I wanted to share some different creative decorating ideas with you, as you consider your decorations at Christmas.
The simple idea that I want to share with you today is not only gorgeous, but it also comes in at ZERO cost = FREE!
Not only is is free, but it’s also a fun way to decorate your space throughout the whole year.
When considering the focal point of traditional Christmas decorations, the first thing that comes to mind, is the big… beautiful…fresh cut…evergreen Christmas tree. No matter how much you’d love to have the typical Christmas centerpiece, maybe you don’t have the room for it in your small space. Or, perhaps your budget won’t allow it. Maybe you or a family member has allergies to evergreens. If you’re like me, you might just be in the mood to try something new, or add to your growing line up of holiday decorations. Whatever situation you find yourself in, I want to help open your mind to the countless ways there are for you to decorate for the holidays!
You may even decide to keep this simple centerpiece up all year, and use it for every holiday, every celebration, and every season, no matter how much space you have, or what kind of budget you have to work with… remember we’re talking FREE here! (I have lots of ideas for this below!)
The idea begins with a simple tree branch, then expands into beauty that is only limited by your own imagination!
Before I explain further, take a peek at a few examples of how some people have already used this idea in their homes.
(click on any picture to see different sizes, or their other pictures)
How to display the branch
- Hang over a table
- Put in a vase
- Stick into a flower pot
- Hang on wall
How to keep the branch sturdy in it’s container
- Crumbled newspaper
Decorating the branch itself
- You could keep the branch natural
- Spray paint it white, gold, silver, light blue, pink, etc.
- You could sprinkle glitter on the branches while the paint is still wet
- Wrap each section in fabric
- Wrap with white or colored lights
- Wrap with ribbon
Christmas decoration ideas to hang from the branches
- Christmas ornaments
- Mini stockings
- Bird nests
- Felt balls
- Ribbons / bows
- Bead garlands
- Christmas cards
- Paper snowflakes
- Cookies / gingerbread men
- Anything you can imagine!
Idea: Dress it up even more!
When cutting things out of paper, think about using some sort of paper that will bring even more interest to the item that you are creating. Here’s an example of what I mean. Instead of white paper, you might want to consider; sheet music, wrapping paper, pretty napkins, cards, copies of old letters, scrapbook paper, construction paper, etc. You can find lots of pretty things to download online.
Have you ever wanted to add a theme tree to your decorations, but couldn’t bring yourself to leave out your traditional family tree? Well, this is the perfect way that you could have both! As a matter of fact, why not have 2 or 3 different displays around your house!
Many times a theme can be communicated through color or collection. In the “color” theme, you would decorate the whole display using different items, but all of the same color. When using a collection, everything can be different colors, but the same types of items. Example: all vintage mittens, vintage baby bonnets, all bells, all snowflakes, all miniatures, all birds, etc.
Look at these other beautiful examples
Where can I get a tree branch?
- Your backyard
- Your neighbor
- From a friend or family member’s backyard
- Curbside (other people’s yard debris, can be your gorgeous decor)
- A walk in the woods
- A logger
How big should my branch be?
- This is totally up to you! How big of a branch can your space handle, and what kind of look are you going for?
How else can I decorate my centerpiece throughout the year?
- Winter decor – birds, paper snowflakes, pom-pom snow balls, snowmen
- Valentines Day – hearts, candy, red/pink paper chains & flowers
- St. Patrick’s Day – paper clovers
- Spring – flowers, paper mushrooms, birds, nests
- Easter – blown out Easter eggs
- 4th of July – anything red, white, and blue
- Summer – pictures of vacations, paper butterflies/lady bugs, flowers
- Birthdays – yearly picture of birthday person, paper numbers
- Anniversaries – wedding pictures, hearts
- Autumn – dried leaves, acorns, moss, mini pumpkins
- Anything you can imagine!
Who knew that a simple tree branch could be so beautiful!