How to make your christmas tree beautiful

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Professional

We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights perfectly coordinated in a festive and stylish scheme. In reality, however, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centrepiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered.

We've spoken to a range of style and decorating experts, including the team at Balsam Hill – whose artificial Christmas trees have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Good Morning Britain and This Morningabout how to decorate your Christmas tree to make it look like you hired a professional, plus how to choose the right Christmas tree decorations to suit your theme.

But before we begin, like any task, you need to have the right tools to ensure the safe and proper set up of your Christmas tree. This includes cotton gloves for shaping branches (it's quite the task!), scissors with safety handles for materials, packaging or equipment, and a sturdy ladder or step stool for installing toppers and arranging décor on taller trees.

So now you're all set up, fancy getting that Insta-worthy look with very little effort? Read on for tips from the pros...

1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree

Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You'll find that high-quality trees are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated use year after year, all whilst maintaining its beautiful look.

Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn't go 'out of date' after a few years, plus a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.

Pre-lit Christmas trees are a firm household favourite because it saves time in untangling all those lights, however, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever style of lights you want. When it comes to size, 7ft Christmas trees are now extremely popular but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space and doesn't leave it feeling too cramped. If you're tight on space, there are some great slim Christmas trees on the market, including narrow pencil designs, which may be a better fit. And remember, to prevent wear and tear on your Christmas tree, consider models with advanced features that offer easy set up and storage.

Tip: When buying your tree, ensure you have the right Christmas tree storage, such as storage bags and boxes, as well as storage for wreaths, garlands and lights, so that you're fully equipped when you take your Christmas tree down and pack everything away.

Alternatively, if you want a real Christmas tree, there's a great selection available to buy at tree farms, markets or home & DIY stores. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.

More Christmas trees you'll love...

2. Fluff and shape branches

Fluffing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible and don't hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be. Once again, remember to wear gloves and long sleeves if possible to avoid any scrapes on your hands and arms.

Balsam Hill

3. Design around a theme

A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at John Lewis' Christmas themes this year – from Winter Fayre to Santa's Rainbow Workshop, there are six key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Party Nights to Refined Nature, to help create a look that's traditionally Christmas.

4. Choose the right colours (and materials)

Once you've decided on your theme, curate a colour palette to bring it to life. For example, for a traditional yet opulent look stick to a red and gold colour combination, for a Scandi vibe layer shades of white and soft neutrals, or choose blue and silver for an icy cool look. Stick to two (definitely no more than three) colours to keep the look contained rather than cluttered. Also think about materials and texture: plush velvet baubles lends itself well to a luxe tree, whilst paper and wooden decorations are ideal for any Nordic-inspired or minimalist trees.

Less is always more but it is Christmas after all, so above everything else, decorate your tree in whatever way makes you happy! The decorating rulebook is certainly relaxed at Christmastime, so have fun with it.

5. Start with the lights first

While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money), you'll need Christmas tree lights if you have a plain tree (real or artificial). As a general rule of thumb, the lighting experts at Lights4fun advise 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft tree, you'd need 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.

The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your Christmas tree, is to always add the lights first – it's more difficult to do this after you've added decorations like baubles and garlands.

Balsam Hill advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your Christmas tree's trunk, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.

'When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches,' Balsam Hill advise. 'Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.'

And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next bulb over a branch, and so forth.

6. Balance the décor

Given the many Christmas tree decorations you're likely to have, you have to ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.

7. Cluster your baubles

Balsam Hill's design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones.

The White Company echo this suggestion – to create a balanced, visually pleasing tree, buy baubles in threes, sixes, or twelves, and add these on first in a 'Z' shape. You should hang larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth, and use small ones towards the end of the branches.

Dangle delicate glass baubles at the top of the tree to prevent any breakages, and add special ones last to ensure they are in the perfect position.

And how much baubles will you need? The White Company recommends 80 baubles for a 7.5ft tree.

More baubles you'll love...

8. Layer and style ribbons

Another expert tip is to layer your Christmas tree with decorative ribbons, which will elevate your tree's aesthetic. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths to create more impact.

Brad recommends using ribbons with wired edges, as these are easier to sculpt into loops, rolls or bows, and they hold shape better than non-wired ribbons. Follow these simple techniques for arranging ribbons on your tree.

9. Use tree picks

Tree picks and floral sprays come in many forms, such as decorated branches, twigs, berries, or even pine cones – use them as subtle accents to complement the entire look of your tree. Grouping picks together using floral wire is a creative way to elevate the visual appeal of your tree without overpowering other decorations.

They are great for adding lively splashes of colour, not only to Christmas trees, but to wreaths and garlands, too. Make sure to choose picks with bendable stems to make shaping easier.

10. Add scented ornaments

Now you can get your artificial Christmas tree to smell like a real one thanks to scented ornaments – it'll fill your whole room with the magic of Christmas. Buy a bottle of the Scentsicles scented paper tube sticks (with hooks included) and nestle them amongst the decorations in your tree for that freshly cut scent. You'll have a fresh fragrance in an instant with scents including cinnamon, berry or winter fir. You can also buy scented decorations from The White Company to match with your tree theme.

Add-ons for a festive scent...

11. Choose the right tree topper

A statement tree topper is a beautiful way to complete the designer look of your tree. Make sure to choose one that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree, and take into consideration the height of your ceiling too. Star tree toppers or angels are traditionally the most popular, but there are lots of alternative designs to choose from, including personalised designs, or you could make your own topper.

Glitter-embellished large tree topper, Selfridges / Capiz Star Tree Topper, Dunelm / Starburst Tree Topper, John Lewis

12. Finish off with a tree skirt

Often overlooked, a Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to your decorations and serves to balance the overall design of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts have many benefits too, from covering the unsightly 'legs', trunk or stand of a tree, to protecting your floors and carpets from any fallen pine needles (if you have a real tree).

