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18 Best Christmas Tree Toppers of 2022

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Aside from baking holiday cookies and hanging Christmas stockings, no Christmas activity brings families together quite like trimming the tree. There are tons of ways to decorate your Christmas tree — from string lights to garland to Christmas ornaments — and endless themes from which you can choose. And of course, no yuletide evergreen is complete without a pretty Christmas tree topper. You can't go wrong with your trusty old star or angel, but if you're looking for some unusual or particularly unique tree topper ideas, then you've come to the right place.

Maybe you've decided to go with a modern look for your tree this year and need a one-of-a-kind tree topper to tie it all together. Perhaps whimsical Christmas tree toppers are your thing and you'd like one shaped like Rudolph or Santa. Whether you're looking for a luxury tree topper, a funny tree topper that shows off your sense of humor, a traditional star-shaped topper, or something personalized for your family, we've rounded up the most popular toppers of all shapes and sizes to shop this holiday season.

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Ready to put the finishing touch on your Christmas tree? Read on for all the best tree toppers you can buy this holiday season.

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How to decorate a Christmas tree for the New Year 2023 with your own hands: tips and interesting ideas

What is the New Year without the main symbol of the holiday - a smart Christmas tree. But if you are now thinking about tons of tinsel and a star on top of a tree - forget it, it's all yesterday. We tell you how to decorate a Christmas tree so that it looks stylish and fashionable: here are some tips and tricks.

How to decorate a Christmas tree: tips from designers

Step 1.

Choose a color

First, choose the color scheme in which your Christmas tree will be decorated.

Tones should correspond at least to the general interior of the room in which the tree stands, and at most to the design of the entire apartment. As for the Christmas tree itself, the basic rule is this: choose one main color, take the second for accents that emphasize the details, and add glitter - gold or silver, but preferably one. Red and gold or red and green are timeless classics, but there are other options.

By the way, do not forget about the little things that also play an important role in the festive decoration of the Christmas tree with your own hands. For example, replace the threads or wire that we used to hang toys on with special fasteners - green to match the needles or, conversely, contrasting ones for additional accents.

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Last year's favorite - white - is still relevant, but now silver is added to the company. You can choose one of these colors as a basis, or you can combine them.

Christmas tree, as if in a sparkling hoarfrost, is suitable for discreet interiors in Scandinavian or minimalist style. In this case, you will need white, not very shiny tinsel (as an alternative, buy an artificial Christmas tree with white or silver “needles”).

Toys will also be in cool colors (it is not recommended to combine them with warm ones) - light blue, ashy, pearl, in general, pastel colors with a cold bias. Pay attention to the following scales: white-milky-beige, lavender-blue-blue, mint-pistachio-green. Silver or blue garlands will answer for the shine.

“Green Ritual” style

It is based on the idea of ​​a conscious rejection of things as a reaction to the formed culture of waste. This style is simple, minimalistic.

Calm, natural colors are used in two ranges: light restrained (gray, taupe, sand, reddish brown, light fern) and mysterious dark (deep shades of red, green, brown, blue).

Designers countered the discreet color scheme with experimental and creative ideas in terms of construction and materials. Glass and clay can be safely combined with wood, diluting them with paper flowers, decor with floral motifs, watercolor sketches or chaotic patterns.

Style "Silk Party"

The name speaks for itself - this style is woven from lightness, femininity, sophistication. The palette is balanced: the first option includes pastel colors, soft cream shades and fresh nuances of sorbet, the second one is distinguished by a discreet glow, warm shades.

This line of tenderness continues in jewelry. Silky, velvety-matte and metallic effects are organically combined with each other. Shimmer and shine - but without the glamor! Comfort is achieved with the help of modern drapery, neat volumes, flowing materials.

While rough, embossed surfaces are welcomed in the old style, only ultra-smooth surfaces, thin glass, translucent fabrics such as silk and organza are allowed to enter the Silk Party.

Happy Meeting Style

Designers draw inspiration from urban lifestyles with an emphasis on recycling. This is the most “delicious” style - it uses the colors of freshly squeezed lemon, lime, mint lemonade, grain. Those who lack brightness should pay attention to the color of natural wax (yellow-orange) and bottle green. Melange and other color mixes obtained using composite technologies are also in trend.

The "Second Life" concept also applies to decor. In the first place is the use of "waste" - plastic, paper. Unconventional ideas and handicrafts (weaving, winding, knotting, layering) are welcome.

