How to Decorate a Christmas Twig Tree

Welcome to today’s special post.

It’s time for me to take part in the very first #UKHomeBlogHop organised by the fabulous Kimberly from Swoon Worthy. Over 20 home and interior bloggers are creating Christmas focused blog posts and all linking across from one to the other. The idea is that you, lovely reader, can jump onto the next one after reading here, keep reading and hop along as much as you would like. Everyone is writing about Christmas, from decorations, to food and recipes, table settings, preparing your home and so much more. The inspiration you’re going to find this week from all these posts is phenomenal.

Thank you to Seasons in Colour who was before me in the hop with her Christmas home tour. Once you’re finished here, do carry on and go read what The Ordinary Lovely has put together for you.

So, onto my post. Today I want to give you some ideas on how to decorate a Christmas twig tree.

Whilst this might seem like a bit of strange topic, bear with me. If you have one of these trees you’ll know that you need a different approach when it comes to decorating it, so these tips will come in very handy.

Here is my tree. I bought it a few years ago from John Lewis but you can get a very similar one HERE. (You can even get a gold one now!)

bare-twig-treeThey are definitely for those who love an alternative or more minimal look. I actually thought my family, and the children in particular would complain, but they love it, and in fact, when I suggested we might convert back to a green tree this year, they objected. These twig trees also work well if you don’t have a lot of space, as we don’t. The branches can be adjusted so they don’t take up too much width either.

So here are a few tips for getting the decorations just right on your beautiful Scandi style Christmas twig tree.

Tip #1:

tree-decorationsKeep the colour scheme simple and neutral. These trees don’t really lend themselves to a striking bejewelled theme so keep it very straight forward. I’ve opted for a white and metallic look with touches of black this year. In previous years I’ve added a lot of red but decided to leave it out this year for a change. (Read to the end of the post to see where it’s ended up!)

Tip #2:

scandi-baubleThis tip works on all kinds of trees to be honest, but add multiple examples of the same bauble all in one go. That way you can spread them evenly across the tree and won’t need to move things around later.

Tip #3:

decorated-twig-treeRemember that these branches aren’t as sturdy as a traditional tree and can’t take too much weight. I’ve learned this the hard way having seen my branches slowly sag to the floor over time, with baubles falling and breaking in the past. So, ensure you mix up the decorations by weight, adding only one or two heavier ones on a branch with a few or your lighter varieties.

Tip #4:

starYou can’t add a Star or Angel to the top of this tree, but I do like to hang a star decoration near the top just as a nod to the tradition. It makes me feel good and extra Christmassy.

Tip # 5:

christmas-starFind appropriate twig tree decorations by shopping the stores and their ‘Scandi’ or ‘Minimal’ christmas tree themes. You’ll find decorations more suited to twig trees amongst these. Buy a few new ones each year to build your collection.

Tip #6:

twig-tree-decorationsYou’ll actually need to spend less on your decorations overall as you really don’t need as many as you do for a traditional tree. Just remember you can see through this tree so you need to decorate all the way round to the back!

Tip #7:

christmas-birdDon’t be afraid to mix things up a little bit. You don’t necessarily have to stick to one theme or look, just as long as there is a common factor running through all of your decorations. So, this glamorous little feather bird probably isn’t your typical scandi themed decoration but I love it, and as it’s white, it fits perfectly with everything else.

Tip #8:

personal-decorationPersonalise your tree with a few of your own little touches. I love this personalised ceramic bauble from Not on the High Street which sits beautifully in with this style and gives the tree something a little special.

And here’s the finished look along with a few other bits I’ve decorated in the living room. This is it for me, I don’t really add anything else or the ‘cluttered’ feel of the decorations gets a little too much.

christmas-living-roomI do hope you like the tips and if you’re decorating a Christmas twig tree this holiday, that they come in handy. I’m certainly pleased with how the tree is looking this year. And I’ve mixed up the soft furnishings a little to work with the Christmas theme, adding this great little cushion from Junique. I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!

final-decorated-twig-treeBut just before I go, I thought you might like to see how the tree ties in with the rest of the decorations in our living room. I’ve added lots of twinkling lights around the fireplace, along with a white, metallic and a dash of green theme so it works with the tree.

mantlepieceDon’t forget to pin this too so you can come back to it later.

Lots of tips, tricks and ideas on how to decorate your Christmas Twig Tree and get is absolutely right!

And if you’re worried that this is no fun for the kids, well they get their own twig tree… and decorate it how they like, with a little Santa on the top too!


So now you need to hop over to The Ordinary Lovely to for some fun wrapping ideas. And don’t forget to come back at 11am every day this week, to see the next batch of Christmas posts, checking for #UKHomeBlogHop on Twitter and Instagram too.

