33 Festive Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree

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The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

Your Christmas tree is the centerpiece of all of your holiday decor, so transform it into a masterpiece. Although shades of red and green always have a place in traditional holiday decor, there's no law that says your tree has to feature those classic colors nor any of the traditional holiday symbols, such as stars, reindeer, Santa Claus, or snowman. From classic to creative, take inspiration from these festive holiday trees.

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    Eclectic Family Photo Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree decorated with blue ribbon.
    White House Black Shutters

    On this festive family tree decorated by Anne Marie at White House Black Shutters, mini clothespins transform Polaroid-inspired printouts into Christmas ornaments. Even if you are a sucker for tinsel garland, you might admire how the blogger ditched the old standby for blue shibori​​ ribbon.

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    Scandinavian Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree decorated with simple decorations and a few presents underneath it.
    Happy Grey Lucky

    A few homey touches give this holiday tree by Sina at Happy Grey Lucky a Nordic twist. For starters, she didn't use garland. She also decorated with simple ornaments in both neutral and metallic tones. Finally, instead of going with a traditional tree skirt, she placed her evergreen in a decorative basket. It just goes to show no matter how small your space, you can always get it spruced up for Christmas.

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    Rainbow Christmas Tree

    White Christmas tree with colorful ornaments, situated near a white fireplace and two stockings.
    Pencil Shavings Studio

    If you have a small child or frisky pet, glass ornaments are not an option for your holiday tree. Instead, consider colorful paper decorations—typically reserved for children's birthday parties—which make snazzy ornaments on this rainbow-themed Christmas tree by Rachel at Pencil Shavings Studio.

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    Candy Land Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree decorated with candy.
    Lines Across

    If the board game Candy Land makes you miss being a kid, this sweet Christmas tree by Rachel at Lines Across will undoubtedly evoke those nostalgic feelings. From candy canes to lollipops ad even a gummy bear tree topper, the tree features the sweet elements from the classic game.

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    Sewing-Themed Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree adorned with sewing supplies, including bobbins, buttons, thread, and measuring tape.
    Jonathan Fong Style

    Sewing supplies make adorable ornaments for this tiny Christmas tree decorated by Jonathan at Jonathan Fong Style. A yellow fabric tape measure makes the perfect garland, while wooden spools of thread and large buttons both add pops of color. Finally, gold bobbins bring the sparkle to the tree.

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    DIY Paper Ornaments

    Christmas tree with paper ornaments.
    Deirdre Sullivan

    If you're the crafty type (or have children who love an art project), check out this Christmas tree tricked out with these DIY decorations. To make the double-sided ball or snowflake ornaments, you'll need colorful scrapbooking paper and lever punches. While the white garland isn't homemade, it's a thrifty decorating hack worth stealing. You can find this 32-foot plastic security chain online for less than $20.

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    Pom-Pom Christmas Ornaments

    White Christmas tree with pom-pom decorations near wooden stairs.
    Smile and Wave

    If your yarn stash is overflowing, here's a needle-free way to thin your stockpile. These colorful pom-pom ornaments by Rachel Denbow at Smile and Wave were whipped up with leftover yarn. The only tools you'll need to follow her lead are scissors and a large pom-pom maker.

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    "Doctor Who" Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree decorated with galaxy-type decorations.
    Shrimp Salad Circus

    Christmas is a fantastic time to celebrate the things you love. This galaxy-inspired holiday tree by Lindsay at Shrimp Salad Circus does just that—the spectacular centerpiece is a nod to the blogger's favorite science fiction TV show, "Doctor Who." Lindsay used spray paint to change the color of her artificial green tree. Next, she painted a bunch of round ornaments with swirls of color. The tree topper is a paper party decoration, and the finishing touch is the tiny TARDIS.

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    Rustic Christmas Tree

    Vintage-inspired Christmas tree near a window.
    Funky Junk Interiors

    You don't need much to recreate this rustic holiday tree by Donna at Funky Junk Interiors. A vintage crate conceals the unattractive tree stand, while metallic ornaments, balls of tangled twine, and a jute rope (instead of traditional garland) dress up the centerpiece.

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    Minimalist Christmas Tree

    Minimalist Christmas tree with candle lights.
    My Scandinavian Home

    Simple brass ornaments and real candles adorn this minimally decorated Christmas tree by Niki Brantmark at My Scandinavian Home. The blogger says while the candles are a beautiful touch before lighting, make sure they're not near anything flammable, including branches and other decorations. Also, never leave burning candles unattended and, in case of emergency, keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

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    A Classic Tree

    Christmas tree with silver decorations.

    Decorating a Christmas tree is a snap with these five easy steps, according to Cassity at Remodelaholic. First, add twinkling lights—it doesn't matter if they're white or colorful. Next, fill gaps or holes between the branches with filler, such as frosted stems or floral sprays. Afterward, wrap garland or ribbon around the tree starting at the top. Now you're ready for the most gratifying part—hanging your ornaments. The last step is adding a tree skirt.

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    Unicorn Christmas Tree Topper

    Christmas tree with unicorn tree topper.
    Mr. Kate

    The holidays can feel pretty magical, which is why this unicorn Christmas tree tutorial by Mr. Kate suits this time of year perfectly. The project decks out an artificial rose gold tree with multicolored lights, pastel ornaments, and a DIY unicorn horn topper.

