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How to Decorate Small Christmas Trees

Small Christmas trees are a charming and practical way to add a fresh twist to your décor. These have a small footprint but do not scrimp on holiday cheer, making them a great option for homes with limited space. Bring warmth to your hearth, entryway, or staircase with these adorable small Christmas tree clusters.

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To get you started, designer Jennifer Lutz shares three decorating ideas for your small Christmas trees. Watch this video to see how she decorated her tabletop Christmas trees—two 30-inch trees and one 42-inch tree—to create a lovely holiday backdrop.

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Jennifer Lutz: Hi, I’m Jennifer with Balsam Hill. Today, I’m decorating small trees, three different ways. To create a bit of visual impact, I’ve used three trees, two 30-inch and one 42-inch Balsam for tabletop tree to create a charming display.

I’m going with three different themes. We have cozy neutrals, vintage memories, and finally, the jewel tone Christmas tree theme. Before you start decorating, take time to fluff your tree. Start at the back of the tree and move toward the front of the tree, adjusting branches, bending outward, and lifting upward. Separate each tip to create an even full look.

I love a neutral tree because it coordinates with any home and creates a warm and welcoming space. For a cozy neutral tree, I layered warm creams, whites, wood tones, and pine cones for a natural understated look. I crafted DIY stacked wooden beads and paired those with porcelain star ornaments and finished the tree with a textured ribbon.

To make stacked wooden bead ornaments, you need wooden beads, twine or string, and scissors. First, measure out and cut a piece of twine, then, triple knot it. Next, string beads in a pattern, varying sizes and colors. Finish by creating a loop to hang the ornament.

Honestly, it doesn’t get more simple than these DIY stacked wooden bead ornaments. My daughter and I spent an hour one afternoon listening to Christmas music and stringing beads and created enough for a full tree or three small trees. As you hang ornaments, spread them out evenly throughout the tree to create balance.

Next, add ribbon for texture. With this ribbon, I wrapped it around the tree at a horizontal angle, tucking sections toward the center to give it depth and movement. Finally, I added some pine cones to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.

The beauty of decorating with small trees is that they leave a small footprint and can be grouped together on the hearth, by stairways, front doors, or any place that you want to add a bit of holiday warmth.

Do you love to mark the passing of time and create a bit of nostalgia? This vintage memories tree is a great choice. This tree is a nod to the past with memory tags, classic car ornaments, and traditional Christmas elements like berries and plaid ribbon. I’ve paired simple wooden name tags filled with important dates and memories along with festive ornaments from Balsam Hill.

For memory tags, here’s what you need, wooden tags, permanent marker or pen, twine or ribbon, and scissors. To make memory tags, cut twine or ribbon to desired length, tie onto each wooden tag, write out your favorite memories for the year or Christmas past.

To decorate your memory tree, begin by adding ribbon. For each tree, I started at the top, tucking in wired ribbon in large loops like a cascading waterfall. Next, hang ornaments. I like to balance ornament’s shapes, sizes, and colors, making sure that they’re dispersed throughout the tree and well-balanced. Finally, stand back and enjoy all your holiday memories, both past and present.

This would be a great project for the entire family. Have everyone spend a few minutes jotting down important milestones or memories from the past year. I picture these trees in a family cottage that you often gather in for holidays and special occasions, or it would be a perfect addition to your cozy family room at home, where you can enjoy reminiscing with your loved ones.

If you’re drawn to elegance, this jewel tone tree is for you. These trees remind me of a proper English Christmas, the kind you read about in a Jane Austen novel, filled with elegance and beauty.

Once again, layering is key. From hand-dyed velvet ribbons to glass bulbs filled with pheasant feathers and finished with exquisitely crafted egg ornaments that remind me of the famed Fabergé eggs.

To create your own feather-filled glass bulbs, here’s what you need, craft feathers, glass bulbs, ornament hooks. Take off the top of the glass ornament. Next, insert at least three small feathers into the interior of the bulb, add enough to fully line the glass bulb with feathers.

For a bit of color and texture, take three small feathers, you may need to trim them, and secure to the outside of the glass bulb with a metal ornament topper. You can add some glue from a glue gun if you want to further secure the feathers. Place the metal top back on the ornament, add a hook or ribbon to hang.

I love the texture, color, and warmth that the pheasant feathers bring to this tree. I used smaller feathers to fill the glass bulbs, and then, I used longer pheasant feathers as picks to add depth. Finish decorating the tree with ribbon. In this case, I used a combination of one-inch hand-dyed velvet ribbon along with three-inch wired metallic ribbon.

Varying ornament and ribbon sizes, along with patterns and textures as layers of warmth and visual interest. These trees are rich in both color and charm.

When decorating for the holidays, I like to coordinate colors throughout a room. This includes candles, stockings, and even pillows. For more ideas, check out our Balsam Hill blog. Wishing you the happiest of holidays.