It naturally draws attention to the tree's lower portion and helps to produce a complete, harmonious look. Plus, it's the perfect backdrop for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Alternatively, if you have a potted Christmas tree or one that comes in a basket, opt for a tree rug instead.

Follow House Beautiful on Instagram.

71 Elegant Christmas Tree Ideas to Wow Your Guests This Year

Out of all the Christmas accoutrements—stockings, wreaths, the works—none steal the show quite as much as the tree in all its pine-scented, glowing glory. A Christmas tree’s splendor not only lies in its capacity as a cherished holiday gathering place, but also as an expression of your household’s unique taste, whether you opt to go for a regal and traditional look or go wild with a maximalist themed tree. If you’re decorating as a first-timer this year, or are simply one to switch things up, fortunately there are ideas a-plenty out there to help you achieve your dream living room scheme. You could take a page out of ELLE DECOR A-List designer Darryl Carter and festoon your tree in citrus-colored ribbon. Or, if it’s fantasy you seek, cover your tannenbaum in whimsical animal (or in the case of party planner Bronson van Wyck, crustacean!)-shaped ornaments. Below, we’ve selected 71 consummate Christmas tree ideas to keep your home merry and bright all season long.


Velvet Goldmine

Michael Sinclair

Leave it to the Gothy-cool design duo behind House of Hackney, Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle, to create a tree look straight out of a Victorian tableau. Here in their London home, the pair decorated their Christmas tree with tiger-emblazoned ornaments—a reference to House of Hackney’s signature velvet pillows. And (our favorite part) they piled complementary cushions high beneath the tree in place of a traditional skirt.


Whimsical Wonderland

Courtesy Houses & Parties

Rebecca Gardner, the tastemaker behind Houses & Parties, always has a few fanciful decor tricks up her sleeve. In the case of her Christmas tree, that means going all-out with old-timey ornaments collected over the years. “I love to hang the ornaments and unwrap each with the excitement of seeing an old friend,” she tells us. “One of my favorites is a giant blown-glass moon. He’s magic.” Follow suit by sourcing whimsical vintage ornaments and festooning your tree with tinsel and strands of beads.


Chic Charlie Brown

John Derian

Like our favorite Peanuts character, John Derian knows that a little love (and a chic design sensibility, of course!) can transform even the scrawniest of trees into something special. Here, the decoupage artist set a charming mini tree into an antique urn and packed it with tinsel and metallic vintage ornaments. Other treasures, like the shell, print, and sculpture, give the mantel tableau a cabinet of curiosities vibe.


Feathered Friend

Jeweled Interiors

Instead of traditional tinsel, consider fluffing your tree up with feathers, just like Jeweled Interiors’ Jewel Marlowe. For a touch of the tropics, the designer incorporated folded palm branches to live among the opulent ostrich plumes.


Glimmering and Glam

Courtesy Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler is never one to be a shrinking violet—especially when that most wonderful time of year rolls around. “The holidays are not a time for ascetic minimalism,” Adler declares. “Instead, embrace your inner Kardashian and don’t hold back: the more twinkle, the better!” In this vignette, Adler went all-out glam with silver-and-gold baubles, and his signature cheeky ornaments, which include a set of glazed porcelain pills (because let’s face it, you’re gonna need one after the in-laws arrive!).


Consider the Lobster


Event planner extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck has a knack for the unexpected (look no further than his Manhattan home) and, obviously, the same applies to his holiday decor. “It’s fun to display trees in a nontraditional way,” he tells us. “Mount your tree on the wall, or hang it upside down to free up space and surprise your guests. Or try your hand at a unique theme.” In this case, the designer leaned into a Salvador Dalí look, decking the blood-red tree out in oodles of lobsters and topping it with a surrealist Joan of Arc–esque topper. Hero indeed!


Festive Backdrop

Josh Yöung Design House

A few years ago, we paid a holiday visit to Josh Yöung’s elegant Washington, D.C., townhouse. Rather than park the tree in a corner, the artist and designer placed his tree, which is bedazzled in red, silver, and white baubles, in the window for the neighborhood to enjoy. As for the rest of the home? “I decided to use primarily fresh greenery and allow our Christmas tree to be the main showcase,” he told us. Bonus: The behind-the-sofa positioning saves space in petite living rooms, not to mention provides the perfect Christmas selfie backdrop.


Luxe Layers

Destiny Alfonso

Perhaps you love a maximalist scheme, but your neutral living room isn’t prepared to host a full-blown Elsa Schiaparelli look, à la Bronson van Wyck (see above). Enter this gorgeously muted yet richly-layered scheme dreamed up by Just Destiny's Destiny Alfonso. Though she went wild with the clusters of ornaments and pine cones (all united with a beautiful champagne ribbon), it all feels cohesive and elegant thanks to its muted palette.


Orange is the New Green

Christopher Payne

Interior designer Michel Smith Boyd worked with the room’s existing decor to create this bold scheme. Here, he strayed away from using the usual green tree and went with an eye-catching orange one from Treetopia. Although his tree is on the maximalist side, it feels cohesive within its context. “You only get to decorate a tree once a year, so why not go all out?” Boyd insists. “I prefer a maximalist tree, packed with color and whimsy. I suggest adding layers with unexpected elements like florals, which make natural bald spots look full and luxurious.”


Bright and Merry

Gordon Beall

“While I generally tend toward a neutral palette, I went with the bright orange because in my mind’s eye it is a happy color,” interior designer Darryl Carter says. “Once a year I like to gather friends—if only to say hello to those I’ve lost touch with because of our busy schedules.” Carter shared the festive holiday look of his Washington, D.C., home with Veranda.


