Try Mixing It Up With These Christmas Tree Decorating Themes

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating the Christmas tree with loved ones. However, you may have found yourself less excited about the tradition after several years of putting up the same tree decorations. Even those who are satisfied with their tree decor may have second thoughts after seeing the Superhero Christmas tree, or the unique decorations you can make out of food. Whether you’re ready to change things up this year or just keeping options in mind for next year, these tree decorating ideas may grab your attention.

Candy Lovers Unite!

A Christmas tree is covered is candy decor.
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danceranddasher/Instagram

If you or someone in your household loves Candyland, this may be the dream Christmas tree for you. Packed with decorations that mimic holiday sweets, this tree takes holiday cheer to a whole new level.

The gingerbread houses and swirly lollipops are eyecatching while the donuts and ice cream cones fill out the tree. Ornaments are made to look like candy-covered apples and felt pom poms are attached to a stick to look like cake pops. Smiling elves make for a unique but festive tree topper.

The Most Wonderful Time Just Got A Little Negative

A white tree with black decorations appears to be in the negative.
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Regina Catoe/Pinterest

This black and white Christmas tree has a distinctive glow that makes it seems as though you’re looking at a negative photograph. That dark ornaments stand out against the white tree branches for an extraordinary look that you probably won’t easily find.

Since the ornaments are predominantly silhouetted out with this theme, it would be a good idea to choose ones you particularly like for their shape. Another option is to get a black Christmas tree and decorate it with white ornaments that will really pop.

Trees Of A Feather Flock Together

A feather boa is wrapped around a Christmas tree instead of garland.
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Toni Mackie/Pinterest

You may not have thought to incorporate feathers into your tree decorating regimen, but it makes for a wonderful filler. The feathers can block any gaps in the tree while brightening up the dark pines. The white stands out against the green quite nicely, but you can also use other colors of feathers to mix it up.

This tree decorator used a feather boa as an alternative to garland for a softer and less sparkly look. However, you can also use feathers the same way you would traditional ornaments and disperse them throughout the tree.

If Christmas And Valentine’s Day Had A Baby…

An outdoor Christmas tree is covered in roses.
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merhanson/Instagram

Red roses are usually associated with Valentine’s Day, but the color alongside the green pines is perfect for Christmas. Especially on an outdoor Christmas tree, red roses are a gorgeous standout against any home exterior.

However, roses make for a beautiful ornament on indoor Christmas trees, as well. If you don’t want to sacrifice real roses, there are plenty of mock roses that will last all season. Best of all, you can choose from a variety of colors to match your other decorations.

Frosty The Tree Man

A white Christmas tree is decorated to look like a snowman.
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upenzi/Instagram

Frosty the Snowman is a holiday favorite for many kids. However, for those who don’t experience snow in the winter, you may not have the privilege of a decorated a Frosty to call your own. One alternative is to turn your Christmas tree into one instead.

For obvious reasons, a white Christmas tree allows for a more realistic snowman. But don’t let that deter you if you have a green tree. This adorable snowman head looks great on any color. You can sew Frosty some arms or simply attach oven mitts to the tree. Be sure to add a scarf and some ornament buttons.

You Can Take The Tree Out Of The Forest, But You Can’t Take The Forest Out Of The Tree

A small tree is dressed with nature-inspired decorations.
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For those who love nature, you might enjoy taking a more forest-inspired approach to tree decorating. This person used cotton balls to mimic snow on the branches. They also stuck with ornaments that look like forest animals or pine cones.

Berries on the vine add a touch of color along with the golden cones and chestnuts. The nice thing about this Christmas tree theme is that you can adjust to make the decorations more or less natural. For example, you could swap out the ornament pine cones for real ones.

Make A Pattern In Your Tree

A tree is decorated with alternating blue and white decorations.
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Annie Brocoli/Pinterest

One challenge that sometimes presents itself while Christmas tree decorating is trying to evenly disperse the colors. You may have found the perfect spot for an ornament until you realize there’s another one of the same color nearby.

That’s what makes doing a color pattern so helpful. Group ornaments together by color in order to create a pattern that evolves as you move down and/or across the tree. This decorator chose to use a ribbon to further accentuate the pattern.

Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

A Christmas tree has only white decorations.
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texasmodernranchhouse/Instagram

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Rather than buying every color ornament out there, simplify and stick to just one. White is a great option to emphasize the snowy Christmas season. The stark color looks great against a green tree.

Another bonus of sticking to all-white decor is that you give your attention to the kinds of decorations you’d like to choose. This tree sports white reindeer, lanterns, ice skates, and more all brought together by a sheer, white ribbon.

This Tree Looks Good Enough To Eat

A tree is has predominately decorations made from food.
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heather_nolting/Instagram

One of the most inexpensive ways to decorate a Christmas tree is to make the ornaments. While it sounds complicated, it can be as easy as slicing an orange. Simply arrange the slices on a cooking sheet and bake them until they’re dried out.

To mix up the colors, you can to the same process with all citrus fruits. This person stuck to just oranges, but also hung up baked gingerbread cookies and candy canes. The popcorn garland can be made by stringing the popcorn together with a needle and thread.

Have A Very Berry Christmas

A Christmas tree has white decorations and red berries.
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Shelly Nichols/Pinterest

This Christmas tree combines a few different themes we’ve seen thus far to create a unique but festive option. The pines needles appear to be coated to look like they’re covered in snow. Feathers further embellish the snowy look and add texture.

The ornaments stick to a clear, white, bronze, and red color scheme. There’s a little birdhouse towards the top near a red bird, which brings a touch of forest life to the decor. The tree wouldn’t be the same without that burst of red from the berries.

