100 Pinterest Ideas: How to Recycle Christmas Decorations All Year Round

While most homeowners have stowed their Christmas trees and decorations back into their storage room or closets, others simply can’t say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. They have found creative techniques to reuse their evergreens and ornaments. For this reason, Tree Classics searched all over Pinterest this month to find 100 of the most amazing ways to recycle Christmas decorations.

Christmas Cards as Gift Tags and Bookmarks

Find new use for old Christmas cards by turning them into colorful gift tags and bookmarks. Detach the cover of the card then cut it into two-inch by three-inch strips. Next, snip the corners of the strips. Lastly, punch a hole in the tags then attach a piece of string. You can also create three-dimensional trinkets using extra Christmas greeting cards.

Christmas Card Ornament Balls in a Jar

You can always prepare ahead of the next Christmas season by turning old Christmas cards into handcrafted ornament balls. To form one ornament, you need to cut out 20 circles from greeting cards and draw a triangle with equal sides on each circle, with the points of the triangle touching the edges. Fold along all the lines and join the flaps using glue. To display the ornament balls anytime of the year, place them in a tall hurricane jar.

Christmas Cards as Mason Jar Lid Designs

Add fun to plain mason jar lids by decorating them with old Christmas cards. Cut out circles and hot-glue them on the outer surface of the lid. Give them a quick coat of Modge Podge and you’ve got yourself a charming set of containers.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Coffee Can Planters

Brighten your home with these adorable coffee can flower planters. Turn old tin cans into reusable containers by covering them with leftover Christmas gift wrap. Choose a color pattern that highlights the beauty of the flowers placed in the cans.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Tuna Can Candle Holders

Another way to reuse excess Christmas gift wrap is by using it to cover empty tuna cans. When adorned with festive wrapping paper, these old tuna cans become stylish candle holders with a sparkle of autumnal elegance.

Christmas Card and Gift Wrap Chandelier

Upcycle cards and wrappers from presents you received last Christmas by turning them into a cute paper chandelier. Begin by cutting out as many circles as you can from the cards and wrapping paper of different colors. Sew the circles together and drape them over an old lampshade frame covered with ribbons of a complementing color pattern.

Christmas Bow Wreath

Make use of leftover gift bows by turning them into a fanciful bow wreath. To create the frame for the wreath, carefully stretch out two wire coat hangers until they become circular. Connect the hangers using floral tape then start attaching the bows to the frame. Make sure you place the bows closely together to give your wreath a fuller look.

Christmas Cards as Wall Art

If the artwork on the Christmas card is simply too precious to cut up, consider framing the card instead. To ensure a more timeless appeal, choose a simple wooden frame coated in black to set off the holiday colors elegantly.

All-Around Christmas Card Garland

Make a festive pennant flag garland out of old Christmas cards. Start by cutting out triangles then punch two holes on each end of the top side. Assemble the garland by inserting twine or a colorful ribbon into the holes.

All-Around Christmas Ball Window Décor

This fun window décor has the appeal of paper mache ornaments, but the balls are actually made of old, rusty Christmas balls. Cover each bauble with a thick coat of Mod Podge and wrap a few strips of tissue paper around it. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball, and paint the entire ball with acrylic paint once the glue is dry.

Christmas Ball Wreath, Chandelier and Table Decorations for Romantic Celebrations

Reinvent Christmas baubles as you decorate for a romantic dinner. Gather your favorite holiday ornaments in pink pastel colors and hot-glue the pieces on a heart-shaped wooden frame. Tie a fancy ribbon and hang the wreath on your dining room wall.

You can also craft your own Valentine’s Day chandelier using red Christmas decorations. Hang crimson and heart-shaped ornaments using nylon strings to spread a message of love in any corner of your home.

Create a romantic tablescape by using red yuletide ornaments for your centerpiece. Place the decorations inside a tall hurricane jar.

Holiday candles can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day. Red candles are perfect for illuminating romantic evenings.

Christmas Ball Wreath for the Fourth of July

Show off your patriotism by creating a Fourth of July wreath. Take red, white, and blue Christmas ornaments and assemble them on a wreath frame of your choice. Add a few stars and, best of all, a small American flag to highlight your love of country.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Chandelier Accents

Display Christmas ornaments on any style of chandelier to add pizzazz to your home. Gold and silver baubles work well to usher in a classic, glamorous look. Opt for bolder colors and patterns if you’re going for a whimsical appeal.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Table Decorations

Mixing ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes is among the easiest ways to create a modern vintage table centerpiece. Make sure to feature as many complementary colors and textures as possible for a more striking effect. Place your collection in a glass jar and use this to add visual interest to any corner.

Christmas Star Ornaments as Colorful Birthday Decorations

Star-shaped ornaments are perfect for Christmas, but they also fit many birthday party themes, too. To reuse old Christmas ornaments as birthday party decorations, combine stars of different colors and add curly ribbons for a fun, cheerful effect. Hang the stars above the buffet table or doorway.

Christmas Balls as Event Keepsakes

Create the perfect souvenir for a special event by saving the wordings inside a clear Christmas ball. Place strips of paper with a special message that commemorates the celebration.

You can also inscribe the words on a colored Christmas ball that matches your motif. The best thing about using Christmas ornaments as a souvenir is that you will get a chance to display them afterwards as signature pieces on your Christmas tree. Because the ornaments serve as memorabilia, your holiday celebrations become all the more meaningful.

Christmas Balls as Place Card Holders

Use Christmas baubles as place card holders for a winter-themed event. You can also inscribe the name of the guest and the details of the event so the decoration can double as their souvenir.

