You know the drill—lights, garland, ornaments. Ta da! A decorated Christmas tree. This year, why not go beyond the traditional Christmas tree decorations and liven things up! Here are the unconventional Christmas tree decorations you must know about and how to use them!
1 | This one’s for our Christmas decorators with a holly jolly sense of humor. Scatter elf leg picks between the branches of your Christmas tree from top to bottom. Reindeer bottoms make great whimsical additions as well! Don’t forget about Santa legs picks too!
2 | For an easy snow day craft and cost-free Christmas tree decoration, gather pinecones and wrap burlap string tightly around the middle to create a pinecone garland!
3 | Look like you know your way around a pair of scissors and fabric with a fabric tassel garland. These garlands are incredibly full and are a great way to make your tree look bursting and overflowing with life!
4 | Who says faux-fur is only for vests and boots? Give your tree a festive look with a Santa clothesline garland that adds an adorable touch to any Christmas collection!
5 | Step outside the traditional Christmas color pattern and embrace seaside charm with a coastal wooden shell garland.
6 | Give your tree a jazzy, international look with long feathers! Like more traditional sprays, long feathers are a great way to make your tree appear fuller and more textured.
7 | If you can use it to wrap, tie, or hang something, why not weave it into your tree? Natural rope and thick mesh ribbon can be cascaded vertically down your tree, or wrapped around your tree like Christmas lights.
8 | With a snowman head tree topper, you can combine two of the best Christmas activities: building a snowman and decorating the Christmas tree!
9 | Make your tree the most dapper dresser in town with a plaid top hat tree topper, complete with a charcoal black ribbon, springs of flocked evergreen, and a trio of jingle bells.
10 | Ever imagine what it would be like if an elf came for a visit during Christmas? He’d probably start off his visit by hugging you and baking something, but after that I bet he’d jump right into decorating! With our elf mittens, you can bring this vision home!
11 | For a musical and retro touch, drape strings of jingle bells throughout the branches of your tree. Along with the pitter-patter of little feet on Christmas morning, you’ll also hear the tiny chime of jingle bells…
12 | Pennant banners aren’t just for birthday parties and mantels anymore! After you put on your Christmas lights (but before you hang the ornaments), drape a heartfelt pennant banner across the forward facing part of your tree.
Once you have a theme in mind for your tree, you can turn almost anything into a Christmas tree decoration. Your tree is a beautiful personal expression of you and your family. Have fun and make it as unique as you are!
Do you have a go-to Christmas decoration that you can’t wait to put on your tree each year? Maybe it’s an ornament that’s been in your family for years, a picture of your kids as babies, or an angel tree topper. Let us know what your favorite Christmas tree decoration is in a comment below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.