The Top Christmas Tree Decorating Trends, According to Our Editors

dowel christmas tree with bulb ornament decorations
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! Trim your tree in style this year with our picks for the top Christmas tree trends. From traditional to tabletop, we've picked our favorite styles for every home. Plus, get our must-have holiday decorating tips and easy DIY ideas. 

Dowel Christmas Tree

Make your own Christmas tree with things from the hardware store! This dowel tree is super easy to make and a great minimalist Christmas decoration. We trimmed this beautifully simple DIY Christmas tree with a collection of vintage ornaments. This handmade holiday decoration is the perfect way to celebrate the season. No water needed!

Image courtesy of Treetopia
Image courtesy of Treetopia

Black Christmas Trees

Yes, our editor bought a black Christmas tree. And no, it’s not because she's a Grinch. Find out what led to her purchasing decision, and why she's happy she bucked the evergreen tradition. 


Succulent Christmas Tree

This gorgeous DIY project is fresh and fun for Christmas! Spruces and firs aren't the only Christmas trees this year. We're using succulents to showcase this season's spirit. This DIY tabletop tree makes the perfect holiday centerpiece.

Cake Pop Tree

This delicious cake pop tree is about to be your new favorite holiday party food. Watch our simple video to see how to add homemade cake pops to a simple tree form to make the tastiest tree you've ever decorated. Plus, get our favorite cake pop recipe!

Miniature Trees

This year, think small. Choose miniature Christmas trees for a touch of holiday cheer anywhere! We love the versatility of a mini Christmas tree. They're perfect for small-space Christmas decorating or if you want to add a touch of holiday cheer to multiple rooms in your house.  

Bottle Brush Trees

We love finding fun uses for everyday objects almost as much as we love Christmas. This DIY project transforms a utilitarian dryer vent brush into multiple mini trees—it's seriously so easy. To make a set of trees, all you need is the brush, some basic crafting tools, and tiny beads to serve as ornaments. To learn more, watch our how-to video!

Flocked Christmas Tree

Yes, flocked trees are in again. We love the nostalgic feel and wintery appearance of a flocked tree. Don't rush out and buy one, we'll show you how to flock a tree or other greenery two ways for a sparkling snow-covered appearance.

Upside-down Christmas trees

A traditional evergreen Christmas tree never goes out of style, but this topsy-turvy trend has us rethinking our holiday decor. Upside-down Christmas trees are easy to integrate into holiday decor, and with these tips, you'll be hanging an inverted tree this year.

Image courtesy of Target

Layered Christmas Tree Lights

Layering Christmas lights gives your tree a full look. To get the look, choose large bulbs, twinkle lights, and fairy lights. Start at the bottom of your tree and work your way up. Fill in any lighting gaps with small fairy lights. Keep the tree as is or fill it out with your favorite Christmas ornaments. 

Front Porch Christmas Trees

This year, bring your Christmas tree outside and create a stunning holiday front porch. Top your planters with a small artificial Christmas tree and fill in with seasonal greenery. Finish the look with ball ornaments in a variety of sizes and holiday accents like wrapped gifts and candles. 

White Christmas Tree

Get creative with your Christmas tree color scheme. Start with a white artificial tree and add nontraditional colors like pink and blue. We also love the look of colored artificial trees. 

Evergreen Wall Tree

Decorating in a small space? Skip the oversized Christmas tree and display one on the wall instead! This DIY holiday decoration is made with evergreen garland and colorful ball ornaments. Customize your tree to fit your space and get our must-have tips for hanging it on your wall. 

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