I am so, so excited to share this year’s Christmas tree! Like last year, I went with a rainbow color blocked tree (pink up top and then orange, yellow, green, and then blue- can you see it?!). To elevate the look, I added florals in each color! I think it makes the color story stronger. Want to see more pictures of my floral and rainbow Christmas tree?!
let’s back up
Awhile ago, I discovered a bunch of pictures from my first job after college. I was a visual merchandiser for a furniture showroom. Each year, I’d help decorate at least 5 huge 12′ trees in a new theme! It was a ton of work, but I loved it, and I learned SO much! I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures from then (these were taken 12 years ago- in November 2007)!
By the time that it was time to put up my own tree, I would be so tired of decorating I barely wanted to put mine up. It was good training though, so I thought I’d give you some Christmas tree decorating tips that I’ve learned over time!YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
The tree is from Grandin Road- I got a 7.5′ tree since I have higher ceilings in this house. It’s the perfect size and I love that it’s white and flocked. Perfect for the colorful decor I like to add! Most of the ornaments are also from Grandin Road too, though there’s lots of old one mixed in.
For the florals, I grabbed a bunch from Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. These aren’t holiday florals (which I love). They tell a strong color story and add some softness and whimsy to the tree.
Start by fluffing your tree well (if you’re using a faux tree). This is the worst part (in my opinion) of Christmas tree decorating, but it’s key to make sure the tree looks as natural and full as possible. Plug in the lights and make sure they’re working before putting up a single ornament.
Next, lay out all the ornaments and other decor out. I like to start with the biggest items. For this tree, it was the florals. I started with the pink and worked my way down. These are floral stems not a garland and they’re just tucked in the tree. I used extra leaves for the stems to make it appear more like a garland.
For ornaments, you’re going to want to vary the size and shape to create interest. For example, a tree with all round ornaments might look a little boring, but fun shapes breaks things up. Make sure to hang some ornaments on the ends of the branches and tuck others deep in the tree. This creates dimension and makes the tree look more full.
Don is almost 5 and is finally old enough to be able to be coached while decorating. I couldn’t stand the thought of having to remove all the decorations and put them back up once he was awake, so I gave him guide lines while putting the ornaments up.
Instead, I asked him to place ornaments in color order (so pink ornaments by the pink flowers). I showed him how to hang them so that no ornaments overlapped the florals. And if there were too many clumped together, I helped him move them around. It was fun to work together and I figure, he can learn with a few tips and will just get better every year.
Luckily, the coaching worked and I didn’t have to move any of the Christmas tree decor after he went to bed. I had to be more patient, but it felt like a team effort which I loved! We made great memories together with the record player on. He put on the star with a little help from my husband. It was magical.
To complete any tree, finish off with a tree skirt, tree collar, or basket. I like a classic tree skirt, but anything to cover up the base will do it. Personally, I like to place the tree skirt on last so that it’s not full of pine needles or flocking.
At the bottom of the tree, I tucked a brass vintage deer. I love this mid century cutie! Below, I linked to a few similar ones if you want to add one to your Christmas decor too.
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