Christmas Balls as Fridge Magnets

Liven up a boring old fridge with magnets made from Christmas ornaments. Just hot-glue a piece of magnet to one side of your Christmas bauble or any other holiday décor. These cute and fun pieces are also great gifts for any occasion!

Clear Christmas Balls as Minimalist Ornament Chandelier

Capture the sunlight in your room by using crystal Christmas balls as a quaint chandelier. Simply hang the baubles up a coil of wire using a nylon string and display by a window.

Clear Christmas Balls as Garden Globes

Reuse any clear Christmas ball as a terrarium. Easily make this by placing a handful of pebbles, a layer of charcoal, and some slow-growing miniature plants and moss inside your crystal ornament. Hang the Christmas ball by your kitchen window. You can also simply insert Christmas tree foliage into clear crystal balls.

Looking to start a garden in a small space? Try building a nursery first by converting old Christmas balls into indoor planters. Fill the globes with a little soil then insert your plant through the opening.

Floating Christmas Tree Garden

For a unique decorating concept this spring, try converting an old wooden boat into a floating garden. Fill the vessel with sprawling evergreens and flowers in planters then set it afloat on a lake or pond.

Fresh Evergreens as Miniature Indoor Topiaries

Extend the life of your favorite Christmas tree by turning it into miniature indoor topiaries. Cut off portions of your tree then place them into small ceramic jars or pitchers. Embellish your topiaries with monograms to highlight its pastoral charm.

Fresh Evergreens in Winter Jars

Can’t get enough of that yuletide cheer? Make the spirit of the holidays last longer by creating these wonderful winter jars for your home. Fill mason jars with soil then plant a small Christmas tree branch inside. Add a layer of artificial flock (or even real snow!) to complete the wintry charm of this decorative piece.

Fresh Evergreens and Clove Oranges as a Table Centerpiece for Summer

This summer, fill your home with a sweet and refreshing scent with this table centerpiece of clove oranges and fresh Christmas tree foliage. Take sprigs of evergreens and arrange them into a small wooden box. Place the citrus fruits in between. To retain the aroma of your display for weeks, stud the oranges with cloves.

Fresh Evergreens with Rustic Accents as a Table Centerpiece for Autumn

Fill your home with the bounty of an autumn harvest by placing this lovely fall centerpiece on your dinner table. Collect Christmas tree foliage and arrange them in a wooden crate. To achieve a look of abundance, place some autumn vegetables, such as pumpkins and gourds between the foliage. Add cream-colored candles to complete the look of autumnal elegance.

Create this elegant countryside display that reuses evergreens along with a vintage crate and some mason jars. Simply form a bed of greens inside the crate and allow some of the branches to fall off the side. Place the mason jars with a votive candle in between the sprigs of pine and holly.

Complement the countryside charm of your home by adding this easy-to-create rustic centerpiece. Take a small galvanized metal tub and fill it with different foliage, acorns, and pine cones. Place two small candles to act as lighting for the centerpiece.

Evergreen Wreaths as Table Centerpieces All Year Round

Create a vision of a bountiful feast by placing Christmas wreaths as decorative accents for your dinner table. Complete the timeless look by adding cream-colored candles as ambient lighting.

Evergreen Wreaths as Wall Décor All Year Round

Strip your holiday wreath of festive Christmas embellishments so you can use it as a year-round wall décor. Evergreen wreaths easily complement any style of home. They provide a natural and refreshing appeal to walls with muted colors.

Evergreen Wreath on a Chandelier

Give your light fixture a completely new look by adorning it with a holiday wreath. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, the addition of Christmas evergreens brings a fresh, natural element to home interiors. You can also hang other ornaments and drape beaded garlands for a luxurious touch.

Evergreen Canopy Bed Draping

Use your artificial Christmas garlands and swags for a fairy tale-inspired bedroom makeover. Simply drape the evergreens in your four-poster bed. Feel free to add some dreamy ornaments and accent pieces to make your bedroom look like an enchanted forest.

Christmas Lights as Mood Lighting in Bedrooms

Sleep under glittering fairy lights. Add warm Christmas lights as evening sparklers in your bedroom by carefully lacing your canopy bed or ceiling with these ambient lights. Fasten each strand using small pieces of clear tape to make sure they do not get tangled.

Hanging a string of white lights in dim corners of your bedroom gives your private sanctuary a restful glow.

If you don’t have a canopy bed or the ceiling of your bedroom is too high, consider adding clear Christmas lights to your headboard instead. It creates the same subtle radiance.

Christmas Lights in an Unused Fireplace

Use Christmas lights to transform an empty fireplace into a visual treat. Set off the enchanting glow against the dim backdrop by choosing only one color of lights. Wind about 10 light strings around a plastic ball. Plug in the lights and enjoy the striking view.

Christmas Lights as Colorful Step Lighting

Light up a stairway with this glowing ribbon garland. Combine all of the season’s ribbon scraps to create the garland then tie the ribbons around a string of Christmas lights. Make the necessary trimming before placing the garland on the steps.

You can also use holiday tea light candles to add some glow to your pathway. Put sand or fine gravel in an old canning jar then place a tea light. Line several of these flickering lights outside a beautiful pathway.

Outdoor Christmas Lights as Fairy Lights

Spend an intimate evening with loved ones under the warm brilliance of these fairy lights. Take your outdoor Christmas lights from the storage and use them as ambient lighting during a romantic dinner. String them around your porch or patio to recreate the beauty of a starry summer night.

