Creating the perfect Christmas scene can be overwhelming, especially when you’re starting from scratch. Here’s a general outline I use when decorating my family tree.
My top places for Christmas tree decor are Hobby Lobby, Micheals, and At Home. Hobby Lobby has literally done most of the work for you by categorizing all their ornaments by color. It makes it super easy to pick out what you’re looking for. Michaels is great too but has a smaller selection (They do have a great unique selection of garlands though). At Home is also organized by color. They also have a wide variety to choose from. That being said, I will try to link as much as I can find. Those stores don’t have the greatest websites but I will do my best to link dupes of what I can find.
A. The Tree
Find your tree! I love tall trees but not fat trees. I think the slender look is sleek and sophisticated. So I opted for a pencil tree. The area where the tree would go in my home was not very large so a pencil tree was right up my alley. I also got a pre-lit flocked tree to light up the space. Though it is SUPERRR messy, having a flocked tree is worth it. It looks amazing and also bulks up the tree a bit.
Choose what type of theme you are wanting to do. I knew I wanted a mix of golds, coppers, and rose golds. I added neutrals like white, black, and mercury to balance it out. I try to avoid a tree where all the ornaments are solely one specific color family.
Once your theme is chosen, consider what type of Garland you would like. There’s so many options to choose from for instance, ribbons make gorgeous garlands. Last Christmas, I knew I wanted something plush but, at the time I could not find a Garland I liked that was within my price range. I discovered the idea of using dollar tree dust pads to make one. They were cheap and I could customize the placement easier than a traditional Garland. Plus they gave me the look I was going for. You can sew them into a Garland but I chose not to. When applying your Garland, sure the pattern is uniform as much as possible throughout the tree. Try your best to match the spacing between each placement. It doesn’t have to be perfect but we do want rhythm.
I suggest everyone add some kind of stem to your tree unless you are going for a sparse look like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Stems are such great fillers. When choosing, pick something neutral or a color that matches your theme. I did both, White and gold. Some stems come in branches. I cut mine into smaller pieces so they would be easier to pop into the tree. It also dispersed the colors better.
Ok this is my favorite part! I categorize my ornaments as filler or intricate. My philosophy is pick a handful of unique and intricate ornament sets then fill in with basic ones. This looks great and can save you money. The intricate ornaments don’t have to come in large sets. Mine range from 3-4 per set and I have a total of 6. My filler ornaments come in sets ranging from 4-50. In the end, you want a variety of sizes, textures, finishes, and colors of your ornaments. Have fun with it. That’s what differentiates a basic tree from an eye catching one.
F. Tree skirt
I DIY’d my tree skirt with plush white fabric from Joann’s last year. This was just a temporary fix because frankly, I wasn’t about to spend $50 on a tree skirt so I duped it the best I could. I plan on buying an official one after Christmas. Instead of measuring, cutting, and sewing it to fit my tree. I did it the lazy way and just smocked it around the base of my tree (which I don’t recommend lol). I did this because I knew it would be temporary. Any who, get a tree skirt that fits your theme. I prefer something neutral that way if you ever change up your tree the skirt will still match. I’m really loving the tree collar trend as well.
G. Tree topper
I attempted multiple tree toppers but they just did not look right for the look I was going for. My favorite are the modern looking stars like the one below. A well-dressed tree will look good with or without one though.
Lastly, choose a tree and theme the fits your space. You don’t want a huge tree and in a tiny room or a red-themed tree when there is nothing else red in the entire room. You get the just of what I mean. Balance, scale, and rhythm are what make decorations pleasing to the eye.