Friday, December 9, 2011

Creative Ways to Trim Your Tree

Creative Ways to Trim Your Tree

Glowing Tree

This Christmas tree shines in shades of gold, white, and blue.

If you don't have a mantel, simply hang stockings from thick twine.
Birds and Pinecones

The star of this avian-themed tree? An egg-filled nest perched at the top.
DIY Tag Ornaments

Make eye-catching ornaments by creating custom tags with written messages or photos.
Blue-and-Gold Christmas Tree

A striking gold-and-teal color scheme sets off this seven-foot Douglas fir. Gold ribbon bedecks the branches for classic appeal.
Pinecone Tree

Create a pinecone tree on a cone-shaped foam base. Anchor the base in a container with a heavy object, then wire the cones onto 2" wooden floral picks. Insert picks downward into the foam, starting at the bottom with the largest cones and working to the top with the smaller ones. Conceal the foam by tucking sheet moss among the pinecones.
Fresh Green & White

White dove ornaments combine with amaryllis, carnations, and orchids on this lovely tree.
Pinecone Ornaments

Humble pinecones make a triumphant return to the tree as glittering Christmas ornaments. Use silver and gold metallic spray paint to highlight the textures of pinecones.
Pearly Tree

A smaller tinsel tree with pearlescent ornaments packs a festive punch.
Simply Wonderful

A beautiful collection of hand-blown glass balls — plain, faceted, and tinted — adorn this tree. Consider placing a tree near the fireplace so ornaments are illuminated by its light.
Displaying Two Trees

One room can embrace two types of trees: modern and traditional.
Fruity Ornaments

Strung popcorn and cranberries are used as garlands on this au naturel evergreen — and, yes, those were strung by hand. Not to worry, however — they don't have to be. This kind of garland can be purchased at most holiday decor stores. The rest of the decorating is simple: apples, oranges, and pears straight from the market! Oranges should be sliced, then dried. The apples and pears can be tied to branches with red ribbon.
From A to Z

This tree is trimmed with vintage letters found from old signs, printers' type, and alphabet teaching aids.
White Wonderland

An all-white home becomes a holiday haven with glittery decorations and a shimmering gold tree.

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