My style at home is comfortable modern with vintage accents. And I wanted to reflect that in our flocked Christmas tree, so I decorated with vintage Christmas decorations, green ball ornaments, and black and white plaid scarves. The wrapped scarves give the tree a cozy, comfortable, imperfect look I love. I was inspired to use green ornaments from the antique green train on our fireplace. It gave our neutral tree much needed color and a pop of cheer.
This is my second year participating in My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. If you are visiting from Daly Digs, welcome! Scroll down for tips on adding scarves to your Christmas tree on a budget, and be sure to go to the end of this article to visit who is next on the tour.
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Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree with Scarves for a Ribbon Effect
When I started thinking about our Christmas tree design for this year, I wanted to give a ribbon effect but ribbon was too stiff and not thick enough for the look I wanted to give the flocked tree. I decided to try scarves and looked for places that sell scarves in bulk (because I needed several of the same color). I purchased 7 charcoal flannel scarves on sale at Old Navy in the men’s section. I also spotted some affordable scarves this week at 5 Below and the dollar section of Target.
I folded the flannel scarves in half long ways (similar to if you were going to put on a scarf) then gently looped the first scarf around the top of the tree. Repeated this step slowly adding scarves around the tree until I reached the base. I used 7 scarves on our 8 foot tree. I chose to have the scarves touch at the ends so visually it doesn’t show much break, but you could also knot the scarf ends together to make a long garland.
After adding scarves and lights to our tree, I added a combination of vintage silver ball ornaments and emerald green ball ornaments for a pop of color. We have a second tree in my office that we decorate with handmade and other fun ornaments, and that gives me the freedom to decorate our living room tree with simplicity and the vintage accents I love.
On our nearby shelves I decorated with vintage books, old glass bottles, and one of the antique trains my grandparents’ gave me. I blended it with a glass jar with faux juniper, a few ornaments, and a metal advent calendar (similar here).
Flocked Christmas Tree
Last year I splurged on a flocked tree. I shopped around online before ordering a beautiful 8 foot flocked artificial Christmas tree. When I pulled it out of the box this year I was reminded how good its quality is. The only shedding came from a bit of the flocking, and that was easy to vacuum up after setting up the tree. The woven tree collar I purchased last year from Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen several similar ones in store this year.
What is a flocked Christmas tree?
Flocked trees are popular and have the look of a Christmas tree with snow. A good quality tree won’t shed the synthetic powder much, though I did have to vacuum up some white flakes after putting up our tree this year. While I’ve seen flocked trees for sale in store at WalMart and Target, I found a better deal ordering our King of Christmas tree online.
It was fun to tie in decorations on the tree to our nearby fireplace. We had some annoying wires under our TV so I added a flocked garland over our sound bar with antique trains and trucks given to me by my Grandparents.
The words I’d use to describe my Christmas tree style this year are: cozy, cheerful and vintage. The plaid flannel scarf gives our tree a comfortable, laid back feel. The emerald green ornaments add color and cheer. And the vintage silver ornaments and accessories give the right vintage touch.
Next please head over to House Handmade to see Jessica’s classic Christmas tree design!