Small Christmas trees are becoming more and more popular as people either downsize their homes or downsize their lifestyles. Today, we’ll take a look at some big ideas for decorating a small Christmas tree.
Christmas is coming, and I’m thinkin’ you just may have your tree! Have you decorated it yet? For years, my family made it a tradition to decorate the tree in the evening, with vintage Christmas music playing in the background (think Andy Williams and Elvis) and old-fashioned cookies and coffee to nibble on as we dressed our (often large) tree.
In the last few years, new traditions have been implemented, as my children are now grown and married and have children of their own. Now, they have their own tree-decorating traditions, and for this I am thankful.
BIG IDEAS FOR DECORATING A SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE
For the last two years, I’ve gotten to decorate my own tree… and I’ve LOVED doing it. With a Hallmark movie playing in the background (one I’ve already seen, of course), and my coffee on the end table, I’ve taken much joy in dressing my Christmas tree. However, the biggest change has been the size of my tree.
Living in a small home (or ‘tiny house’ as some call it), I’ve had to downsize my Christmas tree, and still make it special. Let’s take a look at some big ideas for decorating a small Christmas tree. (I’ve put the tips in the order that I put them on the tree.)
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Lots of Lights
Whether your tree is big or small, to really make a Christmas tree twinkle, you need to use LOTS of lights. Whether you choose colored lights, warm white or bright white lights, get enough of them to go inside the branches AND on the edge of the branches. Better yet, purchase a tree that has been pre-lit. 😉
This year, my tree has warm white lights. Next year, I’m going bright white!
Use WIRED Ribbon
Using wired ribbon adds an element of texture and beauty to a tree, whether you wrap it around or you like it streaming from the top to the bottom. With a small tree (btw, mine is just about 4 feet high), use ribbon that is 1.5 inches wide and no more than two inches wide. If you use anything smaller, it will look stringy. Anything larger, and all you will see is ribbon!
I added linen ribbon to go along with my coastal style (I picked mine up at Michael’s on super sale). To get this effect, cut the ribbon in 18-24 inch lengths, softly twist the ribbon, and then tuck the ribbon into the tree. Adjust as you like. 🙂 (Ignore the twinkle light wires… #photographylearningcurve)
Use a Variety of Ornaments
Whether you want to use all the same color, traditional colors, or go with a limited color palette (like I did with aquas, rose golds, and a bit of white), use ornaments of different sizes and shapes. You can see here that I have ornaments that all coordinate, but have LOTS of variety!
Aqua “sea glass” with a shell charm.
Cotton twine and rose gold ombre look.
A shatter-proof ornament with embossed design. Totally affordable at Walmart! 😉
Extra sparkly rose gold ornament.
Chinoiserie coral ornament with a twist… rose gold glitter.
I just realized… all of these ornaments are round, but you can see in the larger photos of the tree, I have different shapes going on, as well. However, these photos DO show all the different textures of the round ornaments. 😉
Take a look and see how YOU can make some of these ornaments HERE.
Add Elements from Nature
Adding touches of the outdoors may seem silly, since you are decorating a tree that came from ‘outside’. But, with a tiny Christmas tree, these items carry a lot of pop!
A starfish adds texture and interest to a small coastal Christmas tree.
As well as a sand dollar!
Rose gold glittered pine cones tucked inside the tree are a special surprise, too!
Stick in Picks
Sounds funny, right? This is the first year I’ve used floral picks and they have added so much ‘extra’ to this tiny tree. Whether you use berry picks, a different type of greenery, or even some flowers, adding these floral elements at the very end makes all the difference.
Just stick the picks in wherever you think there needs to be a filler or added interest.
Snipping a rose gold berry pick in half makes it more budget-friendly, and still looks lovely! And, adding a few twigs of sparkly eucalyptus leaves gives this little Christmas tree some additional coastal vibe (I went back to Hobby Lobby to pick up some more, but they were sold out).
Use a Tree Topper that Fits-the-Bill
Whatever tree topper you decide to use (I always prefer a star or angel to remind me of the night that Jesus was born), be sure that the size is appropriate for a tiny Christmas tree. If the topper is too small, it will look like all the rest of the ornaments, and get lost on the tree. If it’s too big, it will overpower the tree.
This driftwood star is actually a very large ornament I found at JoAnn’s. When I saw it, I couldn’t resist! 😉
Get Creative with the Tree Skirt
And last, but not least, add a creative tree skirt as the finishing touch. Wrap the bottom of your tiny tree with a throw blanket, lightweight rug, table runner, or even some fabric. There are many different Christmas tree collars available now, too! You could even use a large planter pot or olive bucket.
For a casual coastal look, use some sand-colored fabric draped around the bottom of a small tree (or any size tree!)
And light it up!
Definitely going bright white next year!
Use these tips and tricks to decorate your small Christmas tree, and I’m sure you will swoon over your tiny tree, just like I do mine!
How big is your Christmas tree this year? How do you decorate your tree to make it special? Let me know in the comments. They make my day!