How to Create a Unified Look on an Eclectic Christmas Tree

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My Christmas tree is full of an eclectic mix of ornaments--ornaments from my childhood, ornaments my children have made, pretty things I've bought, ornaments I've bought on our travels, etc.  There is definitely no theme that the ornaments create on my Christmas tree.  But it still looks absolutely beautiful, because I always use one unifying design element to create a cohesive look to pull everything together.

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I'm sharing this Christmas tree design tip as part of the Festive Christmas Ideas blog hop.  Today, our theme is Christmas Trees!

Graphic image for the Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.

Ribbons on an eclectic Christmas tree.

The key to creating a unified, cohesive look to a Christmas tree with an eclectic collection of ornaments, is to repeat an element over the entire tree to bring it all together.   On my Christmas tree, that's the pale gold ribbons.

Christmas tree decorated with ribbons.

The ribbons are actually a meaningful element on our Christmas tree, too.  My husband and I got married 19 years ago, and we registered at Williams Sonoma.  The ribbons came from the wedding gifts that came from that registry!

It's really remarkable how adding that unifying element transforms the look of the Christmas tree!

Popcorn garland on a Christmas tree.

You don't have to use something special and memorable, of course.  Any repeated element will do it.  A garland (like a simple popcorn garland) does the exact same job, and beautifully!

Popcorn garland on a rustic Christmas tree.

This is the Christmas tree at a family cabin we used to have.  I used some red baubles and popcorn garland to create a unified look on this tree, which was decorated with lots of ornaments made by my children and a collection of hand-me-down ornaments from many family members through the years.  But when you look at the tree as a whole, it has a remarkably cohesive look.

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Our tree is also an eclectic mix of ornaments that tell a story. Love the story behind your ribbon element. Your tree is stunning and I love the pops of red. I especially love how tall it is too!

A very pretty tree. I had no idea popcorn strands could look so pretty.

I really needed this post because my tree is also a mish-mash of vintage, handmade, and collected ornaments! I love that the ribbons you use are from your wedding gifts :)


How amazing that you still have your wedding present ribbons! That is so wonderful and holds great memories. It's also a great tip to repeat an element throughout the entire tree to pull it together.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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