Are you looking for some Christmas tree ideas? Need inspiration for Christmas tree decorating? If you’re a sports fan, consider creating a sports Christmas tree.
Here are some Christmas tree decorating ideas to create a Sports Christmas tree décor for sports fans who just can’t get enough of their team or sport. These decorating ideas can help you in trimming your Christmas tree, and supporting your team at the same time.
You-or someone in your family-might be a big fan of a particular team or sport, or maybe your family participates in several sports; either way you can incorporate your love of sports into your Christmas tree decorating, by trimming your Christmas tree with sports ornaments, sports-related objects, or just about anything sports. Here’s how:
The easiest way to add a touch of sports to your Christmas tree décor is with sports ornaments. Companies like Hallmark offer sports ornaments, some of specific sports figures, others more sports-generic, such as hockey, football, soccer, etc.; they can be found in Hallmark stores as well as online.
Other online sources for sports ornaments for your sports Christmas tree, where generic-type ornaments can be found-and often personalized-include www.chalktalksports.com, www.ornamentshop.com, and www.anythingdoughs.com/sports.htm.
To make your sports Christmas tree décor personal and one-of-a-kind, you can use things that aren’t usually thought of as ornaments, and you can make your own ornaments and decorations to trim your Christmas tree.
Trimming your Christmas tree with things that aren’t ‘ornaments.’
The benefits of using non-traditional objects as ornaments on your sports Christmas tree is that they add depth, color, texture, and originality. Here are some Christmas tree decorating ideas using non-traditional Christmas tree ornaments:
Doll and stuffed animal clothes and accessories: A small jersey, helmet, or piece of sporting equipment (golf club, bat, ball) made for a doll or stuffed animal, could be the perfect size to help create your sports Christmas tree décor.
To hang these objects on your tree, you’ll need to attach a piece of string or wire, or make a loop that an ornament hook can grab on to. It’s easy to do this on something made of fabric, but you may need to get creative with other objects, depending on what they’re made of. You may be able to loop the string or wire around an object like a bat or golf club and lightly glue it in place; for something round like a ball, you can make a net to rest the ball in, or pierce it, pulling the string through. Clear fishing wire works well for this as it is strong, and barely detectable, allowing it to blend into your Christmas tree decor. You may want to “holiday-up” the object, and use holiday or colored ribbon to hang it, as well as be part of the decoration itself.
Tickets: If you’ve been to games of your favorite team and have your ticket stubs, you can use them as trimmings for your Christmas tree. Punch a hole into the stub (in the place it will do the least damage), and string it, or use an ornament hook. You can also fancy this idea up by embellishing the ticket: frame it with pipe cleaners in your team’s colors, glue it on a larger sheet of paper and decorate it, etc.
Cake toppers, party favors, and kitchen items: Cake toppers and party favors are often available in sports-or team-themes, and can be used as Christmas tree décor. Blowouts-those horns that unroll when you blow them-are colorful and fun, and in your team’s colors, or adorned with images from your sport can make interesting decorations. If you’re considering using these things, keep in mind the size of your Christmas tree and Christmas tree décor: one or two very large-or colorful-things may look out of place or obstruct other decorations.
Cookie cutters come in a wide variety of sports shapes, and can be used to trim your Christmas tree as well. Hanging them will depend on what they’re made of. Other non-traditional Christmas tree ideas: appliqués, buttons and button covers, pins, trading cards (make sure they’re not the really valuable ones), key chain charms.
Making your own sports Christmas tree decorations.
There are plenty of things you can make-in part or totally-to trim your Christmas tree with. This is an activity the whole family can get involved in. Here are some ideas for making your own decorations for your sports Christmas tree décor.
Plain and hollow (fillable) ornaments: Clear ornaments can be personalized using stickers, labels, ribbon, etc. Hollow, or ‘fillable,’ ornaments can be filled with shredded paper in your team’s colors, or other memorabilia, or you can use sports cut-outs. Cut outs can be found in the toy or craft department or in a craft store; they often come in felt, foam, paper, or even wood, and can be painted, colored, etc.
Garland: You can make your own sports garland to trim your Christmas tree by taking plain, store-bought garland and attaching any sports-related item to it (most of the items mentioned above can be used). Make sure to match the scale of the item to the garland so that it doesn’t get lost. Depending on what you use, you can wire the item in using floral wire or string, or you can glue it in place. Play around with it to see how close you want the attachments to be to each other.
Creating an entirely new garland can be as simple as stringing a series of items together, using things such as buttons, button covers, cut-outs, tickets, or trading cards. You can use these alone, alternate them, or add more traditional Christmas tree décor like bells or snowflakes.
If you have kids, they can create their own sports Christmas tree decorations using sun-catcher or stain-glass kits. Although selection of these may not be as great as with other items, they can be found. For instance, if you’re a Miami Dolphins fan, you could use a dolphin, and paint in the orange and teal of the Dolphins; a star could be used for the Dallas Stars.
A giant bowin your team’s colors, or with your team’s logo, can be a Tree Topper, but so can other things. Have you got a team or player bobble head? Do you have a team helmet? If you’re a really huge fan, how about a Styrofoam hand showing your team’s #1?
As you can see, sports Christmas tree ideas are limited only by your imagination, how much time you can devote to walking through the aisles of your craft department or store, and your crafting time.
So put on your jerseys and caps, look through your sports stuff, and trim your Christmas tree. Incorporating your love of sports in your Christmas tree décor is a great way to mix things you love: sports and Christmas.
Pretty much anything that reminds you of your favorite team(s) or sport(s) can be converted or recreated to become part of your Christmas tree décor. Use the Christmas tree ideas presented here, or use them as stepping stones to create your own one-of-a-kind sports Christmas tree.
Note: some professional teams have items such as ribbons, shoelaces, and fabric with their logo on them that can be used in any of these Christmas tree decorating ideas. Check with your craft store, or with the league or team (see resources below).
Here some resources you can use to find professional sports items that can be used for Christmas tree decorating:
Major League Baseball: http://shop.mlb.com
National Football League: www.nflshop.com
Major League Soccer: http://www.mlsgear.com
National Basketball Assn: http://store.nba.com
Professional Golfers Assn: http://www.shoppga.com
National Hockey League: http://shop.nhl.com