Wrap a tree with twinkling lights and spread some vintage lanterns for additional lighting. Set your dinner table under the tree and enjoy the atmosphere.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Planters

Turn your outdoor planters into festive highlights by adorning them with colorful holiday lights made for the outdoors. Make your yard stand out with these well-lit plant boxes and topiaries.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Vine Baskets

Dress up your porch or driveway during winter using these baskets adorned with outdoor Christmas lights. To create this starry accents, you need a coiled vine basket, a string of small outdoor holiday lights, and some clear plastic ornaments. Attach the holiday lights by pushing each bulb through the lining of the basket then place the plastic ornaments on top to act as fillers.

Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

Spruce up your outdoors no matter the season with these holiday balls made with grapevines and outdoor Christmas lights. Wrap vines around inflated beach balls. Make sure the vines hold together; fasten them using small wires. Next, remove the beach balls by deflating them. Lastly, coil the grapevine balls with white outdoor mini lights.

Outdoor Christmas Lights in a Mason Jar Chandelier

Create your own industrial chandelier out of outdoor Christmas lights. Just put the light strands inside mason jars and place them in an antique canning jar basket. Hang the chandelier outside using a sturdy chain and you’ve got the perfect lighting for a barn or garden party.

Christmas Lights in Glass Bottles

Make your parties more colorful with these easy-to-create glass bottle bulbs. Made from old wine bottles and multi-colored Christmas lights, these festive fixtures instantly add a whimsical feature to any celebration.

LED Christmas Lights inside Paper Lanterns

Recycle used or excess Christmas gift wrappers by turning them into beautiful paper lanterns. You can create additional designs by cutting out different shapes on the gift wrap. Take a used plastic soda bottle and cut off its neck. Make an opening at the bottom of the bottle then insert your holiday LED lights. Place a thin sheet of wax paper around the bottle to serve as a diffuser for the light. Finally, cover your DIY lantern with the gift wrap.

Christmas Lights in Miniature Paper Lanterns

Reinvent your holiday lights by transforming them into miniature paper lantern garlands. Take square pieces of paper and turn them into inflatable origami balloons. Attach the origami balloons to each Christmas light bulb. Turn on the lights and watch as these lanterns brighten up your summer evening.

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Add a charming highlight to any room with this shabby chic hula hoop chandelier. All you need is an old hula hoop, some glue, romantic lace, and a set of warm clear lights. Wrap the hula hoop in lace then fasten it using glue. Attach eight pieces of lace across the hula hoop to create a canopy for the chandelier. Finally, add the holiday lights by wrapping them around the chandelier.

Icicle Lights as Table Decorations

Transform dinner tables into a spectacular highlight at your party by placing clear holiday lights under table cloths.

Christmas Lights inside Twine Balls

Add a burst of color to your space with this twine ball garland that has Christmas lights tucked in the middle. This simple project is also a great activity you can do with your kids during weekends.

Christmas Lights as Vanity Lighting

Drape an oversized mirror with white Christmas lights to create your own radiant vanity area. The addition of twinkling lights instantly brings glamour and transforms your space into a pretty dressing room.

Glittering Lightscape

Fill your room with an enchanting atmosphere with this beautiful glittering lightscape. First, plot out your favorite design on a canvass then puncture holes through it using an awl. Next, insert the bulbs of your holiday lights into the holes then secure each one with craft glue.

DIY Votive Candles Wrapped in Vellum

Create a relaxing ambience for your children’s bedroom with these adorable vellum lanterns. The calfskin cover acts as an excellent diffuser for the holiday candles inside. You can also decorate your lanterns by drawing fairy tale scenes on the vellum cover.

Christmas Lights Photo Display

If you’re looking for a brilliant way to showcase life’s precious moments, then take out your cherished photos and Christmas lights. Create a lovely photo display by hanging white fairy lights on a wall and using wooden clips to attach your pictures to the strands.

Christmas Lights on Wedding Arches

Walk down the isle under the beauty of the stars. These wedding arches adorned with romantic clear Christmas lights create a dreamy backdrop to this special occasion.

Ice Lanterns as Path Lights

If you live in an area that experiences snow, you can make ice lanterns that use sprigs of holly and berries as embellishments. Get two buckets: one bigger than the other. Place the smaller bucket inside the larger one and fasten them with tape. Fill the gap between the two buckets with water then place the sprigs and berries in between. Leave the container outside to let the water freeze overnight. Once frozen, remove your ice lantern from the buckets.

Christmas Wreath as Easter Egg Nest Décor

Celebrate Easter by decorating your home with a rustic door décor made from an old vine Christmas wreath. Create a nest for Easter eggs by attaching a basin on one side of the wreath then layering it with dried twigs. For some pastoral charm, decorate your Easter egg nest with a few wild flowers and additional vines.

You can also arrange the nest by placing Christmas tree branches and berries in a glass bowl. Place a small wicker basket inside the bowl then add in a few feathers. Finally, tuck a pair of eggs in between the feathers and foliage.

Christmas Berry Square Wreath

Bring the elegance of the countryside into your home with this rustic red berry square wreath. Create the frame by collecting dried branches and tying them together at the ends. Add red berries, pine cones, and dried twigs from old Christmas decorations.

Candle Holders with Cranberries

Leave sweet notes for your loved ones on delightful candle holders filled with fresh cranberries from the holiday season. Make sure they get your message by drawing their attention using these luscious red berry accents.

Red Rose and Berry Centerpiece

Complete the romantic look of your Valentine display with this red rose and berry centerpiece. Simply place a few rose buds inside a crystal flask and surround them with red berry accents left over from Christmas.

