We often see ornaments adorn the branches of a tree, but you can also highlight their beauty in other ways. Whether you have an ornament set that you want to feature all year round or don’t have enough space for a tree, there are plenty of decorating options for you. In this article, we'll explore ideas to display Christmas ornaments beyond the tree.
How To Display Christmas Ornaments Without a Tree
Highlight the unique design of your Christmas ornaments or use them to complement your home décor with these styling tips.
Use a Bowl or Vase
Choose a clear glass bowl or wide-mouthed vase to show off your ornaments' colors or opt for one with a festive pattern to complement their details. Another idea is to add trimmings and picks to your design for a more organic look.
Dress up Garlands
Add ornaments to traditional garlands for a pop of color. Mix and match different sizes and shapes for a playful look or stick to a coordinated palette for a polished display. You can also use them to match the theme of your holiday décor by using the same ornaments on your tree.
Create a Centerpiece
Pick a wooden tray or ceramic platter to display your chosen ornament pieces, then add trimmings or other trinkets to complete the look. You can also use a wreath as a vessel, then put ornaments in the middle for a unique take on this design.
Hang From a Chandelier
Add a touch of glamour to your home décor with ornaments on your chandelier. Use clear baubles or ones with a metallic finish to match the finish of your overhead lighting, then hang them with a fishing line or a ribbon for a creative twist.
Display on a Mantel
Set them to fill empty spaces between books, photos, or artwork. You can also use ornaments to fill lanterns or dress up mantel garlands. Choose pieces that belong in the same set as the ones on your indoor greenery or trees for a cohesive theme.
As Gift Toppers
Add personality to your gifts and make them stand out by using ornaments such as snowmen, deer, or Santa as gift toppers. Choose colors that complement your wrapping paper for a coordinated look, then use ribbon or paper twine to secure them.
DIY Shadow Box
Create a unique home accent with an ornament shadow box. Pick an empty shadow box with a hinged lid, then arrange the pieces inside. You can also put in lights and other small decorations to add depth and interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
We answer some of your questions on unique ways to display ornaments below.
How Do You Display an Ornament Collection?
The most common way is to use a Christmas tree or wreaths and garlands to hang ornaments, while another is to use a bowl or vase to display them. You can also put them inside shadow boxes as room décor.
How Do You Display Ornaments Year-Round?
One option is to repurpose a branch pick, then add ornaments for a year-round decorative accent. You can also create a display using nylon or a clear fishing line to hang baubles from the ceiling or a casement window. Another idea is to fill a decorative bowl or clear jar with seasonal ornaments, changing them out as the year progresses.
How Do You Display Vintage Christmas Ornaments?
The easiest way to display heirloom ornaments is on a vintage-inspired Christmas tree. Another idea is to frame individual pieces, then add them to a gallery wall or tabletop display. You can also pair ornaments with other vintage items like chamber stick candles or antique silver trays to create a vignette. Whichever design you choose, keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources to help their beauty last longer.