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17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Looking for ways to decorate your Christmas tree? Here are 17 different Christmas tree decorating ideas.

Do you have a theme for your Christmas tree or do you decorate from a collection of things?

When we started having children, I put away the vintage breakable ornaments and moved towards a rustic country theme with ornaments they could not break.

Through the years, I focused on ornaments with lots of neutral, natural and organic textures with pops of red.

Lots of red.

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I’m so excited to be part of the Festive and Fun Christmas Tree Blog Hop with a bunch of my good friends! If you stopped by from Mansa’s over at This is Simplicite welcome to my home! Mansa has such a beautiful home doesn’t she?

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Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas
We put our tree up pretty early this year. So we left it undecorated until after Thanksgiving. I love how it looks without the ornaments. Don’t you?

Rustic Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I’ve been collecting rustic Christmas tree ornaments for about 20 years now. Every year I pick up a few more and add to the collection.

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Since my husband and I have been celebrating Christmas together, we have always had a real tree.

But this year, we changed things up and went with this faux tree.


Because we want to have the tree up for longer without the care.

And we wanted it to be a little less of a family fuss.

Traditionally, every year we would take the kids out to breakfast, then head to a local tree farm to cut down a tree.

Sounds pretty fun right?

Except without fail, we could never agree on a tree and it would take hours to pick one.

So we’d be out there standing in the cold field, arguing over which tree fits, doesn’t fit, looks good, doesn’t look good, is too fat or too skinny.


17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Last year, we visited a new tree farm. And while we were there, we tried to avoid the disagreements and picked one quickly that we thought would work.

It did not look perfect in the field, but no one had any real issues with it.

So we went with it.

When we got it home, it was really misshapen, had huge holes in it and I literally have no idea why we picked it. LOL!

Has that ever happened to you before?

Rustic Farmhouse Holiday Home Tour
This was our tree from December 2019.

So anyway, here we were with this tree.

And all the ornaments in the world could not fix it.

I tried trimming the branches to help shape it a little more, but it was just not good.

And it bothered me all season long.

Which is why you don’t see many pics of last year’s tree.

But that wasn’t the only reason we decided to move to faux.

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

We went to Vermont to ski more last year.

And when we arrived home after a ski trip all of the needles were on the ground.

From that moment on, we decided we were going with a faux tree.

And I could not be happier with our choice!

It’s the perfect size,

The perfect shape.

And best of all?

No needle drop!

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

With the New Tree, Comes New Christmas Decor

Since we moved to a faux tree, I wanted to changed the look of the base.

So I bought this gorgeous barnwood box tree collar.

Isn’t it so pretty?

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I love the rustic vibe it adds to my faux tree!

When I was shopping at Big Lots recently, I picked up this cool Merry Christmas tree  skirt.

I thought I might use it at the Vermont cabin.

But the I used it as a table runner in this tablescape.

Christmas Decorating Table Decor Idea

And then decided to layer it under my tree with this cool boho rug.

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas with Lanterns

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Doesn’t the tree look a little cozier with all those layers?

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree Topper

Christmas Decorating with a Rustic Tree Topper

But the coolest addition to our tree is the DIY wood pallet star tree topper my husband made on the fly last weekend.

Doesn’t it look great???

Whenever we decorate the tree we add the tree topper first.

And when we put the angel on top that we have been using for the last 25 or so years, it just did not look right,

DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper

It was something was missing.

The bottom of the tree has this cool, boho rustic vibe and then as your eye draws up, you just see this angel.

Gosh I love him because we both looked at each other, looked at the tree and he just said, “I’m making a star out of the leftover wood pallet.”

And off he went.

It wasn’t part of the plan by any means.

But I’m so glad he did that because now our new tree looks complete.

DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic Star Tree Topper

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree Topper


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Thanks for stopping by my home today. I hope you’ll come back and visit again! Be sure and stop by my friend Kristin at White Arrows Home who is the next stop on the Festive and Fun Christmas Tree Blog Hop.

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  1. Stacy, your tree is absolutely beautiful! I really love how you layered the tree skirt and round rug. Thanks for organizing the hop. Merry Christmas! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much Cecilia! I am so glad you joined us! I love your vintage holiday home!!! Enjoy the holidays! xoxoxo

  2. Stacy, your tree is beautiful! I love all the layers and your rustic decorations…and of course your cute tree models! I know what you mean about the real tree vs. artificial. We still get a real tree for our main living room tree but I have an artificial one for the foyer. Then this year I bought a second artificial one for the dining room and I am loving how easy it is! Thanks so much for hosting this awesome blog hop! I can’t wait to see all the Christmas trees!