Water Bottle Poinsettia Garland

Decorate your home this spring with colorful flower accents such as this water bottle poinsettia garland. First, you will need to cut the plastic bottles in half. Next, create the petals for the poinsettias by cutting vertical slits around the circumference of the bottles. Pull down the slits to create the shape of flowers. Using red and yellow crafting paint, coat the plastic flowers to make them look like poinsettias.

Angel Christmas Tree Topper as Table Décor

There’s something about angels that makes them the perfect figure to grace the top of a Christmas tree. After the holidays, you can also turn these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments into table décor. These winged creatures are wonderful decorative pieces at baby showers and other special occasions celebrating love and faith. Displayed on a console table at the entryway of a home, angel ornaments convey an atmosphere of peace.

Christmas Light Bulb Wreaths

If you’re looking for a quaint and minimalist take on the usual festive wreaths, try making this industrial-looking Christmas light bulb wreath. Use light bulbs with a clear transparent casing and a simple but sturdy wire frame. Hang the wreath on a twig using a sage ribbon to add a rustic touch.

If you’re looking for a touch of glamour, however, then this glitzy Christmas light bulb wreath is for you. Cover the light bulbs in glitter and let them dry. Afterwards, hot-glue the light bulbs onto a flat wood in the form of a wreath. Add a matching bow in the middle to complete the look.

Christmas Light Bulbs as a Glittery Centerpiece

For a fun and sparkly centerpiece, take old Christmas light bulbs, dip them in glue, and roll them in glitter. Let them dry before placing the shiny ornaments in a vase or a bowl.

Christmas Light Sun Catcher

This star-shaped ornament from burnt-out Christmas lights makes one lovely sun catcher that you can hang in the window of your home or office. Take 14 light bulbs, dispose of their caps, and cut off their wire. Glue together the bulbs in the shape of a cross then keep adding more bulbs in the spaces between until you form a star.

Christmas Light Casing as Teardrop Earrings

Upcycle burnt-out fairy lights into fashionable, wearable pieces. To make these teardrop earrings, wrap the top end of the light bulb casing in coiled wire and connect these to earring hooks. Have fun creating your own design by combining different colors and using various patterns when bending wires.

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Make your own fire starters out of pine cones. Wrap twine liberally around a pine cone, starting at the bottom. Leave a long wick near the top for easy lighting. After it is dipped in old candle wax, it’s ready to be used for kindling. Pine cone starters stored in a muslin bag also make great homemade gifts.

Pine Cone bird feeder

Help the little birdies this winter by making them this DIY pine cone bird feeder. Tie a piece of string onto the end of a pine cone, cover it generously in peanut butter, and roll it into seeds. Hang a few of these birdfeeders outside and watch your feathered friends enjoy their feast.

Pine Cone Potpourri

Make your own aromatic yet inexpensive potpourri by combining pine cones with cedar shavings and pine needles. Add a few drops of essential oil and seal the concoction in a bag for a week to let all the scents meld together. Pour the potpourri into bowls to spread this wonderful fragrance around the house.

Pine Cone Mulch

Recycle fallen pine cones as mulch instead of just throwing them away. Pine cones are the perfect bedding for an herb garden. They’re also a great way to keep household pets away from your plants.

Pine Cones as Table Centerpieces

Create your own vintage table centerpiece out of pine cones. Just dip the pine cones in pastel-colored paint or any other tint that matches your décor. Let the pine cones dry before displaying them in a bowl.

Pine Cone Candleholder

Craft stylish yet inexpensive candleholders out of large pine cones. Start by painting the pine cones in your choice of colors. Once dry, hot-glue the bottom of a soda can on top, and finish off by adding a candle.

Pine Cone Votive Holder

This pine cone votive holder looks beautiful on top of a coffee table. It’s also a breeze to make! Simply assemble a bunch of pine cones around a votive. Hot-glue the pieces and tie everything together with some burlap or twine.

Twig Christmas Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, redecorate your holiday twig wreath by adding green embellishments. Simply cut out and assemble flowers made of felt and add some shamrock buttons.

Lucky Christmas Tree for St. Patrick’s Day

Turn your Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree by adorning it with green ribbons and baubles. Give your holiday spectacle a lucky charm by adding shamrock decorations. You can also hang a rainbow ornament over a pot of gold coins for a humorous touch.

Tinsel Swizzle Sticks

Got some extra tinsel and confetti? Use them to make tinsel pom-poms. Cupcakes and cocktails look so much more appetizing when decorated with these festive swizzle sticks.

Tinsel Garland as a Disco Piñata

Add fun and glam to any party by crafting a disco piñata from tinsel garlands. Use a punch ball balloon to form the body of the piñata. Wrap the balloon in newspaper and apply paper mache before decorating it with tinsel.

Tinsel Wig

Create a funky wig out of your tinsel garland. Whether it’s for Halloween or just a fun night with friends, this accessory will add color and shine to your outfit. To make, just sew strands of metallic tinsel into a hair net.

At Tree Classics, we’re all about spreading the joy of Christmas throughout the whole year. If you’d like more inspiration for repurposing Christmas decorations, be sure to follow us on Pinterest where we have loads of surprises for you!

Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas: How to Make an Edible Christmas Wreath

With only a few days left before Christmas, people are starting to keep themselves busy preparing for an ideal holiday feast.  But with a hectic work schedule, many of us just can’t seem to find enough time to decorate our homes and cook food all at once. The solution: why not whip up a batch of edible Christmas treats you can also adorn your home with?

In this edition of our Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas, we present five amazingly delicious edible Christmas wreaths recipes that are sure to make your tummy happy.

