How to Decorate Christmas Trees in a Winter Wonderland Theme

by Alyssa Ideboen

Christmas is that magical time where families and friends congregate around a festively decorated tree to swap stories, share food and exchange presents. No matter if the tree is a real Douglas fir you cut down yourself or a fake one made from plastic, adding the right embellishments will turn it into the focus of attention. Decorate your tree with a winter wonderland land theme to welcome the holiday season.

Items you will need

  • White Christmas lights
  • Snowflake, star and icicle ornaments
  • Tinsel
  • Gold or silver Christmas balls
  • Garlands
  • Ornaments
  • Tree skirt
  • Tree stand
  • Star
  • Blue lights and decorations, optional

Gather Decorations

Step 1

Think white. A winter wonderland's dominating feature is snow, so incorporate decorations to accent the theme. Use white Christmas lights and ornaments such as snowflakes, silver or crystal stars and faux icicles.

Step 2

Add some glimmer with silver or gold. A metallic hue will bring out the shine and give your tree an elegant feel. Use tinsel, silver or gold Christmas balls or shiny artificial garlands to make your tree look magical.

Step 3

Choose themed ornaments. Snowmen made out of white cotton, ice skaters or a pair skates, sleds, carriages or individual village buildings covered in snow can also contribute to the theme.

Step 4

Use a tree skirt. A dark blue velvet skirt will give your tree a luxurious look, as would a metallic gold or silver one made out of lamé. Choose a patterned skirt depicting a simple winter scene such as children playing in the snow, families ice skating or a group of people building a snow man.

Put It Together

Step 1

Set your tree up in the desired room or area in your house. Tighten the stand around the base of the tree to make sure it fits snugly. Arrange the tree skirt around the base.

Step 2

Add the lights from the top of the tree down. This will save you a considerable amount of time when you plan to take it down. Make sure the strands work and are tangle-free before winding them loosely around the tree's branches. Tuck the cords inside the branches of the tree.

Step 3

Add the tinsel or background embellishments. Garlands, ribbons or strings of beads should be added before the ornaments and other smaller pieces.

Step 4

Hang the ornaments. Space them evenly over the tree, avoiding clumps of all-white decorations in one area or all silver in another.

Step 5

Place a silver or gold star on top of the tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a white-flocked or a silver metallic tree, incorporate blue-colored decorations and lights for a winter wonderland theme.
  • Crumple aluminum foil, smooth it and then use it to cover decorations that don't fall within your color scheme to add simple glimmer.
  • Avoid crowding the tree with too many ornaments. Take a few steps back every so often as you decorate to get an idea of the overall picture of your look.
  • Unplug the Christmas tree lights when you leave the house or go to sleep to avoid a potential fire hazard.

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