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Easy As 1, 2, Tree …

Contemporary Cool

If “less is more” is your mantra, shoot for a contemporary tree this season. Our stylist, Val, decked this gilded beauty out with plain white ornaments, rope garland, and a burlap tree skirt to keep the look simple and chic with just a dash of rustic. The neutral palette continues throughout the décor – from the flokati-style rug to the bark candles and modern seating. The uncomplicated yet elegantly wrapped gifts, with white, silver, and bronze ribbons, tie it all together.

Classic Champagne Full Pre-lit Christmas Tree

Cheers to champagne-colored trees for a contemporary twist.

You can snag a similar look with any non-traditional tree. We’re seeing a silver tree with vibrantly colored accents (lime green or fuchsia, perhaps?). Just remember to keep it simple and don’t be afraid to try something unconventional.

Tried-and-True Traditional

There’s nothing like the understated glamour of a well-decorated, traditional tree.

Carolina Pine Full Pre-lit Christmas Tree

Clear ornaments paired with a traditional tree keeps it simple and beautiful to boot!

To set ours apart from the bunch, Val kept color to a minimum and relied on a few key pieces to pull the look together. Crystal icicle ornaments and clear lights keep the look uniform and clean while giving it a warm, iridescent glow. Again, simplicity is key. Unified lines and the lack of color keep the tree from becoming overwhelmingly busy.

This simple-yet-elegant style is super easy to pull off. Grab yourself a standard green tree, some ornaments in a single color (something metallic or clear for a reflective, dramatic effect) a few strands of clear lights, and voila! You have yourself a classic and subtly gorgeous Christmas tree.

Get Crafty

Design a tree DIY style. We have a few fun ornament ideas that’ll get you started …

Accordion Tissue Paper Snowflakes:

  1. Choose the diameter of the ornament you want to create.
  2. Cut a rectangle 1 x 2 times the length of the diameter.
  3. Fold accordion style along the 2x length of the rectangle.
  4. Make snowflake-style cuts on the edges of the folds.
  5. Fold in half and spread edges to meet, creating a circular shape.
  6. Secure into a circle with a dab of glue or other adhesive.
  7. Attach a string and hang!

For a more eclectic look, these can be made from newspaper, maps, or any other patterned paper. Hang them on the tree with some clear lights. Perfection!

Tissue Paper Puffers

  1. Use between 4 and 6 pieces of tissue paper.
  2. Choose the diameter of the ornament you want to create.
  3. Cut a rectangle 1 x 2 times the length of the diameter.
  4. Tie the center of the paper with a piece of string or twine.
  5. Spread apart the pieces of tissue carefully to create a puff.

You can use solid-colored tissue paper or multiple shades of the same color for a chic ombre effect. Create puffs in an array of sizes and complementary colors for a touch of whimsy.

Cinnamon Ornament Recipe (NOT edible):

 
  • 1 c ground cinnamon
  • 1 T ground cloves
  • 1 T ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 c applesauce
  • 2 T glue
  1. Mix together cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
  2. Mix in applesauce and glue, work mixture 2-3 minutes to form a ball.
  3. Add more cinnamon if it’s too wet, add more applesauce if it’s too dry.
  4. Dust surface lightly with cinnamon and roll dough until approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Make a hole with a toothpick so you can add a ribbon or ornament hook.
  7. Dry in oven at 200 degrees F for several hours or you can air dry them for several days.
  8. Decorate with royal icing or glue gun and glitter.

These easy ornaments smell divine and will last for several seasons. Keep in mind, these are for decoration only, they are not edible.

-Kelly, hayneedle.com editor

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