Cornflake Christmas Wreath

Cornflakes Cereals

Transform your favorite breakfast cereal into a healthy and scrumptious Christmas wreath. With this recipe, you can enjoy the benefits of a high fiber diet with a mouth-watering confection. Who says you can’t healthy food during the holidays?

Candy Christmas Wreath

Candy Canes

For a sweet holiday delight for the kids, try out this colorful candy Christmas wreath. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to prepare. You can even have the kids help out and turn it into a family tradition.

Ginger Bread Christmas Wreath

Ginger Bread Cookies

A classic favorite by old and young people alike, ginger bread is perhaps one of the most recognizable holiday treats along with candy canes and fruit cakes. The consistency of the dough and its distinct sweet and spicy taste give ginger bread its long lasting fame. A single bite from this pastry masterpiece and you are sure to be transported to happy childhood.

European Christmas Wreath

Brioche Loaf

A culinary confection from across the ocean, this delectable European Christmas wreath combines the heartiness of fragrant spicy brioche buns with the sweet and tangy flavor of orange icing and orange curd filling.

Cinnamon Cookie Christmas Wreath

Cinnamon Cookies

After a nice holiday dinner, share a good cup of coffee with family and friends while nibbling on this tasty cinnamon cookie Christmas wreath. This saccharine creation is the perfect treat to cap off an unforgettable yuletide evening with loved ones.

Make your holiday celebrations merrier with these delectable delights that can fill your senses and tummy at the same time.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Silver and Gold Ornaments

There are timeless Christmas tree decorating ideas that never go out of style, match other yuletide décor beautifully, and constantly provide a regal appearance that’s perfect for the season: gold and silver decorations. Here are several inspiring gold and silver choices that are perfect for your Christmas tree:

Silver Christmas Decorations

glimmering silver christmas balls for your tree

 

Silver Christmas balls instantly add a touch of sophistication to your tree. The contrast between the lively evergreens and the sleek and shimmering ornaments creates a dazzling spectacle that conveys elegance in any space. Guests and loved ones will look at your tree for a few seconds just to bask in its beauty. Mix up the ornaments. Get solid ones and striped ones. This will create a contrast that will add more character to your centerpiece.

delightful snowflake ornaments for your tree

 

Silver snowflakes are another type of adornment that you can hang on branches. These ornaments bring the unique look of a wintry landscape. The color carries a touch of serenity to your room while the geometric design adds grace and versatility to your space.  Pair these with pine cones and leaves to take full advantage of the season’s wintry charm.

refined elegant antique ornaments

 

Antique pieces are also excellent choices. These small items with their traditional but timeless shapes and forms add an Old World flair to spaces. They are perfect for houses with classic themes and even rustic, cabin-like undertones. These are particularly lovely with white clear lights that accentuate their physical appearance.

a beaded snowflake tree topper

 

Finally, a great finishing touch is to use a silver snowflake tree topper. This tree topper is a superb alternative to traditional star-shaped ornaments. At the same, it’s also a great way to capture the appeal of other silver accents in your room.

Gold Christmas Decorations

The color gold has the distinctive quality of inspiring deep sentiment while conveying a regal mood. Gold Christmas balls deliver this precious appeal effortlessly. What’s particularly great about these items is that they go well with both evergreens and white Christmas trees.

gold LED christmas lights

 

Gold can also be used to give your tree an air of mysticism. Pairing gold lights with a deep green Christmas tree creates an enchanting vision that reminds people of evergreens surrounded by dozens of beautiful fireflies. This enthralling look is especially more delightful at night, when the gold lights shine bright, filling your space with a magical air.

good ribbons, gold balls and gold ornaments are perfect for the season

 

Gold is also one of those colors that just becomes so much more beautiful when it’s paired with similarly colored items. Traditional artificial Christmas trees, like the one in the image, benefit from a combination of gold-colored balls, leaves, flowers, and even gold iridescent lights. A bountiful display such as this fills homes with a royal and lavish appeal that’s synonymous with the season.

a classic gold star christmas tree topper

 

Of course, nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous star tree topper. An impeccable addition to any holiday décor, this piece is a powerful statement about the special and festive meaning of the season. This is the perfect crown for any type of Christmas tree.

Add style, sophistication, and beauty to your home this Christmas season with these gold and silver decorating ideas from Tree Classics.

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Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Lovely Christmas Wreath Decorating Ideas

One classic holiday piece that beautifully fills homes with the spirit of the yuletide season is the Christmas wreath. It dons the same beautiful foliage of the Christmas tree in a more compact size. Here are several Christmas wreath decorating ideas that will infuse your home with the charm of the most awaited time of the year.

Creating a Festive Welcome with a Christmas Wreath

hanging a wreath on your door tells everyone that your home is ready for the holidays

Wreaths are always excellent additions to a front door. Hanging one in your entryway is the first step to creating a holiday home. It also announces to the entire neighborhood that you’re all set for Christmas. Make sure to choose a wreath that would pleasantly echo your indoor décor pieces.

Setting a Joyous Tone Using Christmas Wreaths with Large Ornaments

a wreath on a mantel is a wonderful way to fill your room with glee
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Most people are under the impression that the Christmas tree sets the theme of the entire home. A wreath can also perform that impressive function. Placing a lovely wreath adorned with large ornaments on your mantel creates a striking statement of joy and splendor. Pairing this with several more pieces, such as snowflakes, Christmas socks, or even a small tabletop tree can enrich that statement and highlight your decorative theme even more.

