We often see ornaments adorn the branches of a tree, but you can also highlight their beauty in other ways. Whether you have an ornament set that you want to feature all year round or don’t have enough space for a tree, there are plenty of decorating options for you. In this article, we'll explore ideas to display Christmas ornaments beyond the tree.
How To Display Christmas Ornaments Without a Tree
Highlight the unique design of your Christmas ornaments or use them to complement your home décor with these styling tips.
Use a Bowl or Vase
Choose a clear glass bowl or wide-mouthed vase to show off your ornaments’ colours or opt for one with a festive pattern to complement their details. Another idea is to add trimmings and picks to your design for a more organic look.
Dress up Garlands
Add ornaments to undecorated garlands for a pop of colour. Mix and match different sizes and shapes for a playful look or stick to a coordinated palette for a polished display. You can also use them to match the theme of your décor by using the same ornaments on your tree.
Dress up wreaths with pieces that complement the foliage or use contrasting colours for an eye-catching set-up. Hang them on doors or windows to give guests a warm welcome. String lights on your greenery so they stand out even at night.
Create a Centerpiece
Pick a wooden tray or ceramic platter to display your ornaments, then add trimmings or other trinkets to complete the look. You can also use a wreath as a vessel and put ornaments in the middle for a unique take on this design.
Hang From a Chandelier
Add a touch of glamour to your home décor with ornaments hanging from the chandelier. Use clear ornaments or ones with a metallic finish to match the finish of your overhead lighting, then hang them with a fishing line or ribbon for a creative twist.
Display on a Mantel
Set them to fill empty spaces between books, photos, or artwork. You can also use ornaments to fill lanterns or dress up garlands on the mantel. Choose pieces that belong in the same set as the ones on your indoor greenery or trees for a cohesive theme.
As Gift Toppers
Add personality to your gifts and make them stand out by using ornaments such as snowmen, deer, or Santa as gift toppers. Choose colours that complement your wrapping paper for a coordinated look, then use ribbon or paper twine to secure them.
Personalised Shadow Box
Create a unique home accent with an ornament shadow box. Pick an empty shadow box with a hinged lid, then arrange the pieces inside. You can also put in lights and other small decorations to add depth and interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
We answer some of your questions on unique ways to display ornaments below.
How Do You Display an Ornament Collection?
The most common way to display ornaments is on Christmas trees or greenery. You can also use bowls, vases, and lanterns.
How Do You Display Ornaments Year-Round?
One option is to repurpose a branch pick and then add ornaments for a year-round decorative accent. You can also use nylon or a clear fishing line to hang ornaments from the ceiling or a casement window. Another idea is to fill a decorative bowl or clear jar with seasonal ornaments, changing them out as the year progresses.
How Do You Display Vintage Christmas Ornaments?
The easiest way to display heirloom ornaments is on a vintage-inspired Christmas tree. Another idea is to frame individual pieces and then add them to a gallery wall or tabletop display. You can also pair vintage ornaments with chamberstick candles or antique silver trays to create a vignette. Whichever design you choose, keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources to help their beauty last longer.
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