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3 Styles of Christmas Tree Decorating

Learn how to decorate a Christmas tree in three distinct styles -- elegant, cottage and rustic-chic.

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3 Ways to Decorate Your Holiday Tree:

Elegant Victoria-Style

One of the secrets to the elegant look is a wire-edge ribbon (Image 1) that can be shaped however you desire. Cherubs and burgundy roses trimmed in gold (Image 2) are perfect for an elegant tree. Gold is the central theme of this particular tree. Red berries and shiny gold ornaments complement the ribbon and other decorations. One way to reflect the elegance of the tree is to wrap the gifts in paper that matches the tree. In this case, gold and rich red wrappings were chosen.

Vintage Cottage

Using old-fashioned lights (Image 1) are one of the main ways to achieve a country design. Also, consider using bubble lights. Gingham fabric was used for garland and ornaments (Image 2) on our country tree. The garland was made from old buttons and fabric-covered thread spools lend themselves to the rustic feel. Gingerbread-men ornaments add a holiday aroma to the tree. Once again, try to wrap the gifts in the same design theme. For our tree, use raffia and brown wrapping paper with gingham ribbon and bows.

Natural Rustic-Chic

The most noticeable element of this design is a thick vine (Image 1), which we wrapped around the tree like garland. Rope garland was added for a natural touch as well and it was embellished with dried berries and moss. This is a fun tree that would be perfect for a cabin or a rustic-chic home. Plastic foam balls were covered with seeds and beads as ornaments (Image 2). Dried orange and apple slices were used as ornaments.