Unconventional Christmas: 10 creative holiday themes

Unconventional Christmas: 10 Creative Holiday Themes

At this time of the year, Christmas comes back to our mind. And the thought goes to holidays, gifts, family time…and decorating.

So here are 10 unconventional decorating themes; in case you want to do something different this Christmas.

Black & White

Have you ever tried an optical Christmas? Perfect in a contemporary home, this is also the perfect solution for a more masculine style. Think about an industrial loft with only black and white decorations…such a good match!

Three examples of optical Christmas decorations. 1: felt garland. Black tags threaded on a white ribbon create the word “joy”. 2: pendant decoration with checkered black and white ribbon, some greenery and optical ornaments. 3: black and white ribbon Christmas trees.
Credits: Pixabay, One More Time EventsWhipper Berry

All natural

Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian countries, Christmas can be celebrated with a very natural decor. Wood and leather ornaments in the tones of natural browns and taupe will create a unique feeling of calm, cosiness and recollection.

Three natural ornaments. 1: leather snowflakes. 2: wooden glitter hearts. 3: a wooden star.
Credits: Noorverk, Not on the High Street, Pxhere

Festive touches

Say you have limited space for decorating, or you’ll have little to no time for it, or you just like the idea of cutting your Christmas decorations down to the bone. You can still get a festive environment with just few pieces here and there...

Three examples of festive touches. 1: tray with white candles, pinecones and string lights. 2: a staircase decorated with a simple greenery garland and a plain ribbon tied at both ends. 3: rustic ornaments hung on a string with tiny clothespins.
Credits: Inspiration, Studio McGee, Pexels

100% reuse

Who said you need to buy ornaments to decorate for Christmas? There are plenty of other objects that can be used instead! Pinecones, pasta, old books, light bulbs, wine corks...just to name a few. This is the perfect theme if you want to put your creativity to work. And children can be involved as well!

Four examples of reuse ornaments. 1: an old lightbulb is painted and decorated to become the head of a reindeer. 2: origami hanging star made with the pages of an old book. 3: gold painted pasta hanging ornament. 4: a Christmas wreath entirely made of frosted pinecones. Four examples of reuse ornaments. 1: an old lightbulb is painted and decorated to become the head of a reindeer. 2: origami hanging star made with the pages of an old book. 3: gold painted pasta hanging ornament. 4: a Christmas wreath entirely made of frosted pinecones. Four examples of reuse ornaments. 1: an old lightbulb is painted and decorated to become the head of a reindeer. 2: origami hanging star made with the pages of an old book. 3: gold painted pasta hanging ornament. 4: a Christmas wreath entirely made of frosted pinecones.
Credits: Butterflywispers (Etsy), paperiaarre (Etsy), elenaoilart (Etsy), Southern Living (Photo by Laurey W. Glenn)

Coastal inspiration

If you love coastal decor, you don’t have to give it up at Christmas! Instead, build your holiday decoration around it. Don’t be afraid of dressing your ornaments with coastal details or using starfishes to make a Christmas tree!

The result will be unique and definitely eye catching!

Three coastal inspired Christmas decorations. 1: trees made of stacked starfishes. 2: glass blue ball ornaments wrapped in fishnets. 3: shrimp-shaped beaded ornaments.
Credits: seaglassboutique (Etsy), Sand&Sisal, One Kings Lane

For more ideas check out my Pinterest board on Coastal Christmas as well!

Pick one material

What we usually do when choosing a theme for Christmas is defining a colour palette to start with. Why not sticking to one single material this year?

Choose pallets, paper, pasta, cork, ribbon or any other material that inspires your creativity and enjoy finding (or creating) all your decorations in that one material!

Here are few examples of what a pallet can become... 

Four pallet-made ornaments. 1: rustic snowflakes made of pieces of pallet. 2: a pallet Christmas tree. 3: pallet coasters with a white reindeer painted. 4: a wreath made of white painted pallets and a red berry garland.
Credits: Designed Decor, Renwed by His Word, Love Create Celebrate, SimplySunshineDecor (Etsy)

New born Christmas

This theme is dedicated to the new parents.

To further celebrate your baby’s first Christmas, you may want to dedicate your decorating to him/her. One idea is to use clear opening ball ornaments. They can be filled with meaningful objects like the hospital bracelet of your baby, a picture of your first ultrasound scan or a photo of your little one. Or, you could impress his/her foot or hand print on a salt dough. Then just pierce a hole, let it dry and your sweetest ornament is ready to hang!

Three ornaments dedicated to a new born. 1: clear ball ornament containing the hospital bracelets of both mother and baby and the baby’s hospital hat. 2: impressed baby footprint ornament. 3: stroller-shaped ornament with baby’s head popping out.
Credits: Accidentally Wonderful, Amazon, Not on the High Street

The celebration of a passion

Christmas is about enjoying what you love. And why not doing it through the celebration of your biggest passion? It may be music, travelling, crochet or even your favourite movie. Take it as the starting point for all your decoration and your home will really be talking about you this Christmas.

Three examples of music inspired ornaments. 1: star ornament made with a musical score. 2: pieces of a musical score pasted on an ice cream stick in the shape of a tree. 3: musical note wreath. Three examples of music inspired ornaments. 1: star ornament made with a musical score. 2: pieces of a musical score pasted on an ice cream stick in the shape of a tree. 3: musical note wreath. Three examples of music inspired ornaments. 1: star ornament made with a musical score. 2: pieces of a musical score pasted on an ice cream stick in the shape of a tree. 3: musical note wreath.
Credits: Sweet Something designs, Happy Hooligans, Pixabay

Edible Christmas

Around Christmas we commonly allow ourselves a bit more on the culinary side. So why not decorating with all edible items? Go ahead and cook (or buy) festive candies, chocolates, cookies and hot chocolate mix. You can also choose a salty theme and prepare crackers, pretzels and all sorts of salty treats. Apples, oranges, acorns and other nuts can be part of the decor as well.

This is a great idea to spend time with your children and involve them in the decoration for the holidays. And as a bonus you’ll always have something ready to eat for your guests; just make sure they don’t empty your tree before Christmas day!

Three edible ornaments. 1: edible advent calendar made of cookies threaded on a ribbon and numbered with frosting. 2: a clear ball ornament containing hot chocolate mix and toppings. 3: an apple and cinnamon sticks laid on the branches of a Christmas tree.
Credits: Butter Hearts Sugar, JessicaJarsUK (Etsy), Pixabay 

Total greenery

It’s normally used as the base for holiday decorating, but can greenery not become itself the decoration? Well yes! It can be an ornament, a candle holder, a centrepiece, a wreath and all you need for a fully green Christmas!

Four greenery ornament ideas. 1: clear ball ornaments containing small herb twigs. 2: a wreath made of greenery and pinecones only. 3: ice candle holders with nestled twigs. 4: a kitchen decorated only with greenery.
Credits: vtwonen (Photo by Marij Hessel), Pixabay, Onshore, Love grows wild

I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration for a very special Christmas.

And if you’re curious about what’s trending this year on Christmas décor, check out this article!

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