Complementary Color Palette

Tim Williams

Designer Rayman Boozer also decided to go with an orange Treetopia tree this year, but unlike Michel Smith Boyd’s scheme above, he chose the hue to complement his steely-blue apartment. “Blue and orange are complementary colors, meaning they are opposite on the color wheel and work well together,” says Boozer. When it comes to ornaments he prefers sticking to three types for a more consistent look. Here, he uses white spheres, purple glitter pinecones, and tassels.


Au Naturel

Alex Papachristidis

Working closely with Sag Harbor Florist for his house in the Hamptons, designer Alex Papachristidis likes to stray away from color when it comes to his Christmas decor. While the ornaments—chosen carefully from his large collection—may vary each year, the real pine cones and neutral color scheme in golds, taupes, and creams stay consistent.


A Fab Tree Topper and a Clever Base


While the ornaments are crucial to tree decorating, designer Thom Filicia swears by a fabulous tree topper and a non-traditional tree skirt. Here, he puts his tree on a platform and surrounded it with split firewood for a sophisticated, rustic look.


Unexpected Colors


Interior designer Stephen Sills prefers to use nontraditional colors on his tree, such as off-white, blue, yellow, and olive green—with absolutely no red in sight! For ornaments he frequently deploys his collection of straw stars, angels, and balls from Mexico while also incorporating natural elements like pine cones.


Classic, with Lots of Light


For designer Sig Bergamin, a natural tree with lots and lots of lights is the way to go, “precisely to attract positive energy,” he says. He likes ornaments shaped like Christmas boots and mini gifts in addition to the classic balls.


Northern European-Inspired


Designer Nathan Turner was inspired by his German heritage when decorating his tree. For one, he uses real candles (yes, we said real), held up by his grandmother’s metal clip-on candleholders to light up his Christmas tree each year. But don’t worry—he lights the tree only when he’s in the room! With a collection of bird ornaments, a wood garland, straw, and pops of red, the result is a very woodsy, rustic look.


Present Overload


Interior designer Mark D. Sikes bought this simple tree with attached lights and decorated it by spreading red and gold spherical ornaments throughout. He also put the Christmas presents in the fireplace—rather than around the tree—to add a different flair for the holiday: “We were able to contain the mess of wrapping paper (all in a cohesive color story, of course) in the fireplace, which made for a festive photo op!”


An Abstract Look

Joyce Park

Design maven Kelly Wearstler is always looking for nontraditional ways to display her holiday flora. This sculptural wreath that hangs as a centerpiece in an entryway, for example, is quite the conversation starter.


A Pickle Tree!

Stephen Kent Johnson

“There are no rules when decorating the tree; it is its own country and can live anywhere,” says designer John Derian. “The pickle tree is one of my favorites—it’s a German tradition.”


One-of-a-Kind Objects


Designer Juan Montoya recommends searching far and wide for your holiday decorations and ornaments, so that each piece is unique and will ideally evoke a familiar “moment or place in time” from your past travels.


Festive Souvenirs


For designer Bunny Williams, the best souvenir is an ornament brought back from a trip abroad to adorn her bright, colorful tree. “The most exciting part of decorating my tree is bringing out all the ornaments I’ve collected over the decades—and the memories that go with them,” she says.


Sentimental Memorabilia

Bjorn Wallander

Interior designer Alfredo Paredes’s process for setting up a Christmas tree is just as special as the finished product. His tradition? He chops down his own tree, then shears it down (inspired by that sparse Charlie Brown Christmas tree) and decorates it with his family. His tree, filled with an assortment of ornaments collected over the years, reminds us that you don’t necessarily need a specific theme, as long as your decorations and ornaments bring you joy and fun memories.


Minimal and Organic


For the Bay Area–based designer Nicole Salceda, minimalism isn’t just a theme for your home decor, it can apply to your holiday tree as well. “Luxe ribbons in neutral tones, wood garland, and a few pretty ornaments are all you need to create a beautiful tree this season,” she says.


A Metallic Wonderland

Evin Krehbiel

HomeGoods style expert Jenny Reimold shared her tree, dressed in gold and silver metallic ornaments. But she didn’t stop there—check out the oversize matching garland draped over her mantel.


Saffron and Silver

Josh Yöung

Here’s another idea from artist and designer Josh Yöung, who uses saffron hues to brighten up traditional metallic tones.


Minimal and Rustic

Egle AleksanraviciuteGetty Images

Sticking with neutral colors and natural textures will allow the greenery of the tree itself to become the true focal point of the room.


Pink Perfection

Ryan McVayGetty Images

Looking for something a little less traditional this year? How about a monochromatic pink Christmas tree? As far as the decorations go, the gold offers a dramatic flair, while the darker pink hues give the tree some depth.


Warm Tones Only

Jasmin MerdanGetty Images

It may be cold outside, but your holiday decor doesn’t have to be. A Christmas tree like this that uses only warm colors makes a bright, vibrant statement in any kind of weather.


A Monochromatic Look

Svetlana Baranovskaya / EyeEmGetty Images

Coordinating all of your decor around a single color makes for a cohesive look—not to mention an easier decorating process. And it’s sure to complement any design style.


A Mod Moment

Melissa RossGetty Images

Alternatively, pair an all-white tree with vibrant, neon-colored ornaments for a striking, modern focal point.


White Christmas

SolStockGetty Images

Pair your white Christmas tree with all-metallic ornaments for a tree that will truly glitter with every reflection of light.


Silver Bells

Getty Images

A silver—and only silver—color scheme would make the most elegant statement of all.


Mixed Metals

Getty Images

Silver and gold remain the stars of this festive setup—an appropriate palette to match the home’s modern feel.


Regal Pink

Kip Dawkins

Going pretty in pink works wonders on this Janie Molster–designed tree, which adds a feminine twist to a traditional color scheme.


