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.
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!)
They 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.
Keep 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!)
This 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.
Remember 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.
You 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:
Find 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.
You’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!
Don’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.
Personalise 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.
I 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!
But 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.
Don’t forget to pin this too so you can come back to it later.
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)