Each year, I put a Christmas tree in the kids’ playroom. But this year I decided to step up our decorating game a little and create a treat-themed kids’ Christmas tree.
And the kids are over the moon, you guys.
I first got the idea for a themed tree when Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living invited me to join in her annual My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition. There are a total of 35 (!!!) bloggers sharing their Christmas tree designs over the course of this week, and trust me, you need to see these trees. They’re off-the-charts creative and I am LOVING seeing everyone’s unique styles!
Check out the bottom of this post to see a full list of the participating bloggers, along with the links to their posts.
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Our sweet treat-themed tree: Some inspiration
If I had to choose three words to describe my decorating style, I’d go with:
And that’s exactly the vibe I seek to create every year with my Christmas decor, too. Last year I splurged on a white Christmas tree for our playroom. Well, maybe “splurged” isn’t the right word. The tree itself was a fairly cheap find on Amazon — it felt inexpensive enough that my husband wouldn’t complain about me making yet another Christmas decor purchase (gulp).
Anyway, thanks to good ol’ Amazon Prime and two-day free shipping, it arrived quickly and I decorated it using lots of bright ornaments. I wanted to do the same this year … but with a slightly different twist.
Here’s the little inspiration board I put together that helped me visualize what I wanted this year’s tree to look like:
What I DIY’ed
If you’re a longtime reader, then you know I don’t do many DIY projects.
Here’s the deal: I work full time as a marketer for a tech startup, I have two young kids, I try to have some semblance of hobbies and a self-care routine … and this means I have zero time for big, complicated decorating projects.
I know that many of you are in the same exact boat as me when it comes to working and mom-ing and doing all the things.
But when it comes to ornaments, each year I decide on a couple simple DIY’ed Christmas ornaments to create for our tree. I promise you, though — they are so easy. Like easy enough for the kids to help you make them on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
Because that’s pretty much all I can handle.
This year, I made several gumball machine ornaments. Aren’t they cute?! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon!
I used some shatterproof Target ball ornaments I had on hand to create some of my own, along with some leftover ribbon I found in the craft closet.
See the blue ball wrapped in cellophane in the upper right-hand corner of the photo below? These were so easy and fun to make.
What I bought
I purchased a few new things for our treat-themed kids’ Christmas tree, including:
- More strands of this fun, colorful felt ball garland from Crate & Kids (because I completely underestimated how many strands I’d need to circle the tree multiple times)
- This adorable set of foam donut and ice cream ornaments (AKA, they won’t fall victim to your toddler) from Target’s Wondershop
- These foam popsicle ornaments, which I found on Amazon (Hooray, once again, for free two-day shipping!)
- These adorable yarn ice cream cone ornaments
Beyond these new additions to our Christmas collection, I’m thankful that I was able to reuse plenty of ornaments we already owned, along with other decor like our tree skirt that I picked up last year on clearance at Target.
The finished kids’ treat-themed Christmas tree
Ready to see our oh-so-sweet kids’ Christmas tree?!
Here’s our fun and fabulous tree in the kids’ playroom!
I’m not gonna lie … I may love this tree more than my little ones do.
I had SO much fun decorating it!
It’s safe to say that this candy-themed Christmas tree will be a staple in our house for many years to come.
Here’s one more photo for good measure. I love how fun and whimsical and colorful the tree is … I smile every time I walk into the playroom.
Get the look: Sweet treats themed Christmas tree
What do you think?
You can check out the tree, the garland, and some of the ornaments I used right here!
More amazing Christmas tree inspiration
Before you go, make sure to check out ALL the amazing trees from the bloggers participating in the My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition.
They’re all incredible. And they’re making me want to run out and buy, oh, three more Christmas trees for my house.
I’m sure my husband would really love that.