Simple Ribbons

Alyssa Rosenheck

Switch things up without adding more work to your decorating agenda by exchanging ornaments for ribbons, like in this setup styled by Alyssa Rosenheck.



Ashley Luengo/Modern Glam

Ashley Luengo of Modern Glam chose heavy flocking, pale pinks, and a sophisticated black-and-white ribbon to conjure modern Christmas vibes grounded in a classic decorative feel.


Red and White

Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse stuck to two simple and seasonal shades for a fail-safe Christmas setup that feels festive yet refined.


Green Glow

REDA&COGetty Images

If you want a classic pine to feel slightly nonconformist, opt for a slightly more saturated shade and scatter bright white lights all around.


Cascading Poinsettias

Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse chose pretty poinsettias as the focal point for her Christmas tree, while delicate white details tie the look together.


Silver Statement

Ashley Luengo/Modern Glam

A generous dose of flocking—plus color-coordinated ornaments—make this silver tree all the more luminous and, thus, more festive.


Contemporary Twist

Courtesy of Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith makes the case for a pink Christmas tree, which features black, white, and gold ornaments and a matching tree stand worth showing off.


Sultry Black Tree

Reichel Broussard

A black tree doesn’t have to be rebellious and dark. It can also be festive, charming, and unique—this tree by Copy Cat Chic is proof.


Snow-Dusted Fir

Craftberry Bush

A holiday vignette by Craftberry Bush is dressed with frosted pine cones, snow-dusted branches, and dazzling pops of red for a winter wonderland–inspired look.


Elongated Trunk

Getty Images

If you prefer a petite tree, a longer trunk is both unique and space-saving.


Red Glow

Getty Images

The natural green of this beautiful fir is paired with reds for a traditional holiday palette. From ornaments and stockings to presents and lights, this gorgeous tree boasts a beautiful Christmas color scheme.


Plain Jane

Douglas Friedman

Embrace your tree’s arboreal beauty with ultra-minimalist decor that lets the pine speak for itself. This sky-high tree, courtesy Ken Fulk, is decorated with simple twinkling lights for a subdued spirit without all the glam.


Muted Hues

Getty Images

This bright and airy living room features a traditional forest-green pine decorated in a variety of muted and glittery ornaments. The thoughtfully curated decor complements the room’s existing design.


The Neon Tree

Getty Images

Make a playful statement this year with a vibrant pink tree. The eye-catching color complements nearly all holiday palettes, lending a funky feel that will enliven the festivities.


The Tiny Potted Tree

Getty Images

When you’re big on holidays but short on space, a tiny tree is the perfect solution. The quirky shape of this miniature pine is accented with spaced-out ornaments, including simple white candles, heart-shaped cookies, and grassy green balls.


Gilded Tree

Getty Images

Give your home a welcoming glow with this warm golden tree, boasting glitz and glam.


Seaside Tree

Feeney+Bryant Photographers

For a cheerful, coastal Christmas tree, like this one designed by Seahorse & Stripes, swags of ribbon in shades of cream and straw pair with distinctive sea stars and an airy waterfront color scheme.


Monochrome Tree

Just Destiny Mag

Red and green might be the de facto colors of the season, but simple black and white, with neutral sleigh ornaments, make a chic statement on this boldly bedecked tree by Just Destiny Mag.


Neutral and Natural

Janis Nicolay

Stephanie Jean of Stephanie Jean Design took this sparse Christmas tree and adorned it with neutral-colored ornaments that fit the simple yet chic decor of the home of Danielle Hardy of Urban Walls.


Brilliant Baby Blue

Sara D Harper

Whether you are looking for the perfect tree to match your coastal decor or just prefer an unexpected holiday color scheme, a blue Christmas tree is always a beautiful choice. Kelly Page of bluegraygal used blue and silver glass ornaments and gold garland to tie this tree into her existing decor.


Rustic Chic

Just Destiny

For a rustic-chic Christmas tree, Destiny of Just Destiny Mag decorated her spruce with an eclectic mix of ornaments. The buffalo-check garland and the wood ribbon take care of the country-inspired elements, while the black-velvet accents and glossy white bulbs give it a glamorous flair.


Blue-and-Gold Christmas Tree


Featured on Old Brand New, this Christmas tree warms the space with its rich blue and gold ornaments. The mix of matte, shiny, and shimmering decorations create a beautiful effect especially when lit.


Flocked to Perfection

Vicki Bartel

If you want your living room to look like a cozy, snowy wonderland, this tree is for you. Styled by Shauna Dean of Quentin & Co and featured on Style Me Pretty, this holiday tree is pure sophistication with its sparkly silver ornaments and luxurious ribbon, topped with burlap, yarn balls, and nonbreakable, childproof ornaments.


Geometric Christmas Tree

Lia Griffith

This is a tree with geometric flair that you can enjoy from every angle. Lia Griffith used a palette of glitter gold and crisp white, plus Scandinavian inspiration, to design a charming tree covered with paper house ornaments, wooden stars made of natural willow, and felt garland.


Pastel Hues

Janis Nicolay

A pastel color palette doesn’t typically come to mind when you think about the holiday season, but this Christmas tree makes a great case for one. For a charity event, Jillian Harris of Love It or List It Vancouver uses pale pinks, dusty blues, and white, creating a playful but sophisticated backdrop for holiday entertaining.


Unadorned Christmas Tree

Dreamy Whites Lifestyle

A skinny, unadorned tree in a creamy white room is perhaps a minimalist’s dream. This design by Dreamy Whites improvises a tree skirt from a blanket and adds a white-and-plaid stocking nearby for good measure.


Mini Christmas Tree

Julie Blanner

A personal tree will get your little one more excited than a kid on, well, Christmas morning. This minimally adorned Christmas tree by Julie Blanner adds a little touch of charm to a daughter’s room but is likely to bring a big smile to anyone awaiting Santa this season.


