Christmas In July Week: 17 Tree Decorating Ideas

We are celebrating Christmas in July this week. Here are 17 creative and outside-the-box decorating ideas for Christmas trees.

These tree ideas decorating are perfect for all the Christmas decorating ideas that are just around the corner. Celebrate Christmas in July by starting your Christmas decorating planning now and pin them for later.

Did you know there are 160 days until Christmas?

And. I. Can’t. Wait.

I’m not sure about you, but on December 26 I’m already looking forward to Christmas again.

It’s my favorite time of the year. I’m all about snow and celebration and Santa and elves and mistletoe and Christmas Eve service and Christmas decorating and trees.

Christmas ones.

Every year we put up nine full-sized trees in the house.



Did I just type that?

So my plethora of Christmas trees and I have tons of ideas on decorating and branches and ribbon and unique think outside the box ideas.

The goal of this week? To inspire you to create your own Christmas pinboard with all these ideas. Then you can spend the next 137 days until it’s December 1 taking it easy until it’s time to decorate again.

Here are 17 Christmas tree decorating ideas just for you (you will NOT be disappointed—I worked really hard on the list and they are amazing).

Christmas in July: hang a star from the ceiling

Red and White Christmas Tree

Christmas In July Week: 17 Tree Decorating Ideas

1. Hang the star from the ceiling

Looking for a way to make your tree the talk of the neighborhood?

Instead of just topping a tree, why not take your tree topper to the next level.


We used a thumbtack to hang a star tied to a ribbon from the ceiling.

Merry Christmas Thistlewood

Christmas in July neutral trees

2. Group three smaller trees together

Large trees are expensive.

If a large tree isn’t in your budget, why not make the same statement, but for a lot less money.

These are three white trees from the dollar store that I grouped together.

The largest tree is up on a box in the back to give the trio height.

Magnolia Christmas trees Christmas in July

Farmhouse Screen-in Porch Christmas in July

3. Update a scraggly tree with magnolia

I had boxes of these scraggly trees from the dollar store.

It doesn’t matter how much you fluff a dollar store tree, it’s just going to look like it’s been paryting a little too hard.


I clipped fresh magnolia and added them to the tree.

I’d spritz them every so often and they lasted the season.

Dining Room Decorations Christmas in July

4. Add silver platters to the tree

I collect vintage silver trays.

To add little bling to the tree, I simply tucked them in the branches.

The silver reflected the light and made the tree look extra sparkly.

Red Vintage Christmas Tree Christmas in July

Vintage Christmas Tree

5. Add pom pom trim instead of ribbon

I found tons of red and white pom pom trim at a yard sale.

Instead of ribbon, I just draped the pom pom trim through the branches.

After Christmas was over, I took it off the tree and added it to curtains.

6. Add dried hydrangeas to the tree branches

I’ve actually added dried hydrangea to mantels and swags and greenery.

Here, it’s added to the tree branches.

Wrap a thin gauge wire around the hydrangea and wrap it around an individual branch.

7. Add wooden three-letter monograms

You can order three-letter monograms in wood from etsy.

I ordered them in different fonts in the smallest size and painted them red and white.

Then I tied a ribbon through them and added them to the tree.

The monograms make amazing present toppers, too.

8. Add birch logs to the branches of the tree

Add a little dimension to your tree by adding birch logs.

Take about 12 or more birch logs and insert them in the tree heading upwards.

You could also paint regular twigs white and use those instead.

9. Make your own dotted ornament DIY

I love making my own ornaments and this is one of the easiest.

Take a plain white ornament and add a sticker to the front.

Then dot around the sticker with a sharpie. Remove the sticker to show the outline of the ornament.

10. Make your own handmade ornaments

Here are a few more suggestions for using what you have to decorate the tree:

  • clip bingo cards onto the tree with clothespins
  • make a snowflake out of bedsprings
  • decoupage pictures onto wood blocks
  • use gift tags as ornaments
  • tie snowflakes onto a piece of yarn to make a garland

11. Add branches or stems to your tree topper

Create a little drama with your tree topper.

Start with a large star.

Then tuck in decorative stems or Christmas picks to add height (and a little personality) to the top of your tree.

12. Add framed Christmas words to the tree

This was such an easy idea to fill up the tree.

Find frames (you may have them at home or you can find them dozens of places without spending a lot of money).

Then print out Christmas words, add them to the frames and tie them onto the tree with a ribbon.

13. Use eucalyptus as a tree topper

This was one of my favorite trees.

The tree is full of blue and white ornaments and the top?

It’s simply eucalyptus stems tucked into the tree.

14. Print on ribbon and decorate your tree

I love adding ribbon to a tree.

And what’s better than to make your own.

Here are simple DIY instructions on how to make your own ribbon.

Then drape it through the tree.

15. Make your own wrapped rope ornaments

I love the texture that jute adds to the tree.

You can make your own jute ornaments.

Simply take a styrofoam sphere, start at the top with a drop of hot glue and continue to wrap the rope until you’ve covered the ball. Add a drop of hot glue at the bottom to finish the ornament

16. Add a toolbox instead of a tree skirt

I love thinking outside the box when it comes to a tree skirt.

There are tons of good ideas I’ve seen, like tubs and buckets and baskets, but what about putting something in front of the tree to act like a tree skirt.

This vintage toolbox I’ve used is the perfect example.

17. Add a chalkboard star to the top of the tree

I love a star at the top of the tree.

Especially when it’s chalkboard.

To create this look, simply tuck a chalkboard on top of the tree and draw a star on it.

I love decorating trees.

I love Christmas and thinking outside the box and getting creative.

But my favorite thing about all those evergreen branches?

Is when they hold an ornament with a story like this one. 🙂

Happy Christmas in July

(see you tomorrow with gift wrap ideas)

Red & White Christmas

  1. Santa sleigh silhouette tree skirt
  2. Bow Christmas tree topper
  3. Red and white gingerbread house
  4. Nutcracker tree skirt
  5. Set of knit stockings
  6. Set of red and white ornaments
  7. Red and white gnomes
  8. Giant star Christmas tree topper
  9. Red and white bead Christmas garland

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