Step 2. Decide on the composition

You will be surprised, but it turns out that there are certain algorithms for decorating a Christmas tree, subordinated to literally geometrically verified schemes.

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Christmas tree ring style

It is closer to the classics familiar to everyone, so it will not require much work to perform. It's simple - we hang balls or other toys with our own hands, the largest ones at the bottom, the smaller ones are closer to the crown, and in a circle we supplement everything with garlands or tinsel.

The “garland for the lazy” – tiered – can make decorating easier. It is a vertical wire with horizontal branches. It is fixed on the top of the Christmas tree with a ring, and then it remains only to distribute the lights - they will lay down evenly, quickly and accurately.

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In a spiral

Here, on the contrary, we start with garlands or ribbons, arrange them in a spiral from top to bottom. We are already adding toys along these lines so that the balls of the same color form one spiral. For each next one, we choose a new shade, it is only important that it is combined with the previous one. You can decorate in one color, then try changing the shape and type of toys.

Vertical lines

First, take the garlands or ribbons again and hang them from the top of the head to the lower branches in clear lines. By the same principle, we supplement the decoration with balls, and in the intervals between them we place contrasting or matching bows that can be made by hand.

Here, as in the first case, a “lazy” garland will come to the rescue, only consisting of threads fastened from above. The bundle is fixed at the top of the Christmas tree, and the wires are distributed vertically at an equal distance.

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Step 3. Choose a style

Now the trend is Christmas trees, dressed up for a certain theme. In Russian, classical or futuristic style - whatever you choose, it is important that the decoration of the Christmas tree matches the overall interior of the home. Otherwise, nothing limits your imagination.

Life hack from the popular blogger Olga Chepurnaya : if you can’t find a compromise with your home, divide the Christmas tree in half. Not literally, of course. The children strove to “hang it up in the wrong place, insulting Scandi with all their might with yellow plasticine fish, crooked chains and tattered giraffes from a toilet paper roll. ” But for many years, Christmas tree harmony has reigned in their family - the children decorate their side, and Olga decorates hers.

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Mini Christmas tree

This is a very stylish option that is relevant in a variety of cases: if you are not in a special New Year's mood, or you are in the mood, but there is no budget, or there is a budget, but there is no free space in the house for a large tree, or There are all of the above factors, but I want something original.

— Small Christmas trees are not only a cool replacement for a regular Christmas tree, but also a stylish accessory. They are compact, but no less fragrant than large conifers. For compositions, it is best to use a plant such as nobilis. Its branches are as resistant as possible, they do not crumble. Some manage to keep such a Christmas tree until next year! Another plus is that decorating a mini-Christmas tree is easier, and you can do it in absolutely any style and color scheme, explains brand director of the network of workshops "Give Flowers" Victoria Bogdanova .

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Ecostyle

In general, the trend of all trends is still in the lead in interior design, and in the difficult task of decorating the Christmas tree, it is also not going to give way. What it means: natural materials, no plastic and acid colors, only natural natural shades. Toys can be made of wood, yarn, felt, beads and even papier-mâché. By the way, in recent years it has been very fashionable to use hand-knitted pompoms made of yarn of different colors or balls wrapped in craft paper to decorate the Christmas tree. Dried flowers, cones, coffee beans, tangerines and other fruits are also suitable. Garlands are not forbidden, but let them be white or silver.

Scandinavian style

In general, the trend of all trends is still in the forefront in interior design, and in the difficult task of decorating the Christmas tree is not going to give way. What it means: natural materials, no plastic and acid colors, only natural natural shades. Toys can be made of wood, yarn, felt, beads and even papier-mâché. By the way, in recent years it has been very fashionable to use hand-knitted pompoms made of yarn of different colors or balls wrapped in craft paper to decorate the Christmas tree. Dried flowers, cones, coffee beans, tangerines and other fruits are also suitable. Garlands are not forbidden, but let them be white or silver.

Retro

There are actually two ways to decorate the Christmas tree. Simpler - a la Soviet childhood: glass snow maidens, figurines of cosmonauts and workers, silver rain - and yes, in this case you can get a star on the top of a tree from a closet. Another way is to turn to the pre-revolutionary style of decorating the Christmas tree. Here the toys will have to be selected more carefully - you will need porcelain figurines, paper and felt products, which can be supplemented with candles (artificial, of course, we are for fire safety) and foil stars.

