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Winter forest Christmas tree and how to fake a flocked tree

A  apart of the holiday farmhouse series, we are sharing our living rooms and/or trees. I am saving my living room for the Holiday housewalk next week (already!, so I thought I would give you a peek at my winter forest Christmas tree.

Farmhouse holiday decor series family room and living room fall decor

It’s the same tree I’ve had for several years now. It’s a Balsam Hill and I love it!

Winter forest Christmas tree

My only complaint is I really would love to have a flocked tree, so I decided to fake my flocking. Instead of voiding my warranty by putting flocking on the branches, I used extra branches from an extra tree and flocked those and tucked them in the branches. re-using an old tree is a great upcycle. In fact, you can see other ways you can re-use an old tree here.

Flocked Christmas tree branch in a winter forest inspired Christmas tree

I tucked those branches in among my regular branches, along with some flocked pin cone branches, berries and other sparkly and snowy floral’s. Both big name craft stores have lots of pretty pre-made branches you can use.

Christmas treee inspired by the winter forest

I hung my owl ornaments a well as some mercury glass (love!), and glittery snow balls. I reused a lot of the items I used last year with my boho Christmas tree.

It’s nice to be able to use the same decor over and over in a fresh, new way. And, much cheaper! I do try to come up with some kind of theme every year to give myself a direction to change it up. Before blogging I just put everything on the tree as is. This is my decorative tree. Our tree in our family room has the most important decorations of them all. Everything the kids have made!

WInter forest Christmas tree with white lights

I love that my tree has two light options. Personally, I am a white lights person.

Christmas tree with colored lights

But my kids love colored lights, so sometimes it’s a lights battle. Many times, I’ll put the white lights on only to come upstairs and see they’ve switched them to the other ones

It’s pretty either way. 🙂 It is nice to have the option.

Felted Chickadee garland by Anthropologie and pom pom garland

I am excited to share my entire living room with you next week. I’ve been decking the halls for a while now.I splurged just a wee bit this holiday season and bought a felted chickadee garland from Anthropologie.I saw it on-line and instantly fell in love with it! It was the only thing new I bought this season with the exception of a few small things from Target and some greenery.Though, after I took the picture I decided I liked it better in the dining room, so it’s now on the hutch.

Now that everything in the living room is painted white. I really love how it acts like a canvas for color and pattern. It feels so much more calm and restful in here. I love how my winter forest Christmas tree looks against it!

For more holiday decorating inspiration, make sure you check out my book,

Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Décor

Creatively Christmas by Jennifer Rizzo

And the other bloggers home in the holiday farmhouse series!


Ella Claire | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | Dear Lillie


Jennifer Rizzo | Jeanne Oliver | Shades of Blue Interiors | Love Grows Wild


Rooms For Rent | City Farmhouse | Liz Marie Blog | Craftberry Bush



And our Featured Guest: Beneath My Heart


  1. So beautiful. Just bought your book and can’t wait to try a few of your ideas. Love your tree…I’d be the one standing there going back and forth between white and color lights…lol. Unfortunately, Balsam.Hill is not in my budget. Would love suggestions on.how to switch up tree decor without having to buy all new “stuff”. I find a few new ornaments just doesn’t do it. Thanks!

  2. Gosh! What a beautiful tree. Well done! And I love your tips for a “faked flocked tree”. I actually did the same thing in my dining room this weekend. My tree was just too dark and a few flocked branches mad a HUGE difference.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Your tree is impressive. I am trying to choose a Balsam Hill tree (for next year) but it is so hard to choose without seeing it in person. Which one did you choose? Thanks for the flocked branches suggestion. I have had a real tree every year of my life but I have reached the point where I cannot manage it myself, so this is a big decision for me. Have a lovely holiday.

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