Decorative Tabletop Christmas Trees
Decorations with a consistent theme -- red and white -- make a graphic statement on this tabletop tree. To show off your ornaments, choose a tree with short needles and sparse branches, and don't be afraid to trim boughs to create display space.
Beaming Christmas Balls
Tiny potted evergreens are easily dressed up for the holidays with miniature glass Christmas balls. Once the holiday is over, the mini trees provide fresh greenery all winter long.
A rosemary topiary potted in a rustic wooden pail creates a charming homespun accent. Delicate starfish tucked within the branches mimic traditional stars for a Christmas theme.
A slight tabletop tree looks simply angelic trimmed with paper gift wrap bows and topped with a larger ribbon.
A curled paper tree could be the ultimate in easy decor. Simply glue long strips of colorful paper to a wooden dowel or stake and then roll the paper around a pencil. Gently unroll for a whimsical curl.
Visions of Sugar Plums
Sugared fruit -- real or artificial -- is a pleasing treat to the eye when hung on a small tree. Fill the pot with additional fruit to continue the theme.
An all-white tree gives off stunning elegance. Get this look by weaving white lights onto a white tree and hanging simple-shape white ornaments, such as the stars used here.
Thinking Inside the Box
A picket fence and watchful Santa make a charming centerpiece for the holiday table. Use the fence to corral your holiday collectibles into a pleasing display.
Plant a tree in a teapot and use it to display a collection of miniature teacups. These ornaments are attached to the tree branches with ribbon threaded through the handles.
Who's Got the Button?
Old buttons wired to a tree create a whimsical look. Get creative and use the same technique to wire beads or old earrings to a tree.
Staying in Character
Get creative with a themed tabletop tree--if you can attach it, it belongs! We nestled pincushions and tape measures in the branches alongside spools of colorful thread.
Miniature Cedar Trees
Pick up some miniature cedar trees (6 to 18 inches tall) at a florist or garden center and place them in decorative pots. Then cover the soil with Spanish moss or green moss and attach ribbons or tiny decorations to the branches.
Color-theme trees can make a great statement in a room. This tiny white tree stays simple with only the adornment of white and silver ornaments.
Purchase live topiary trees from a florist, garden center, or grocery store. Since ivy branches lack the heft of pine trees, use lightweight decorations. Curls of sheer ribbon add to the holiday look but won't make the leaves droop.
Three ingredients are all you'll need for these pretty trees: red plaid bows, silver spoons, and artificial red berries. Notice the tree topper made from a spray of three spoons wired to the top branch. Touches of gold in the ribbons add some sparkle to the trees.
Mini White Trees
Three miniature white trees are unadorned with only a few tiny pink ornaments. This allows their shape to be appreciated and creates an airy feel to the room.
Pretty cookie trees get a drizzle of snowy frosting. More white on the table, candles, and other decorations makes a harmonious scene for a centerpiece or sideboard.
Under the Tree
Sparkling versions of a holiday tree disguise bottles of cider or wine in one fell swoop. Use pinking shears to cut three 17x17x8-inch triangles from felt. Glue together the edges (leaving the bottom open) and adhere sequins, glitter, or other embellishments.
Put a twist on the holidays by painting traditional holiday symbols in unconventional colors. You may like your new dotted Christmas trees so much you'll keep them up year-round!
As paper-thin fresh bay leaves dry, their tips flip every which way. Turned upside down the curling leaves give a fairly good impression of a holiday tree. Pin them onto a form and top with a simple star and wait patiently for the curling to begin. Artificial berries at the base add a pop of color and texture.
An aromatic alternative to pine, a rosemary tree brings the heady scent of the herb garden indoors for the holidays. In warmer climates, place your tree outside next to the door.