Want to have a child proof Christmas tree that doesn’t look like a child decorated it? This child proof Christmas tree looks designer but isn’t breakable! Every mother-of-toddlers dream… or at least mine. If it’s your dream too you can follow these 5 easy steps to set up your very own child proof Christmas tree. Or you can put a fence around it or hang it from the ceiling…whatever floats your boat.
But first… Child Proof Christmas Tree ideas!
- Order from Oriental Trading Company
- Make ornaments from food – dried oranges, apples and cranberry strings
- Lots of ribbon – or thick ribbon
- Buy after the holidays at a discount – then there’s not as much worry about the ornaments
- Go nude – no no no…the tree! Decorate with natural things like pinecones, a few poinsettias, feather and maybe a few jingle bells
- Metal ornaments – More of a rustic idea, but more importantly not breakable!
Every year my mother would carefully select a new Hallmark ornament for our tree. Hallmark ornaments were the only thing I knew my mom to collect and it was fascinating to me. Those things are pretty detailed and well… breakable. So of course, we were not allowed to touch them. I am the oldest, by 5 years, and I remember the days of homemade ornaments by the dozens. That was before the untouchable collecting days.
For a few years she mixed the Hallmarks with the homemades, and then my mom did something I thought was really cool. She collected ornaments in themes. Each year after Christmas we would go to Hobby Lobby and pick the theme for the next year.Basically, the theme was whatever there was enough of to decorate a whole tree with. With ornaments at 80% off you could do that for a couple of years and the recycle them without too much cost!
Christmas Tree Themes
I love the idea of using Christmas tree themes. If you buy after the holidays for the next year you can save a TON! Do this for a couple of years and then rotate the themes for a fun Christmas Tradition.
- Color themes – Red and silver, Red and Green or go crazy with a turquoise tree!
- Camping – Fish, fishing poles, bears, tents
- Snow – Snowmen, snowflakes, snow globes, icicles
- Santa Clause – All kinds of Santa ornaments
- Candy – Candy canes, wrapped candies (I have some of these that are plastic)
Do you decorate your Christmas tree with themes? What are some of the themes you use?
Ok, now that we have that taken care of you need to be able to put your tree together! If you follow these 5 easy steps you will have a beautiful AND child proof Christmas tree!
5 Easy Steps for a Child Proof Christmas Tree
We’ve had our tree 6 years now. It was my first Black Friday purchase as a married woman and it cost $15. You can’t beat that for a newlywed student budget. I would really love to update our Christmas tree but I just haven’t found the one I want. For now, this is our starting point each year. Pretty sparse…
By the way, I call this a child proof Christmas tree because all of the decor is not breakable. If I had a breakable item it would go toward the top. But right now I do not mind if my kids pull things off the tree…Because all items were cheap, and because all items will not break. My kids don’t really take things off the tree so much as they play Ninja Turtles and chop the tree with their ninja swords.
The first step in decorating your Christmas tree is the lights. Ours is prelit and it makes it so nice to have one less step in decorating the tree. Of course the day I sit down to write this post my 2-year-old eats a Christmas light bulb. So, to be truly child proof you probably should have no Christmas tree since toddlers seem to be animals! Oh, and the kiddo is doing fine. He did spit out the pieces and we rinsed out his mouth.
As you can see our Christmas tree is pretty empty. I would love to have a full Christmas tree but I would end up spending hundreds. So this little Charlie brown will have to do. In order to fill out a sparse tree you want to add filler. You can add sprigs of decorative filler from a craft store like Hobby Lobby. This year I pulled apart a blanket of fake snow and stuffed it into the middle of the tree. Then I pulled on each tuft to bring it forward a little. I love it! Some of the blanket snagged on the branches which is perfect!
If you put ornaments on next you’re wrong! Just kidding. You do whatever you want. Seriously, as long as your Christmas tree makes you happy then go for it. These are ideas, not guidelines or rules. I like to put on ribbon next. Be sure to get wired, or stiff, ribbon that is at least 2 inches wide. And you will want at least two different ribbons. Maybe one neutral and one pattern with a pop of accent color?
Here’s a tip – in order to get your ribbon to bunch AND stay in place, use a branch to pinch the ribbon! You can also use a bobby pin.
Next, add some large ornaments. And when I say large…I mean huge! Mine are about 8-10 inches tall. I picked up these large snowflakes from the dollar tree. You might be thinking, at a dollar a piece this can get a little pricey. But I only picked up 5. I didn’t put them on the back of the tree. And they are seriously so large I didn’t need more than that.
I fill in the last of the spaces with smaller ornaments or sentimental ornaments. My husband gets a new ornament every year from the office so we add those and I also picked up an assortment of different shapes, textures, and sizes from Walmart a few years ago. Did you know you can hang ornaments with bobby pins too? Apparently they stay on better and they are more hidden. I just bend the hooks twice so the ornaments don’t hang too low.
I’ve been a little sporadic with the Christmas decor so far. My plan is to collect a few things every year and one day I will have plenty to decorate the whole house with. And this year I am pretty pleased with our Christmas tree. It was so fun to decorate!
Here’s the breakdown-
- Christmas Tree – $15 (Black Friday Deal)
- Ribbon – about $6 (50% off at Hobby Lobby)
- Large Ornaments – $5 (The Dollar Tree)
- Small Ornaments – $15 (Walmart assortment)
- Filler Snow Blanket – about $3 (50% off at Hobby Lobby)
And this was not all purchased in the same year but $45 total isn’t too bad!
What do you like to decorate your tree with?
Are you having guests for Christmas? If they are staying more than a night or two making a big fancy breakfast every morning can become tiring. You can make these Blueberry Protein Muffins ahead of time for an easy breakfast or snack while family is in town!
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