The tree is up, the bulging boxes of decorations have been brought down from the attic, and your tree is staring at you, waiting to be dressed. Shiny glass orbs, glittery stars, and candy canes are holiday standards and certainly lend a timeless appeal. But you may want to rethink that cascading string of popcorn and take your tree from classic to modern with these 10 unique tree-trimming arrangements.
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to have just one tree. Sure, it’s tradition, but more and more décor gurus are incorporating a multiple tree theme for a fun and dynamic Christmas focal point. Place small trees of different heights near each and decorate each in a complementary color scheme, then let your creativity take care of the rest!
For a modern twist on a classic decoration, add painted pinecones to create your own color scheme while complementing the texture of your tree. You can buy painted pinecones at any craft store, or put your family to work and paint your own pinecones for a crafty Christmas tradition.
If you happen to be a fan of vintage items or you have a keen eye when it comes to antiquing, decorating your tree with retro décor is a distinctive way to incorporate your taste into the holidays. Strings of faux pearls, pale pastel brooches and vintage ribbon can take your tree from classic to vintage with very little effort.
Galvanized Bucket Stand
Pinterest is rife with great tree decorating ideas. We spotted a number of pins with people using a galvanized bucket as a tree stand instead of the old blanket covered in pine needles. A metal bucket is a great accessory if you’re aiming for a rustic, country Christmas look. A burlap bow is the perfect finishing touch.
There really is something to be said for simplicity. Using just one kind of decoration, such as the painted pinecones, actually makes a powerful decorative statement. If pinecones aren’t your style, opt for an assortment of glass bulbs. Glass is beautiful on its own but really dazzles when it catches the light from your fireplace.
Lifestyle website SheKnows.com has a great idea to get Father Time to help decorate your tree. Adorn the branches with small, vintage clocks for a unique and timeless (pun intended) feel. You don’t have to set the time, but the clock faces, watches, and even paper timefaces will gently remind your guests that the end of the year is approaching.
Many craft stores carry large, colorful foam letters, which make for fun and educational tree decor. If you have Kindergarteners or new readers running around, decorating the tree with big letters can keep them entertained and reinforce their recognition of letters and words through the holiday break. Opt for one color or a set of complementary colors to make the letters a unique way to show off their reading skills—and your tree.
Looking for an easy way to get the family involved in a holiday project? Paper cutouts are a beautiful and simple adornment. Shapes of doves, stars, candy canes, and Santa hats are just a few ideas to use, but feel free to incorporate your family’s favorite shapes. Use pages from books to delight bibliophiles and place lights behind the print for unique way to highlight your shapes.
Talk about choices. Feathers come in more colors, sizes, and patterns than you can think of. Head to your local craft store and pick up as many as you can handle, because more is more for this fun and flirty tree decor. Weave in some complementary colored ribbon, and your tree will be the most fabulous thing to ever come from a forest.
Go bold or go home, right? There’s something magical about an all-white tree. Use a mix of textures for a sophisticated feel that’s reminiscent of snow. White glass ornaments, white garland, and white lights can be simple but strikingly beautiful.
No matter what motif you choose, SampleHouse has a variety of ornaments, tree-toppers, and accessories to make your Christmas tree stand out from the pack.