Learn about adding garlands, nosegays, bows, and unique deocrations.
Choose a Christmas Tree Theme
Spark your creativity with a color or style theme. For instance, a silver theme can use silver ribbons, silver ornaments, and garlands of silver beads. Choose the decorations according to the theme. An elegant theme would use velvet, satin, sparkles, and beads. A country theme would make use of raffia, cookie cutter ornaments, popcorn and cranberry garlands, and wooden toys.
If you have space in your home, it's fun to put a tree in small rooms, too. Choose a small tree for the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, and choose a theme to coordinate with the room's decor. A tree in the kithen would look great with kitchen utensils tied on the branches with raffia or red ribbon bows. Add clumps of dried herbs for a wonderful scent in the room.
Too Much is a Good Thing
You can never really have too many decorations on the tree. If they're evenly spaced and carefully selected, the more the better.
Add Natural Materials
Use colorful ribbons to tie together clusters of dried flowers or small twigs. Place them between branches where some fill is needed. Use wire to attach the custers to the branches.
Use Silk Flowers for Color
Trim blossoms off stems of silk flowers and lay them on the branches of your Christmas tree for a formal look. Choose blossoms in shades of the colors of your theme or choose all white for a showy effect. Place the flowers evenly around the tree on the inside and outside of branches.
Add Sparkle With Metallic Spray
Preserved leaves, pinecones, and seed pods can be embellished with metallic spray paint or a sprinkling of glitter. Add just a touch for a subtle look or cover completely for a more formal effect.
A Christmas tree looks quaint and old-fashioned with clip-on candles attached to the tips of branches. You should not ever light the candles, as they'd present a serious fire hazard. Choose candles in gold, white, or red.
Miniature Wreaths and Baskets
Craft stores have all sorts of wreaths, seed pods, and baskets. Add colorful ribbons, greenery, or berries with a glue gun. Attach a bow or loop for hanging.
Instead of a garland, attach holiday colored ribbons or long strands of raffia to the top branches of the tree. Wind them down and around the branches to the bottom of the tree.
A Crowning Glory for Your Tree
Every traditional Christmas tree is topped by a star or angel. If you have a family heirloom, use if even if it doesn't "match" your tree decorating theme. Traditions are an important part of Christmas and what more suitable place would there be for an heirloom than the tip of your Christmas tree? If you don't have any thing special, buy or make one and wire it to the top of the tree.
Learn how to Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments.