Christmas trees are all over the internet — from Instagram to Pinterest to our favorite blogs. And while it may seem overwhelming to attempt to create your own Insta-worthy Christmas tree, I’m here to tell you it’s actually pretty easy! All you have to do is follow a few key tips.
1. Get a quality tree.
The first step to a totally chic Christmas tree starts with the tree itself. Whether you’re going real or artificial, find a tree that’s both high-quality and tall enough to fill your space. In our case, we opted for a 9-foot tree to nearly reach our 10-foot ceilings. And keep in mind that a tall, quality tree doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We got our fake tree for $300 from At Home. The key is that it doesn’t look cheap, so look around to find something great in your price range.
2. Pick a theme, and stick to it.
A professional-looking Christmas tree will typically have a theme. I was going for a winter wonderland theme when designing ours, but the options really are endless. Pinterest is a great place for Christmas tree theme inspiration. Once you select your theme, stick to it. Don’t put something on the tree that doesn’t go with the theme, or you’ll start to lose the vibe. We actually have a smaller second tree where we put all the random ornaments we’ve picked up and been gifted over the years. This enables us to show off our more quirky ornaments while still sticking to the theme with our main tree.
3. Fluff and shape your tree’s branches.
If you’re using an artificial tree, don’t just jump right in and start decorating. Spend some time fluffing and shaping the branches to make it look as full as possible.
4. Fill your tree in with more foliage.
Most trees have bare spots; this is especially true for those of us rocking fake trees. Luckily, these can easily be filled in with various real or fake foliage. Find the real stuff at places like Home Depot and the fake stuff at craft stores like Jo-Ann and Michael’s. For our 9-foot tree, I bought about 20 filler branches in a couple different styles based on what was available. Simply stick them into bare spots, propping the base of the branch on branches within the tree. It makes the tree look fuller and also adds a little interest beyond the type of branches actually connected to the tree.
Take a look at this GIF to see the difference these branches make!
5. Add texture, and think outside the ornament.
In addition to adding branches to the tree, also add texture. I found lots of amazing little inserts and picks at Michael’s and At Home to stick into my tree. In the end, I used more inserts than I did ornaments, and I love how it turned out!
6. Add garland or ribbon.
Garland and ribbon are typical tree decorating elements, but they shouldn’t be forgotten here. Just like the inserts and picks mentioned above, garland and ribbon are great for adding texture. I actually used feather boas for my garland to keep with the winter white theme.