The best Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas with Jingle Bells

Christmas in July inspires you with the best decorating ideas for a festive and bright holiday season from the front porch to the back yard.

I did a blog hop back in July that had so much great inspiration, and I did not want you to miss it. So read on for lots of great Christmas tree decorating ideas and more.

If you’re like me, you’re already thinking about Christmas decorations. After all, it’s never too early to get started! In this post, I’ll share some of my favorite tips for decorating your home for Christmas. Plus, I’ll show you how to add natural elements to your decor for a festive look. So read on and get inspired to start decking the halls!

Today I am joining in on an amazing blog hop hosted by Rachel @thepondsfarmhouse. She always knows just where to find the best inspiration for the holidays.

If you are coming over from my friend Renae’s @peacockridgefarms, Welcome. I am sure you are starting to get some great holiday ideas by now.

Vintage she shed Christmas In July- The Best Decorating Ideas
Sheshed with natural greenery decor

This year I will be putting up four full-size Christmas trees.

I enjoy creating different themes for my trees or a color scheme.

Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do. I love creating new ways to make my home feel festive and magical. But sometimes, choosing a decorating style can be a bit of a dilemma. Should I go for a vintage look or keep it traditional? Should I add a bit of glitz or stick to classic holiday colors? Ultimately, mixing a few different styles is the best approach, or at least that is how I approach Christmas decorating. That way, you can create a look that is uniquely your own. And it ensures your home will be decked out in all the Christmas cheer!

Christmas In July- The Best Decorating Ideas. Gold Christ mas tree ornaments.
The Glitzy Christmas
Christmas In July- The Best Decorating Ideas. Family room decorated with Merry Christmas sign, giant bells and red, white and gold ornaments
Traditional Christmas
Natural craft handmade wrapping paper for Christmas
Natural Christmas

Christmas Decorating Ideas for your Home with some Sparkle and Shine

What would Christmas be without twinkle lights, candles, And a little shimmer and shine? I keep it rather simple in the LIving room by using gold and white as my two accent colors. I focus on this beautiful 8′ King noble fir tree from King of Christmas. It is such a beautiful tree that, quite honestly, it needs very little decorating.

I like to start at the top with two very large bows with many streamers flowing down my tree. I have written an entire blog post that is my step by step to decorating a Chrismas Tree. You can see it here.

In addition, you can add a simple banner with wording down the front if you like. You can see that I also love blue and white, so the gold is a nice accent color to this room.

King of Christmas King Noble tree with gold and white decorations in a blue and white room

Add some homemade ornaments like these gold foiled ornaments I made last year.

Christmas In July- The Best Decorating Ideas- gold and white round glass ornaments with gold foil.

I love how my gold ribbons shine against the mantle’s fresh greens. It feels like Christmas when you walk into a room with these colors! And wait until you see how I put those fresh greens up here.
The point was to keep it simple and minimalist but still have an eye-catching display for people walking through our doorways, which I think we achieved quite nicely.

Fresh greenery on the 1898 Batchelder tile mantle

The Best Traditional Christmas Decorating Ideas

King of Christmas trees decorated for the holiday with red, white and galvanized giant bells.

Ever since I was a little girl, the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Christmas was all those magical moments under an extravagant tree with family and friends.

The family room is the heart of our home. It’s where we spend the most time, so it needs something special to make you feel festive and cheerful too! I got a new 9′ King flocked tree from King Of Christmas last year and a small 4′ tree from a yard sale. You all know how I love my thrifted goods.

We wanted to add a bit of a casual feel to these trees, so I chose an old wood crate for the small tree, and My husband and I built this fun box for the large tree out of old barn wood. Don’t you just love the look?

 Family Room Christmas , with Chrismtas sign and trees with red and white ornaments

I fell in love with the giant Christmas bells and knew instantly that I would use these in my family room. In addition, I used some of the traditional red and white and lots of plaid in this room.

I also decorated the red and white tree with galvanized houses and lots of bells and pine cones. I made this fun “Merry Christmas” banner draping down the tree’s front. You can see the detailed post on how to make this banner and decorate your tree here.

I enjoy adding fun signs that make us feel like we are in the Christmas spirit

Farm Fresh Christmas tree sign over glass Christmas trees in a large dough bowl
Family room Christmas decorations

Fresh Cedar is my favorite for wrapping a banister. Be sure to soak it in cold water for 24 hours. Let it dry and spray with Wilt Proof. This product helps to keep the moisture in your greens so they last longer.