    1. Right? I love a real tree but this was so much easier with less of a family fuss! I’m so glad you joined the hop! I love your tree in your navy dining room! It looks beautiful! xoxoo

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad he made that last weekend – the angel just didn’t look right. I’m glad you joined us! Enjoy a wonderful holiday Jen! xoxo

  3. Stacy, thank you so much for hosting this Christmas tree blog hop. What fun. I love the rustic theme of your tree. The wood Star is perfect!! We made the switch a few years ago to a faux tree and it was such a smart decision. Love your Labs too. Our Layla left us in February and I this is our first Christmas without her.

    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that. Labs are such wonderful dogs! I’m so glad you joined the tour! I loved all of your decorating ideas! xoxoxo

  4. LOL…probably another reason I have a faux tree…Chuck would probably bring a tape measure to the Christmas tree farm and start measuring the trees!! I love the star your husband made and the box collar looks perfect!

    1. Thank you Julie! I love this tree – it was the easiest to put up and looks so pretty! I miss the real tree but do not miss the fuss at all! xoxoxo

  5. I feel your real Christmas tree pain. A couple of years ago was the last time we’d ever buy a real tree because it fell over twice! Spilled water all over the wood floors and broke several ornaments that we’d had for years. I was sooooo over it. Love your rustic tree and the new DIY topper. Thank you so much for inviting me to join this hop. I love all the inspo and finding new accounts to follow!

    1. Thanks Cindy! Strange to change a family tradition but I think it was a good move for us! Happy Sunday!xoxo

  6. Hi Stacy

    I love how you layered your tree base. I had a similar plan for this year. Plans changed once Peanut went blind.

    Adding new textures confuse blind dogs and she’s doing so good we didn’t want to throw her for a loop. Yes, we adore our dogs..

    Tge wood star tge hubs made is still pretty. I still can’t believe you bought the angel at Rickles.

    The new tree is a beauty and very full. I use a different piece to hold our trees every year.

    Great tour.


  7. Stacy,
    I came to your blog first thing this morning but completely forgot to comment. LOL I love how you decorated your tree and I appreciate you for putting this together.

  8. Stacy your tree is just beautiful! I love that you husband made the new tree topper. It turned out so good and now will be such a special memory. Thank you for hosting and Merry Christmas!

  9. It’s so pretty Stacy! We do the same thing and have a faux tree because of holiday travel. I LOVE your wood box! It’s so pretty!! Thanks for organizing a wonderful hop!

    1. Thank you Kristin! Faux is easier on the lifestyle when you travel more! I’m so glad you joined – it was fun! xoxo

  10. Stacey! I love your Christmas tree!! It is decorated beautifully! And your pallet star!!! We went with a real tree for the first time this year. Fingers crossed it goes well! My husband has been resistant to a real tree since we got married. If this year goes poorly we will be back to an artificial tree by next year! XoXo

    1. Thank you! Truth be told I miss the real tree and the experience of getting it but it was so much easier for us doing it this way this year! We’ve had some great live trees through the years. Enjoy yours!!!! xoxoxo

  11. I love your new faux tree and have considered making the switch from real too but my family still insists on a real tree. I loved the layered tree skirt and rug with the rustic wood box! And that star well it’s just the cherry on top of your pretty tree! Thanks for hosting this fantastic Christmas tree blog hop!

    1. Thank you! I was surprised we didn’t get the resistance from the girls. I’m so glad you guys joined – it was fun! xoxo

  12. I just love your rustic tree, and I enjoyed your “Griswald” family tree story! I had real trees for years until developing some allergies to chemicals that might have been used on commercial trees during the growing process (I can still use some fresh evergreen clippings with no problem) I also just needed to get started earlier with decorating for blogging. and didn’t want a dead tree by Christmas!

    Your new tree is just beautiful! I just would love to snuggle up on that chair with that cozy throw and enjoy your lovely home for the holidays.

    Thank you so much for hosting this tour. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Amber! I miss the family tradition but definately not the fuss. It always sounds so much more fun than it actually was. hahaha. I’m so glad you joined the tour. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! xoxo

  13. What great ideas! I love those lanterns – they are really gorgeous. I have a question – how to you hold up your star on the top of the tree? Mine always bend and fall off. Thanks. Carol

    1. Thanks Carol!!! We did picture framing wire on the back and hooked it on top. The tree is faux so its pretty sturdy holding it. You could also try some zip ties or maybe adding a stick to help support it more like a stake in the back.

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