Blooming Tree

Delia Creates

We can’t get enough of the flowers-on-Christmas-tree trend: It is stylish and feminine and adds a perfectly soft touch to the world’s favorite winter tree. Here, Delia Creates arranged a tree with giant faux magnolias, glass bulbs, and gold wire bent into words that reflect the holiday spirit.


Bright Blue

Sugar Bee Crafts

If Christmas is your favorite holiday, you may find yourself erring toward an exaggerated tree that truly reflects your love of the season. The formula, as proven by Sugar Bee Crafts: giant ornaments, giant snowflakes, and a tree color that breaks the norm, like wintry turquoise.


Woodlands Inspired

Style Me Pretty Living/Keith Morrison

Bring a bit of the forest home with your Christmas tree by decorating it with ornaments that evoke the woodlands, such as the dainty owls and deer showcased in this tree by Style Me Pretty.


Frosted Red Christmas Tree

Style Me Pretty Living/Emily Egan

Red is the perfect hue to contrast with a snowy tree, as proven by this winter wonderland Christmas tree from Style Me Pretty that is dotted with red berries, bows, and ornaments.


Charlie Brown Style

Andressa Hara

There is unmistakable charm in a scroungy tree, as our favorite animated holiday movie once taught. Adorn a skinny Christmas tree with simple silver ornaments to give a little tree big spirit, as Twinkle Twinkle Little Party brilliantly did here.


Personalized Tree

The Charming Life

Can’t stop buying monogrammed towels? This tree is for you. Personalize your fir by adorning it with your favorite ornaments and the letters of everyone in your family, as This Charming Life did here. Since your tree will be busy with ornaments, keep the color palette neutral to avoid a cluttered look.


Soft and All-White

The Tomkat Studio

If you really want your tree to say “Merry Christmas” from the moment a guest walks in, don’t be afraid to spell it out. A monochromatic tree from The Tomkat Studio features a garland casting the season’s greetings, which is paired with snowy white ornaments.


Simple Beaded

The Merrythought

Care to make a tree come to life with just two elements? Follow The Merrythought’s lead and adorn your Christmas tree with a wood garland and clay ornaments—natural elements that lend holiday decor a soothing, relaxed aesthetic.


Glam Christmas

Kara's Party Ideas

Black, white, and gold is a timeless color scheme. This tree from Kara’s Party Ideas is covered with gold-dipped feathers, photo frames, bows, and even presents wrapped to match.


Rustic Charm

Style Me Pretty Living/Viera Photographics

Celebrating Christmas at a winter getaway cabin? Bring a tree with you! Sweeten it with ornaments made of gingerbread and cushion it with an earth-toned skirt, as with this tree from Style Me Pretty.

Anna Fixsen Deputy Digital Editor Anna Fixsen, Deputy Digital Editor at ELLE DECOR, focuses on how to share the best of the design world through in-depth reportage and online storytelling.

Great ideas on how to make a Christmas tree with your own hands (25 photos)

A fluffy live Christmas tree looks very beautiful, but it is not always possible to put it at home. We suggest taking a closer look at alternative and no less attractive trees that are easy to do with your own hands.

First of all, you need boundless imagination. And you can make a Christmas tree from almost any improvised means. See for yourself!

1. Christmas tree of cones

This is the most popular and very budget version of the Christmas tree. Glue the cones of coniferous trees to a cylinder made of cardboard. To heighten the effect, you can paint them with paints (for example, silver from a spray can), decorate with colored ribbons and beads.

If long, painstaking work doesn't suit you, simply place the buds in individual pots filled with forest moss.

2. Pasta tree

What could be simpler and more original? Take the pasta shape you like (feathers, shells, wheels look best) and glue it to a cardboard cone. To make the Christmas tree more vivid and believable, spray it with paint or artificial snow from a can.

3. Jute tree

Wind the jute rope around the cone and glue it so that no gaps are visible between the turns. Use satin ribbon roses, beads, lace fabric, etc. as decoration.

4. Newspaper tree

Roll old newspapers and magazines into a tube (preferably in the shape of a cone) and glue to a wooden stick. Make a star out of paper and place it on top of your head. The Christmas tree is ready!

5. Scrap Christmas tree

Cut the waste fabric into small, uniform pieces and pin them to the Styrofoam cone.

Christmas trees made of satin ribbons also look great.


Popcorn Christmas Tree

This Christmas decoration will appeal to those with a sweet tooth. Use a glue gun to attach the popcorn to the cone.

Then decorate the Christmas tree with dried orange slices and star anise.

7. Button Christmas tree

Use tailor's pins to attach the buttons to the Styrofoam and place some decoration on the top of the tree.

8. Christmas tree made of cotton pads

If desired, cotton pads can be painted green, but the white Christmas tree looks quite attractive and elegant. Glue the material to the cardboard cone as you like. To make the Christmas tree more magnificent, roll the discs into a tube and place them tightly to each other.

9. Christmas tree made of glass bottles

If you have a solid collection of green glass bottles, don't throw them away, but arrange them in several tiers on round stands of different sizes so that you get a pyramid. Such a Christmas tree can be built in the country.

10. Christmas tree from garden tools

Another option for avid gardeners. Disconnect the old fan rake from the handle, decorate with multi-colored buttons and attach it to the front door.

11. Paper Snowflake Tree

Cut out three snowflakes of different sizes and put them on a wooden stick so that the largest one is at the bottom and the smallest one is at the top. You can use ready-made napkins.

12. Tinsel Christmas tree

Glue green tinsel on a cardboard cone - and an unusual Christmas tree is ready. Attach small balloons or candies in bright wrappers to it.

