Christmas Tree Decorating

Christmas tree decorating ideas to give depth and interest to an artificial tree. Faux Christmas tree tips and tricks you need to know.

The year I shared my Neutral Christmas Home Tour you all made my day with your sweet emails and comments. The amount of you that loved the black, white, and metallic decor surprised me.

Amazon prelit Christmas tree wth satin ribbon bows sittng in our dining room

One of my favorite things to do as a decorator is change the way my tree looks from year to year. It’s very minor changes, mostly just using what I already own. Lots of my favorite shatterproof ornaments in different colors makes all the difference.

Fully decorated Christmas tree with red, gold, green, and brown ornaments

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Today I wanted to share more about our Christmas tree specifically. Details about how to decorate the neutral Christmas tree to let you see how easy and inexpensive it really can be to change things up. It’s the start point for a cozy Christmas living room.

I wrote a blog post to help you learn how to choose a Christmas theme I suggest you check out as well.

You can use these tips and tricks no matter what colors you decide to add to your tree.

Buying holiday decor when it is on sale is my best advice. My tree is a great purchase we made a couple of years ago. Pre-lit trees can cause too many issues with the lights so I opted for one without lights.

Slim artificial Christmas trees work well for many reasons. They save so much space, use less lights and ornaments, and look great with many decorating styles.

Christmas Nights Tour 2020 tree ornaments

Steps for decorating your Christmas tree

This is the steps in the order I decorate our tree. For a full tree of lights you need 100 lights per each foot of tree height.

  • Fluff the branches one row at a time
  • Add the lights to each row of branches as it gets fluffed
  • Tuck ribbon and garlands after lights
  • Place any additional greenery, berry or sticks
  • Add ornaments large to small

How to fluff the branches

Here is how the tree looks undecorated. Mostly smashed because it just came out of the box. Fluffing the branches is a must.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips and Tricks

Fluffing artificial tree branches is a matter of bending and adjusting to give your tree a natural look. Bend the needles of each branch upward and outward. Work your way around the tree from bottom to top.

This is where I add the lights as I go. It is much easier to weave Christmas lights to each row of branches as after you fluff.

Sorting ornaments

Next I went through my current ornaments and pulled out all of the one’s that would go with my neutral theme. I had some pretty metal one’s passed on to me from my parents. As well as some I had collected over the years.

My ornaments are separated by color into clear shallow storage bins. Makes decorating the tree much easier.

Last year I thought about going neutral so I purchased a big container of shatterproof metallic ornaments but ended up sticking with my reds. I was very happy to have the ornaments already in my stash.

Plastic snowflake ornaments have been on my tree for many years. They are versatile for many styles and color options.

Vintage basket and Christmas ornaments


The fake snow is just Poly-fil stuffing from my sewing supplies. I’ve used thing for years because it isn’t messy like other fake snow.

Once I added everything I owned already here is how the tree looked. Don’t panic yet because it gets better. The process of decorating a Christmas tree is all about layering. It gets better with each layer of decor.


To get my tree to a point where I was happy, I decided to get a little crafty. I was able to purchase 6 silk white poinsettia stems and 6 wooden JOY ornaments in the craft section of Walmart.

The crafty wood piece ornaments vary from year to year. I found this assortment of wood craft ornaments this year.

Neutral Christmas Home Tour using Black, White, and Metallic

Then I headed to my back yard and gathered twigs. I spray painted those white and stuck them randomly around the tree. Most years I leave the sticks natural so don’t feel like you must paint them if you would rather skip that step.

Christmas Nights Tour 2020 tree
Neutral Christmas Home Tour using Black, White, and Metallic

Lastly, I had extra burlap in my fabric stash. I cut pieces about 6 inches by 6 inches. Then I grab them in the center making a simple rosette. I stuffed those into any places left bare.

Adding ribbon and garlands is usually something I add before any ornaments because it is much easier. This added burlap was small pieces so it was easy to tuck in the tree. I wanted it for filler for texture.


The tree turned out beautifully. I barely spent any money and ended up with a completely different tree this year.

Neutral Christmas Home Tour using Black, White, and Metallic

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Christmas Tree Decorating Tips and Tricks


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