Twinkling Christmas trees always add so much magic to the holiday season. And with the addition of fresh flowers, you can enjoy those trees all year long. Today I’m sharing how to create a nature-inspired summer Christmas tree that mixes two of my favorite things together—Christmas and fresh flowers.

Balsam Hill artificial Sanibel Spruce decorated with ornaments and real flowers

What you need

Christmas Tree, Foliage, and Ornaments

I used a 7′ Balsam Hill Sanibel Spruce, but you can use whatever size or type of tree that you’d like. I think a tabletop tree would be just as beautiful as a full-size tree.

Artificial Christmas tree with fresh flowers

For the decorations, I combined earth-toned glass ornaments from Balsam Hill’s Grand Forest ornament set, Globe set, and Beaded Gold set.

Balsam Hill Grand Forest ornament set

I loved how adding these Glowing Pinecone garland strands to the tree really made it sparkle even more. And they’re battery operated, which means they’re perfect for the mantel or anywhere you don’t have plugin access.

Pre-lit Pinecone Garland on Christmas tree

These Winter Pinecone picks are a bleached color with a few frosty touches. They add a lovely natural base to the tree.

Balsam Hill Winter Pinecone Picks on Christmas tree

Fresh Flowers and Greens

For my summer Christmas tree, I chose fresh stems of spiral eucalyptus, blush and white peonies, burgundy dahlias, chocolate lace, and baby’s breath. I chose flowers that will dry beautifully so I get to enjoy them longer.

Fresh flower stems on table

To keep flowers fresh longer, ask your florist to place them in floral water tubes. Flowers that are long-lasting as dried flowers such as baby’s breath don’t need to use a water vial for individual stems. But flowers such as peonies, roses, dahlias, and hydrangeas need water in order to stay fresh.

How to Decorate Your Christmas tree

Step 1

Start by tucking in the pinecone picks to create a nice base for the flowers and greens. Additionally, they give the tree that lovely woodland feeling. Leave the ends of your picks and greens sticking just a bit further out to get a more rambling and natural look.

Artificial Christmas Tree decorated with natural elements

Step 2

Add in the eucalyptus stems. Just tuck bunches of them into the branches of the tree until you have them filled in as you’d like.

Christmas tree with pinecone picks

Step 3

Hang the ornaments. When I decorate Christmas trees, I tend to begin with larger ornaments such as the globes. Then I fill in the spaces with smaller and more detailed ornaments.

Baby's breath flowers to decorate summer Christmas tree

Step 4

Insert the fresh flowers. Think of your fresh flowers as ornaments for your Christmas tree; tuck them in wherever you’d place an ornament.

White peony to decorate a summer Christmas tree

Start with the largest flowers. Tuck them into any area of the tree that need fullness in the décor. I started with layering the baby’s breath and the chocolate lace on top of the eucalyptus. Then I tucked the peonies into the branches. Finally, I added the burgundy dahlias for a twist of bold, rich color to the more neutral color palette.

Step 5

As a finishing touch, place the pre-lit pinecone garland. Simply string the garland across the front of the tree and tuck the battery pack into the branches to conceal it.

Summer Christmas tree decorated with pinecones and flowers

Step 6

Stand back and see if there are any spots where you need to make changes or additions to your summer Christmas tree.

One of the best things about using fresh flowers and greens in your tree is that you can enjoy a touch of Christmas all year long—just change the flowers for each season. During the holiday season, fresh flowers and greens add a beautiful element to your holiday decorating.

Want more floral decorating ideas? Find out how you can transform your home workspace with flowers.

Courtney of French Country Cottage

As the founder of lifestyle blog French Country Cottage and editor of Romantic Homes magazine, Courtney is known for bringing chic aesthetics and vintage elegance to her designs. Courtney offers readers creative ideas and decorating tips inspired by the ongoing renovations on her 1940s cottage home.

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