Vintage French Christmas Tree
How tall is your tree?
9 feet (about 12 feet on the table!)
What mix of ornaments did you use for this tree?
I like to use jute webbing as garland for a rustic look. The red ticking stripe also makes it very French, which I love! I like natural rustic ornaments like twigs mixed with silver and reds and greens. It’s pretty traditional, but I think tree ornaments should be added to it each year. So some years I’m more sparkly and other years I’m more natural/rustic. I might buy a dozen of a new ornament and not put as many sparkly ones on this year; then try something a little bit different next year.
How many ornaments did you use to achieve this look?
I started with about 100 plain-colored ball ornaments and filled them first toward the inside of the tree then put the pretty ornaments around, filling the parts of the tree that catch your eye. For each different ornament that I purchase, I always get a dozen. Twelve doesn’t seem like a lot, but when mixed with different ornaments, it looks great. I probably have about 10 different ornaments, a dozen each plus the 100 ball ornaments.
How many garland/ribbon did it take to cover the tree?
The jute webbing garland is about 12 feet long. I have two of these.
How did you decide on the decorating theme of your tree?
Like I said above, I use the majority of the same ornaments each year and might add a new one (in a dozen) to keep it fresh. I usually get my inspiration from blogs and magazines about the type of look I’m wanting for. I never want to do the same thing as I did last year, but I still use the same decor, just in a different way. For example, I might get a small tree (or plant) for the kitchen and stick it in a crock and use a dozen ornaments that I’m not using on the main tree. It’s different from the year before and I’m still using all my ornaments.
Is there a story on a signature ornament you’d like to share with us?
I’m all about French and vintage decor so I fell in love with a dozen Eiffel towers I bought myself. But they are awkwardly large and have a really long ribbon and only one side is sparkly so if they don’t hang just so on the tree, you can see the plain back. Instead of hanging them on the tree, I tied them to a long rope and made them into a garland. I’ve used the garland for parties, too, not just Christmas. I still love them, but I don’t love them on the tree.
Is there something different you did for this tree that you particularly like?
I liked having the two trees, one main tree for the house and a kids tree. I want pretty ornaments, but I don’t want my kids hurting themselves with fragile ornaments as they are still quite young (hence the main tree on the table!). I also have a number of single ornaments that don’t go with my color scheme anymore and I let the kids decorate their tree with those. It makes their tree more whimsical, and they often redecorate their tree throughout the month of December. I think adding the small tree in a galvanized bucket makes it rustic and vintage and I love that.