Create a show-stopping tree with floral stems and easy decorating tips for how to decorate a Christmas tree with flowers.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” That’s right friend, it is time for all things holidays. I’m kicking off two favorite series today.
We are starting with My Home Style Blog Hop Christmas Tree Edition hosted by the lovely Casa Watkins Living where dozens of bloggers are sharing their gorgeous trees all week in a variety of styles and how to recreate the look.
This blog hop leads Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living and me into our annual A Very Global Christmas series, a place to find 12 days of globally inspired holiday DIYs and decorating ideas. You can find all previous stories from both series on A Very Global Christmas page.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Flowers
My Romantic, Natural, and Maximalist Tree
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A special welcome if you are coming from Stephanie’s Christmas Tree story! I’m always blown away by her unique and beautiful trees and excited to see what her theme is this year. Make sure to scroll all of the way to the bottom to see other Christmas trees today and the lineup for the week.
I love coming up with a new theme each year and usually repurpose past years’ Christmas decorations but have always wanted to do an all floral tree. Joann’s generously sent me a gift card so I could get all of the floral stems I needed for this year’s tree.
This is the first year that our Christmas tree has all never been used before decorations on it and I’m feeling a bit spoiled! Let’s get to the inspiration and key elements.
I knew I wanted to incorporate floral and leafy stems, a few moss balls that were purchased at a local estate sale by a friend, and potpourri which I had planned on using for other holiday DIYs. The floral colors were pulled from the beautiful velvet floral curtains and my grandmother’s portrait.
I also found bags of faux pomegranates on clearance at Joannes and was eager to incorporate them with the potpourri. After doing a little research on the winter fruit I learned that it is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and a single fruit is hung above the door of your house on Christmas day in Greece.
With potpourri originating in France, that’s a fun mix of global elements. This tree in a weird way represents places I’ve been and places I want to go. Ha!
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Floral Stems
Here’s what I used for our seven-foot full-size tree. These were all the bushel type of stems, not single flowers and the amounts are approximate.
- 20 stems of dark purple leafy stems
- 20 stems of red cherry blossoms sprays
- 36 stems of light pink cherry blossoms sprays
Make a Floral Garland
- Prepare your floral stems by dividing them by color and trimming stems if they are long than 6-8 inches. Select the side of the tree that gets seen the most and start at the bottom right.
- Start with one color of stem and bend it into a “C” shape. Tuck the bottom so it is hidden in the tree branches and let the flowers or leaves sit in between the branches. Continue in this fashion.
- Start shapping a curve with more stems and have it spiral upwards around the tree adding stems as you go until you have 3-4 curves in a continusoud spiral. (If your tree is in the corner just cover the front and side!)
- Make adjustments until your spirals look even and conisitance.
- Add your next color of floral stems on top of the first spiral.
- Finish off with a final color of stems in a third row.
- You may want to seperate a bushel and tuck individual stems when you get to the top to thin out the end!
Another new thing I did this year are the tree lights. Instead of regular Christmas tree light strands, I purchased one very long fairy LED light strand with copper wiring so I wouldn’t have to worry about hiding the cords.
I really love how much easier the decorative lights and flowers were to traditional lights, garland, tree toppers, and ornaments on such a big tree that never feels “full” enough for me. More is more! lol
While this tree has all new elements this year I still have bins of our special ornaments and traditional tree trimmings. I decided to purchase a second smaller tree for the kids (really just my daughter) to decorate on Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to going back to our traditional time to decorate and I can’t wait to show you that at the beginning of December.
Now head over to my friend Tracey from Mocha Girl Place for the next Christmas Tree inspiration!
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