Deciding on what theme to do your Christmas tree in can be a big decision. For one of my favorite themes you need look no further than the sky overhead for inspiration. The Sun, stars and moon make for a great celestial themed Christmas Tree.
Using a variety of store bought and homemade celestial decorations you can create a tree that everyone will love.
A like to use a snow flocked tree and clear lights when I do a celestial themed tree. I like the way the white sets off the blue and gold colored ornaments I use. However if you prefer a green tree that will look beautiful too.
To make a celestial themed tree skirt purchase 3 yards of blue felt on the bolt and several dark yellow felt squares from the fabric store.Cut out small star, moon and sun shapes from the yellow felt and hot glue to the blue felt. Drape around the bottom of your Christmas Tree.
In choosing what lights to use I go with clear to spotlight each ornament. The number of light strands you use on your tree should be one strand for every foot, so for a seven foot tree you will need approximately one strand. The lights should be put on the tree before anything else. Start at the bottom of the tree and work your way up. To add depth to your tree wrap the light strand around the tree branch from the back out to the front of the branch.
Choose a variety of ornaments in bright blue,gold and sun, moon or star shapes.
You should have an average of 20 filler ornaments and 10 themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. For a seven foot tree that would be a total of 100 ornaments.
Filler ornaments are the solid color ball ornaments that you can usually buy in a box of six or more
Walmart has a inexpensive selection of ball ornaments in a variety of colors for $2.50 a box. They carry both glass and unbreakable ball ornaments. If you have children or pets I would purchase the unbreakable ornaments.For a celestial themed tree you will need to purchase blue and gold filler ornaments.
Theme ornaments are ornaments that represent your overall theme. In this case it would be ornaments that incorporate stars, suns and moons.
You can make some inexpensive celestial ornaments by buying several wood cut outs of stars, suns and moons at a craft store like Michael’s www.michaels.com.Paint with craft paint in gold or dark yellow and add on facial features to the sun and mood if you desire. If you want to add depth to your ornaments buy a darker or lighter shade of yellow or gold and accent your wood piece. Once dry spray on a clear acrylic paint to protect your piece and give it a shiny finish. Hot glue a gold ribbon loop on the back to hang on the tree.
I also like to add some nicer celestial ornaments.
Michael’s also has clear glass ball ornaments for $2.50 a box that can be painted on or filled.
You can use a gold paint pen to paint your own celestial shapes on the clear ornaments or use star garland in blue and gold to fill the inside for an inexpensive celestial themed ornament.
There are a couple of nice Old World moon themed ornaments at
www.christmas-treasures.com I like the Man in the Moon Ornament item # 22018 for $11.99 and the Mister Moon Ornament item # 22020 for $ 10.99.
Christmas Lights Direct www.christmas-lights-direct.com
has a couple of nice sun ornaments that would look great on a celestial themed Christmas tree. They are listed under Spanish Sun Ornaments item # 150131 for $3.99 each.
I found a nice set of one dozen handcrafted tin celestial themed moon, sun and star Christmas ornaments at www.directfrommexico.com item number NR8026
A little expensive at $52.50 they average out to around four dollars an ornament, much less than most Hallmark ornaments.
Another good source of celestial themed ornaments is EBay www.ebay.com
Try doing a search for either sun, moon or star ornaments or celestial ornaments.
Instead of using traditional fluffy garland I like to use gold wire garland. You can purchase it on line for $2.12 each at www.partycheap.com Product Code: 50651-GD Instead of wrapping your garland around the tree, attache several pieces all around the top and allow to curve downward in a wavy pattern.
Finish off your tree with a gold star tree topper. You can find a nice selection of tree toppers to fit any budget at www.amazon.com If you have a family heirloom tree topper then by all means use that even if it doesn’t match family traditions play an important part in Christmas decorating and you shouldn’t stop yours just because it doesn’t match.
Your celestial themed tree is now complete, just add presents!