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Beginners Guide to Christmas Tree Decorating

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Snow will be falling and blanketing everything in a beautiful, white wonderland (at least here in Utah). Scents of cinnamon, vanilla and baked goodies are fuming from kitchens. Family is coming into town and you are hosting Christmas dinner… hence the pressure to have the perfect Christmas tree on display. I love the holidays and I love all of the decorations. But sometimes that task of Christmas tree decorating can be daunting! Read on to see my beginners guide to the ultimate, spectacular Christmas tree decorating. (affiliate links)

Beginners Guide to Christmas Tree Decorating

DIY Christmas Tree Decorating


  • Picking out a tree – Whether you are purchasing a tree from a farm, cutting one down yourself, or opting for an artificial tree – the main objective is that you want it to look good in the space you have. In my opinion, trees look better when they are fuller and taller, but not so tall that the top hits your ceiling.
  • Choose your theme – This year I opted for a beautiful red and white theme. I love that I can change it up every year.
  • Add lights – If your tree doesn’t have lights already in it, it will be up to you to put them in. There are many methods to wrap them whether it be individual wrapping branches or just winding around the tree. You do want to make sure that everything is tucked in so the cords aren’t very visible.
  • Add ribbon or bead strands – I do have my red ribbon doubled up. I wanted to create a waterfall look so I started at the top and stuffed my ribbon in as I moved down the tree. I used 4 red ribbons around the tree. Next, I also added white ribbon in the tree a little deeper than the red. Ribbons and bead strands are fun and you can place them horizontally or vertically to change up your look. My red ribbon is similar to this ribbon. However, if you are going with more of a farmhouse style then this burlap ribbon is a better option!
  • Add big items – I added my pinecone balls and red berry balls. There is nothing that says you only have to stick to classic round ball ornaments. Adding fun variety that matches your theme is key! Big bows can also be a fun option.
  • Add flocking branches – I don’t have a flocked tree because my husband hates them! So… we compromised and I added in some individual branches with flocking on them to give my tree just a touch of the snowed look. Adding in branches is also a great trick to use if your tree is lacking in the fuller department.
  • Add color – I used branches of red berries to stick into the tree. I love to have things poking out to create more dimension. Berry branches are perfect for that and for adding color. You can usually find these at your local craft store for pretty cheap. Ornaments are also great to add, but try to change them up by using different shaped ornaments instead of classic orb shapes. I also added in my red flowers, and some adorable snowflake cutouts that we sell in our shop.
  • Add a tree topper – For some reason I think trees look very empty if you don’t have it full around the top. Tree toppers are a great option and it doesn’t just have to be a traditional star or an angel. I used my handwritten merry and bright sign that is available in our shop.
  • Add packages underneath – I feel like a tree isn’t complete unless gifts are included underneath. You can wrap your packages to go along with your decor! This wrapping paper is similar to the gingham paper I used. I also used a similar gold wrapping paper here. This candy cane swirl also matches my decor as well as if you are going for the striped look. I also almost always prefer to tie ribbon on my packages instead of bows. If ribbons and bows aren’t your thing, I also have used my small Christmas word cutouts and tied them on top of my packages. You can pick these up unfinished in a bundle of 5 here.

Remember to take your time and move things around until you get it just perfect.



DIY Christmas Tree Decorating

Happy Christmas tree decorating!



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