9 Ways To Decorate With Christmas Ornaments Beyond Hanging Them On A Tree

Paxton Decor
Photo: Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Aside from the Christmas tree, ornaments are one of the most popular Christmas decorations of the holiday season. While the most traditional way to display ornaments is to hang them on a tree, there are plenty of other ways to decorate with Christmas ornaments throughout your home. Whether you have an abundance of extra ornaments to use or are looking for small ways to add more decor to your home, these easy ideas will add instant cheer to any space.

From decorating garland with ornaments to topping presents with ornaments and more, here are our best ideas to decorate with Christmas ornaments. These simple ideas are sure to make every room in your home merry and bright.

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Adorn Garland

Charlotte Lucas Christmas Garland Fireplace
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Instead of wrapping garland with ribbon or leaving it bare, give it a more fun and festive touch by hanging ornaments on it. Use a mix of sizes and colors for added dimension.

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Decorate the Table

Christmas Table Setting Stunningly Simple

Scattering ornaments throughout your tablescape is an easy way to add extra sparkle as well as showcase pretty ornaments that may not fit on your tree.

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Top a Present

Forget Red & Green
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Use ribbon to tie an ornament onto a present for a fun and festive topper that the recipient can then hang on their tree next year.

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Add Cheer to Plants

Lily Topiary for Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Whether you have seasonal houseplants or evergreen houseplants that you have in your home throughout the year, adding ornaments to the pot is an easy way to decorate them for the season.

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Fill a Bowl

Paxton Decor
Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

If you have an antique bowl on an entry table or bookshelf, swap out the usual contents for ornaments and greenery to create a festive display.

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Hang a Wreath

Wreath Hanging Ornaments

Robbie Caponetto

Use a collection of ornaments tied to ribbon to hang a wreath to add additional visual interest.

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Fill a Vase

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Ornaments in Cylinders
Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Ornaments are great for filling your favorite clear glass vases and cylinders. Shown above is a metallic color scheme, but you can also use other combinations such as red and green or a monochromatic look if that better matches your existing decor.

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Wrap Them in Lights

Magnolia Foliage in Wooden Vase
Antonis Achilleos; Produced By Buffy Hargett Miller

Wrapping delicate twinkle lights throughout a group of shiny ornaments will make them sparkle a little extra in the light.

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Decorate the Yard

Deer Statues with Wreaths and Ornaments
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Ornaments don’t just have to be used to decorate the inside of the home. Use larger ornaments to adorn outdoor statues, figurines, and more for a festive touch.

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