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    Christmas Hack

    Christmas tree near stairs with a scarf base.
    Heathered Next

    Who doesn't love a good holiday decorating hack? This holiday hack by Heather at Heathered Nest uses inexpensive scarves as Christmas tree garland. It adds a luxe look to a glamorous Christmas tree.

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    Blue Christmas Tree

    Gradient Christmas tree with blue ornaments.
    Inspired by Charm

    If you're looking for a tree of a different color, consider this navy blue tree decorated by Michael at Inspired by Charm. Glass ornaments in various shades of both blue and green are arranged to create a radient effect.

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    Budget-Friendly Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree with Dollar Tree ornaments
    The Crazy Craft Lady

    Decorating a Christmas tree on a skimpy budget is possible with wallet-friendly ideas by Aimee at The Crazy Craft Lady. The garland and tree skirt were both made out of inexpensive burlap fabric, and her tree pairs perfectly with her fireplace mantle.  

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    Floral Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree adorned with colorful flowers.
    Sugar Bee Crafts

    Covering your holiday tree in beautiful blooms is a surprisingly festive way to celebrate the holidays. This floral masterpiece by Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts wraps craft store flowers around a pre-lit tree.

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    Holiday Felt Garland

    Christmas tree with felt garland.
    Make Great

    Add a homey touch to your Christmas tree with a homemade ornament. If you have a sewing machine, you can make this festive garland by Make Great. To save time, use pre-cut felt.

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    How to Flock a Christmas Tree

    A completed flocked Christmas tree near a side table and lamp.
    Ella Claire & Co.

    Give your artificial green tree a top-to-bottom makeover with this DIY flocking tutorial by Ella Claire & Co. To apply the self-adhesive flocking powder, you'll need a baking sifter and a spray bottle filled with water.

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    Less Is More Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree with silver garland and ornaments near a window.
    Homey Oh My

    The idea behind this Christmas tree decorated by Amy at Homey Oh My is "less is more." The blogger kept the decorations to three different styles of ornaments. The result is a tree that oozes understated elegance. Notice the gift wrap? The blogger repurposed the discarded pages from her Stendig calendar.

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    White and Gold Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree decorated in white and gold and near a white fireplace.
    Crafting Chicks

    A mix of white and metallic ornaments give this elegant holiday tree by the ladies at the Crafting Chicks beautiful dimension by breaking up the greenery. The large gold snowflakes are perfect for filling all of the empty spots between branches.

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    Mid-Century Modern Christmas Tree

    Pastel Feliz Navidad tree with presents underneath.
    Pretty Providence

    Change things up this year with a mid-century modern tree like this one by Sarah at Pretty Providence. To create a colorful centerpiece that doesn't feel overwhelming, she combined retro metallic decorations with pretty pastel ornaments.

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    Nordic-Inspired Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree with one strand of lights and one circular ornament.
    Be Love Live

    This Nordic-inspired Christmas tree by Liz at Be Love Live takes a cue from Mother Nature by combining beautiful greenery with a few simple, natural wood accents.

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    DIY Dinosaur Ornaments

    Christmas tree with blue dinosaur ornament.
    Rad + the Rest

    Tiny toys and miniature figures, which you can pick up for cheap at most dollar stores, make surprisingly adorable Christmas decorations. Case in point, this DIY dinosaur ornament by Kari at Rad + the Rest. To make the teensy creature stand out, the blogger painted it a metallic shade of blue.

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    Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree with farmhouse decor.
    Love Grows Wild

    This modern farmhouse Christmas tree by Liz at Love Grows Wild puts a modern twist on traditional holiday decorating. The trick is to mix simple, oversized ornaments with natural textures. Here, large white baubles dangle between pine cones and burlap ribbon.

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    DIY Rose Gold Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree adorned in rose gold and clear ornaments.
    Little Inspiration

    Break out the spray paint for this gorgeous rose gold Christmas tree project by Angie at Little Inspiration. Because her artificial tree was green, the first step was applying a white primer. Afterward, it took 10 cans of rose gold spray paint to get the desired result. Finally, for a stunningly modern effect, she sprinkled on inexpensive clear ornaments.

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    Ice Cream-Themed Christmas Tree

    Pink ice cream-themed Christmas tree with ice cream ornaments.

    If you love ice cream (and honestly who doesn't?) share your love for the frozen concoction with this sugary sweet Christmas tree idea by Krys at Melodrama. Her single scoop creations are crumbled tissue paper placed into authentic sugar cones and adorable ice cream cups.

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    Soft Christmas Decorations

    Child-friend-Christmas tree near a couch and mounted map.

    Create a child-friendly tree with soft ornaments. This starry night tree decorated by Artemis Russell at Junkaholique features white feathers, fluffy pom-poms, paper stars, and handmade felt ornaments.

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    Colorful White Christmas Tree

    Colorful white Christmas tree with colorful ornaments.
    Lolly Jane

    Disrupt your red and green decorating routine by embracing bold hues. This splashy display by Kelli and Kristi at Lolly Jane brings on the color with oversized ornaments that pop against a bright white Christmas tree.

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    Turquoise and White Christmas Tree

    Skinny Christmas tree decorated in white and turqoise.
    All Things With Purpose

    This skinny pencil tree decorated by Sarah Lemp at All Things With Purpose doesn't skimp on holiday style. Instead of sticking with holiday decorations in traditional colors, the blogger decked out her display with ornaments in various shades of turquoise and white.