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12 Ways to Decorate with Christmas Trees


12 ways to use Christmas trees all around the house 

Christmas tree with chunky knit garland and plaid ribbon

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12 Ways to use Christmas Trees

Hey, friends! Is there anything that symbolizes the Christmas season more than a Christmas tree? Not in my opinion. Putting up the tree is a special tradition in most homes that’s eagerly anticipated by young and old. And in addition to a traditional tree, there are many other ways you can add trees to your holiday decor. 

Christmas tree with chunky knit garland and plaid ribbon

Today I’m joining a fun Christmas tree blog hop hosted by my friend Susie at The Chelsea Project blog. There are 12 home bloggers on tour, and we’re sharing our trees and some creative ideas for decorating them. All of the links are at the bottom of the post so be sure to drop by and visit everyone for some great ideas.

Christmas Festival of Trees | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

In addition to our main tree, we have smaller trees scattered throughout the house. I’ll show you some different places to use them and some creative containers to put them in. A few of my images are from my early days of blogging so please forgive my less than stellar photography on those. 

1. Traditional Living Room Tree

Christmas tree decorated with chunky knit garland and snowflake ornaments

We always have our main tree in our living room, in front of our wall of windows. Did you grow up with a Christmas tree in front of a large window too? I always enjoy seeing other people’s tree at night through their windows. Sometimes it feels a little stalker-ish, but I think most people like to allow others to enjoy them. Hence, putting them in front of a window!

Christmas tree with chunky knit garland, plaid ribbon, snowflake ornaments, and baby eucalyptus sprays

I usually change our decor a little each year. This year we have a snowy winter lodge look on the main tree. It’s decorated with a cozy, chunky knit garland, wide flannel wired ribbon, and crocheted snowflakes. 

Chrismtas tree with plaid ribbon, crocheted snowflake ornaments, and baby eucalyptus sprays

We had a real tree for many years and I always loved the fresh pine scent. Last year we broke down and bought an artificial pre-lit one from Costco and I have to say that I love it. It looks very real, and no more struggling to put the lights on it. I added some faux baby eucalyptus branches from my little shop for some variety in texture and colors. 

2. Next to our family room fireplace

blue mantel with white ironstone pitchers and Christmas decor

I have trees all over the place this year. I added my alpine rustic tree to a woven basket and placed it next to our family room fireplace. The mantel and hearth got a makeover earlier this year and I wanted to dress it up for Christmas. The slim tree works great next to the mantel. 

3. On the Deck

outdoor mantel with cathedral window frame and Christmas decor

Don’t forget the outside spaces of your home for the holidays. I added this vintage mantel to the deck a few months ago and decorated it for the holidays a couple of weeks ago. Like the family room mantel, I added a small tree next to it. The tree has a rustic look with pine cones and really makes the space so much cozier. 

4. Tucked underneath a desk or table

little red metal Santa sleigh with mini Christmas tree

Empty spaces underneath tables and desks are a fun and unexpected place to add small trees. Our little entry table had just enough room for me to add this small tree inside a little red Santa sleigh

5. In a red wagon

red wagon with vintage thermoses and old ice cream churn with Christmas tree

Our front porch always has my dad’s old red Radio Flyer wagon on it. It’s fun to decorate any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. This year I added a slim tree in an old ice cream churn along with some colorful vintage thermoses. 

6. On a mantel

Christmas mantel with little white houses and bottle brush trees

This is one of my favorite mantels I ever decorated. A couple of years ago I had a snowy winter theme and used some large bottle brush trees on the mantel. They’re a great way to add a pop of color to a mostly white mantel. 

7. In a hutch or on a shelf

old oak hutch filled with white ironstone and Christmas decor

I love adding little trees to our old hutch for Christmas. These little lemon cypress trees are the perfect size and add a fun pop of green. You can usually find these are local nurseries or florists. 

8. On the porch

rosemary tree in old ironstone crock on plaid blanket

I love to add little trees to the front porch too. This rosemary topiary makes a great little porch tree. It would be perfect for a kitchen too. I got this one at Costco, but our grocery store also sells them around the holidays. 

mini cypress lemon trees in metal buckets on plaid blanket

9. On a hot cocoa cart

red kitchen cart used for hot cocoa items

A cocoa cart is always a fun thing to have during the holidays. I added a little lemon cypress tree to my most recent one. I put it in a little galvanized bucket and wrapped some ribbon around it to dress it up. 

