Whether your holiday decorating style is traditional or anything but, these ideas will help you spice things up. From unexpected themes and surprising colors to eye-popping ornaments and vintage accents, here are the freshest ways to decorate a Christmas tree.
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Eclectic Family Photo Christmas Tree
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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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 stuck with simple ornaments in both neutral and metallic tones. 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 is you can always get it spruced up for Christmas.
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Candy Land Christmas Tree
From candy canes to lollipops, the tree features lots of elements from the classic game. Check out the gummy bear tree topper.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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DIY Paper Ornaments
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. The origami gemstones are neon card stock.
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 about $15.
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Pom-Pom Christmas Ornaments
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 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. The finishing touch is the tiny TARDIS.Continue to 9 of 33 below.
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Minimalist Christmas Tree
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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Five Easy Steps to a Perfect Tree
First, add twinkling lights—it doesn't matter if they're white or colorful. Next, fill gaps or holes between the branches with filler. Examples of the latter include frosted stems or floral sprays. Afterward, wrap garland or if you prefer 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
The holidays can feel pretty magical. That's 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.Continue to 13 of 33 below.
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Floral Christmas Tree
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.Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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Plaid Christmas TreeContinue to 21 of 33 below.
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Less Is More Christmas Tree
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
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. See the large gold snowflakes? The bloggers say they were perfect for filling all of the empty spots between branches.
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Nordic-Inspired Christmas TreeContinue to 25 of 33 below.
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DIY Dinosaur Ornaments
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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DIY Rose Gold Christmas Tree
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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Fake a Barn Wood Tree StandContinue to 29 of 33 below.
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Ice Cream-Themed Christmas Tree
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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Halloween for Christmas
Yes, the Halloween Christmas tree is a thing. As you might have already guessed, many decorated trees similar to this spooky tree by blogger Jennifer Perkins are put up in October and left in place until January.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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Turquoise and White Christmas Tree
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 lovely ornaments in various shades of turquoise and white.