Cozy Neutral Tree

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A neutral small Christmas tree theme creates a welcoming space in any home. To achieve this understated look, layer warm creams, whites, and wood tones with pinecones as accents. Add a personal touch by creating your own DIY wooden bead ornaments.

textured ribbon, evergreen foliage, pinecones, and wooden bead ornaments

How to Decorate Cozy Neutral Small Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees and Decorations:

Steps to Creating DIY Stacked Wooden Bead Ornaments:

Materials needed:

  • Assorted wooden beads
  • Twine or string
  • Scissors
cut twine for wooden bead ornament

1. Measure out and cut a piece of twine.

knot twine for wooden bead ornament

2. Tie a triple knot on one end.

string beads on twine for wooden bead ornament

3. String beads in a pattern with varying sizes and colors.

create loop for hanging wooden bead ornament

4. Create a loop to hang the ornament.

collage of cozy neutral small christmas tree, porcelain star ornaments, wooden bead ornements, pinecone ornaments

Steps to Decorating a Cozy Neutral Tree:

  1. Hang neutral-colored ornaments, spreading them out evenly on your tree.
  2. Add ribbon for texture. Wrap it around the tree horizontally, moving downward and tucking sections towards the center to give it depth and movement.
  3. Add pinecones to fill in bare spaces.

Tip: Fluff your small tree before placing your decorations. Start at the inner branches of the tree and move toward the front. Bend the branches outward and lift them upward. Separate each tip to create an even, full look.

Vintage Memories Tree

group of balsam fir tabletop small christmas trees in vintage theme

This small Christmas tree decorating theme is perfect for creating a bit of nostalgia. This suits any space where your family gathers to reminisce over heartwarming memories.

vintage-style truck ornaments, red berry picks, plaid ribbon, DIY wooden memory tags, evergreen foliage

How to Decorate a Vintage Memories-Themed Small Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree and Decorations:

Steps to Creating DIY Wooden Memory Tags:

Materials needed:

  • Permanent marker or pen
  • Wooden tags
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Scissors
cut twine for wooden tag

1. Cut twine or ribbon to your desired length.

tie twine to wooden tag

2. Tie the twine or ribbon onto each wooden tag.

write down memories on wooden tags

3. Have the whole family think of special memories and milestones from the past years and write them down on the wooden tags.

Tip: Tiny Christmas trees are best displayed on an elevated platform. Place them on top of a coffee table, crate, box, or any raised surface to make them stand out.

Steps to Decorating a Vintage Memory-Themed Small Christmas Tree:

balsam fir tabletop small christmas tree with vintage-style car and truck ornaments, red berry picks, DIY wooden memory tags
  1. Begin decorating with your wired ribbon. From the top of your tree, move downward and tuck the ribbon into sections to create large, cascading loops.
  2. Hang the ornaments. Make sure that they’re dispersed evenly with an ornament in each section for a balanced look.

Jewel-Toned Feather Tree

group of balsam fir tabletop small christmas tree decorated with ribbons and feather ornaments

Decorated with rich jewel tones, pheasant feathers, textured ribbons, and exquisite glass egg ornaments, these Christmas tree clusters will bring old-world warmth and charm to your favorite nooks.

gold and velvet ribbons, feather picks, glass egg and ball ornaments, evergreen foliage

How to Decorate a Jewel-Toned Small Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees and Decorations:

Steps to Creating DIY Feather Glass Bulb Ornaments:

Materials needed:

place feathers inside a glass ball ornament

1. Remove the metal top of your glass bulb ornament. Insert at least three small feathers into the ornament, adding more as needed. Use enough feathers to fully line the glass bulb.

diy feather glass ball ornament

2. For added color and texture, let three small feathers hang outside the glass bulb ornament. Use a glue gun to secure them.

hang diy glass ball feather ornament

3. Place the metal top back on the ornament. Add an ornament hook or ribbon for hanging.

Steps to Decorating a Jewel-Toned Small Christmas Tree:

balsam fir tabletop tree decorated with ribbons, feather ball ornaments, and egg ornaments
  1. Hang the mini egg and glass ball ornaments.
  2. Use the long pheasant feathers as picks to fill in gaps.
  3. Finish decorating the tree with ribbon. Jennifer used a combination of 1-inch wide velvet ribbon and 3-inch wide wired metallic ribbon for contrast.

Tip: When clustering small Christmas trees, use varying heights for visual impact. Create contrast by combining decorations with different textures, shapes, and sizes while following the same color palette.

Advantages of Decorating with Small Christmas Trees

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In photo: Alpine Balsam Fir Tabletop Trees (Frosted and Regular) | Windsor Potted Spruce
  • They can be placed just about anywhere. Since they’re easy to move around, you can easily put them in any corner or area you want to brighten up. Aside from the fireplace or living room console table, try placing them on a mudroom bench, kitchen countertop, or bedroom dresser.
  • They fit inside charming containers. Display tiny Christmas trees inside pots, buckets, or planters to complement the rest of your home décor.
  • They take up less space. Small Christmas trees are perfect for decorating narrow spaces and high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, front door, or home office without getting in the way.
  • They spruce up your outdoor spaces. Add instant charm and sparkle to your front porch or patio with a group of small Christmas tree clusters.
  • They allow you to display multiple Christmas trees. Create smaller versions of your main centerpiece and set them in different rooms for a cohesive look. Or, decorate your small Christmas tree in varying themes so each one stands out.
  • They’re easy to decorate. Small artificial Christmas trees require less time and effort to set up, simplifying your holiday preparations.

With a bit of creativity, a small Christmas tree can bring just as much cheer as a regular-sized one. For more Christmas tree decorating inspiration and how-tos, visit the links below.

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