13. Floral Mesh Christmas Tree

Make a cardboard cone and wrap it in polyethylene. Cut the floral mesh (preferably different shades of green) into small pieces, dip them in turn in PVA glue and stick them on the cone. Make several such layers, and it is better to lay the segments in different directions. Secure with pins if necessary.

When the glue dries, remove the resulting structure from the cone (it should easily separate from the polyethylene), place an electric garland inside it, attach it to the net with a thin wire and decorate the Christmas tree to your liking.

Even unlit, such a Christmas tree will look very impressive.

14. Christmas tree made of wood

The silhouette of a tree can be made from wooden sticks, beams, boards, logs, etc. The main thing is to show imagination and do not forget to decorate such an unusual Christmas tree.

15. Tree of books

Book lovers will love this idea. Take the books off the shelves and arrange them in a pyramid shape. Decorate with a garland and designate the crown with an asterisk or other New Year's figure.

16. Wine cork Christmas tree

Form a Christmas tree from wine bottle corks and glue them together.


Christmas tree from a ladder

Ideal for the laziest! Just install a stepladder, fasten garlands, Christmas decorations and tinsel on it.

What creative Christmas trees will decorate your home this year?

DIY Christmas tree craft 80+ ideas how to make a Christmas tree yourself

Do-it-yourself foamiran Christmas tree

For the New Year holidays, there is nothing better than a hand-made souvenir. A tree made of foamiran can just become such a souvenir. Making such a craft is quite simple.

Cut out figures from foamiran: stars, circles, squares, hearts, etc. and a cone. Glue decorative elements on the cone.

The variant is more complicated, but more original can be done like this.

Cut green foamiran squares of the same size, fringe each with scissors. Then bring each piece to a heated iron on linen-cotton mode so that the fringe “twirls”. Then glue the squares to the Styrofoam cone, starting from the bottom. At the very end, if desired, decorate the Christmas tree with balls, beads, cones and tinsel.

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree made of napkins for the New Year

If you show a little imagination and creativity, then even from such a simple material as napkins you can make incredibly beautiful Christmas trees. For example, for each guest to the New Year's table, put a green napkin folded in the shape of a spruce on a plate.

You can also glue pre-cut lace doilies to the cardboard cone. The advantage of this method is that children can do it too.

Christmas trees made from napkins, made using the trimming method, and then decorated with beads, rhinestones, tinsel and cones, also look very nice.

Christmas tree made of beads - step by step master class

A stunning New Year's souvenir will be a Christmas tree made of beads. Small beads of bright color will bring to life the most daring and bright ideas. To make such a gift, you will need: thin wire, beads of different colors (green, blue, white, gold, silver), beads for the crown, a lot of time and patience.

In addition, with the help of beads, you can make decorations for your mother, sister or girlfriend in the form of spruce: earrings, pendants and brooches.

By the way, 50+ patterns of New Year's crafts from beads are waiting in a separate material!

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree made of fabric for the New Year

Christmas tree made of fabric is another great alternative to the traditional forest beauty. The advantage of such a craft is that you can sew a spruce tree in a couple of hours with your own hands, and the service life is not limited. There are many ways to make a Christmas tree out of fabric. The most obvious is to collect spruce from stuffed bags with holofiber.

For those who know how to use a sewing machine, this Christmas tree will be an excellent option:

You can also sew a Christmas tree using this pattern.

Choose the color at your discretion, the main thing is that the craft pleases the eye and gives a festive mood.

And at the link you will find 40+ patterns of New Year's textile toys!

Felt Christmas tree - step by step tutorial with photo

To create you will need: felt, scissors, needle, thread, glue.

As an option, make this interior Christmas tree out of felt.

You can find even more master classes of felt Christmas trees here.

Do-it-yourself sisal Christmas tree for the New Year

Sisal Christmas tree is a real New Year's air miracle. She has an unusual appearance, but at the same time gives amazing emotions.

There are many technologies for manufacturing such beauty, but they come down to the fact that pieces of sisal are carefully glued onto a pre-prepared base of whatman paper or floral foam in the shape of a cone. This must be done carefully so that there is no empty space left, and carefully, because the material is fragile and can deteriorate. After that, decorate the finished Christmas tree with garlands, cones, beads and bows.

The sisal ball Christmas tree looks great.

Ribbon Christmas tree

Ribbon Christmas tree will also be a decoration for the New Year holiday or an excellent gift for relatives or friends. Making crafts is easy. For example, take a cone made of cardboard or foam and cover it with colorful ribbons. By the way, you can use safety pins instead of glue for the foam cone.

It is also interesting to get a Christmas tree made of ribbons and beads, which must be strung alternately on a thread. From the same materials, very cute, small brooches are made that can symbolize the holiday.

You don't have to be tied to green silk ribbons. Take white, silver, red, golden. Show your imagination and resourcefulness!

If you like ribbon crafts, don't stop! Another 60+ step-by-step master classes of New Year's crafts from ribbons!

Tulle herringbone craft - step by step master class

Tulle Christmas tree looks incredibly gentle, and at the same time magnificent. This craft takes very little time. For crafts you will need: wire, tulle, flower pot, ribbons, beads.

Cut tulle into strips, sew in the middle and pull together to make beautiful frills. String parts on the wire frame of the future Christmas tree. At the end, it is better to decorate the spruce with beads, rhinestones or sequins and place it in a flower pot for stability.

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree from plasticine for the New Year

Modeling from plasticine is an exciting activity for both children and adults. Combine business with pleasure: spend a family evening and make a Christmas tree out of plasticine.

Make an independent design for which the kid will choose colors and blind with the help of mom or dad, or you can attach the product to cardboard, it will turn out like a three-dimensional postcard.

By the way, another 80+ New Year's crafts from plasticine with step-by-step master classes!

Christmas tree topiary

The most fashionable and popular gift for the New Year holidays is the Christmas tree topiary. This is a decorative tree that creates an amazing mood and brings only positive emotions.

