1 Christmas Tree, 6 Different Ways
Take your tree to the next level this holiday season with one of these designer themes.
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October 26, 2016
All things natural make this tree a perfect choice for a family who loves cooking, the outdoors and living organically. Every decor element is a DIY project so gather the kids to make garlands and hanging orange slices that will make your tree beautiful and smell even better.
For the cranberry and popcorn garlands, thread a long piece of embroidery floss onto a long embroidery needle. Thread the cranberries or freshly popped popcorn onto the floss until the garland is long enough to wrap around your tree a few times. To add fresh fruit to your tree, bake orange slices in a 200 degree oven for three to four hours until they're fully dried and use ornament hooks to hang them on the tree.
My favorite holiday scent is cinnamon. All you need to decorate your tree with this yummy scent are cinnamon sticks, some twine, and an hour. Wrap a group of four sticks with the twine. Hang on your tree with a shorter piece of twine.
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Modern Black + White
For a contemporary home full of solid colors, clean lines and bright light, a Christmas tree decorated in a modern black and white aesthetic will fit in perfectly. The contrasting colors look great as solid ornaments, patterned ornaments and patterned ribbons. Simply purchase all solid black and all solid white ornaments. Add your own personality with a paint pen and some fun ribbon.
Modern Black + White
Pick up a few black paint pens at your local craft store. Draw geometric designs onto solid white ornaments. Try polka dots, stripes and even hearts. This is a great project to get the kids involved too. They’ll love to see their creations hang on the tree. Black and white ribbon is an easy way to add some personality and texture to the tree. Instead of wrapping it our the tree in a traditional manner, cut small sections of the ribbon and drape it over single branches here and there.
Snow covered trees, the crisp winter air, firewood crackling in the fire place. If that sounds like your perfect Christmas night, then consider decorating your tree with a woodland theme. Natural elements, such as DIY wood burned ornaments and handmade wooden garland, are right at home next to plaid ribbon and burlap texture.
For the wood burned ornaments: gather some wooden branch slices, a wood burning tool, ribbon or twine and a hot glue gun. Start by wood burning whimsical snowflake motifs into each wood slice and hot glue the ribbon onto the front and back of the wood to create an ornament. For the woodsy garland, simply hot glue red and white bakers twine in between two tiny slices of wood. Continue to hot glue the slices along the length of the twine until you have enough to wrap around your tree a few times. Finish off the bottom of the tree with a natural burlap tree skirt and gifts wrapped in plaid and kraft paper.
Do you love color? Do you have less than an hour to decorate your tree? Than this colorful Christmas tree is for you. Start by purchasing a variety of solid colored ribbons. You’ll need a lot, so buy in bulk at your local craft store. First, decorate your tree with colorful lights and then wrap the ribbon whimsically around the tree from the top to the bottom. Have fun with the ribbon on your gifts too by tying multiple ribbons around the same gift.
Instead of the traditional star, continue the fun feel of this design with a disco ball at the top of the tree.
This ombre tree is an updated look to a monochromatic style. To decorate your tree like this one, pick one hue (I chose teal). Hang ornaments on your tree going from light on the top to dark on the bottom, which creates the ombre effect. Finish off the look with a long, wired, ombre ribbon. Place crisply wrapped gifts in the same colors as your ornaments underneath the tree.
DIY your own ombre ornaments in a few simple steps. Gather clear glass ball ornaments and a variety of shades of teal acrylic paint. Take the top off of the ornament, squirt in the paint and swirl it around to cover the inside. Let the ornament dry upside down overnight. The next day, hang the ornaments on your tree from light to dark to make an ombre, monochromatic look.
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