Don’t put away your flocked Christmas tree just yet! Have you ever wondered why we make such a big investment into flocked Christmas trees and then only have them up for such a short time? Where I live January and February are winter months and having a lit tree in the house brings in warmth and light. I was looking for an excuse to keep the tree up longer and thought decorating it for Valentine’s was the perfect reason! A Valentine’s day tree is a hot new trend. They incorporate a white or pink tree, Valentine’s day decorations and a whole lot of love!
Let me show you how easy it is to do!
Materials for Valentine’s day tree:
- a white, pink or flocked artificial Christmas tree
- lights if your tree isn’t pre-lit
- red, white or pink ornaments
- heart garland
- pink, red or white plumes
- ribbon bows
- heart ornaments
- vintage Valentines
- faux roses
- candy hearts
If this is your first time decorating a Valentine tree and you don’t have any Valentine’s decorations check out Amazon, the dollar store, Michaels and Hobby Lobby as they will have a great selection of inexpensive items. This style of tree does not need to cost you a ton of money, in fact homemade Valentine diy projects would be a good idea and a perfect way to create Valentine’s day tree ornaments.
Step 1 – Selecting the tree
If your Christmas tree is a real tree or a faux green Christmas tree, I would suggest purchasing a new flocked tree, a white faux tree, a pink tree or possibly a silver tinsel type tree. The reason for this is that a green tree will give more of a Christmas feel and it will not appear to be a Valentine’s tree. This is a great time to purchase a new tree as you can hit up the after Christmas sales.
Consider purchasing a small tree or a slimmer tree unless you want to purchase or make enough Valentine’s decorations to cover a large tree.
Step 2 – String lights
If your tree is not pre-lit the first step is to add lights to the tree. You could stick with white lights, or twinkle lights or have some fun and use pink, purple or red lights depending on the color of your tree. Be sure to wrap the lights up and down the branches into the center of the tree.
Step 3 – Adding garlands
I made a simple garland by cutting two different sizes of hearts out of Valentine scrap booking paper. I then took two hearts of the same size, placed them back to back and then glued them on red yarn.
Then I repeated those steps with a smaller set of hearts and glued them 3 inches away on the yarn.
Keep alternating the hearts and before you know it you will have a beautiful and inexpensive garland. You could also do the same type of garland with vintage valentines.
Other choices are red, pink and white pompom garlands, gold or rose gold foil heart garlands available through Amazon, or wood heart garlands. Be sure to check out your local dollar store for their Valentine’s day decor because they will also have great options for garlands and ornaments.
With regard to placement of the garlands, you could string them horizontally around the tree, or swirl them down vertically from the top. Play around with it and see what you love.
Step 4 – Placing ornaments
Start with the largest ornaments first and evenly space around the tree. Progressively work down to the smallest ornaments. You can add your ribbon bows to this stage and place them according to size.
For my tree, I began with the pink plumes.
Then I grouped medium sized pink ornaments together in bundles of 3 or 5 and tucked them into the branches.
Next were pink birds, then the faux roses and finally the small heart ornaments.
Step 5 – Place the tree topper
I found large red and pink foil ornaments at the dollar store and used the largest one to put on the top of the tree. Other options would be a large bouquet of flowers in your color scheme, or ostrich plumes, or a beautiful vintage cherub or a foil tinsel type of red or pink heart, etc. Let your imagination run wild as you search for the perfect topper for your tree of love!
Step 6 – Tree Skirt
If you are decorating a flocked tree, now would be the time to sweep or vacuum up any flocking that fell off while decorating. Then add your tree skirt of choice. My tree skirt was a luxurious white blanket with embossed hearts. It is subtle but very pretty. It was a beautiful way to wrap the base and I should mention that our dog Mia loved snuggling in it.
Step 7 – Gifts
If you exchange Valentine’s gifts make sure to wrap them in paper that coordinates with your theme.
Just like with Christmas there are so many different looks for how you can decorate for Valentine’s. You can go with a natural theme and incorporate creams and neutrals and vintage style or wooden hearts. You could also glam it all out and find rhinestone ornaments, shiny gold garlands and glitzy ornaments. Another option is to completely diy every ornament by making salt dough heart ornaments, paper garlands, fabric hearts, etc.
Where can you place the Valentines tree?
Depending on the size of the tree you can place your Valentine’s tree in many places such as your living room, on a dining room table or buffet, on your kitchen counter, in your entrance or even in your master bedroom. Small ones could be placed in your children’s bedrooms or in your home office.
Don’t forget about the rest of your home
As you can see in the photos above, I added touches of pink into the shelves on either side of the fireplace and used TV art to transform the TV into a pretty pink painting. Just click the arrow on the video below to see the decorations.
If you would like more ideas for how to decorate your kitchen and dining room for Valentine’s be sure to click this link for a whole Valentine’s day decorating post.
Or if you wish to make a sweet and romantic Valentine’s project, just click this link.
Thank you for your support
I hope you enjoyed learning about decorating Valentine’s day trees. It is a great way to extend your time with your Christmas tree and also a unique way to decorate for Valentine’s day. It is always fun to try new things. I had so much fun decorating for Valentine’s day and I hope you find some helpful tips in this post.
Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s day!