A variety of materials can be combined in a topiary: tangerines, fir cones, coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, Christmas decorations, sisal, sweets, planters, threads, ribbons, burlap, etc. The symbol of the coming year will also look good. The main thing is to turn on the fantasy and be creative.

Salt dough Christmas tree - step by step tutorial with photo

Another great way to make a Christmas tree at home is from puff pastry. The advantage of this method is that everything you need is always at hand: flour, water, salt, cardboard, scissors, paints and garlic.

First, make a cone out of cardboard, then knead the dough and put it through the garlic maker. We get nice long worms, with which we carefully and evenly cover the frame. After that, let the structure dry well in a warm oven. Next, we move on to coloring. By the way, the dough can be immediately made green if you add food coloring to it when kneading. The Christmas tree is ready!

Any extra dough? Don't throw away! Another 50+ New Year's crafts from the test in this article!

DIY paper Christmas tree

A paper Christmas tree takes pride of place among crafts for the New Year holidays, as it is an excellent gift for relatives and friends, as well as a wonderful opportunity to spend time with children.

There are a lot of ways to make a Christmas beauty out of paper: using the origami technique, from corrugated paper, using special templates and stencils for cutting, from napkins, book sheets, photographs, etc.

It is not necessary to be tied only to green, a combination of different shades is allowed.

A paper Christmas tree can be voluminous, flat, placed on a nightstand, table or even a wall. Show your imagination and creativity.

Find more paper Christmas trees in this article.

Foil Christmas tree - easy and quick craft

For those who love sparkle and glitter, a foil Christmas tree is perfect. To make a craft, you need thick foil, a template, scissors.

Using the foil template, cut out two blanks, cut one to the middle of the top, the other to the middle of the bottom. Insert blanks into each other. The foil Christmas tree is ready!

DIY Christmas tree made of threads

Christmas tree made of threads is an amazing way to create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort in your home. It doesn't take long to make. We offer a choice of 2 master classes. The first, which is also the simplest, is to wind the knitting threads around the cone, after lubricating it with glue. We wind the threads so that there are no gaps left.

The second option will take longer. Prepare a cone of the desired size in advance and wrap it with polyethylene. Wind the threads around the cone and then cover the structure with PVA glue. Let dry thoroughly (in a warm room with good air circulation).

After removing the Christmas tree from the cardboard cone, decorate with beads, sequins, beads and snowflakes to give a fairy tale and New Year's holiday atmosphere.

By the way, not only Christmas trees are made of threads! 50+ master classes of New Year's crafts from threads in a separate article!

How to make a pom-pom Christmas tree

A pom-pom Christmas tree looks very attractive. It is not difficult to make it, the main thing is to find the required number of pompoms. You can easily make them yourself using woolen threads of different colors and two circles of cardboard.

These pompoms are then glued onto a cardboard or foam cone. There are also no strict rules here, spruce can be plain (green, blue, white) or multi-colored.

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree made of money

It is customary to wish a lot of good things for the New Year, including financial well-being. Therefore, a beautiful Christmas tree made of banknotes will be an excellent gift for relatives and friends. For such crafts, both real dollars, euros or rubles, as well as souvenir ones, are suitable. There are many ways to make a money tree. So, for example, origami.

The following method is no less popular: fold bills into bags, fasten the edges, and then paste over a pre-prepared cone made of cardboard or foam.

At the end, decorate the Christmas tree with a garland, beads, rhinestones or beads.

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree made of pencils for the New Year

A Christmas tree made of pencils looks very original, bright and interesting. The advantage of this craft is that it does not take much time, you can do it with your children and select a variety of colors. For example, the panel looks great. For it, you need to cut five to seven pencils (each 5 millimeters shorter than the previous one), arrange it in the shape of a Christmas tree and glue it to a pre-prepared base.

The forest beauty will look wonderful if well-sharpened pencils are glued onto a cone-shaped base, and then decorated with tinsel, beads and rhinestones.

The main thing is to show imagination and creativity.

Organza Christmas tree - step by step tutorial with photo

Needlework lovers always have a piece of organza at home. And on the eve of the New Year holidays, you can make a very delicate, airy and incredibly beautiful Christmas tree from it.

To do this, cut organza squares, fold them several times and secure with a stapler or glue. At the end, you can decorate the forest beauty with sweets, beads, snowflakes, beads and sparkles.

Papier-mâché Christmas tree

Another popular method of making a papier-mâché Christmas tree. It is very popular among both adults and children, because it allows you to spend several evenings together, preparing for the holidays.

So, one day can be devoted to preparations for papier-mâché, then sculpting cone-shaped figures. And, finally, the most pleasant thing, decorating the forest beauties. The child himself can suggest options for colors. Optionally, you can also decorate such a Christmas tree with tinsel, garland, beads, sequins, beads and sparkles.

DIY wire Christmas tree step by step

Wire Christmas tree is an amazing solution for decorating your own house, apartment, and office space. You can choose a different size: for a table or for a floor, it all depends on the length of the material.

The easiest way to do this craft is as follows: you need to take a soft wire and bend it into a spiral, while each next turn must necessarily be less than the previous one. At the end, you need to leave the tip, this will be the top of the head, on which you can attach a star. And then you should decorate the forest beauty. The choice of material for this depends on imagination and creativity: garland, tinsel, organza, Christmas decorations, threads, beads, snowflakes, etc.

Do-it-yourself knitted Christmas tree

Knitted Christmas tree is a great opportunity for all needlewomen to please their loved ones with an amazing gift. Any color and shape will do. So, for example, a forest beauty can be white (in snow), blue (in hoarfrost), golden, silver and traditional green. As for the shape, a knitted case in the shape of a Christmas tree for a bottle of champagne looks very relevant and beautiful.

