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How To Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like A Pro

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It’s easier than you think to decorate your Christmas Tree like a pro with these easy tips and tricks.

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While I’m not a professional tree decorator by any means, I definitely have a passion for decorating Christmas trees. I totally get this from my Mom.

We would spend hours adding tinsel to our family Christmas tree when I was a kid. Do you remember the days of tinsel?  

Our tree ended up silver instead of green! While I no longer decorate with tinsel, I do love a good vintage tinsel tree! In fact, I just ordered a beautiful Vintage Tinsel Tree as an early Christmas present to myself.

It’s silver and will totally make me think of my mom whenever I look at it. I plan to keep it in my bedroom and may even decorate it for all the holidays!

In addition to decorating our own Christmas trees over the past thirty or so years, I’ve also been hosting a Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop for the past three years.

I’ve learned so much from the talented bloggers who join in so I thought I would share some of those tips with you. 

Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like A Pro

1. Decide On A Color Scheme

The first thing I do is decide on a color scheme. It does not have to be expensive to change out your colors from year to year.

Simply changing the color of the ribbon and inexpensive ball ornaments can completely change the look of a tree.

Here is a tree that I decorated in a farmhouse style with silver and white as the main colors:

silver and white farmhouse style tree

That same exact tree was used last year, but decorated in a blush and metallics color scheme:

blush and metallics christmas tree

It looks completely different, doesn’t it? A lot of the same ornaments were used, like the silver ornament balls and the pretty blown glass pine cones.

By just adding gold ribbon and inexpensive pink ornaments I was able to give it a completely different look.

2. Use Oversized Fillers, Ribbon And Ornaments

Probably the biggest tip I’ve learned is to use large florals like poinsettias to fill in any holes in the tree. These make such a statement and can really set the tone of the tree.

Add faux floral picks that you can get in craft stores at deep discount this time of year and at after Christmas sales.

Also, layers of ribbon in different widths and designs really make a tree. See my Tips for adding ribbon HERE.

I just shared my elegant flocked Christmas tree in shades of navy, aqua and silver:

blue tree decor


The poinsettias and picks really add dimension and texture to the tree. 

3. Add Handmade Or Unique Ornaments.

If you are not a crafter, I totally get that, but you can purchase handmade ornaments at craft fairs or on Etsy. They really make a tree unique and you can tailor them to a specific theme or memory.

Because I love crafting, I try to make at least two or three new ornaments each year. 

You can see the handmade ornaments I’ve made over the years, or at least the ones since I started blogging. So many are much easier than you think.

I just finished up these farmhouse style ornaments using adorable tobacco baskets from Oriental Trading:

tobacco basket ornaments

These were so easy to make, but are just adorable. Here is what you need:

Simply give the baskets a light coat of white paint, then hot glue the trees and figurines. They are perfect for a farmhouse style tree and would make cute gifts for teachers too!

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4. Use A Tree Collar or Basket For The Tree Base.

One thing that has been extremely popular over the past few years are tree collars or bases. You can use baskets, DIY collars and boxes.

They are so clean and look great with any style tree. 

This is my first year using a tree collar and I love it! I chose to go with a sea grass tree collar, as I loved the farmhouse feel to it.

But I was really torn between this one and the galvanized metal ones.

 tree collar

With these simple tips, you will have a gorgeous Christmas tree that you will love! The main tip I always say no matter what you are decorating or painting, is to have fun with it. 

Please PIN the below image:

decorate your tree like a pro

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Sophie Rundle

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Stunning and very helpful ..... Thank you for sharing your idea's with us all ..... Merry Christmas To You And Yours <3


Saturday 14th of December 2019

Tree collars and floral picks are tips I need to use for next year. Those tobacco basket ornaments are adorable!


Monday 9th of December 2019

These are really good tips, I hope to find some florals and branches for the tree next year.

Colleen Pausley

Sunday 8th of December 2019

Hi Michelle! Your tree is gorgeous! I'm loving the blue and white. I also love your adorable handmade ornaments. Thanks again for putting the hop together. You do an amazing job!


Saturday 7th of December 2019

Great tip on decorating a tree without changing out all the ornaments. This was my first blog hop and I enjoyed visiting your posts and pinning each one.

Merry Christmas!

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