If you’re looking for a fun and festive theme for your Christmas decor, this red and white Santa Christmas tree may be just the thing. With ribbon, Santa ornaments and picks, and a Santa hat tree topper, it’s definitely a show stopper.
This year I had hung some red and black fabric on my office walls for Halloween and didn’t feel like taking it down yet.
So I decided to decorate a Christmas tree to match. (That’s one of my favorite ways to make sure the tree that always looks good…use colors that match the room decor).
And a red and white Santa Christmas tree theme seemed like the perfect option.
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1 | The tree and tree skirt
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To start the red and white theme off, I put up a white Christmas tree with a red metal tree collar. (A red tree skirt would work, too.)
It really stands out against the walls. (And looks good with my black and white zebra-print rug.)
2 | Add deco mesh and ribbon
Then I wrapped the tree with red and white striped deco mesh.
Pushing it in to the branches in some sections and pulling it out in others gives it a more natural look.
If it won’t stay where you want it, bunch the mesh up and wrap a branch around it to keep it in place. Or if you have a real tree, attach it to the branches with a pipe cleaner or zip tie.
After I hung a few ornaments on the tree, I decided the mesh needed some more pizzazz. So I added some 2.5″ red and white wired ribbon which stands out a little more. (Normally I would put the ribbon on at the same time as the deco mesh).
3 | Hang red and White ornaments
Next we want to add round ornaments of different sizes.
All kinds of plain red, as well as red and white ornaments work well to create a backdrop for the rest of the decorations.
I didn’t hang any plain white ornaments since they don’t add much to a white Christmas tree. But if you’re doing this on a green tree, I would use white as well.
4 | Add Finials And Santa-themed ornaments
Now on to the fun part!
Adding all kinds of Santa-themed ornaments.
Like reindeer, “Letters to Santa” mailboxes, and red and white mittens.
How cute are these little Santa coats?
Try to cover some of the ribbon with the ornaments so you get that in-and-out look.
Longer ornaments, like finials and candy canes add some vertical interest.
5 | Use lots of picks
For this tree, I used lots and lots of picks.
They add an extra dimension that is hard to get with hanging ornaments.
Balls on sticks, Santa hats, and boots and large styrofoam candy canes all stick out of the tree.
White and red cascading picks add texture.
And the glitter adds some sparkle that gives the same kind of feel as icicles.
Mixed all together, they create a very fun tree.
6 | Top with a Santa hat tree topper
The last step is to add the tree topper.
Which is a Santa hat of course!
The one I got was styrofoam, so I hung it from the ceiling above the tree. It’s easier than trying to get it to stay straight on the tree.
But you could also get a real cloth Santa hat and just stick it on the tree top.
And that’s it for the tree!
7 | Add some mantel decorations
Since my Santa tree is right beside the fireplace, I couldn’t leave the mantel bare.
I already had the stockings, and the red and white trees.
So when I saw the gingerbread house stocking holders, I just had to get them!
They look almost good enough to eat 🙂
And the Santa Stop sign was a natural fit, too.
8 | Add finishing touches
Then all I had to do was add a few more details to finish it off.
I have a bit of an obsession with these gnomes.
Since I don’t have any presents under this tree, they help to fill in the space at the bottom.
And the Santa clothes line garland fits perfectly above the mirror.
The whole corner definitely makes it more fun to work in my office!
Shop the tree
Note: Some of the Christmas ornaments I used are no longer available so I have tried to find similar options in those cases.
Other Christmas tree ideas you might like
- Grinch Christmas tree
- Creative Christmas tree themes
- Elegant Christmas tree decorating ideas
- Traditional red, white and gold Christmas decor ideas
- Wintry white and blue Christmas tree
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This post was originally published on November 21, 2021 but was updated with new content on July 25, 2023.