11/20/12

How I Decorate My Christmas Trees



 I am not a Christmas tree decorating expert by any means!  I just love Christmas, and wanted to share how I decorate my trees!
I think it's fun to have a theme for your tree.  Either a color theme or something else, like Santas, snowmen, crosses, a kitchen tree, etc. And I LOVE trees that are full of mismatchy family ornaments too. Those can be pulled together by adding a color theme along with them. 
 
*Some things that I think will make a great and FULL tree are;*
lots of ornaments of different shapes and sizes. You need big and small, balls and other shapes too. Ribbon and mesh, and picks are great for filling in and adding oomph! 

You can add things from around your house too; I've used tea cups, coke cans, initials, pictures, silver ware, dried flowers... it all depends on the theme too.  I try to do things super inexpensively (my husband would totally disagree!) I put up several trees, so I can't spend a ton. BUT  I probably add to my collection every year, so now I have a lot.  I wouldn't be able to buy it all at once. And back in the day I had a job that paid money. Now my boss is a 2 year old and the pay stinks, but the benefits are great!

First is my pink, green, and brown tree in my dining room. 
 I got this flocked tree at Big Lots.  It's a 6.5 foot tree and I wanted it to appear a little bit taller, so I put it on an upside down galvanized bucket.
 This year I used mesh and ribbon for the first time! I loved it and it was super easy. It's a great way to fill up your tree too.
 I got the skinny roll of mesh, but next time I will get the fat one.  It will make it more full. 
I just ran mesh and 2 kinds of ribbon down 4 sides of the tree. I pinched it every 12 inches or so, and just used a tree branch to grab it.

 Hobby Lobby has mesh by the Christmas ribbon AND by the wedding stuff too.  That's where I got this light pink one.

Ornaments:
I put on all the big ornaments first. 
They are easier to fit in before you have all the other ornaments on. 
  ( as you can see by all my pictures it's all real life going on in the backgrounds.  I didn't have time or energy to "style" all my pictures.  I am pretty sure I was still in my pjs at 2 pm while decorating!)

Then I go by color.  
Except for the big ornaments, I put all the green ones on first.  This helps balance out the tree and spread out the colors evenly.  And I don't want to be the boss of you, but decorate the back of your tree! People can see more of it than you think!
I always tuck some in the middle of the tree too.  Unless your branches are super dense, they will fit nicely and give your tree dimension. This is way easier to do with hooks on your ornaments rather than the ones hung by a string.  I usually cut the strings off and use hooks. 

 Then I added pink:
 Then brown:

Then I added a bow on top with some picks.  I had to google, "how to make a Christmas bow"! I would be a terrible housewife with out the internet to guide me!
Then at the end, I filled in any nekkid spots with ornaments.

  
This Santa tree was done in the middle of the night, so this is the only "during" picture I got of the tree. But I followed the same pattern. Mesh and ribbon first. Then the big ornaments and big Santa face! Then I started with turquoise. Then I moved on to the Santa and red ornaments, and then the black and white, then the picks.
It really does make all the difference in the world to do one color at a time. I have broken my rules before and totally regretted it! It became a big mish-mashy mess.


Please have fun decorating your tree and don't let it stress you out.  And if you only have 12 ornaments right now, then hang those 12 ornaments with pride! Then go to the after Christmas sales and start stocking up! 

In our home Christmas is NOT all about the decorations, presents or even that sweetie Santa, it's all about Jesus's birthday!



You can see how I decorated trees in the past, 2011 here, 2010 here, and 2009 in a different house here.  
And if you have any questions, I will try to answer them in the comments section. 
Thanks!

21 comments:

Hannah Fields said...

Super Cute!! I love the Santa tree it matches my kitchen and I love it!! Love your blog :)

Mallorie said...

Girlfriend "I am not a Christmas tree decorating expert by any means!" LIES! You SO are! If I was living in Grapevine I would be calling you up to help me! ;-)

GREAT job! I am doing a big FULL tree for the first time this year! I have the mesh, ribbon, picks, and ornaments all ready! I'm kind of nervous!!! I will be re-reading this for SURE! Thanks for sharing!

emily said...

Thank you so much for posting your how to's! I love your trees!

Angie said...

The trees look gorgeous, of course! Thanks for the great advice on how to achieve the look. You are so dang talented!

zandjmom said...

I have that same turquoise W and want to put it my tree. How did you secure it? Looks fab!

zandjmom said...

I have that same turquoise W and want to put it my tree. How did you secure it? Looks fab!

the undomesticated wife said...

Very cute! I do mine very much the same way - decorating the back, in the middle for dimension, etc. I also add picks and ribbons and whatnot. For my dog tree, I use poinsettas for fillers, and bright turquoise mesh that was leftover from a craft project.