Bringing Wintry Charm into Your Home with a Snow-kissed Wreath

Tree Classics' Oakland Hills Christmas Wreath

One of the most wonderful things you can do to your space is to fill it with the exquisite and remarkable beauty of the winter landscape. Tree Classics’ Oakland Hill Christmas Wreath does just that. The lush gray-green foliage of this piece is dusted with crisp white snow that calls to mind the powdery forests found in mountainsides. It also comes with pine cones that provide a countryside quality to any space. Place this on your coffee table or on top of your mantel. Pair this with a flocked evergreen or a white tree with silver snowflake ornaments to fully complement this superb wreath.

Adding Regal Charm Using Christmas Wreaths with a Touch of Gold

Tree Classics' Golden Treasures Christmas Wreath

Another marvelous idea is to give your room a hint of royal elegance this holiday season. This kind of resplendence is found in the color gold made prominent in Tree Classics’ Golden Treasure Christmas Wreath. This wonderful decorative item features the classic evergreen foliage that everyone adores. It is further made beautiful by the presence of ornaments, leaves, pine cones, and a ribbon in a gold shade. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, this artificial wreath provides a dimension of magnificence to any home. Place this near bright clear Christmas lights to make the piece sparkle during those winter nights.

Giving a Festive Touch Using Christmas Wreaths in Classic Holiday Colors

Tree Classics' Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath

Creating a red and green holiday theme is always a timeless and safe decorative approach. You can elevate this time-honored and well-loved theme even more by adding Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath. The green needles and gold ornaments found in the piece create a splendid atmosphere, while the red flowers add a touch of drama that evokes our feelings about the season. Family members can’t help but fall in love and adore this artificial wreath.

Inviting the Quiet Charm of the Holidays Using Minimalist Christmas Wreaths

Hang a marvelous wreath in your kitchen to give it a touch of Christmas appeal

A simple evergreen wreath with a dainty ribbon hanging on a glass window brings in the cheerful atmosphere associated with Christmas. You can further complement this by making a few changes in your space. In the photo above, the plaid tablecloth on the kitchen nook beautifully echoes the pink shade of the ribbon, creating a yuletide pleasantry to an otherwise plain space.

Create a gorgeous holiday home with these sophisticated Christmas wreath ideas from Tree Classics.

How to Decorate an Autumn Country Kitchen

Autumn brings an unmistakable rustic charm that’s simply breathtaking! With a few adjustments and a couple of additions, you can bring this traditional appeal into your very own country kitchen. Here are some inspiring decorating ideas to give your kitchen a warm pastoral charisma:

Pumpkins and Gourds on Your Shelves 

pumpkins and gourds on cabinets and mantels
Photo 1 and 2 from Houzz

Pumpkins and gourds exhibit the colors of autumn vibrantly. By adding these natural decorations, you can bring the colors of the fall landscape into your space. Place these on your shelves or nook. Pair these with orange candles or dried leaves.

A Bowl of Potpourri on Your Counter 

dried potpourri can bring a fragrant atmosphere to your home

You can also breathe in the fragrance of the countryside! A bowl of freshly dried potpourri fills rooms with the soothing aromas of autumn and adds a touch of bright hues in minimalist areas. Best of all, it eliminates various odors brought on after cooking.

Candles in Glass Cylinders

glass cases with a candle stick and nuts and beans
 Photo 1 and 2 from Houzz 

One fine way to bring fall’s rustic colors into your kitchen is to take a glass cylinder, fill it with various types of nuts and beans, and stick in a candle. This provides subtle accent lighting to accentuate your homely space.

candles can create an ideal mood that go well with family dinners

Pumpkin candles on your breakfast nook are also a delightful choice. The soft radiance from these items is ideal for setting a warm mood during evening meals with the family.

Autumn’s Lovely Blooms in the Corner of Your Kitchen 

autumn flowers paired with a pumpkin spicd candle

Fresh flowers create a cheerful atmosphere in your space. This is especially needed for stuffy kitchens. Chrysanthemums, heleniums, and sunflowers in a corner of your kitchen give your room a dab of vibrancy that many will find quaint and pleasant.

Bring autumn’s country charm into your precious kitchen space with these design inspirations from Tree Classics.

At Home with Tree Classics: 2 Easy Ways to Mix Old and New Styles

A popular misconception about home decorating is that a room has to stick with one style or period. In reality, combining old and new pieces can give your home a sense of richness and depth.

By skillfully mixing a variety of styles, you can create an inspiring look that transcends periods and gives an impression of having been assembled over time. Here are two easy ways you can spruce up your home with a tasteful blending of classic and modern furnishings.

Option 1: Add Classic Elegance to Modern Spaces

In this living room, a restored Victorian settee and classic wing chair are paired off with a sleek, modern sofa. Old empty photo frames provide texture to the clean white wall, and also create contrast to the purple metallic art. The recurring colors in the fabrics, accessories, and furniture weave all the pieces together.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Contemporary Living Room by Danville Interior Designers & Decorators Nina Jizhar

 

Using a family heirloom or a favorite antique as a focal point makes a modern room more interesting. Because an old piece often has a story to tell, it can bring a sense of warmth to a space that may be considered rigid and impersonal. In this modern kitchen, a wonderful large antique table that is a bit worn around the edges adds a touch of history.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Modern Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Designers John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA

 

Retro pieces are great for introducing a sense of nostalgia in a modern environment. The best thing about retro pieces is that they blend well in contemporary settings. Funky accessories like these old-fashioned poster and wall-mounted rotary phone look charming in a modern kitchen.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Contemporary Kitchen by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Palmerston Design Consultants

 

Option 2: Give a Contemporary Touch to a Quaint Setting

Breathe fresh life into a traditional space by placing updated pieces. This is often the easiest formula to achieving a modern yet cozy room. The brushed nickel faucet and silver light fixtures in this kitchen provide a cool contrast to the warm-colored countertop and wall tiles. The result is a functional space with a quaint and homey atmosphere.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Traditional Kitchen by Glen Ellyn Kitchen & Bath Remodelers The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

 

You can also retain the old world charm of a place by preserving brick walls as accent walls. In this quaint breakfast nook, the old brick archway remains, while the inner walls have been given a sleek paint finish.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Eclectic Dining Room by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Schumacher Interiors

 

Many people think that mixing the old with the new can make a room feel chaotic. With these two easy decorating options from Tree Classics, you can take any style or period, and give your room a timeless look.