Fresh greens on the banister for Christmas

The Best Natural Christmas Decorating Ideas

There’s nothing like the feeling of creating your own unique decorations for Christmas. Start with fresh greens and branches to create an outline, then embellish with fun accents that will make any decoration look festive and bright.

Last year I created my own topiary magnolia trees for the front porch. You can watch the magic happen here.

You can also make your own wrapping paper by stamping cookie cutters on brown craft paper. Embellish your packages with fresh greens and pinecones.

Homemade Christmas Wrapping paper
Natural Christmas decorations
Natural Christmas decorations

Create your own brown lunch bag snowflakes, click here for the tutorial. These are so fun to make, and they look beautiful hanging in a window.

Natural Christmas decorations

Oranges and tangerines add so much color to your natural Christmas decor; you can do many things with them. You can use a dehydrator and dry the slices for a garland or a wreath. You can use whole tangerines in a vase full of fresh greens. Create a Christmas tree out of tangerines and rosemary or Kale. You can even make the yummiest smelling stovetop potpourri.

Natural Christmas decorations with oranges
Simmering Christmas Potpourri
She shed during Christmas
A tray of dried ingredients for simmering potpourri

I love the smell of potpourri simmering on a cold winter’s day. Something about that mix of citrus, cinnamon, and fresh rosemary creates an inviting home for guests to visit!

REcipe for Simmering Potpourri

Well, I sure hope that they gave you a few ideas for the holidays! And there is so much more to see.

Next up is my friend Michelle from Thistlekeylane. I do not doubt that you will love what she has to share. So grab a cup of coffee and hop along with us. You can see all of the participants and their links below.

Whether you’re a natural, sparkle and shine, or traditional kind of person, start planning your holiday decorating ideas now. With a little early preparation, you can have the home of your dreams this season. We hope these ideas have inspired you to get creative with your Christmas decorations this year. Happy holidays!

Christmas in July blog hop

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop. Be sure to click each link below to follow along on the hop.

The Ponds Farmhouse / Cottage on Bunker Hill / Midwest Life & Style / Cottage in the Mitten / Down Shiloh Road / Bricks N Blooms

Simply 2 Moms / Shiplap & Shells / Peacock Ridge Farm / WM Design House / Thistle Key Lane / White Arrows Home

Pasha is Home / Tater Tots and Jello / Robyn’s French Nest / Chas Crazy Creations / DIY Beautify / Cloches & Lavender

The Crowned Goat / Common Ground / Life At Bella Terra / The Tattered Pew / Design Morsels / Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Similar Posts


  1. Love the dough bowl with the Mercury glass trees!! Such a pretty look!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. That was last year’s model. LOL I need to get on it with the dough bowl next week. Such a busy time of the year for us.

  2. So, so gorgeous, Wendy. Red and white have my heart this year for Christmas so I am loving your traditional decorating ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yeah! Seeing your home all decorated in red and white was so fun. You did an amazing job, Jen. I honestly do not know how you do it all.

  3. Wow Wendy your mantel looks amazing! Love all of these ideas!

  4. I absolutely love all your beautiful trees! The one with the sparkle is so pretty!

  5. Your Christmas decor is so beautiful! Your home and She Shed I always love touring and it was fun to see your Christmas on this tour!! So inspiring!

    1. Thank you Kristin. It is great to see all of this Christmas inspiration in July. I enjoyed hopping with you as always.

  6. I love your Christmas themes so much, Wendy. I do think I like the neutral colors the best, especially with the dried oranges. Your she shed is so incredibly beautiful no matter what the season. I need to try simmering some potpourri!

    1. Thank you so much Kim. I must say that you totally inspired me with your post and I found one of my tree themes from you! I am obsedded.
      LOL Have a great day.

  7. I can’t choose which Christmas theme I like most! They’re all beautiful! I do love the Merry Christmas to All sign!! Did you make that? And I’ve got to get me some bells!

    1. Thank you Renee, It’s so hard to choose a theme. That is why I do a few different ones.
      Who knows what I will come up with this year. I purchased the sign from Etsy, I can send you the link if you would like it.
      You will love the bells.

      1. I found it on Etsy. Thank you!!

      2. Wendy, your home is beautiful. Could you send me the link please?

        1. Thank you, Janet, can you tell me exactly which link you would like?

  8. Wendy you have so many gorgeous ideas, and I’m so excited to see how you’re going to decorate four trees this year. I think I’m going to dry oranges this summer, so I can use them on garlands and arrangements! Thanks for sharing so many lovely photos!

