When you plan your Christmas-tree decoration, think outside the box. Let your tree express who your family is and what they love. Convey special memories with your Christmas-tree ornaments. It’ll bring your family joy throughout the holiday season.
Let the Kids Lead the Way
Arts and crafts materials can give your tree a personalized look. Get your kids involved — assemble handmade ornaments and garland as a team. Instead of aiming for a fancy look, give the tree a homey, family-friendly appeal.
- Create reindeer with juice-pop sticks, pipe cleaners, craft eyes and pom-poms. Let your children name the reindeer before placing them on your Christmas tree.
- Turn cotton balls into snowmen. Glue the cotton balls to small paper plates or circles cut from poster board. Use fabric remnants and make them small scarves. Hang with yarn.
Be Thrifty and Chic
Pick up costume jewelry and other sparkly findings at thrift stores and garage sales. Then, combine your repurposed decorations with new ornaments and craft items. It’ll give your Christmas tree a unique, glittering look.
- Costume beads can turn into decorative tinsel. Glue costume earrings to bent paper clips and create small ornaments. Refinish plastic jewelry with metallic paint.
- Purchase garland and ornaments in rich gold, bronze and silver tones to complement vintage items and thrift-store finds.
Use Color Creatively
Tired of the same old Christmas tree? A new color combination can add some holiday cheer and warmth. From a fun pink and ivory tree to a rich gold and red tree, enjoy your favorite colors during the holiday season. First, write down a few color combinations you like, and then ask your family which ones they prefer.
- Want to add a splash of spirit to your Christmas tree? Incorporate your favorite sports team’s colors or the colors of your child’s school.
- Other colors may have significance to your family. Think of your family car, pet or house color. What are your children’s favorite colors?
- Use only white decorations and ornaments for a winter-themed tree. Snowflake ornaments, tinsel and all-white lights bring the magic of winter indoors. A winter tree can be fun in warmer climates where the decorations might be the only snow and ice for miles.
Enhance Yesterday’s Ornaments and Garland
Give your tree a fresh look — combine your heirloom ornaments and keepsakes with new decorations. Pick up eye-catching accents like oversized beads, shimmering ribbon and tinsel.
- Tie wide ribbon to the top tree branches, and twist the ends toward the bottom. Find ribbon with wire edges — this will add stability. Arrange old family-favorite ornaments between the ribbons.
- Instead of traditional garland, drape a loose, twisted piece of chiffon around the tree, allowing branches to show. Light fabrics make a great contrast to a dark tree — layer over Christmas lights to create a dreamy star effect.
Use a Few of Your Favorite Things
Make your Christmas tree special — turn a favorite hobby into a decorative theme, and your tree will reflect what’s important to you and your family.
- Have a little one who loves trains? Go beyond adding a train track under the tree, and include toy trains as ornaments. Train ornaments with vibrantly colored traditional ornaments will give you a “choo-choo” tree that’ll make you and your child smile.
- Does your child dance? Create a ballet, tap or hip-hop tree with dance- and music-themed ornaments. Include ribbons from your child’s dance shoes.
- Are you a member of a knitting or crochet club? Create your own fabric ornaments. Do you collect recipes? Hang recipe cards from your Christmas tree with ribbon. It’ll add a personal touch.
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