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Exotic

Christmas tree decorated with toys in the form of tropical butterflies, bizarre insects or large exotic flowers. The colors here will be bright, so this composition is suitable for interiors in the spirit of minimalism (in contrast), or neutrally decorated rooms for the New Year 2023.

One of the trends in this style is Wild Glam. Feel free to combine any animal prints, fur textures, images of wild animals and birds. The texture of the feathers contrasts interestingly with the needles. The obligatory moment is an abundance of golden color and glitter!

Step 4. Decide whether it will be a classic or a creative Christmas tree

It happens that there is not much space in the apartment, and the Christmas tree will not fit into the remaining space. But in this case, do not give up the festive mood. Instead of a large tree, you can arrange coniferous bouquets around the house or hang wreaths. Or maybe you just want creativity, and the usual Christmas trees do not fit into the ideas about it. Then you can consider other options for a "Christmas tree without a Christmas tree" to make it look stylish and unusual.

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Christmas tree in the form of a panel on the wall

You can make it yourself from tinsel, garlands, serpentine or even long beads. If you add small bows and snowflakes made of foil or paper, you get a very impressive New Year's composition. Designers also offer "Christmas trees" made of flat wooden boards, complemented by bright fabric toys and ribbons.

"Knitted" tree

For the last few years, such trees have been in trend. As a rule, they are small in size so that they can be placed on a table or chest of drawers. However, they also offer life-size options of a real tree. The balls can be in any, the most daring color combinations, or, conversely, are selected in the same tone. It is better to take the texture of the threads more embossed - so the tree will seem more “lush”.

Christmas tree for new settlers

Are you celebrating a holiday in a new apartment for the first time? Or maybe they started a repair, but it somehow unexpectedly dragged on? In either of these two cases, you have a ladder in your home. Creative designers offer to make a Christmas tree out of it. You should not be skeptical about this option - the whole structure looks very good, the main thing is to think over the composition and choose the right accessories. We put boards on the rungs of the ladder, on which, in turn, we put small pots with spruce branches, baskets with tangerines and cones, candles and other suitable attributes. We decorate the racks with garlands and tinsel.

Step 5. Decide where to put

It also depends on the availability of free space in the apartment and the size of your Christmas tree. The traditional option is in the living room, but there are other ways to place a Christmas tree in your home.

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Choose a place according to Feng Shui

Installing a Christmas tree in the middle of the room, according to ancient oriental beliefs, you attract energy in all aspects of your life. In addition, the southern corner of the room is considered the traditional place for installing a feng shui Christmas tree. It is also important to use paired elements when decorating the Christmas tree - balls, other toys, double tinsel, paper lanterns of various shapes. And it’s great if the decor has a maximum of red.

Hang on the ceiling or wall

In fact, this trend has been around for several years, but it still does not lose people's love. Christmas trees-chandeliers are equipped not only with a special ceiling mount, but also already have lamps, so additional lighting is not required. As for wall models, such trees have branches only on one side of the trunk, the other is flat. And they are simply hung on carnations - approximately, like paintings.

Arrange the tree in the kitchen

This option is suitable if you are not going to throw a big banquet on New Year's Eve, and in general you plan to be at home less often during the January holidays. Put the Christmas tree where you will meet the new day - in the kitchen. Let a small but beautifully decorated Christmas tree (which, by the way, is not at all necessary, a living tree without decorations in a pot on the dining table or “edible bouquets” that are so popular now will look good - depending on the composition, they can be stored from two days to a month) will create a positive mood for you before winter entertainment.

Photo: Iordache Magdalena via www.imago, globallookpress.com

How to make the Christmas tree stand in the apartment longer

To wash or not to wash - that is the main New Year's question! There is usually an opinion that the Christmas tree does not need to be washed, that it is completely pointless, the frosty air will cope with all the bacilli so well, in addition, the Christmas trees are processed (at least they should!) Before they are sold.

Olga Chepurnaya is not only the "creator" of a double-sided Christmas tree, but also the author of the annual flash mob "A clean Christmas tree - a clear conscience."

— Eight years ago we bought an artificial Christmas tree, and when we began to pack it in a box, we found hands black with dirt. How outstanding sofa sherlocks, using a short deductive chain, realized that a tree standing in the house for more than a week (let alone 1.5 months!) Is covered with an even layer of dust, the blogger shares. And her subscribers - with their experience with live Christmas trees: “For several years now, my live fir, there are bugs, and dirt, and garbage. In order not to clog the sewerage, I take my mother to wash in the yard of a private house, and when it’s cold - to a car wash”, “On live Christmas trees, especially in packaging, there can be a bunch of insects that wake up and join the celebration”, “My husband brought a Christmas tree with what -some living creatures such as aphids. He had to wash almost every branch in the bathroom by hand.