10. On a hearth

mini cypress trees on a white brick heart with chunky knit stocking and chippy wood corbel

Don’t forget the front of your fireplace! Little trees look great there too. These came from a local nursery. They usually sell them for fairy gardens but I thought they would be ideal for the hearth. I love the way they contrast with the chunky knit stockings

11. On a pedestal

rosemary tree on a pedestal and plaid blanket

I also like to use little trees on pedestals. This tree was on my hearth last year, but would be nice in the kitchen as well. I got it from our grocery store. 

12. In the kitchen with small flatware

mini christmas tree with baby spoons and red ribbon

This is from several years ago, but I thought it was such a fun little tree. I used baby forks and spoons and sugar spoons. I also hung a little silver baby cup and added some small silver ornaments. The girls loved it. 

And my very favorite trees are  any that are lit up at night. 💓🎄

For more Christmas tree inspiration, please visit these fabulous bloggers. Simply click the blog name below each picture to access the link.

Christmas Festival of Trees | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Christmas Festival of Trees Row One | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Chelsea Project ||| Atta Girl Says ||| 2 Bees In A Pod ||| JenRon Designs

Christmas Festival of Trees Row Two | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

The Crowned Goat ||| Hearth and Vine ||| Postcards from the Ridge ||| Savvy Apron

Christmas Festival of Trees Row Three | 12 Bloggers | Hosted by Chelsea Project | #FestivalofTrees | www.thechelseaproject.com

Adams and Elm Home ||| Nourish and Nestle ||| Sweet Parrish Place ||| Remodelandolacasa


  1. I love the chunky scarf garland on your main tree. Did you knit it yourself in order to get the custom long length? Such a fun idea, and great post.

    1. Thanks, Jen! I found it a Crate and Barrel last year and have 5 or 6 strands. Each one is only 6' long.

  2. Thank you so much for all these fabulous ideas Angie! I seriously would not have thought to put tree in half the places you suggested. I love all the different ways you've used trees around your home. It all looks so warm and inviting. Also, thank you for reminder and tip about checking the grocery store. I always forget to look there but it seems like you've found several beautiful options. Everything is really pretty. It makes me want to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa. I just love it all! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, CoCo! I guess I go a little crazy with trees, don't I? And I always look in the floral department at our grocery store regardless of the season. They have some pretty flowers at reasonable prices. You can also check at Costco and Trader Joe's for some good prices.

  3. Thank you for supporting my motto….you can never have too many trees!! LOL… I have a few small ones left and will be thinking of your tips as I look for places to tuck them. So many great ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful main tree and tips. It's so special to have you tree hop with us.

    1. Haha, yes! Never too many trees! Thank you so much for organizing the tour and including me in it! I always love seeing your Christmas decor.

  4. Angie, your house has so much charm. I like some many of your touches. That chunky yarn garland. The blue ice cream churn as a base. What a find! Of course, I also love all the real trees. I bet the rosemary smells great and those little fairy trees. I want some too!

    1. Thank you so much, Patti! Yes, the rosemary smells great and those fairy trees are so much fun!

  5. Angie – get our room ready, because we're coming to your house for Christmas! We love all of your trees and excellent ideas! Your unique ideas and containers spark the imagination for next year! Now sit back, relax and enjoy your view.Cheers – Vicki and Jenn

  6. Your home is beautiful and after seeing your pictures, I wish I had put my blanket ladder by my tree. I love how you have styled everything.

    1. Thanks so much, Sherry! I have that ladder there all year and change out the throw blankets for each season. Those are another thing that I collect/hoard, lol.

  7. Wow! I love all your ideas! I'm tucking some away for next year! I still have my baby spoons and rattles, along with my kids and love the idea of adorning my tree with them! Maybe I'll add them to the tree with all my crystal ornaments?! Brilliant idea Angie! Thanks.

    And then, of course, being the knitter that I am, I love the idea of knitted garland! Why didn't I think of that!> (V8 Moment!)

    Thanks for all the inspiration my friend.

    Merry Christmas.



    1. Thanks so much, Lynne! The little tree with the forks and spoons is one of my all-time favorites. And one of my goals for the new year is to learn how to knit so I'm sure I'll be picking your brain and visiting your tutorials a lot. Merry Christmas to you too!

  8. All are so lovely, but you know I love the simple little "Rosemary" trees. If only I could keep them alive inside.

  9. Your home is gorgeous, as always, Angie. I love all your ideas for displaying Christmas trees. And your big tree is simply stunning.

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