The Nutcracker Tree.

On May 16, 2011, in Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas, by Lesley Charalambides

The Nutcracker is a Christmas favorite which brings to mind ideas of a Victorian fairy tale Christmas.  For this theme, collect painted wooden nutcracker ornaments, tiny teddy bears and other toys in red and white.  Decorate with traditional toys and a generous sprinkling of candy canes and red and white ornaments.

The ideal tree is a green pre-lit tree with a light covering of flocked snow.  Decorate with as many small nutcracker men as you can, mix and match the colors, use one or two of the larger ones for accents and use small round ornaments in the same colors as fillers.  Large toys can be perched in the lower branches.

For your tree topper, get your inspiration from the ballet which gives this tree it’s name and choose a lovely ballerina, or an angel, all in white.

A wide garland could easily overpower small toys, so   use a beaded one or strings of popcorn sprayed a color of your choice and glittered, finish it all off with red and white ribbons and bows.  This tree is fun and very family friendly.

If you still feel daunted, or like me find your tree never looks quite as good as the illustrations, here’s a piece of advice I found useful. Use a repeat accent decoration and build your design in symmetrical diamond shapes as you go.

Here’s how it’s done.

 

 

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