Even if you do not react to the smell of dust and are confident in the quality of the purchased Christmas tree, you should not bring it into the living room right away either - for acclimatization, it is better to put it on a balcony or an unheated loggia for about a day. To make the tree stand longer, it is advisable to process the cut of the trunk. One method is to mix hot water with glycerin. You can also put your Christmas tree in the ground, after moistening the ground with a solution of crushed aspirin and sugar (two tablets per two tablespoons).

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When you celebrate the New Year away from home, the issue of the New Year tree can become very relevant. It’s good if there is a Christmas tree in the hall or loft that you have chosen for the holiday. And if not?

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Or maybe you are just an opponent of everything traditional and love everything unusual. Here are a few ideas that you can use to make cool designer trees.

Painted Christmas tree

Many lofts have surfaces on which you can draw. Slate boards, or walls for drawing with a marker. Use these surfaces - draw the Christmas tree of your dreams, and your guests can write kind words under it, or decorate the painted tree with stickers, with New Year's wishes.

Wooden tree

Do you happen to have a jigsaw? Or a friend who loves to cut out - absolutely magical Christmas trees of the most bizarre shapes are obtained from plywood, with neatly sawn, stylized as real branches, holes for Christmas tree decorations, or intricate patterns. If it’s too crafty, you can come up with a slightly less time-consuming option - very stylish designs can be assembled from scraps of boards, if you fold them crosswise and connect them, or simply from even branches, if you lay out a triangle symbolizing a Christmas tree from them, fasten them together and hang on the wall. The main thing here is accuracy and moderate decoration. Light bulbs, fruits, Christmas decorations complete the composition.

Spiral tree

“Almost anyone can grow such a Christmas tree, very quickly and from improvised materials. You need thin plastic or thick cardboard. Size - Depends on how big you want your tree to be. The idea is simple - a spiral is cut out of a piece of thin solid material and suspended from the ceiling by the central part. To prevent the tree from stretching, you can fasten the spiral turns with additional laces. It's up to you to decorate your New Year's spiral of time with toys, lanterns and tinsel. Alternatively, you can make a Christmas tree from rings of different diameters.

Garland Christmas tree

To make such a "tree" you need a rather long luminous garland and imagination. From the garland, you can “lay out” the contour of the spruce on the wall or on the floor, wrap it around a flat wire frame in the shape of a spruce or just a triangle, or some kind of base in the form of a cone. Choose whether you will make a minimalist Christmas tree only from lanterns or add balls and ribbons to them.

Balloon tree

The easiest way is to order a ready-made "ball" from professional aerodesigners. But you can experiment on your own. Buy balls of different shapes and shades - green for the Christmas tree - multi-colored for decoration (it is better to think in advance which balls, what size and color you will create), do not forget a special pump - and try to assemble your Christmas tree. Aerodesign may well become the theme of the New Year's Eve, if all guests are involved in the creation of such a tree. And if you stock up on a can of helium, you can even get a flying spruce.

Fabric tree

You don't need to know how to sew or knit to create an evergreen tree out of fabric or thread. You need a fairly large piece of material, or a lot of yarn. And what to do with them - come up with: hook the fabric by the top to the ceiling? Drape it like a Christmas tree on the wall? Thread a wooden or metal frame? Stretch them conically around the support? You can decorate such a Christmas tree with traditional toys, and sweets, and ribbons, and wardrobe items, for example, small mittens. Textile decorations will look good.

Edible tree

In fact, an edible Christmas tree can be assembled from anything, it depends on your culinary preferences. A Christmas tree cake is also a Christmas tree. Craftsmen build a whole coniferous forest from cheese, pineapple pieces and even broccoli. But, to be honest, it does not look super aesthetically pleasing. The best edible Christmas tree comes from citrus fruits. You can only use traditional tangerines, but lemons, oranges and limes also look good. To get such a delicious smelling spruce, you need to carefully place the fruit around the cone-shaped frame. The frame is best made of foam, and fasten tangerines with barbecue skewers or ribbons - spices, cones and bows.

Living tree

This is not at all what everyone thought. This is indeed a “live” tree that dances, maybe even sings, can hug, congratulate you on the holiday and drink champagne with you.


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