For The Christmas Town Fans

A ladder is made into a Christmas tree with layers of miniature Christmas towns.
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Carlyn Sherer/Pinterest

For some people, decorating the Christmas tree is their favorite holiday tradition. For others, it’s all about creating an idyllic Christmas town. The problem is that it can be difficult to find space for all of the figurines. That’s why this individual concocted a makeshift Christmas town tree.

All that you need is a ladder, preferably wooden, and a few wooden shelves. Paint the ladder green and stagger the shelves to give the slight resemblance of a Christmas tree. The shelves will offer ample room for your holiday town decorations. Don’t forget to string lights throughout.

The Christmas Tree At The End Of The Rainbow

A Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments the colors of the rainbow.
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a_m_b_o/Instagram

Who says Christmas has to be limited to a handful of colors? If you enjoy all of the colors of the rainbow, you might enjoy mixing it up with a rainbow Christmas tree. You’ll need a box or two of ornaments in each color and then can arrange them like a rainbow.

The key here is to have a variety of ornament shapes in order to keep things varied. You can also do multiple shades of each color rather than settling on just one. This decorator topped the tree with a star, but we’d suggest sticking an elf at the top.

Mickey Mouse Is Coming To Town

A Christmas tree is covered in Mickey Mouse decorations.
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Andrea Tellez/Pinterest

It’s one thing to love all things Disney; it’s another thing to be a committed Mickey Mouse fan. This tree owner clearly falls into the latter category. Between the Mickey hands and the Fantasia tree topper, we’d guess Mickey Mouse is their favorite character of all time.

One of the amazing things about this tree is the amount of detail that went into the colorful ribbon placement. Vivid ornaments pop next to Mickey Mouse and his fellow cast members.

You Don’t Want To Mess With This Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is covered in superhero decorations.
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Gabriela Delcid/Pinterest

Superhero lovers may be inspired by this masterpiece of a Christmas tree. While the tree is so full of decorations that you can hardly see a single branch, executing this theme may be easier than it looks. The key is having the right color of ornaments.

It would be wise to start out with the superheroes you know you want to feature, obtaining either masks or figurines. From there, you can choose ornament colors that compliment each superhero. This decorator incorporated cardboard cutouts of various onomatopoeia words that you’d find in a comic book. Place your favorite superhero at the top, and you’ve got a superhero Christmas tree.

The Country Living Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is covered in rustic-looking decorations.
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carmensmakingthishouseahome/Instagram

Few things are homier than a rustic-style Christmas. To incorporate more country into your Christmas, try adding a few of these decorations to your tree. Giant pinecones and poinsettias add a touch of nature to the decor.

A plaid ribbon and wooden reindeer cutouts give that country feel to the Christmas tree. You can create your own festive sign ornaments by purchasing a few small baskets like the ones used here. Print out a few holiday words and fix them to the bottom of the basket to make standout ornament signs.

Dive Into Christmas

A Christmas tree is covered in beach-themed decorations.
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Dorothy LaRosa/Pinterest

Just because Christmas is often associated with winter weather doesn’t mean that you can’t have an ocean-themed tree. Instead of stars, decorate with starfish. This individual got really creative by making burlap poinsettias to fit the theme.

Seahorses, mermaids, fish, and other sea creatures make for original tree ornaments. This decorator stuck with a white, blue, and taupe color scheme with hints of dark copper. They also strung together small pieces of wood as an alternative to garland.

It’s Not Christmas Without The Nutcracker

The nutcracker figurines are topped with tree ferns to look like a small Christmas Tree.
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laura_lu_dennis/Instagram

This Nutcracker fan went ahead and used their figurines to create a makeshift Christmas tree. They seem to have fixed pieces of a tree, or perhaps pine needle garland, in such a way that it looks like the dolls make up a part of the tree.

If you have a Christmas tree, you could use Nutcracker figurines as a decoration throughout the tree. The top hat makes a perfect tree topper and bows and twinkling lights fit the theme.

The Tree Is Definitely Merry And Bright

A Christmas tree is covered in all-gold decorations.
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pedroliram/Instagram

Similar to the all-white Christmas tree, this one is decorated in gold from top to bottom. There’s something about gold that suits the holiday season, perhaps because it is such a warm color. Plenty of shades and designs of ornaments are offered, making it an easy color to stick to.

This decorator topped the tree with a big, golden bow. The varying shades and textures ensure that the tree is far from redundant or plain.

Christmas In Hogwarts

A Christmas tree is covered in Harry Potter decorations.
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Abigail Evans/Pinterest

Harry Potter lovers will appreciate the floating candles and the Sorting Hat at the top of this Christmas tree. Little signs throughout the tree say spells from the books and movies. There are also small figurines of some of the leading characters throughout.

More fake candles are dispersed throughout the tree along with movie paraphernalia, such Luna Lovegood’s pink sunglasses. Instead of garland, they’ve wrapped around a Hufflepuff scarf for a touch of color and yet another reference to the franchise.

May The Force Be With You This Holiday Season

A Christmas tree is made to look like Darth Vader.
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You may not have previously noticed that Darth Vader’s body was in the shape of a Christmas tree. That’s what makes him such a perfect character to model your tree after. All that you really need to do is fix his mask to the top of the tree and throw a black cape around the back.

When it comes to ornaments, you can stick with the traditional colors or keep it space-themed with just white and silver like they’ve done here. Sparkly, silver garland brightens up the dark tree. Of course, no Star Wars character would be complete without their lightsaber.