Like a Pro

Pro tip: Pair your ribbon with garland or trim in a complementary color and contrasting texture. For example, match up a cream wool pom-pom garland with a gray velvet ribbon, then secure the ribbon and trim together with a twist tie or pipe cleaner before attaching to the branches. Get more pro tips, plus copy this look with our top designer decorating tips below.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Double the Cheer

Two trees are better than one, right? To make a statement in the huge living room of HGTV Dream Home 2021, two oversized flocked trees create a snowy white base for ornaments to shine. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn incorporated red, white and blue ball ornaments in different shapes, sizes and textures throughout both trees, breaking up the monotony with the occasional snow globe, mini wooden house or curly floral pick.

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Photo: Balsam Hill, Design by Brad Schmidt

Winter Wishes

Holiday design expert Brad Schmidt decorated this wintry, whimsical Christmas tree in soft blush, gold and ivory ornaments from Balsam Hill. "The soft color palette of the Winter Wishes Ornament Set not only looks great on the tree but as a centerpiece," he says. "Insert ornaments in clear cylinders or bowls of different sizes to add a beautiful interior accent. Battery-operated microlights are a fun way to brighten up the piece."

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