And it's true...finding stuff from around the house is cheap and fun...makes the trees interesting!

I'll be getting started this weekend. I think I mentioned that I got everything down from the attic. I haven't put it up yet because I still have thanksgiving stuff out. This will be the first time in two years that I've decorated for Christmas. When I was going through my divorce, I just didn't have it in me. So it'll be super exciting to unwrap all of my ornaments! ;)

Cheryl said...

Thank you Dina so much.....I have never thought to decorate by colors....I usually just lay the ornaments out and pick one up at a time in no certain order....plus while I have used mesh....this will sound dumb...but I couldn't figure out how to punch it...so I just laid it out flat on the tree....not the look I was going for.......my tree is really big.....goes up high into our vaulted ceiling.......I'm feeling now by looking at this...I don't have nearly enough ornaments to get the look you have for this big of a tree...????......so need to pick up some more or I guess shop the house...???....how do you attach some of the "house" things to the tree if there isn't an obvious place to put a hook???.....I'm sure there will be more questions.....I so appreciate you doing this....my word....all of your trees are absolutely gorgeous......I'm starting mine this weekend.....another thing....you run your ribbon up and down the tree.....I was running mine around the tree....but I think it fills in better up and down......and I need to get ribbon to go with my mesh......I'm on this....ha, ha.....thank you so much Dina......I'm going to give it a go!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Instead of punch...that should be pinch...ha, ha...should have proofread!!!!

Dina said...

Hey Cheryl,

I think it's way easier to do the ribbon and mesh vertical. It's the first time I have done it. Especially since you have such a tall tree it will be easier to get on! And if you need to buy ribbon, I got some great ribbon at Sam's. They are HUGE rolls for just $7 or $8. And if you need more ornaments, check out the dollar stores.

And I find various ways to attach my regular house stuff. If the branches are really strong, sometimes things will just sit in the tree. For the Santa face, I had to screw in a hook on the back. Then I hooked that on a branch. Then I made sure the rest of him was supported by other branches underneath. Does that make sense?

I wish you lots of luck putting up your tree this weekend! Send me a picture!

Dina said...

And to attach my "W" I just put long ornament hooks to the existing hooks on the back. Then I attached those to some branches. Then I stuffed the W in the tree pretty good, so it would be supported.

Anonymous said...

Don't be shy, you defintely have a gift ! I want you to come do my trees :).

I pinned this to my Christmas tree board (hope you don't mind). I thought it would help others especially new wives.


Kristen

Anonymous said...

My mama told me big ornaments go on bottom medium size in middle and smaller thur middle and top area...I got to say the big pink ornaments are bugging me.... Look the colors and everything!!!

Dina said...

Anonymous-The big pink ornament on top is bugging me a little too. BUT I did say at the beginning of the post that I am no expert!

Betty Sue said...

Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of a reindeer engraved on it. It was super cool and I found out that a firm out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I am considering ordering from them this year...check them out if you like wooden items

Stephanie said...

HI! Love the trees! Simply beautiful! I have a couple of questions... First where did you get the 'We believe" banner ornament? Sencond, where did you get the large santa head? Third, where did you get the aqua bead garland stuff? Thanks so much!

Stephanie said...

Where did the W come from too? I had posted earlier. :) Just love it!!

Dina said...

Hey Stephanie,

Your comment didn't have an email address, so I hope you check back here.

The W came from Hobby Lobby. The big santa face came from a little store here called Norma Stones, about 5 or more years ago. BUT I saw some at HL last year, so they might have them again. The turquoise bead picks are some that I got when I used to have a store. The company is called Midwest of Cannon Falls, but they are about 10 years old now. And the We Believe banner came from Golightly's. That's a few years old too.

Sorry, I know that's not much help when nothing is new! I have been accumulating Christmas stuff for a long time now.

Thanks for stopping by!

Makala Bumgarner said...

I LOVE your blog! It's just what I needed to get on the right foot to decorate my tree. Thanks for the great tips....even better than your tips and pics was your last sentence.... JESUS! Amen sister!
Makala

Angelain said...

I just love your trees!!!! Personally, I can't get enough ornaments on my tree!!! LOL!!! Could you tell me where you purchased the large hot pink and lime green ornaments? Also on that tree where could I find the garland and the ribbon. I have a hot pink/lime green tree, but would like to add more to it. Thanks so much!!!

Dina said...

Hey Angelain,

I got those big ornaments over 10 years ago from a company called Midwest of Cannon Falls, but I have seen ones similar at Hobby Lobby. That's also where I got my garland and ribbon. Sometimes Lowe's and even Walmart have big ornaments like that too! I LOVE talking about Christmas stuff in July! Thanks!