These sunny trees will brighten anyone’s cold weather blues.

By Samantha Jones
October 18, 2019
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Decorating has always been an important part of readying your home for the holidays, and in the social media age, it's so easy to find inspiration at your fingertips. This year, social media has helped us find some incredible trees: We've seen rainbow trees, Halloween trees, and even unicorn trees on our Instagram feeds. As it gets closer to the holidays, we're adding another holiday rendition to our list of Christmas tree trends: Sunflower trees. 

Last year we obsessed over the floral Christmas tree trend. And this summer we noticed sunflower fields all over our Instagram feed as they quickly became a top photo destination of the summer. So, it seemed a natural progression for the trend to extend to Christmas trees. According to Pinterest’s 2019 holiday report, searches for sunflower trees are up 66%, and we can see why. These trees can be easily recreated with ornaments you already have—just add a few additional items from the store (think faux sunflowers and wide burlap ribbon) and the look is complete. While Pinterest reported the trend, it's clear Instagram users are hopping on the trend as well. We’ve rounded up four of our favorite sunflower Christmas trees for inspiration. 

This tabletop tree, dotted with faux sunflowers and burlap bows, is perfect for adding just a touch of rustic charm to your holiday decor. To recreate this look, replace regular garland with burlap ribbon and weave evenly through the branches. Fill in with artificial sunflower blooms. Leave the leaves on a handful of the cut flowers—they add another layer of texture and contrast against the evergreen branches. A variety of matte, sparkly, and shiny baubles complete the look. 

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Decorated with shimmering snowflake ornaments, sprigs of faux greenery, and sunflowers, this tree is reminiscent of late summer days. The use of warm, woodsy colors creates a natural effect—drawing even more attention to the galvanized metal collar. Try adding a touch of farmhouse style and make your own DIY basket tree collar—it only takes two simple steps.

With warm lights and some sparkling ribbon, this tree is perfect for a front porch display. We love the oversized sunflower tree-topper and variety of sunflower blossom sizes. Added accents like a plaid blanket tree skirt pull the look together. Purchase a skirt (like this 48-inch Christmas Tree Skirt, $30, Target) or make your own DIY tree skirt using your favorite material. 

This tree is all about simplicity. The wide burlap ribbon wraps diagonally around the branches and twinkling white string lights. To create a similar look, start by stringing lights on the tree, then wrap and tuck a 6-inch-wide burlap ribbon in a spiral from top to bottom of the tree, and finish by inserting faux sunflowers between the ribbon. Use the excess burlap to tie a giant bow at the top. We recommend using a wire-edged ribbon to create the bow—it's easier to manipulate and holds its shape.

Whether you want to decorate your Christmas tree with sunflowers, unicorn horns, or traditional red and green ornaments, you still have plenty of time to find inspiration.

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