In this post I’m sharing ideas for decorating an elegant Christmas tree with ease. Products are linked on my Shop My Home Page Menu.
The ideas for themed Christmas trees are almost as endless. Whether you dream of an all white Christmas, or gold and silver, blue and white, or all the colors of the rainbow, this post is complete with easy ideas for decorating an elegant Christmas Tree. It is truly goofproof.
In true Southern Nell’s form, the elegant Christmas tree I completed for this post contains high and low end budget items. Some of the ornamentation on the tree I’ve had for years, but was able to find similar items if the exact ones I use are no longer available. As always, I worked to provide a variety of price points for the decor. Please purchase through the links provided, as it is how I’m compensated for running this blog.
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My son used his video skills to transfom my amateur videos into a pretty fantastic “How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Video”. Thank you, son!
“Rock Around the Christmas Tree with Me”
It all Starts with a Great Tree
It all starts with choosing a beautiful tree! The tree I used is from King of Christmas : Be sure to use my my discount code: SouthernNellGraciousLiving. This 6 Foot Flocked Prince, Pre-lit was exactly what I was looking for. As you saw in the video, the quality is fantastic! They offer many types and sizes, and various price points. They have a fantastic sale running, so take advantage of that!!
I wanted a tree to place atop my vintage drum table that sets in the picture window in the front of my home. Pre-lit is always the way to go; who needs that headache.
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Don’t let the end result scare you! You can achieve an elegant look to your Christmas tree, too. Here are:
Easy Ideas for Creating an Elegant Christmas Tree
Follow These Simple Steps
- Fluff each section before adding the next
- Tree Skirt
- Boxes (if needed)
- Fur Ribbon (if you are using it)
- Add Large Picks
- Add Large Ornaments
- Medium Ornaments and picks
- Small and special ornament
- Tree Topper and Ribbon
Fluff Each of the Christmas Tree Sections before Adding the Next
How many have excitedly put the entire tree together before fluffing (my hand is raised). However, I’ve learned the hard way to take the time to fluff each section before adding the next, it’s so much easier. Try it this year!
Add the Christmas Tree Skirt
The tree skirt is next. There are a ton of options out there now, including tree collars. I love the soft elegance a skirt adds.
My tree skirt is no longer available, but I found some similar ones and linked them on the Shop My Home Page, along with a couple of my favorite collars.
Fill the Negative Space beneath the Tree Branches with Christmas Boxes
Still, another consideration when purchasing your tree, is how far up the trunk the branches start. I’ve had trees where the branches are almost touching the floor. Although glamorous, where do you put the gifts? I prefer at least 10 inches before the first branch. If you are a last minute gift shopper and last second gift wrapper, these faux boxes are an inexpensive way to fill the space until your all ready on December 24th (along with your’s truly).
Fur Ribbon (Optional)
Flocked trees are enhanced with this fur ribbon. I love how it adds such a soft look to the tree. I used 4 spools, each about 10 yards long and approximately 4 inches wide.
Place Large Picks on the Christmas Tree
As I noted in the video, personal preference plays a role in how far you allow the picks and sprays to stick out of the tree. I love the jagged edges of the picks cascading down the tree, so mine stick out a country mile in places. A variety of picks adds a lot of texture and interest. However, sticking with one type creates a nice cohesiveness as well, again with the personal preference.
Insert the Large Ornaments
Fill in the “wholes” where you can see to the trunk with the large ornaments. I love the depth you can create by layering the ornaments and pics back toward the trunk of the tree. If you’re just starting to collect ornaments, or you are more on the side of minimalism, you can stop after this step and have a beautiful tree.
Time to add the Medium-sized Ornaments and Picks to the Christmas Tree
One option for placing the remainder of your ornaments is to zig zag down the tree from left to right, going from top to bottom. This allows the eye to flow down the tree and take in all the beauty. You can also add any smaller sized picks/sprays you’ve collected during this step as well. Grouping a pick with an ornament is a good luck, as is pairing or combining three ornaments together with a tie can create a fun luck as well. (For this effect you simply run a ornament hook through all three ornaments give it a twist, and tie it on the end of a branch. I didn’t do that on this tree, but here’s and example from last year’s tree.
Position the Small and Special Ornaments
The smallest ornaments along with the special ornaments that have either been gifted or made for you throughout the years, are placed near the outside of the tree branches.
Add the Ribbon and Christmas Tree Topper
The fur ribbon was placed on first because it is nestled horizontally around the tree. The cascading ribbon and tree topper are the last to go on the tree, and are more vertically positioned. On the video, I demonstrated how I cut and curl the ribbon to make it easier to add to the tree and to help it go a little further. The cheetah ribbon wasn’t cut, it was simply tucked into the branches as it flowed down the tree.
There are so many beautiful toppers available. I’ve linked a few at varying price points, that would work with this tree. I chose to tie bows with the ribbon for my topper.
I hope you found this post and the video helpful. Please say hello. I love to hear from you all. Check out my Pinterest and Instagram accounts for daily inspiration. There’s lots more Christmas inspiration planned for you! A home tour, and some simple DIY’s will be posted in the coming days and weeks.
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