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New Purple Christmas Tree Decor

Decorating a bright and bold tree in primary colours. This new purple Christmas tree decor looks great, and you can easily recreate the look!

new purple christmas tree decor

I’m excited for today’s blog post!  Not only do I get to share our new purple Christmas tree decor, I’m also participating in a blog hop.  That means that you can see a BUNCH of other great Christmas trees too.  Ready for lots of Christmas tree decor!?

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This is my first year with a purple Christmas tree.  Last week, I discussed how I flocked my tree, and today is all about the decor!  If you’re joining me from Betsy at Happily Ever After Etc., welcome :)  She did such a pretty pastel tree (also flocked!), so if you like that style – then you’ll be at home here :)

new purple christmas tree decor graphic

Well, other than the fact that my tree is purple, ha.  If you didn’t know, my name is Nicole and I live in Northern Ontario Canada.  Yes, we already have snow outside, and yes, it came a bit late this year (the end of November).  Anyways!  For my first time decorating my new purple Christmas tree, I decided to pay homage to the other colours I have in the house. 

I’ll get into that a bit more later – but here are a couple of sneak peeks of the tree: 

purple christmas tree in basement

I recently completed a makeover in my basement.  While the main goal was definitely getting things cleaned and organized (for sanity’s sake), part of me also knew that Christmas was coming and we’d need a place to put our tree!

purple and bold christmas tree

We have 3 little ones (5, 3, and 2 tomorrow!), so having a tree upstairs (where we spend 95% of our time), doesn’t make sense right now. 

purple christmas tree with bows

They would most likely be touching the tree, or asking about presents all.the.time.

christmas tree with bows and balls

Plus, I like the idea of the tree tucked away. 

Purple Tree Decor: Primary Colours

You almost forget about it until you turn the corner in the basement…

Recently, I painted a small mural in the basement. I incorporated all the main colours we had in the house.  (The big swatches).

rainbow mural and stockings

Last week, I also shared this view of our stockings.  Since I had the paint out, I decided to do each letter in the person’s favourite colour.  Or, at least that matched my home colour scheme.  (Because, does Tootsie have a favourite colour, right!?).

I also a few DIYs for this tree – one of which was a 60% fail… ha.

You see, I bought some ribbon specifically to decorate the tree in the tree main colours: red, yellow and blue.  They didn’t have any yellow ribbon in the darker colour I wanted, so I figured I’d just dye my own.  Fast forward months later when I need to decorate my tree and didn’t actually buy the yellow dye. 

(Maybe I should mention that I live about 2 hours away from Michaels.)

DIY Ribbons

painting Christmas ribbon

So, I improvised and used a watered-down paint instead!  I dipped the full length of the ribbon in a bowl with the watery-paint, then dried it on a cardboard box.  I moved it a couple of times so it wouldn’t harden anywhere.  The colour was perfect, albeit there were some minor sections missing.

testing ribbon layouts on tree

I then cut the ribbon to length (although that might have been easier before I dipped it), then tried to hang them on the tree.  My other ribbons hung nice and loose, but the paint really stiffened these.  (It was also a different type of ribbon… so maybe that was a factor too).  I just couldn’t get them to look nice and cute.  And/or they’d easily fall off the tree.

painted vs. mesh ribbon

I noticed that our local dollar store had some ribbon, so I bought some yellow/gold to replace the DIY ones.

But they were way too sheer to use as-is :(  I had already fallen in love with the bold yellow ribbons, and just wished that they hung nicer and didn’t fall all the time…

kids helping with ornaments

I should mention that I’ve been slowly “decorating” the Christmas tree for over a week now.  It sat around for a few days after getting flocked.  Then, the kids helped put up the ornaments, but that was mostly clustered at the bottom.  Then I tried with the yellow ribbons, and finally just finished it a few days ago. 

The above photo on the right shows the flocking powder that fell.  We’ll see how much more we lose, but it should all be stuck in the tree skirt now ha.

painting christmas ornaments

Oh, and I also dipped my thrifted balls in a watered-down paint too.  Spoiler, they didn’t really change that much.  But it was fine since they were already a super subtle blue.