No less interesting is a stable spruce as an interior decoration, a toy for a real coniferous tree, a panel on the wall.

Each option can be decorated at the very end with beads, sequins, ribbons and beads.

Do-it-yourself voluminous Christmas tree made of cardboard

A Christmas tree made of cardboard will be a great opportunity for a child to contribute to the festive preparations for the New Year. The easiest way to make a spruce tree is to print out a forest beauty template, then you need to carefully cut it out and glue it.

It is also a good option if the paper is initially white, in which case the child will be able to show his creativity and imagination by decorating the Christmas tree. At the end, the product can be decorated with rhinestones, ribbons or sparkles.

DIY Christmas tree made of tinsel

What can look more bright, festive and give a New Year mood than tinsel? This is an amazing decoration from which you can make everything, even a fluffy Christmas tree. By the way, it takes quite a bit of time.

First you need to make a paper cone, then wrap it with tinsel in a spiral, starting from the bottom, and fix the ends with a stapler. The forest beauty is ready. Additionally, you can decorate the craft with sweets.

More candy Christmas tree ideas in this article!

You can also make a tinsel Christmas tree on the wall. A great option for pet owners or those who have a forest beauty until March.

Do you know how to make a Christmas tree out of tinsel on the wall? Not?! It's detailed here!

Christmas tree made from improvised materials

It is not necessary for a creative person to buy a Christmas tree for the New Year. Turning on his imagination and creativity, he will always find a way to make it from improvised materials with his own hands. Forest beauties in such cases can be different: symbolic gifts to relatives and friends, or real Christmas trees. The advantage of spruce from improvised materials is that it can be made by the whole family, together with children, and thus spend more time together.

How to make a Christmas tree from twigs

A Christmas tree made from twigs looks amazingly beautiful. A great eco-friendly craft for those who have little space, small children or four-legged friends.

Dry branches fasten together with a rope or bundle and fasten to the wall. To do this, you can use, for example, an ordinary household hook or nail (if you don’t feel sorry for the wall!).

No less original looks a miniature Christmas tree made of twigs, complemented by dried fruits.

Christmas tree made from cotton pads

If you want to make a Christmas tree from improvised materials, then it's time to pay attention to cotton pads. You will need thick paper for the cone, cotton pads, glue and beads for decoration. Decorate the product with any materials to your taste: sparkles, sequins, watercolor. Or just leave it white. As you like or as time permits.

Find more Christmas crafts from cotton pads here.

Christmas tree made of cotton wool

If there are no cotton pads, but there is cotton wool, you can make an original Christmas tree from it. You will need: cotton wool, a dry twig, threads, ribbons, beads and sequins for decoration.

Pasta Christmas tree

You will need: a plastic bottle or glass, pasta, glue, paint.

More ideas for pasta Christmas trees!

How to make a shabby chic Christmas tree out of lace

The imagination of a creative person will never run dry. And it's great on the eve of the New Year holidays. It is she who will make a very delicate and touching Christmas tree out of lace. The manufacturing technology of such a product is standard: first, a cone is made of cardboard, and then glued with lace using a glue gun.

But there are no rules for decorating a lace Christmas tree, each person can decorate it according to their own taste and desire with the help of beads, rhinestones, satin ribbons, sequins, bows, tinsel, etc.

DIY coffee tree

A Christmas tree can be not only beautiful, but also fragrant if made from coffee beans. The technology is quite simple: wrap a foam cone with jute twine, and then glue coffee beans one at a time, starting from the bottom. Satin bows, large beads, burlap, cinnamon sticks, chains, etc. are perfect for decoration.

Such a Christmas tree, as long as it will stand, will help create coziness in a house or apartment, fill the evenings with a romantic atmosphere and give a lot of pleasant memories. By the way, coffee spruce is a great gift for family and friends.

Do-it-yourself Christmas tree made of matches - master class

Matches are a material that is available in every home. They will make a very unusual and cute Christmas tree. The advantage of this craft is that children can be involved in the manufacture. Lots of ways to do this.

For example, you need to prepare a cardboard cone in advance. This will be the frame. And then one match should be glued to it (tips with sulfur down).

Another way: glue matches onto a Christmas tree-shaped cardboard blank, and then assemble it into a 3D figure. How to decorate such a forest beauty directly depends on the imagination and creativity of the manufacturer.

Christmas tree from a vine - how to make it yourself

A Christmas tree from a vine can turn out to be unusual and creative. The main thing is to choose a not very dry vine so that you can weave it and it does not break. Then sticks must be inserted into this structure and then continue to be braided with a vine.

If there are gaps, don't worry, fill in the gaps with twine. Burlap, fir cones, acorns, bows, cinnamon sticks are suitable for decoration.

Wine cork Christmas tree

For crafts you will need: corks, glue, ribbons, paints.

Christmas tree from a plastic bottle

Prepare thick paper, a plastic bottle, preferably green, scissors, tape.

Herringbone tea bags

Tea is one of my favorite drinks. And if you make a Christmas tree out of tea bags and give it to friends or colleagues, there will be no limit to joy. For such a craft, you will need a package of your favorite tea bags and glue a cardboard cone with bags.

Christmas tree made of beads

A Christmas tree made of beads looks very rich, elegant and amazingly beautiful. This craft is made simply and quickly: a cardboard cone is taken and beads are attached to it with a glue gun, tightly to each other, starting from the very bottom.

If this forest beauty needs some extra decor, add ribbons, stars or bells.

Christmas tree made of plastic cups

Plastic cups are an affordable and cheap material. If you glue the cups to the cone, you get a very pretty Christmas tree.

How to make a Christmas tree out of lollipops

A delicious Christmas tree that will please both adults and children will be made from lollipops if you stick them inside a plastic cone.

Learn more