At Home With Tree Classics: Comfy Cushions to Spruce Up Your Home

If you want to keep your home looking fresh and vibrant, but feel that a complete design overhaul may be too drastic a change, you’ve got nothing to worry about! With throw pillows that double as decorative accents, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Here are two easy steps you can follow as you spruce up your home with cushions:

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows for You

The first step to decorating with throw pillows is knowing which design to use. There are:

1. Throw Pillows that Add Color

Pillows not only provide comfort. They also help you bring your home to life. Give your living room a pop of color with vibrantly hued cushions. Stay close to your original motif with a pillowcase color that goes harmoniously with your interiors.

2. Throw Pillows that Add Texture

Texture is a powerful element in home design. They add unique, eye-catching details to what would otherwise be a plain fabric or surface. Rich textures also give a tactile component to your design. A soft and fluffy cushion underlines the luxury and warmth of your home, while a firm and clear-cut throw pillow gives structure and elegance to your living spaces.

3. Throw Pillows that Play with Shapes

The shape of your cushions has an impact on the look of your space. Different shapes also have practical benefits. For instance, a square throw pillow is most commonly used not only because it is versatile, but also because it provides back support on a hard chair or sofa. A rectangular cushion, on the other hand, is great for neck or lower back support in armchairs. If you have stiff or hard chairs, you can also soften up the look by adding round pillows. Add comfort with a flat round cushion you can sit on.

If you have a leather sofa, you can add a bolster pillow instead of a square one, which tends to slide down incessantly. Bolster pillows can be used as an armrest or a headrest. More importantly, they are good for providing support from the neck down to the lower back.

Step 2: Get Creative with Your Choice of Throw Pillows!

1. Combine, combine, combine!

Don’t be afraid to bring together cushions of varying designs. You won’t know if a grouping works if you don’t try to mix them up!

Geometric Patterns. The pillows on this couch all boast of geometric shapes, which are perfect for a simple couch with a subtle color scheme. The way the cushions are unevenly positioned also gives the room a hint of asymmetry.

Solids + Pattens. Make your sitting room more vibrant by combining pillows with patterns and pillows with solid colors. In this room, the solid pillow mirrors the curtains to unify the theme. Making it more interesting are the patterned pieces, which not only come in the same shade, but also reflect the foliage of the plant behind.

Same Pattern, Different Shades. This is probably the safest way to combine your cushions. Find a hue that can blend harmoniously with your seat, then look for a pattern that features different shades of that color. This deck features patterned pillows in reversed or inverted colors.

Different Patterns and Solids of the Same Color. A daring combination will give you a satisfying spectacle like this one. Mix different pillow styles that don’t follow a theme. As long as they are in the same color palette. It will turn out just fine!

2. Have endless fun!

Make them. Buy them. Choose them. Simply have fun. At the end of the day, there are no rules in mixing and matching pillows. Whether you go vivid or safe, take comfort that you can change them up in just a few minutes of your time.

When you showcase your collection, not only do you show your personal style, but you also tell your story. Be bold. Tell us how you would use cushions to spruce up your home!

5 Ways to Use Pebbles as Home Decor

Pebbles are a great way to incorporate the beauty of nature in both interior and exterior home design. Here are some ideas on how you can use these stones of various shapes, colors, and sizes to bring in a completely different look to your living spaces:

1. Pebbles as Decorations

Using pebbles as ornaments can be as easy as placing a bowlful on a center table to lend an earthy, Zen-like appeal, or piling them in a regular glass vase with water topped with a nice flower. Pebbles can also be used to substitute functional decorations at home. Some examples are candle holders, paper weights, and bookends. Pebbles can also be utilized as your own canvas. You can paint animals, landscapes, and portraits, or decoupage flowers on them!

Tree Classics Pebbles
Photo by Avia Venefica via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

2. Pebbles as Wall or Floor Details

Pebbles offer a great way to add texture to walls and floors. In this kitchen, the designer artfully used them along the curved island, breaking up the traditional limestone tile layout and highlighting the kitchen space. On a wall, a pebble border adds three-dimensional quality to an otherwise flat tile design. It also helps in tying together a neutral color scheme.


Eclectic Kitchen by Victoria Interior Designers & Decorators The Sky is the Limit Design

 

3. Pebbles in the Bathroom

Pebbles bring a relaxing, spa-like feel to bath spaces, and they work well with wood and other natural elements. Cover an entire vanity wall with pebble tiles to create a dramatic focal point. In the shower area, pebble tiles are an excellent choice for a slip-resistant floor. A plus is that they feel like a gentle massage on your bare feet.

4. Pebbles below the Stairs and along Paths

Placing pebbles just below the stairs can add beautiful color and textural contrast. This delivers an unexpected eye-catching accent to perk up quiet corners in your home. You can also layer pebbles along paths. The result will be a welcoming and visually pleasing space. 

