Make your holiday extra sparkly.

By Samantha Jones
October 02, 2019

It’s almost that time of year again—when you brave the cobwebs in the attic, drag out the Christmas decorations, and deck out every corner of your home in holiday cheer. But if you’re already tired of the red and green tinsel, maybe it’s time to try something different—like a unicorn-themed Christmas tree. No, we're not making this up! There are already more than 1,100 Instagram posts with the hashtag #unicorntree, and searches for unicorn Christmas trees have risen 2,400% over the last five years, according to Google Trends.

This isn’t the first time unicorns have been brought into the real world (and onto our Instagram feeds). Fairytales about unicorns have been around for hundreds of years, but the My Little Pony craze of the 1980s is what first made them a pop culture phenomenon. In the '90s, we covered every available surface in Lisa Frank unicorn stickers, but the phase simmered down a bit in the early 2000s. In the last five years, however, we're happy to report unicorns have steadily been making a comeback: They swept the food scene in the form of french toast and cake. In 2017, Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino sold out across the country. We even made our own magical unicorn Christmas ornaments!

It seems that in 2019, we've hit peak unicorn. We're seeing them everywhere, from unicorn Easter eggs to unicorn Halloween skeletons. And now, magical Christmas trees with gold horns and pink ears are popping up all over our Instagram feeds. We've seen the excitement around Halloween trees this year and we're on board to welcome unicorns as part of the holiday season, too.

If you're ready to jump back on the unicorn bandwagon, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite looks to help you celebrate the season. Start by replacing a traditional green tree with an artificial one in either pink or white. Instead of the usual red and green decorations, think candy-colored ribbons and sparkling garland. And at the top of the tree, in lieu of a star, you’ll inevitably find an over-sized horn.

Snowflakes and Sparkles

Unicorn-inspired embellishments instantly transform this plain white tree into a magical decoration—and it'll be so easy to replicate in your own home. Decorate a faux white tree with pink ornaments and beads, then accessorize. Add ears and eyelashes by tracing and cutting the shapes out of foam sheets and securing them to the branches with ribbon. Then, top it all off with a gold sparkly horn.

Pink, Please!

With gold tinsel, pink string lights, and adorable eyelashes, this plain white tree is stunning on its own—but it's instantly transformed into a unicorn look-alike with a few easy additions. Make your own DIY horn by folding and gluing sparkly gold paper into a cone shape for a magical tree-topper, then accent with cut paper flowers. When you're done, turn down the lights and enjoy this tree's cozy pink glow. 

Magical Flower Crown

An over-the-top tree topper really makes this tree stand out. To make your own, cut out ears and a horn from sparkly white and gold paper, then attach artificial flowers like the poinsettias and roses. For the neon pink effect, string some LED lights through the branches. The end result: totally on-trend.

Floral Tree Trend

Last year we gushed over the floral Christmas tree trend, and it looks like the style isn't going away any time soon. To recreate this gorgeous look at home, wrap your tree in festive ribbon and decorate generously with over-sized faux flowers, ornaments, stuffed animals, and anything pink! Add some giant lashes (we recommend making them from a sturdy foam core) and a sparkly horn, and your tree is complete.

Bold Bows

We love the bright colors and elaborate decorations on this tree—especially the use of large package bows as decorations. To get the look, wrap a white tree in colored string lights and layer with gift bows, faux flowers, and pom-poms in as many colors as you can. Then, cut and glue a paper horn and ears to transform the rainbow tree into a magical unicorn. To emphasize the unicorn theme, you can even add a few homemade unicorn ornaments! 

Pretty in Pastel

This elaborate tree, decorated in unicorn colors, is bright without overwhelming the space. It's proof you can make the unicorn trend classy. When decorating your tree, avoid a cluttered look by layering small, brightly colored ornaments with large, textured ones like the spiky gold stars pictured. Be sure to display this glamorous tree in the main area of your home—it deserves attention!

No matter how you decorate your own Christmas tree, you can keep scrolling through Instagram from now until Christmas to see more of these unicorn creations.


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