Our Primary Colour Christmas Tree Decor

It didn’t even occur to me that I had chosen primary colours until just yesterday.  I just went with the colours of our upstairs (our purple bedroom, the big kids’ red room, the blue living room, and the future painted yellow room). 

primary colour christmas tree

Can you tell that I like colour!?

purple and primary colour tree

Keeping with past Christmas trees I’ve done, I still have my white fur tree skirt and white feather boas.

primary colour christmas tree

Although, now that our Christmas tree is a bit bigger, I realized that I may need to get another boa or two.

purple christmas tree

This was my first time doing ribbons (clearly!), and I like the cuteness they add.  I totally got the idea from Jenny Komenda last year.

ribbons and balls on christmas tree

OH, and if you didn’t notice my solution – I just stuck the sheer yellow ribbons on top of the bright ones.  I also stapled the hard yellow ones together so that they didn’t fall.  The blue ribbons are kind of just placed/knotted, and the red ones have cut little bows and long arms.

pretty christmas tree

You may also notice that our tree doesn’t have a topper.  We got rid of our lighted star last year.  It was a hand-me-down-hand-me-down and was missing some pieces.  I have my eyes on this fun one from CB2, so fingers crossed for next year!

closeup christmas tree

Speaking of hand-me-downs, the red and gold balls were also from my original (pre-used) stash.  I got a pack of the light blue ones at the thrift store a few weeks ago, and my ball collection is slowly growing. 

pretty christmas tree

I already decided on my colour scheme for next year (and purchased new balls on sale!).  Since you’re probably itching to know, it’s going to be black, white and burgundy.  There will be some DIY involved too, but hopefully I learned my lessons from this time :) 

More Decor + Christmas Tree at Night

reindeer collection

Oh, and unrelated, but sort of related – I also want to start a reindeer collection.  I’ve had the clear plastic one for years, but bought another one this year.  And another one (after I took this photo!).  I’m a wannabe minimalist, but apparently my crutch is Christmas decor.

I’m trying to not go too crazy with buying all.the.reindeers.  I do want to keep it in the black/white/gold/silver/clear colour-scheme, so that could narrow it down.  But also, how do you start a collection?  Do you get a new one each year, or buy a bunch at once, then keep adding slowly over time?  

christmas tree in basement

The reindeers are sitting on the ledge under the window.  And the photo above shows more how the tree works in our basement living room.  We also have an ottoman across from the tree, so PLENTY of spots to sit while opening presents!  (Last year, we just had the little brown couch).

purple christmas tree at night

Finally, here’s how our Christmas tree looks at night.  You can see it through the window, and I love that!  (Although, we don’t turn it on every night yet).

purple tree at night

Such a magical sight :)  Oh! You can see our key mould really well in the photo above.  Not sure if you could tell, but our tree also has all of our sentimental ornaments too.  I try to add one new ornament per year, and the kids are in their prime craft-ornament-making-stage. 

purple christmas tree with lights

But most of those may be on the back :) 

Recreate this Tree with Similar Items

purple christmas tree decor

I hope you enjoyed my (lengthy) new purple Christmas tree decor story!  If you’re here from the Christmas tree blog hop, you can either check out some other posts OR head over to Rebecca at Zucchini Sisters.  She also has a flocked tree!  And, make sure to start back with our host, Michelle from Our Crafty Mom (if you’re just joining here:). 

Interested in my other Christmas trees!?  Check these out:

More Christmas Tree Decor Ideas

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Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for decorating inspiration for your Christmas tree…

Christmas Tree decor collage of four

Our Crafty Mom // Red Cottage Chronicles// From House to Home// Simple Nature Decor

Christmas Tree decor collage of four

Virginia Sweet Pea// 2 Bees in a Pod// First Day of Home// Across the Boulevard

Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop collage of four

Simply Beautiful by Angela // Happily Ever After, etc.// Madness and Method// Zucchini Sisters

Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop collage of four

Purple Hues and Me// Tribe of Burton// My Pinterventures// Modern on Monticello

Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop collage of four

Jenron Designs// Design Morsels// Oh Fiddle Dee Dee // Redneck Rhapsody

I’m excited to check out all the trees in the blog hop – I hope you do too!  Let me know if you would ever have a purple tree OR if you think our colours would work on a traditional tree.

