The Best Quick and Easy Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating

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If you’ve been putting off decorating your Christmas tree, wait no longer. Today, I’m bringing you my best tips for Christmas tree decorating…along with a talented group of blogging buddies!

Christmas tree decorated with red and gold ribbon and floral picks for accents with coordinating garland and wreath on mantel

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Welcome To Our Third Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!

It’s not easy to get started with Christmas tree decorating. That’s why I’m joining a group of 40 home decor bloggers to give you the scoop on our Christmas trees. Come take a peek inside!

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It’s the third year of the Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop hosted by Our Crafty Mom.

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Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating

I wish I could say I have a vision for Christmas tree decor that sprouts from some inner creative genius, BUT…the reality is that my style is heavily influenced by giant stacks of catalogs and trips to local home decor boutiques.

The process is always the same for me, though.

After many years of “dressing up” artificial trees, I’m finally sharing some quick and easy tips for Christmas tree decorating in the hopes you’ll have the most stress-free decorating experience ever!

Tip #1: Start with Ribbon

Do you ever fall in love with a decor accessory and just let it lead the show?

That’s how I felt about this red and gold ribbon combo, which set the stage for my entire living room decor. I adore that gold mesh ribbon!

Tips for Christmas tree decorating by starting with red and gold glittery ribbon and wrapping around it the tree in a spiral cascading pattern
Spiraling mesh ribbon and gold patterned ribbon

Since my artificial Christmas tree came pre-lit, I hit the ground running by attaching my ribbon at the top of my tree with pipe cleaner. (Floral wire also works well.)

I recommend using two to three ribbons measuring 3 to 4-inches each for the best results on your tree.

Christmas tree with a red ribbon and gold ribbon spiraling down from the top
Christmas tree after placing ribbon

You can decide if you want to place your ribbons in a spiral motion down the tree, as I did, or experiment with cascading tails of ribbons coming down from the top.

Feel free to get wild and try something else entirely!

For a completely different ribbon style with a similar color scheme, check out my classic Christmas home tour! I have more tips for Christmas tree decorating in that post.

Christmas living room decor with traditional red and green Christmas tree decor, coffee table decor and farmhouse style Christmas mantel
My Classic Christmas Home Tour – Living Room

I then switched up the look using the same color scheme for this Christmas living room decor.

Christmas living room decor including Christmas tree and fireplace mantel with garland and Christmas accents

Also, if you’re looking to coordinate your fireplace with your tree decor, check out these 25 Christmas mantel decor ideas.

Tip #2: Add Floral Picks for Extra Texture

My tree had a lovely texture from the start, but I wanted MORE!

Floral picks with a variety of pines, poinsettias, frosted branches, pine cones, and berries can help add dimension to a tree.

Floral pick with poinsettia, glitter pine cone and lime green leaves
Poinsettia pick for Christmas tree

I landed on a shimmery poinsettia pick with a touch of lime green leaves and glittery pine branches.

If the stems are large enough, you can typically buy five or so and then separate some of the pieces to distribute them more throughout the tree.

Christmas tree decor with floral picks inserted

Tip: Placing floral picks in a triangle or diamond shape helps the tree feel balanced.

As you’ll see in the photos below, I also inserted some red glittery stems throughout the tree and the coordinating Christmas garland to add more glam factor.

Tip #3: Fill in with coordinating and contrasting Christmas ornaments

I always try to strike a balance between adding sophisticated ornament sets and including sentimental homemade ornaments from my kids.

My twin boys and I recently made easy salt dough ornaments, and those will definitely hang on a tree in our home!

Christmas tree decorated in red and gold at nighttime with matching Christmas garland on fireplace mantel
Finished red and gold Christmas tree decor

To complement the ribbon and picks, I mixed red, gold and green hand-painted ornaments with a few gold sequined ornaments from Hobby Lobby. Of course, I added some sentimental pieces from years past, too.

Red and gold Christmas tree and Christmas garland on fireplace mantel in the background

You’ll notice above I used the same gold and red ribbon to create a tree topper, along with a few pieces of my floral picks and gold berries.

A Final Look at the Red & Gold Christmas Tree

Next year, I may decide to change up my Christmas tree theme, but for now, I’m enjoying the traditional red and gold Christmas tree.

Christmas tree in living room during daylight

I especially love the effect at night with a cup of hot cocoa in my hands.

Elegant Christmas tree next to sofa in living room with Christmas garland on mantel in background

To see more photos of my Christmas living room, you can visit my Red and Gold Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas from last year.

I hope you enjoyed these tips for Christmas tree decorating. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or tips of your own!

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Christmas tree decorating tips for elegant traditional red and gold tree

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  1. Your christmas tree decorating tips are so helpful and your tree is gorgeous!! The picture of it next to the decorated mantel is amazing. Thank you so much for participating in the Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop! Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! Also, a big thanks for coordinating this wonderful tour of homes! That was quite the task during the holidays. I really enjoyed participating. Merry Christmas!

  2. Your tree is stunning Crissy. I love your tips and I cant wait to get some floral picks to use in my tree next year. It has been a treat being on the blog hop with you. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Thanks so much, Sonya. Using floral picks really changed the way I decorate my Christmas tree now! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas too, my friend. Sending hugs your way.

    1. Thank you so much, Libbie! I can’t wait to make my way through all the posts this week. It’s so much fun to be on this hop with you! Happy Holidays!

  3. Your tree and your mantel are Christmas decorating perfection! I love what you created and your tips are so helpful. The ribbon is always the hardest part of decorating a tree for me and also the most time consuming. Next year I am going to use your tip and add some floral picks to my tree. I’m looking forward to everything that you share this Christmas season.

    1. Thank you, Paula! Yes, ribbon can be so tricky. To be honest, I can’t put mine up without getting glitter EVERYWHERE! It’s too bad my hubby doesn’t love glitter because I spread a lot of it around this time of year. I’m glad you liked the floral picks, too. Happy Holidays!

  4. Hey Crissy! The ribbon is my favorite part too but the ornaments and picks are beautiful and make your tree a stunner! The mantel is gorgeous as well – so sophisticated and festive. I can see why you like sitting there with hot cocoa just staring at it. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! It’s a bit of a pain to haul everything out to decorate, but boy, do I love this time of year! Now that I’m stocked up on cocoa from our Pinterest challenge, I’ll be doing lots of sipping by the tree. I hope you’re enjoying the start of the holidays, too!