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How to Decorate Your Tree with a Gingerbread Theme

The Christmas decorating season is just ahead. If you’re anything like me, you change up your tree decorations from year to year. I like to think outside the box and come up with something different every time.

Each year, I set up Christmas trees in every room in my house—including the kitchen. I always decorate the kitchen tree with cooking accessories. This year, I chose a delicious gingerbread cookie theme. Here’s how I put it together:

1. Choose a Tree

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Artificial Christmas trees have come a long way from the original bottle-brush trees created in the 1930s. They are cost-effective, since you’re buying for the long term. They’re also easy to set up, fire retardant, and nonallergenic.

Today’s fake trees closely resemble real pine trees and are available in a variety of species native to North America. Although green trees are the first choice for many people, you can also find white, frosted, metallic, and tinsel trees.

Gingerbread ornaments are usually brown, so I chose a white artificial tree to help them stand out. For added convenience, I opted for a prelit tree. The tree was ready to decorate right out of the box.

2. Add a Ribbon

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Instead of a traditional tinsel garland, I wrapped the tree with a gingerbread print ribbon to add color and set the theme.

3. Gather Ornaments

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I collected every size and type of gingerbread boys and girls I could find, including cookie cutters. The shades of brown offered a nice contrast against the white branches, but I thought the tree still needed more color. I added red and white candy canes and ball ornaments for the perfect touch.

If you want to add more to your tree, gingerbread ornament ideas are endless. Try some of these:

  • Real, home-baked gingerbread cookies. Be sure to poke a hole at the top of the head before baking so that you have a place to thread a ribbon.
  • Vintage cookie cutters. Give your tree an old-fashioned, sentimental touch with antique cookie cutters that belonged to a family member.
  • Mini gingerbread houses. Assemble these with your kids for a fun activity, then nestle them in your tree’s branches.
  • Small wooden spoons. Use a colorful ribbon to attach them to your tree.

4. Finish with Accessories

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I finished the tree with a large gingerbread man topper and a red skirt, but there are lots of options to choose from. You can top your tree with anything from a gingerbread angel to a real gingerbread house. Opt for a woven tree collar for a rustic touch, or use a box skirt with a Christmas motif. The only thing missing is the smell of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven!

Merri Cvetan is an interior designer who provides great decorating tips both for everyday enjoyment and for the holidays. She writes for The Home Depot on topics such as creating beautiful interiors for the holiday season using themed Christmas trees and DIY wreaths.



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