I think they would, but then again, I like colour :) 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    maria
    November 29, 2021 at 7:04 am

    I have never seen a flocked purple tree. Its very unique. I love the fluffy garland adds the perfect touch. Enjoyed your post.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks, Maria – the boa garland has been my go-to for a while. Can’t imagine my tree without it :)

  • Reply
    Wanda | From House To Home
    November 29, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I love your purple tree, Nicole! Tying the ribbons to the branches was genius. Such an easy way to decorate the tree without having to buy a lot of new ornaments.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Yes, I do try to keep my decor to a minimal – thanks for stopping in :)

  • Reply
    Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    November 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Wow, Nicole! You know I love your purple flocked tree! I clicked on the link about how you flocked it. Cool! The Puleo brand is sister to my smaller purple flocked tree. Mine came flocked and I have been looking for a larger one. Hubby told me to go ahead and buy the one from Amazon – but I don’t want to spend $200 for it. It was down to 130. back in October. I’ll wait. Perhaps Puleo will make a larger flocked purple one. I don’t have the space or energy to flock my own. You did a great job! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      I was so happy to see another purple tree, Gail! I think the Puleo comes in 2 heights, a 4 and 6.5? Is yours the small one, or a different brand altogether? I live in Canada, and I know that Walmart.com had a purple one last year (but not the Canadian store). Happy searching :)

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    Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS
    November 29, 2021 at 11:04 am

    The flocked purple tree is a very unique look for Christmas and has a very Frozen vibe and reminds me a bit of the the tinsel trees from the 60’s those were brillant colors as well. Lime, red, purple and orange so very cool.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Oh, that sounds like a lot of fun! Not sure how I would decorate an orange tree though, so I guess I’ll stick to purple :)

  • Reply
    Paula@SweetPea
    November 29, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I have never seen a purple Christmas tree! I love the way you decorated it.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Paula! I think the decorations could work for a regular/green tree too

  • Reply
    Andrea
    November 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    I love your fur tree skirt. I like the bows too. I’m so surprised to find another purple tree, but I love it. So unique. It’s fun hopping with you today.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Andrea! I actually got the tree skirt at a fabric store – it was much cheaper than buying a real tree skirt, and I’m sure the possibilities would be endless :)

  • Reply
    Crissy
    November 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    What a fun and festive tree, Nicole! I love how you made it your own with DIY decorations. I always enjoy adding some handmade ornaments to the tree each year. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      November 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Crissy – this was my first time doing so much DIY. But I do really like the look of the bows :)

  • Reply
    Beverly
    November 29, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    What a fun tree, Nicole! Using primary colors on a purple tree is a bold and festive look. I bet your kids are in love with it, too. You asked about how to start a collection. You mention it to friends and family and you’ll find that you’ll have an abundance of the reindeer pretty quickly! I always had trouble narrowing it down to just one item- I have Santa figures and Nutcrackers-and the collections continue to grow.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 3, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      That’s a good idea about mentioning it to the family! I put a few on my Christmas list, and hopefully they read the blog/this post, ha :)

  • Reply
    Erlene
    November 29, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen a purple tree. So fun and unique! It took me years and years to get all the ornaments to decorate our trees, so it definitely takes time.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 3, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Erlene – good tips about collections taking time :)

  • Reply
    Betsy
    November 29, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    This is such a pretty tree! I’ve seen a lot of colors but never a purple one this deep… it really is amazing. And I love all the colors you used to make the purple pop… flocking it was a great idea too. Thanks for the sweet words about my tree!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 3, 2021 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Betsy :) I’m excited to see how the tree looks with future colours/designs. I don’t know if I could go back to a green one :)

  • Reply
    Michelle
    December 5, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Nicole, thank you so much for joining in this hop. I loved looking at your purple Christmas tree. It’s so unique and lovely. Your handmade ornaments really stand out. As someone who has adult children, it’s really great to start a collection when the kids are little and create handmade ornaments with them. Trust me when I say it will mean the world to you when they are grown. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy new year!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle, and thanks for hosting the hop too! I know our tree will get a lot more of those handmade ornaments :)

  • Reply
    Donna @ Modern on Monticello
    December 5, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Your purple tree is so fun and unexpected for the holidays. Pinned it of course and enjoyed seeing your home as well. Thanks for sharing your post in the hop.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks Donna – purple is the new green, ha!

  • Reply
    Trina Welch
    December 5, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    This is a most unique color for a tree! How fun would it be to roll it over for Mardi Gras!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 7, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      I’m sure it could be decorated for many holidays, haha not sure I’d always like having a tree up though :)

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    December 8, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    What a unique tree, Nicole! It looks striking in purple with the primary accent colors. I love that your children are helping to decorate. It’s such fun to get the kids involved with crafting and decorating! It was nice to “meet” you on this hop. Happy Holidays! Pinned :)

    • Reply
      Nicole
      December 11, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca, loved seeing your tree as well :)

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