5. Pebbles as Pool Details

Pebbles work well with water features. As a lining for swimming pools, they create a spectacular landscape. Pebbles also create a natural, beach-like atmosphere and can be used to cover unsightly areas around the pool.

There are many ways to use pebbles in sprucing up your home. We hope these ideas inspire you!

At Home with Tree Classics: 5 Smart Ways to Save Energy

With global warming sending world temperatures to all-time highs (and lows), keeping an energy-efficient home is not simply a matter of choice. It is a must for everybody to cut down their carbon footprint. But amid the sweltering summer heat, how exactly can we make our homes cooler and greener? Here are five smart tips from Tree Classics:

Tip#1: Get Rid of Phantom Loads

A phantom load is an electronic device on standby mode. It remains plugged even while it is turned off. Environmental agencies estimate phantom loads make up six to 10% of people’s monthly energy bills. These “energy vampires” include the TV, stereo, microwave oven, clock radio, and even chargers for cellular phones and iPods. Unplug appliances when not in use. To make the task easier, you may want to use a power strip, which allows you to turn off all appliances with a single switch.

Tree Classics energy efficient power strip
Photo by Wickerfurniture via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

Tip#2: Choose Energy-efficient Devices

Energy Star devices may cost more than their conventional counterparts, but in most cases they will more than make up for that additional cost through substantial energy savings over time. For instance, a qualified Energy Star light bulb consumes about 75% less electricity than a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts at least six times longer. When it comes to home computing, laptops can save up to 80% energy, with powerful notebooks only at 30W compared to a 120W desktop PC plus 80W CRT screen.

Tip#3: Use a Programmable Thermostat

Heating and cooling make up the largest energy expense, accounting for 56% of the energy use in the typical American household, says the US Department of Energy (DOE). Cut unnecessary energy consumption by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home to your schedule. The DOE advises to “save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F for eight hours a day from its normal setting.” A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically set the times you turn on the heating or air conditioning. By encoding a schedule, the equipment does not operate as much when you are asleep or out of the house.

Tip#4: Improve Insulation

Half of the energy used to heat or cool homes is wasted without proper insulation. Un-insulated roofs or ceilings, for instance, can let out up to 45% of the heating and cooling energy we use. Walls and certain types of floors without such feature can lose up to 15% heat in the winter. Make it easier to control the temperature and save energy in the process by improving the insulation in your house. Upgrading insulation is a sound investment, but you can also start simply by sealing off leaks in windows and doors or by having a carpet.

Tip#5: Switch to Fans

Ceiling fans are one of the most energy-efficient devices you can have at home. A 2.5 ton central system consumes about 3,500W while a window A/C unit uses between 500 to 1,500W. But a floor fan needs only 100W as it runs on its highest speed, and a ceiling fan requires only 15 to 95W. Studies also show combining ceiling fans with A/C units and heaters boosts their efficiency, reducing summer cooling bills by up to 46% and winter heating bills by up to 15%.

There are many ways to save energy without having to give up the modern conveniences of using electricity. With these five simple tips, you’re on your way to saving an even bigger home: the entire planet.

Create a Sprawling Garden: How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Nothing beats homemade cooking flavored with freshly picked herbs from your own garden. For a convenient way to add culinary flair to your dishes, grow your herbs indoors. Tree Classics’ Create a Sprawling Garden series gives you practical advice on herb gardening to bring freshness straight to your plate!

Choosing a Method

There are different ways you can jumpstart your indoor garden. One of them is by using a hydroponic system. Not only does this soilless method provide your plants with everything they need; it also allows you to set up your garden anywhere in the house. To start, purchase a hydroponic kit, which comes with equipment, special lights, and mineral nutrient solutions that will nourish your plants and stimulate their growth in a safe environment.


Tropical Kitchen by Other Metro Landscape Architects & Designers Savscapes Landscaping Cape Town

 

You can either plant a seed or root a cutting. Herbs like sage, oregano, and rosemary are best prepped for indoor cultivation. Plant a section of their root or stem in a soilless mix. Meanwhile, basil and parsley need to be planted as seeds, although the latter, as well as chives, can also be planted by potting a clump from an existing outdoor plant.

If you have a kitchen window facing either south or east, make the most of it by creating a windowsill herb garden. Bay leaf tree, oregano, rosemary, and most mints are just some of the herbs that are easy to raise on a windowsill. South-facing windows provide your plant with the most sunlight while east-facing ones give you a moderate amount of light (mostly in the morning). Different herbs have varying needs for sunshine, so make sure to find out how much light your herbs require.

Transitioning Indoors

If you are moving an existing outdoor herb garden indoors to prepare for winter, you will need to acclimatize the plants to their new environment first. Gradually introduce them to shaded areas. Instead of directly putting them inside the house, park them in an enclosed porch, an entryway, or a garage. When they have gotten used to it, you can move them to the window where they can receive the most sunshine.


Eclectic Landscape by San Luis Obispo Photographers Jennifer Young

 

Achieving a Balance of Elements

Know how to balance light, temperature, and water. For example, herbs in a clay pot placed on a south -facing windowsill may need more water than plants on an east or west window. Every week, turn each pot around for about a quarter to expose all of the sides of the plant to sunlight. During winter, the air inside your home tends to get dry, especially with artificial heating. Dry air may affect your indoor plants’ growth. As a remedy, spray mist around your plants to keep them from getting brown leaves due to low humidity.

Fertilizing

Your herbs will stay healthy if you fertilize them, but too much of it may keep them from producing the best flavor. Nourish them with fertilizer only once a month, or mix a slow-release plant food into the soil before planting your cuttings or seeds.

Grow your indoor herb garden now and make your meals even more flavorful and special!