If you’re like many people, your tree looks the same each holiday season save one or two additional ornaments. Instead of dragging out your dusty boxes of ages-old ornaments, use one of these five themes as inspiration for a completely new tree this year.
A whimsical tree is a great addition to your child’s room or playroom. Remember that nothing says that you can only decorate one tree. Put a tree in your child’s room and decorate it with over-sized ornaments in fun colors. Add your child’s favorite type of toy to the tree, provided that it is light-weight. For instance, if your son or daughter loves monkeys, decorate the tree with colorful beads and hang sock monkeys from the branches.
Instead of rushing out to buy new ornaments this season, look for items that are in your home or garage. Burlap and old bed sheets make fantastically shabby garland, old, rusted tools can be hung or nestled in branches, and even rusted tin cans can make fun ornaments. When you are finished, your tree will have a rustic, country look that will look marvelous in any room of your home.
Do you or your children have a favorite animal? Perhaps someone in your family is simply animal-crazy. Decorating your Christmas tree in an animal theme can be a great way to get the whole family involved. You can hang dog biscuits from the branches, make cat or dog faces out of clay to hang or even wrap the tree with animal-printed ribbon. The decorating options are virtually endless when it comes to an animal-themed tree. Let your imagination run wild and see what you can come up with.
Is your dining room or kitchen simply screaming for a Christmas tree of its very own? Head to the local flea market and buy old utensils and flatware to hang from branches. You can nestle rolling pins on the inner-most parts of the tree, hang cookie cutters from lighter branches and even use gingham ribbon to wrap your tree. Look around your kitchen for inspiration. Look for a tree that has widely spaced branches and short needles for your kitchen. Once it’s decorated, you’re tree will have a gorgeously rustic feel.
Modern trees can be a joy to decorate. Start with an aluminum tree and choose one or two colors for your decorations. Instead of wood or ceramic, look for bulbs and ornaments made of glass and metal. Additionally, angular or odd shapes will give your tree an edgy feel if used instead of traditional spherical shapes. Instead of hanging lights on your tree, set a light in front of your tree or behind it just as you would see a display set up in an art gallery.
When it comes to Christmas trees, the sky is the limit. There are no rules when it comes to your tree; you can decorate in any way that you wish and in as many rooms as you desire. Christmas trees can be a fantastic form of expression so think outside of the box this year.
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