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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.

When you decorate your tree, do you follow a particular Christmas theme too?

I’m so excited to be part of the Festive and Fun Christmas Tree Blog Hop with a bunch of my good friends!

So be sure to check out all of the amazing Christmas tree decorating ideas at the end of this post.

It’s so neat to see how others decorate their Christmas trees.

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Setting Our Christmas Tree Up Earlier

We put our tree up pretty early this year.

So we left it undecorated until after Thanksgiving.

Because I want to mix both Christmas and fall until after Thanksgiving, this was a great way to have the best of both worlds.

And I love how it looks without the ornaments.

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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.

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

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Plus 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?

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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.


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

Last year, we visited a new tree farm.

And while we were there, we tried to avoid 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?

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

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.

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!

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

With the New Tree, Comes New Christmas Decor

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

So I bought this gorgeous barnwood box tree collar.

Isn’t it so pretty?

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

Christmas Decorating Table Decor Idea

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 then I used it as a table runner for this Christmas tablescape.

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

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas with Lanterns

I love the layers, don’t you?

It adds a lot of dimension and texture.

What do you like to use under your tree?

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

It was fun trying something a little different this year.

I don’t always change things up, but the faux tree inspired me.

And I love the result.

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree Topper

Since this tree was so easy to deal with, we want to get another one for the Vermont cabin next year.

THESE trees are totally worth it!!!

So if you are in the market, don’t wait to get one because they sell out quick.

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.

DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper

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.

There was something missing.

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

DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper

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.

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic Star Tree Topper

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

I love the look of the wood pallet star, don’t you?

It’s times like these when I am thankful that my husband is handy around the house.

17 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Cause he just does stuff like this.

And it always turns out amazing!

Just like he is.

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree Topper

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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. 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

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  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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  7. 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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  9. We argue every year about the lights on the tree. I feel you can never have too many. 6’ tree 200 lights! Simply NOT enough. Sooooo please tell me how many lights are in your FABULOUS TREE. It looks beautiful, by the way!

    1. I could not agree with you more Jenny! On this tree, it comes with 1000 lights and there are several different modes! I usually keep it on white but every now and again my husband switches it up. hahaha