Do you want to spice things up this year and surprise your family with a non-traditional Christmas tree?
I love all the decorations that come along with the most wonderful time of the year. But some years, I need to try something different, like flowers, botanicals, berries, and fruit!
This non-traditional Christmas tree turned out beyond my expectations; I love it! Read on to learn how I created this California Christmas tree.
I hope this post inspires you to try a non-traditional tree this year.
HOW TO CREATE A VERY CALIFORNIA NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE
Supplies YOU NEED for a non-traditional Christmas TREE
- A tree (Mine is a 7.5' flocked Christmas tree from Michael’s, but check out more beautiful options)
- Silk flowers of your choice (I recommend different colors, sizes, and textures. If they come in a bunch, you can easily separate them)
- Large dried dollar eucalyptus branches
- Faux berries bunches (I used green, in multiple sizes)
- Persimmon branches (also faux) (these mango branches or lemon branches would be cool too!)
- Dried orange slices
- Christmas tree topper (my star is from IKEA)
- Tree skirt (I used a yard of luscious faux fur I found at Joann Fabrics)
The best instruction I can offer for decorating a Christmas tree is to keep stepping far back and looking at the tree as a whole to see if your placement of decorations is balanced.
I also recommend placing the branches of persimmons at a 45-degree angle as if they are wrapping the tree (like a ribbon would). It gives the decorations some movement and helps it feel like there is continuity in the decor instead of randomly placing things in the tree.
Have fun with the flowers, berries & fruit you choose. Deciding away from traditional Christmas colors and decorations makes the tree intriguing and conversational.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER with the tree
Faux florals that were light in color didn’t show/pop as well with the flocked branches, so keep that in mind when picking your colors.
I also didn't love the faux fur tree skirt. I wish I used something like this wooden Christmas tree collar base. It would have looked more fitting with all the produce and flowers.
WHAT WORKED WELL with the tree
The orange pop of persimmons and orange slices in this tree were the big winners! Go for whatever your wildest Christmas vision might be this year. The more colorful, the better.
I wish you a happy holiday season and a joyful, healthy, courageous, and creative New Year.
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