    1. Thank you Michelle. The dried oranges are one of my favorite looks. I will tell you that I have dried them both in the oven and in a dehydrator. I find the color is better using a dehydrator for sure. Just FYI.

  9. So very pretty Wendy! Your traditional family room is my favorite! I would love to have some of those large bells! Thanks for the inspiration! So great meeting you at Haven!

    1. Thank you Kim,I do love those bells, do I dare use them two years in a row, LOL
      Maybe I can find a new way to use them, better put my thinking cap on.
      I’m so glad we met, you are just a doll. I look forward to working with you more this year.

  10. Wendy, your home is GORGEOUS! I love the idea of mixing styles. I’m always so torn and deciding on just one is hard to do. I may need to take a note from your book and give it a try this year. Happy to be hopping with you. Pinned!

    1. Thank you Jen. I find it so hard to decide, so why not use a few! The story of my life. haha

    2. Thank you sweet Jen. I thought I had answered you, so my apologies if you did not get my reply.
      It’s always such a hard decision for me to make, so why not mix a few themes or ideas together.

  11. Wendy, these ideas are so beautiful. It was so much fun hopping with you. Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you, Renae. I appreciate your sweet comment. It was great to blog hop with you today.

  12. So much beautiful inspiration. Your home looks gorgeous. Nothing like natural elements for holidays

    1. Thank you for stopping by Cindy. I appreciate your kind comment.

  13. Wow Wendy so many great ideas. You have a gift for decorating your home and your garden. Love your blog and pinning for inspiration. Happy Christmas in July!

    1. Thank you Kelly, you are very sweet. I appreciate you stopping by and pinning my ideas. I enjoyed your post today as well.

  14. Hi Wendy!

    It was so fun seeing all of the different ways you decorated! I love those foiled ornaments you made. So pretty! And the display with all of the oranges is such a great idea. I also loved seeing your vintage fireplace with the pine garland. I have a similar fireplace in our 1891 home. Happy Christmas in July!


    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I enjoy working with gold foil. It adds such sparkle to the tree.
      I enjoyed your post today too. It was fun to hop along with you

  15. I love your mantle with all the greens. So pretty. And I love a great recipe for a potpourri.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Andrea, the mantle was quite the project, and I really enjoyed the fresh greens.

  16. Those trees are spectacular!!! And I need to try that potpourri!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Jenn. You will love the potpourri simmering on the stove top during the holidays.

    2. Thank you Jenn. You will love the potpourri simmering on the stovetop during the holidays.

    3. I love the orange slice wreath and magnolia on your porch…I’m jealous of your warm winter weather!!

      1. Thank you, Jennifer. You can have the warm winters. I want the cold and snow, LOL
        We always want what we don’t have, right! So fun hopping with you.

  17. Your Christmas decorating is absolutely gorgeous, Wendy! I’m not sure which idea I like best. Pinned so I can remember them all when it’s time to decorate this year!

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping by and for the sweet comment and pinning.

  18. Wendy, oh my goodness! Where do I start? Every photo is chock full of holiday ideas. Your home is magical during the holidays. I love it all! Your trees are fabulous and so festive. Thanks for sharing everything! So fun hopping with you too.

    1. Thank you so much Mary. I sure hope I get a boat load of energy to do it all again this year, right! lol
      I sure enjoyed your beautiful post as well. It was great to hop with you today.

    1. Thank you Chaz. It was so great to meet you this week, you are very inspiring.

  19. Wendy,
    Oh my gosh, I loved everything you shared. Really has me inspired for Christmas. Did I just skip fall. Maybe. LOL You are the best to share your talents with us.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, I am always so happy to join in your blog hops. Thank you for hosting.

  20. I saved that potpourri and several other ideas; stunning. I especially love the outdoor decor and want to do more with mine this year. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    1. Thank you Robyn. I really enjoy decorating the outdoors, especially with that natural look. Thanks for stopping by and pinning.
      It is always a pleasure to hop with you.

  21. Wendy I love how gorgeous your home looks for the holidays. The green house is my fave!!! Love your trees too. pinned!

    1. Thank you Stacy. I love decorating the greenhouse every year. I am busy dreaming up something new for her this year. Thanks for stopping by and pinning.

  22. Love all these ideas for creating a warm and inviting home during the holiday season. They’re really beautiful and I can’t wait to follow along on your decorating adventures this year too. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo, I look forward to getting to know you better. It was sure fun blog hopping with you today.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *