How to Decorate a Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree

I am so excited to be sharing my Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree with you today! It is full of neutral Christmas ornaments, lots of garlands and a few DIY’s!

I have joined up with some other wonderful bloggers to share our Christmas Trees in the third annual Christmas tree decor blog hop hosted by Michelle at Our Crafty Mom!

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Welcome To Our Third Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!

Looking for Christmas Tree decorating ideas? We are sharing 40 absolutely beautiful Christmas Trees from some of your favorite home decor bloggers.

The fun starts on Friday, November 29th and continues through Saturday, November 30th.

We hope you will visit the talented bloggers linked below. This blog hop is something we look forward to every year and we hope you do too.

Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for some beautiful Christmas Tree decor inspiration!


If you’re here visiting from another blog, WELCOME! I’m so excited you’re here! My name is Jaclyn and I am working on updating our dated house into our home! I love a budget friendly DIY project and decorating my house each season! I am really excited to be sharing this years Christmas tree with you today!

How to Decorate a Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree

I knew since last Christmas, that I wanted to do a neutral Christmas tree. I had an idea in my head about how I wanted my neutral Christmas tree to look like and then when I started decorating, it turned out completely different! It became more of a rustic neutral Christmas tree and I love the way it turned out!

Sticking to a neutral color scheme for your tree doesn’t have to be boring! There are several ways to add dimension and texture to your Christmas tree to make it feel cozy and delightful and I am going to share those tips with you today!

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Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree Garlands

When setting up my Christmas tree the first thing that I put on my tree are the lights. Yes, I still have an old school tree! lol I grew up always putting Christmas lights on my tree so it just seems like tradition to me! Someday I will upgrade to a pretty pre-lit tree, but I am not there yet!

After that I put on my garland. Normally I stick to one or two garlands on my Christmas tree but this year I have four different garlands on my Neutral Christmas tree.

I started with my button garland. My button garland is a great DIY Christmas project, it was inspired by my family’s tradition of putting popcorn garland on the Christmas tree each year. I hung the Button Garland around my tree in the typical garland fashion and worked in a circle around the tree gradually moving down the tree.

After that I added my DIY Braided Garland on the opposite branches of the button garland. I will be sharing how to make my DIY braided garland tomorrow! It is so easy and again another great budget friendly Christmas craft. Adding in some soft layers helps to make your tree feel cozy!

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I had two garlands on my tree but that still wasn’t enough, so I added in my book page garland. I have used this on my first themed Christmas tree and as well as a Christmas Vignettes and last years Christmas Mantel in the dining room. I love decorating with books and by creating this garland I was able to bring the beautiful texture to my Christmas tree and it cost me very little! I used one old paper back book from the thrift store to create this garland.

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Instead of keeping my book page garland straight I draped it down the tree. I did the same thing with my farmhouse bead garland, the final garland added to my tree. I did the farmhouse bead garland in a slightly more dramatic way. I didn’t want my tree to look much like a formal cookie cutter tree. I wanted it it to be cozy and unique and wanted your eye to wander over the whole tree because each space is a little different. I think that dramatically draping a few garlands on the tree helps to achieve that!

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I love the look of all of the garland mixed together and I think that they all work really well because all of the garlands are not huge and compliment each other because they are all so different.

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Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree Ornaments

After my garlands were on the tree I added my neutral Christmas ornaments. Most of these I already had in my ornament box, I did buy a few to add to my Rustic neutral Christmas tree and even made some!

The first ornaments to go up on my tree were these neutral yarn pom pom ornaments. I bought these a few years ago from Joann fabric. These would be simple to make and add to your tree. I just bought these pom pom makers to make the perfect pom pom every time so that I can make some more to add to my Christmas decor.

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After that I hung these large raw wood snowflakes on my tree. These I found in the kid holiday craft section in Hobby Lobby. I have been meaning to stain them dark but I decided to hold off another year and use them natural this year on my rustic natural Christmas tree.

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How to Decorate a Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree. |
Rustic Neutral Christmas Ornaments |
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One of the ornaments that I made were these neutral fabric star ornaments. They were really easy to make and I will be sharing my tutorial soon! These could be made in any design of fabric and I think would look really cute in a buffalo plaid pattern!

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These drop star ornaments are a mix of new and DIY. I picked them up at the Dollar Tree this year but once I got them home they were to much of a Christmas white and not a soft white like I had on my tree already. So I grabbed some DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paint in Champagne gold and painted the ornament to soften the look. It worked like a charm!

I also picked up those white berry picks from the Dollar Tree this year. The Dollar Tree is a great place to find some budget friendly Christmas ornaments. I used several of them on my tree last year as well!

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How to Decorate a Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree. |

A new ornament that I bought this year were the galvanized metal snowflakes. I found these from Target, they came two in a pack which was nice! I like these ornaments because I can see them working with so many different styles of trees! I am sure you will see these again on my future Christmas Trees!

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I was delighted to use these fabric birch ornaments on my Christmas tree again. I bought these last year from an At Home store when I was visiting my family in Michigan. I really wish I would have bought more then one box! These ornaments are so beautiful and add a pretty layer of glam to my rustic neutral Christmas tree!

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Once my tree was done being decorated I looked for some neutral Christmas decor to add underneath it to hold the place of where the presents will be. I borrowed one of my DIY Yarn Christmas trees, a few vintage books and some white bottle brush trees to add to one side. Then I used my neutral Nutcracker and some birch wrapped presents. All of these things match with something up on my tree.

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Neutral Christmas Present Wrapping Ideas

On the other side of the tree I used some burlap tree cones, another stack of vintage books wrapped in some neutral ribbon and tucked into a chunky knit blanket and then another nutcracker.

I think that adding a few items under the tree helps to finish off the look of your tree. You could add all faux presents if they match your tree, It is an easy way to decorate under the tree. I try to not use many of those because my son would try and open them!

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How to Decorate a Rustic Neutral Christmas Tree. |
Thank you so much for checking out my Rustic Neutral Christmas tree! I hope that you love it as much as I do! I hope you all have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!!
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