Large Christmas ornaments can make a statement and deliver a big impact on your holiday décor. But with their unique sizing and variety of styles, it can be challenging to know where to start. In this guide, we’ll explore the different types of oversized Christmas ornaments and help you find the best ones for your home.
What Size Are Oversized Ornaments?
Traditional ornaments from the early 20th century were small and delicate, made from glass, metal, or paper. Large Christmas ornaments gained popularity during the ‘50s and ‘60s when mid-century modern design emerged as a trend. The aesthetics of bold geometric shapes and bright colors translated to holiday decorations, and oversized ornaments made from plastic and foam became more common.
Large or oversized ornaments typically measure over 4 inches in diameter or longer than 6 inches in length. Some can be as huge as 22 inches or more, but these are usually for outdoor lawn decorations or commercial use.
Types of Large Christmas Ornaments
When shopping for large ornaments, consider placement, the scale of your space, weight, and materials. If you plan to display them outside, make sure to choose outdoor-safe decorations since these are specially designed to be weather-resistant. Below are some of the types of large ornaments and décor we offer:
Large Christmas Ball Ornaments
Use large ornaments as accents for Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and other greenery. Pair them with nature-inspired picks and tree light strings for a sophisticated finish. Make sure to keep your decorating at a minimum to avoid looking overcrowded.
Icy ornaments are alternatives to large Christmas baubles. These elongated pieces inspired by icicles in winter look great against a backdrop of green foliage. Another option is to use them when decorating frosted trees for a cohesive look.
How To Decorate With Large Ornaments
Learn how to properly decorate with bigger ornaments and accents below.
On a Christmas Tree
Step 1 | Coordinate Colors
If you want a full coverage tree, choose ornaments in a single color or metallic finish for a streamlined look. Another option is to stick to a minimalist theme with pieces in complementing shades.
Step 2 | Start With the Large Ornaments First
Place the larger ornaments on the tree first, as they will take up more space and help establish the overall shape of the tree. Add the smaller pieces next to create depth and dimension to your design. You can also cluster large accents together in groups of three or five, then place them at different heights on the tree for added interest.
Step 3 | Use Large Ornaments as a Tree Topper
Make a statement by crowning your Christmas tree with an oversized accent in place of a traditional star or angel. Gather large berry or flower picks to make a unique bouquet tree topper or use a large finial to create the illusion of a taller tree.
Step 1 | Choose Durable Materials
Choose outdoor décor made with materials that can withstand elements such as metal, plastic, or weather-resistant fabric. Display them for up to three months per year only so they last longer.
Step 2 | Create a Focal Point
Place one or a group of oversized ornaments in a prominent location like your porch or patio to direct the eyes of guests and onlookers to your design.
Step 3 | Use Lighting
Add extra sparkle to your outdoor décor with pre-lit yard decorations. You can also use light strings or fixtures to illuminate your ornaments and create a warm atmosphere in the evenings.
Step 4 | Incorporate Nature-Inspired Elements
Incorporate nature-inspired elements into your design for a rustic feel. Place large ornaments on a bed of pine branches or mix them in with potted arrangements and trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
We answer common questions on decorating with large ornaments below.
What Is Considered a Large Ornament?
Large ornaments are bigger than traditional Christmas tree decorations, measuring around 4 inches to over a foot in diameter. There’s no benchmark as to when to consider an ornament large since the size depends on the style, design, and intended use.
Where Do You Put Large Ornaments?
You can place large ornaments on a Christmas tree, wreath, or garland, or display them in a bowl or vase as a unique table centerpiece. You can also use them to decorate outdoor areas such as porches, patios, and backyards.
How Do You Decorate a Christmas Tree With Large Ornaments?
Create a base by placing large pieces evenly throughout the tree, mixing them with smaller ornaments to create a balanced look. Use different shapes and textures to add visual interest. Finish the design with tree lights to highlight specific details of your décor at night.
Large ornaments can add a festive touch to your holiday décor, whether used indoors or outdoors. Use the tips in this guide to find the perfect large ornaments for your decorations. For more decorating inspirations, request a catalog.