As associate editor of Wayfair.com, Shelby Hill hopes to spark visitors’ imaginations with fun and creative decorating ideas (especially for those with small spaces because she feels your pain). Shelby spends her time dreaming of exploring far off places, honing her spectating skills watching many collegiate and pro basketball games, and taking photographs of any and everything. An Arizona native, Shelby graduated from the University of Arizona and is a lifelong Wildcat.
We love the entire ritual of decorating the Christmas tree (the treasure-like ornaments, the tangled lights, and the spiked mugs of hot chocolate), but are always on the lookout for fresh ideas to create new traditions. We came up with six different -- and equally beautiful -- themes, and can't wait to share two of them with you. See all of the trees here: Christmas Trees Six Ways.
Highlighting the importance of family, this graphic tree (a beautiful, pre-lit, flocked version) is anchored by hand-cut, construction paper silhouettes of family members -- even the dog!
Crafty, small wood frames feature everyone's initials (we just used stickers), and clips hold black-and-white copies (wouldn't want to get sap on the originals!) of photos of good times.
Red ball ornaments pop against the flocked tree, while typography bird ornaments blend into the background adding interest when up close.
For the tree skirt, we painted the family monogram onto a round jute table cloth, with a stencil, stencil brush, and a steady hand. Our topper is a star cut out of construction paper, simply resting atop the tree.
The presents complete the scene. We used equally graphic paper and ribbon to complement the stand-out ornaments. (Our fave is the polka dotted ribbon!)