There is something magical about a decorated Christmas tree. It heralds in the excitement of the holiday season, for children its marks the anticipation of Santa and gift giving. For empty nesters kids are soon to come home again. A decorated Christmas tree full of family heirlooms or a Pinterest worthy designed tree captures a sense of tradition, excitement and togetherness. For most families its the center of the Christmas decorations, we all love them.
Farmhouse Christmas decor especially with barns are my theme this year, so when I spotted this ribbon at Michael’s of all places I snapped all the three rolls they had.
What Makes a Farmhouse Decorated Christmas Tree?
A Christmas tree in red and white was inspired by a must have ribbon. Thankfully I had not done any shopping or too much decorating yet, so I could switch the theme of my decorated Christmas tree.
A farmhouse Christmas tree typically includes simple and rustic decorations using wood, twine, burlap, animals, and my personal favorite DIY and handmade decorations. This particular farmhouse Christmas tree is all about barns, and vintage wagon and sleigh ornaments I found in a local gift shop a couple of years ago.
Christmas Tree Ribbon Ideas
This tree has loads of ribbon, three different types. When decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon I always say it should be part of the background and not stand out on its own.
The first two ribbons the gorgeous 3″ inch ribbon was wired thankfullly. I find unwired Christmas ribbon just too challenging to decorate a tree with. With the three inch width of the ribbon I was able to find some shiny plain red ribbon that was just a little bit wider. I added these two ribbons as a backdrop to the Christmas tree.
I added the first two ribbons to the Christmas tree starting at the top and cascading down. Tuck the Christmas tree ribbon deep inside the tree, attach it to one of the most inner branches near the trunk. Once the ribbon is secure inside the tree, roll it into a loop and pull the wired ribbon out to form curls. Tuck the end of the ribbon towards the outer part of the Christmas tree, and then snip it..
Once I finished adding the ribbon, the red berry pics and started with the ornaments I realized my tree was too red for my liking and needed some white added. I went shopping and found two roles of beautiful red and white ribbon in a fun farmhouse stripe pattern. I added this ribbon to be a focal point like you would large ornaments.
The red and white ribbon was tied in pretty bows, the centers are wrapped in florists wire and bakers twine to hide the wire. Wire works best because you can really attach the ribbon to the tree, so avoid them from popping off.
I am not a Michael’s affiliate but if you want to purchase the striped ribbon here is a link for you.
Adding the Largest Christmas Tree Ornaments
After the ribbon was done, I tweeked it and then added the largest ornaments.
Thankfully I already had these barn ornaments from last year, some cotton stems and red berries.
The last step was to add small ornaments. Unfortunately I did not have nearly enough purchased ornaments to fit my theme. So I created some last minute Farmhouse macrame wreaths, and homespun wool DIY Christmas tree ornaments in pink.
I chose the pink wool to soften the impact of all the red. It brightened the tree a bit without adding the contrast white ornaments would have.
I promised myself that next year I will plan better, with more ornaments. Here hoping. But I sure do love the way this Christmas tree turned out.
Not sure about what style of Christmas tree your wanting this year. I have some other Christmas tree ideas to show you from other years. Decorating for Christmas, deciding what I want and then creating it is by far my favorite part of the holidays.
Some Other Beautiful Decorated Christmas Trees
Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Tree
This neutral farmhouse Christmas tree is designed to be calm, pretty, not too flashy. It is rather subdued but I love this look especially when there is lots of other Christmas decor around. Often the focal point of our Christmas decor, sometimes it nice to have it a bit softer.
Decorating a Christmas Tree in Buffalo Plaid
Several years later and buffalo plaid is still very much on trend. I love that it is still so wildly popular for Christmas. Buffalo plaid Christmas decor is so much easier to find now. This Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree is still one of my favorite Christmas trees ever.