If you’re tired of the same old boring Christmas decorations, liven your Christmas centerpiece up with some fun Christmas tree decorating themes. The Christmas tree decorating ideas here are great because they involve searching for specific decorations for whichever of the themes you choose, and your family will enjoy searching for ornaments that fit the theme and coming up with ideas for making their own. So make your Christmas tree a work of art that displays your personality with some of these creative decorating ideas:
Family Memories – This is perhaps the most sentimental of the Christmas tree decorating ideas here, as it involves finding ornaments and making decorations that could become family keepsakes. You can decorate the tree with family photos in ornament frames and search for ornaments that represent family memories and the individual personalities of your family members. For example, a child might choose a car to represent their favorite toy, and dad may find a Coca Cola ornament to represent his favorite soda. You can find ornaments that represent family vacations like miniatures of landmarks that you have visited, or turn keepsakes and trinkets from family moments like the birth of child into ornaments. Children can get really creative with their Christmas tree decorating ideas by choosing ornaments that represent their favorite things, like their favorite animal, food, toy, cartoon character, candy, etc., or by making their own ornaments to represent themselves. Then you can purchase some wide red ribbon to wrap your tree with and have everyone write their names on it with white paint pens in various places, along with words and pictures they feel represent family. This is one of the best Christmas tree themes for family bonding, and everyone will enjoying contributing their own unique ideas to making your Christmas tree a fun family memory.
The Night Before Christmas – This is one of the best decorating ideas on this list for young children because it’s interactive and involves them not just listening to a story but finding the objects mentioned in it. All you need to do is look for ornaments that match up with some of the words in ‘The Night Before Christmas’ story (you can read it here). You’ll need to find ornaments of the items listed here, and arrange them in front of your tree in the following order so your children can place them on the tree as you read the story: a house, mice, stockings, Santa, sugar plums (these can be represented by round purple ornaments), a cap (any winter cap you have in the house will do), snowflakes (to represent snow), a sleigh, eight reindeer, an eagle (this one might be hard to find, but you can always tie an eagle emblem of some sort to a loop of string), some ornaments representing various toys, faux red roses (which can be nestled in the tree branches), plastic cherries (just tie some loops of string on the stems so you can hang them), red bows, a corncob pipe (again, just tie a loop of string on it), a miniature wreath, a small unopened jar of jelly with a loop of string tied on it, an elf, a whistle, an ornament that says, “Merry Christmas”, and stars to represent night. Of course you can duplicate some of the ornaments to cover your whole tree, and you might be able to glean some of your own Christmas tree decorating ideas from the classic poem not listed here. This is definitely one of the Christmas tree decorating themes that kids will most enjoy, and it will create some wonderful Christmas memories.
Christmas in Candyland – This is probably my favorite out of all of the Christmas tree decorating ideas on this list, because I’m a real sucker for suckers, which are a big part of what is one of the tastiest Christmas tree themes you’ll ever see (this one might not be a good idea for those counting calories!). You can look for any candy or sweet-themed ornaments, being sure to include plenty of gingerbread men and women! Plastic candy garlands are a good option, or you can make your own garlands by stringing multi-colored gumdrops on thread (although this is probably not a good idea if you have an indoor dog). Other candy that can double as ornaments would be ribbon candy, which you could tie a loop of string on, or wrapped hard candies tied on strings. You could also make your own faux hard candies by cutting small squares of different colors of material, placing a small wad of paper in the center, rolling it up, and tying the ends with ribbon to replicate the look of wrapped candy. You also might be able to find ornaments based on candy brands (I know I’ve seen a lot of different M&M men ornaments over the years). You could wrap your tree with red and white striped ribbon to represent a candy cane pattern, and, of course, you need to hang plenty of candy canes from the branches of your tree. Other sweet treats on ornaments you could look for would be gingerbread houses, pie, ice cream, and, my personal favorite, cupcakes (you’d be surprised at how many cupcake ornaments there are on the web). You can make your own easy ice cream cone ornaments by simply gluing a glass ornament ball onto an ice cream cone and spraying the cone with a little fake snow spray, and you can make your own easy cupcake ornaments using the instructions here. And one of the final Christmas tree decorating ideas for this sugary sweet masterpiece would be nestling some giant lollipops among the branches that can be enjoyed on Christmas morning. This is one of the most creative Christmas tree decorating ideas you can use, and kids will absolutely love their Christmas tree straight out of Candyland (you might even want to get them the board game for Christmas to go along with the theme).
So whether you’re looking for a way to appeal to your family’s craving for Christmas treats, a way for the family to have a Christmas full of fond memories, or just want to tell that same old Christmas story in a new way, there’s sure to be some Christmas tree decorating ideas on this list that won’t just be pretty, but will fun for the whole family to take part in.