Create your Red and Green Christmas Tree like a pro with these easy steps! Fun, festive and easy to do with a few key tips and tricks mixed with vintage accents, beautiful mercury glass, and frosted berries and pinecones.
This year, in our family room, I decided to do a classic vintage red and green themed Christmas tree. Last year, my tree in here was similar but with more traditional Christmas metallics and we also had a white, blue and silver tree in the office along with our vintage toy tree upstairs and vintage teal blue and warm silver tree in my bedroom.
I love to decorate Christmas trees. I love everything about the Christmas season, but there is just something special and nostalgic and magical about the sparkle of twinkle lights with festive decor dotting the rooms of our home.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
I like to create a lot of depth and layering in my trees with various sized ornaments, ribbon, floral picks, and sometimes even vintage Santa pictures, tags, etc.
This how I always decorate my Christmas trees:
- twigs/sprays/branches (all sources linked here)
- large ornaments
- Medium sized ornaments (these are still fairy large- the size of my hand)
- ribbon or banners
- small ornaments, tinsel, clips (like candle clips)
For this tree, I started by setting up and fluffing my tree in my DIY tapered wood Christmas tree box. I added my frosted berry branches and pinecone picks. Then, I added the largest mercury glass ornaments, evenly spaced throughout the tree. I added in my medium sized ornaments throughout the rest of the holes in the tree. Next, I added ribbon (see tutorial for all of my tips!). Finally, I added the smaller, more fragile ornaments- the green ones.
Red and Green Christmas Tree
For my Christmas tree, I started with a base of my mercury glass ornaments. I collect and love them, so they usually find their way onto most of my trees.
Tip: Invest in neutral ornaments (like mercury glass) that you love and then if you want to change up the look or style of your tree, do it through ribbon, twigs, or inexpensive ornament accents.
I added subtle red and green accents, while still keeping the base neutral. This makes the red and green really pop without being overwhelming.
Red Vintage Grainsack Stripe Ribbon
I really wanted a large ribbon to match the smaller striped twill ribbon I have been using for years in my Christmas decor and wrapping, but I couldn't find it anywhere! So, I decided to make my own.
You can see the tutorial for how to make DIY vintage grain sack stripe ribbon for more details, but I will say that it was super easy! And it only took me a couple hours to make ribbon for this entire tree!
The best part is that you can customize it to fit your color scheme and it is very. inexpensive compared to most 4 inch ribbon! The sky is the limit for this because you could paint the stripes in many different grainsack patterns as well
These ornaments were also another DIY. I shared them on my Instagram stories (saved in highlights) and will get the tutorial typed up for the blog soon as well.
Basically, I took cheap ornaments and made them look more expensive with a few little tricks!
Red and Green Christmas Tree with Gift Wrapping
I coordinated some of my wrapping with my tree with my favorite twill and velvet ribbons. I will be adding in more as we shop for our littles.
Adding gifts in coordinating wrapping paper is a beautiful and inexpensive way to add a pop of color and add to the overall decor.
I have so much more to share with you over the next few weeks! This is just the beginning of our Christmas decor for this year, so I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter (top of the page) and check back in for more later!
I hope you get a chance to check out these other 5 beautiful Christmas trees! They are stunning and so festive!
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