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5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

November 23, 2018
by Michael

Seasonal Decor

Decorating Christmas trees is near the top of my list of favorite things to do during the holidays. For the past several years on my blog, I’ve been sharing one or two trees every year. That’s a lot of trees and a lot of ornaments.

Today I thought you might enjoy a look at my latest tree along with some ideas for crafting a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Let’s get to it!

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

1. Pick a Theme
I’ve shared this advice before. I’m convinced that starting with a theme or color palette makes decorating easier because it guides subsequent choices. For this tree, my inspiration came from a collection of glass Santa ornaments I found at HomeGoods. (Don’t you love the HomeGoods ornament section? It’s always fun to check out the latest merch!)

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

Those Santa ornaments got me got my creative juices flowing. First, the vintage look of the ornaments made me a bit nostalgic for bygone Christmases. Second, the bright pops of red in many of the Santa ornaments gave me the vision of a classic tree decorated mostly in reds.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

2. Start with a Ribbon
I often like to put ribbon on my Christmas trees. It’s a way to add movement, softness, and texture. I also think it gives you decorating bang for your buck. Using ribbon, you can create visual impact and fill dead space in your tree without spending that much money.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

If you’ve struggled with putting ribbon on a tree, I have a tutorial (with a video) on my blog. You can find that post by clicking here. Adding ribbon is doable once you know a few easy tricks.

3. Get Lots of Ornaments
I prefer a tree with oodles of ornaments. While I don’t want my Christmas trees to appear cluttered, I do like them to look full. If you’re of the same mind on this, just remember you’ll probably need more ornaments than you think.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

As I mentioned above, HomeGoods is one of my go-to places for reasonably priced ornaments. I also recommend checking out local thrift stores. Often you can find boxes of ornaments for just a few dollars. – You may have noticed that most of my trees include solid color glass balls. I use them to fill in the tree. It’s a cost-effective way to make a tree look fuller.

4. Add Layers
As you hang ornaments, work in layers. You don’t want to add your ribbon, ornaments, and garland just on the outside layer of the tree. Work your ribbon deeper into the tree in some areas.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

And the same goes for your ornaments. Have some on the outer branches and some on the inner branches. (This is why you need loads of ornaments.) This will create a Christmas tree with a dimension and texture.

5. Keep it Fun
Finally, have fun with it. I do like my trees to look “pretty” and cohesive, but I always incorporate sentimental ornaments and unexpected things you might only see if you look closely.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

Two examples: This set of sequined unicorn ornaments is something I like to use every year. These Wagoneer ornaments remind me of Christmas Vacation, one of my favorite holiday movies.

So yes, you can have a beautifully crafted Christmas tree and still have it be unique and meaningful.

5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

Photo by Inspired by Charm

That’s a wrap, my friends! Now you’re ready to decorate your tree. If you need more Christmas tree inspiration, you can click here visit the post on my blog where I share a collection of my favorite trees from Inspired by Charm.

Happy Holidays!