Trimming Your Christmas Tree
Have you grown up with the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree with all the decorations you have collected over the years? Or loading the branches with as many sparkly baubles and as much tinsel as possible? If so you will find it exciting to begin afresh with a brand new and original decorating scheme for your tree.
Bought Christmas tree decorations can be prohibitively expensive when you are starting from scratch, but there are other ways of decorating your tree without spending a lot of money — in fact the following ideas will cost you next to nothing. These creative decorations are very simple and you can have a lot of fun making them.
Each of the two Christmas trees illustrated here has a basic theme for decoration. The Baroque-influenced tree here has a strong musical theme. The ornaments include musical instruments cut out of cardboard and wrapped in gold paper, and scrolls of music rolled up and tied with decorative ribbon.
On this Christmas tree, these are reproductions of the score of Handel’s Messiah but any other sheet music would be suitable. The pomanders are attached to the tree with gold ribbon tied in bows around the branches.
The Natural-Look Tree
All the materials you need to decorate a tree in this creative country-style can probably be collected from the garden and the kitchen. There is also a huge variety of beautiful and unusual dried flowers in the shops.
This tree has been dressed in very subtle, muted colors, but you might want to experiment with brighter, bolder flowers which stand out from the tree itself. You could also include berries and seed heads to provide different shapes to make the arrangement more exciting.
Trim Your Tree With Plants
Popular Christmas plants include holly, mistletoe, ivy and Christmas trees. The interior of a home may be decorated with these plants, along with garlands and evergreen foliage. These often come with small ornaments tied to the delicate branches, and sometimes with a small light set.
Wreaths are made from real or artificial conifer branches, or sometimes other broadleaf evergreens or holly. Several types of evergreen or even deciduous branches may be used in the same wreath, along with pinecones and sprays of berries, and Christmas ornaments including jingle bells.
A bow is usually used at the top or bottom, and an electric or unlit candle may be placed in the middle. Christmas lights are often used, and they may be hung from door or windows, and sometimes walls, lampposts and light fixtures, or even statuary. Since the nineteenth century, the poinsettia, a native plant from Mexico, has been associated with Christmas.
In North and South America, Australia, and Europe, it is traditional to decorate the outside of houses with lights and sometimes with illuminated sleighs, snowmen, and other Christmas figures. Municipalities often sponsor decorations as well. Christmas banners may be hung from street lights and Christmas trees placed in the town square.
Reference: The Country Look: Decor & Crafts