Something about 2020 has me starting Christmas early, but the good news for you is that I can share all of my inspiration and research before most of you get your trees up! Now that we have moved up to Colorado and are surrounded by snowy woods, I have been really inspired to go for a natural and more neutral Christmas tree. Though the tree we ordered is still in the mail, I’m excited show you all what I have found and how I plan to decorate it when it gets here!
1. Spruce Cashmere Tree 2. Balsam Fir Tree 3. White Snowy Pine Tree 4. Clear Mini Lights 5. Pine Cones 6. Wood Bead Garland 7. Dried Orange Slices 8. Wooden Stars 9. Pom Pom Garland 10. Paper Mache House Ornaments 11. Cinnamon Sticks 12. Wooden Ornaments 13. Brown Basket Tree Collar 14. Tree Skirt with Tassels 15. Natural Basket Tree Collar 6. White Rope Tree Collar
Starting with the tree, the best way to achieve a natural Christmas tree look is by having the most natural looking tree possible. If you can’t get a real tree (or the thought of scouring tree lots and farms in the freezing cold doesn’t sound like your cup of tea), there are a few artificial looks you can go for which will all achieve a natural look. A full, artificial tree with textures and features similar to the real thing is the best way to go for a classic look. Stay away from the extremely plastic ones, or ones where the pines look like tinsel. Another fun option is to go for trendy flocking to give the tree an outdoor look, but make sure it isn’t TOO white. Some green popping through makes it look more snow kissed instead of burried in a snowstorm. A tree like that shown above is what some consider the Charlie Brown Tree look. This look is harder to achieve in a fake tree because you can see the trunk and stems more clearly. Make sure these features are not too metallic or plastic looking.
I went for the first style in our tree purchase this year. This is the tree I picked up from Walmart because I thought it had a great, natural look (for a very good price!) and also was the perfect size for our space. Note: A skinny tree never looks incredibly natural, but try to stick to one that is at least 3 feet wide if you are going to make it 6 feet or taller. This will help the proportions to look closer to normal.
A Christmas tree isn’t designated a Christmas tree without lights, so make sure to grab these too if your tree doesn’t already come pre-lit! I recommend choosing soft, warm lights to make the light look most like a natural flame color. The colored and blue LED types are very harsh and take away from a natural look.
The next step to creating a natural tree is to pick natural materials to decorate with. I plan to go for wooden decor and items which are naturally found in a tree, such as pinecones. I love the look of wooden beads wrapped around the tree, and found these really cute 12 foot ones from Target. I have ordered 3 which I hope will wrap nicely around the size tree I have purchased.
Other fun, natural items are dried fruits or woven materials like yarn. I plan to dry orange slices to hang from the tree to add a little color. I also plan to make pom pom balls in off-white and gold hues. These DIY’s are a fun project to do with family the day after Thanksgiving!
Other great additions include bundles of cinnamon, cranberry garland, popcorn garland, gingerbread men (baked with a hole at the top so you can hang them like ornaments!), and finally any of your traditional ornaments in a neutral color combination. It’s nice to include some of your special ornaments each year – this is what makes the holidays more personal!
The Finishing Touches
Finally, to complete your tree, don’t forget a tree skirt or basket to cover the legs! I am hoping to find time to make a skirt for mine in a neutral color, but I also love the look of a tree basket! The natural textures in a basket work perfectly with this look. Another really cute trend I’ve seen this year is a sweater skirt. It just makes you want to curl up under the tree!
I hope to share some photos of my final product over on Instagram, so make sure to check back closer to Thanksgiving for the big reveal!