Here are the other blogs taking part today:

Monday 5th December (already live)

Wednesday 7th December
Sarah Akwisombe
Mademoiselle Poirot
French for Pineapple
Lust Living
Thursday 8th December
Old Fashioned Susie
Dear Designer
We Love Home
Melanie Lissack Interiors
Friday 9th December
Fresh Design Blog
Ana Mum Diary
Well I Guess This Is Growing Up
A Beautiful Space

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  1. December 6, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Ahh your tree came out great! I bought two tiny versions of these white trees for my bar cart but I could imagine a large one as you have would take a bit more planning to get the styling right. I love how it ties into the rest of your decor as well. I’m such a ‘more is more’ person but I can totally appreciate how a few careful choices can really make a space as it has yours (and I love that the kids got their own!!) 🙂 Fab! Thanks so much for participating in the hop! xx

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      You know we all have very different styles and tastes and that’s what making the Hop such a job in my opinion. Thanks again for doing such an amazing job at organising it all Kimberly, it can’t have been easy! x

  2. December 6, 2016 / 11:47 am

    It’s delightful and looks so beautiful in your living room! I love your mantle piece decorations – the houses are so cute! x

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks Natasha, I think I got them in Dunelm a few years ago x

  3. December 6, 2016 / 11:52 am

    It looks great, and perfect for space saving. I like the fact that you can pop items on it all the way around and you can see them! I love the kids tree too, nice Santa on the top!

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      You gotta love that Santa eh? Thanks Steph x

  4. December 6, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Great tips there Jen. Your living room looks beautiful and festive x

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much Geraldine, that means so much x

  5. Jenny
    December 6, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    This post reminds me!I have two birch trees outside, could I decorate these too… and a small maple tree
    Loving the photography and the personalised bauble!
    Merry Christmas Jen

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Hey Jenny, definitely go for it with your outdoor trees. Thank you x

  6. December 6, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Oh Jen, this is lovely. I need to pass your tips on to my six year old as he has the same tree in his bedroom and adorns it with ALL the decorations. Seriously, ALL of them. I wouldn’t say it’s an eyesore but it’s not far off 😉

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Oh Rachel, I would love to see that! 😉

  7. December 6, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Can’t wait to read all these lovely Christmas decorating posts! As for the twig tree, I like its simple elegance – perfect for smaller rooms

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks so much Suze, I know, there are some incredible posts in the hop aren’t there!

  8. December 6, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    This really works in your room, but I think my husband would cancel Christmas if he didnt have a traditional tree! So scandi xx

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Yep it’s definitely not for everyone. I do have pangs of longing for a traditional tree now and again, I’m sure one year I’ll succumb x

  9. December 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Look beautiful! I literally grabbed so alike bauble from homesense ( the little house dome) and smashed it all over the floor! and it was the last one!!!Its hard to be me..sigh

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Oh no Anna, what a shame! I’m sure you’ll find one somewhere else, good luck 🙂 x

  10. December 6, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Totally my kind of style, I adore these trees! It’s so nice your kids get there on one to decorate too.

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Ah great Rachel, a fellow minimalist ish. Thank you x

  11. December 7, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Beautiful styling, love the personalised bauble! Kinda taken with the idea of the tree in gold though! You’d think I’d get bored of gold, but apparently not…..!

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks Hollie. I did have a little pang when I saw it in gold, one more tree wouldn’t make much difference right?

  12. December 7, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Love your twig tree! And I agree that you have to keep them simple. Some really good tips. x

    • December 7, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Carole, I know it’s not everyone’s thing, but it works for me x

  13. December 7, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I love your tree Jen! And I love that it doesn’t take up too much space (I grumble for a month about all the displaced furniture and plants!). I wonder if I could get away with one next year?! And GOLD you say? X

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Haha yes Bianca, GOLD. Know what you mean about all the displaced furniture, we do sometimes move out that yellow chair, but nowhere for it to go this year. x

  14. December 7, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I must admit, I wasn’t sure I liked the twig trees I’ve seen so much of this year. But you’ve totally changed my mind! It’s all about personalisation isn’t it? Love all the personal touches on yours and how it’s really representative of your family. I’ve become such a soppy thing since becoming a mum haha! It’s gorgeous hun 🙂

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Bless you Karen, thanks so much. Glad I’ve convinced you x

  15. December 8, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I really want one of these twigs for my home – they look so good. Not actually seen one in a real home before, so it has inspired me to ask Santa for one. Lovely styling.

  16. December 8, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I love it! What a great idea for something a little different. It looks fantastic and I love the idea of the kids doing their own tree too.

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:36 am

      Vicki, thanks so much, I’m always a little worried that it’s not your typical type of tree x

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