I had a hard time settling on just one Christmas tree theme this year so I did the unthinkable – I put two trees in our living room! Yep! I sure did. They’re on opposite sides of the room so it’s not too crazy (well, ok, it probably is but I’m fine with it!). And today, I’m sharing the first one plus 7 tips for How to Decorate a Flocked Shabby Chic Christmas Tree. I’ve dubbed this tree “shabby chic” because it is a blend of old and new, has that soft pastel color palette which is part of that signature look, and because, well, I wasn’t sure how else exactly to categorize it.
It all began with this glorious flocked tree I found on Amazon. I’ve always wanted a really nice flocked tree and was pretty excited when I found this Vickerman Flocked Utica 7.5-Feet tree on Amazon (affiliate link). You can buy it pre-lit but I decided to get the one with no lights. It was more affordable without them plus I already have tons of lights. This tree is so lovely I was half tempted to leave it un-decorated. My daughter and I love the snowy branches. But we decided we were also excited to see some of our beloved treasures on its boughs so we got decorating! Here are my tips to get you started on your own flocked shabby chic Christmas tree:
When I first began decorating this tree I was using just very soft icy blue and pale green balls but it ended up looking pretty blah. I was so frustrated and kept scratching my head, why wasn’t this working?! I looked back down at my box of vintage Christmas ornaments and my eye was drawn to a beautiful bright pink ball and I decided to hang it – suddenly that little section of the tree began to “pop” and I knew I was on to something. Unfortunately I didn’t have many more of the antique pink balls. I grabbed some new brightly colored balls in assorted colors and was thrilled to see that the effect was just right. These newer ornaments gave just the perfect amount of depth to the decor.
Yes, I said black. There is a decorating “rule” that says that every room should have at least one black accent in it, and this frosty tree is no exception. Here I’ve included homemade paper medallions and chalkboard ornaments (a tutorial on how to make these will be coming soon!) and they add just a hint of drama and interest to the tree.
Use floral picks to add sparkle and dimension.
Most artificial trees can benefit from a little bit of extra “fluff”. This one didn’t need it to look more full but rather I just love anything sparkly and couldn’t resist adding a bit of bling. One of the easiest ways to do this is to hit the faux flower aisle and pick out a few favorites. These sparkly faux peacock style feather and white berry branches are old finds from Walmart and they add a nice bit of interest and texture to the tree.
I like classic beaded garland and tend to use it on every tree, but I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that on it’s own, it tends to get lost. Have you every noticed that? So I can’t always rely on it to make a statement on the tree – it’s more of a supporting player. I like garlands to do a bit more so that I don’t have to hang quite so many ornaments for the tree to feel full. I’ve discovered a shortcut around this problem, and it lies in the idea to mix a couple different types of garland to get the look I want. Here I’ve used a DIY book page garland (I’ll share a tutorial on this decoration soon too!) to add interest and texture to the tree.
If you have a child in your life chances are that you have more than a few handmade ornaments that may or may not quite blend with your vision. Thankfully when you are mixing colors like I have here, it becomes really easy to find homes for those treasured ornaments without compromising your vision. In fact they add to it! Now my daughter feels a deep sense of pride and honor to see her artwork on the tree and my artistic vision is still being achieved. A win-win!
Not all ornaments have to be “ornaments” in fact, a few unusual items will make your tree stand out and be more memorable. On this tree I have included a few unique elements:
1) As I mentioned above in #4, I hung a homemade garland made from old book pages. I like that this adds a creamy softness, alludes to my love of books, and isn’t boring!
2) These small “Merry Christmas” banners are actually gift tags that I adored so much I decided to tuck them into the branches rather than onto packages. Now they herald a cheerful greeting and they tie in nicely with the book page garland.
Every year we try to make at least one new ornament. Sometimes they might be totally made from scratch like a salt dough ornament while other years it might be something like paper medallions (I made these the year my daughter was born to commemorate it!), or one of the other handmade trimmings I listed above. Want to make your own paper ornaments? You can see my video tutorial on how to make paper medallions here.
With all the light tones I have in this room – plus the fact that I didn’t want to change out my drapes for the season – I’m so glad that I went with this Flocked Shabby Chic Christmas Tree. It blends so nicely with my decor. It’s a very soft and romantic tree that is brimming with vintage charm.
Have you every decorated your tree in light colors like this? I did a smaller version of this in my bedroom last year, you can see my soft and romantic Christmas tree here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these 7 tips for How to Decorate a Flocked Shabby Chic Christmas Tree and found some inspiration to add a bit of shabby chic flair to yours! Thank you so much for following along! Please remember to “pin it” for later!