This Cottagecore-Inspired Christmas Tree Trend Will Be Everywhere

published Nov 25, 2023
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Christmas tree with gold fabric bows and other ornaments
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If you want to level up your Christmas decor but aren’t sure where to start, then testing out the latest cottagecore-inspired trend for your Christmas tree might be your best bet. Rather than decking your Christmas tree with shiny ornaments, tinsel, and garlands like you do every year, follow the hottest tree “it” trend of the season and cover yours in bows instead. 

Courtnee Ruth Crews (@courtneecrews) overhauled her own traditional Christmas faux tree vibes in her bedroom by replacing everything on the tree with bows, and the result is beyond adorable. She captioned the Instagram, first posted two weeks ago, with “I’ve always wanted a Christmas tree in my bedroom.”

Crews tied colorful bows on nearly every branch of her Christmas tree, using a mix of patterns, textures, and solids for a faux tree that looks a little bit vintage, a little bit cottagecore, and so much fun.

“My heart is melting,” one person commented. Another added, “This is a tree game-changer.”

It couldn’t be simpler to recreate this tree in your own space to fit your aesthetic and your budget. You can get this look for less by using ribbons you already have or going to the Dollar Store to pick up rolls of ribbon in your color scheme. You can even use scrap fabric from your craft stash cut into long strips to get the same effect. Rickrack from the craft store would be fun to use as well.

If you want a semi-DIY project, you can buy ribbon in your favorite pattern, color, and texture and make your own ribbons cut to your desired shape, size, and fit. These gold 2.5-inch Wondershop ribbons from Target would look gorgeous scattered all over your tree. 

Cut lengths of ribbon at least a foot long to make sure you have enough to tie the bows and leave tails, or cut your ribbons at various lengths to give your tree a more cluttercore feel. 

But if fully-made-and-ready-to-hang is what you’re looking for, you can buy a few sets of Target’s A New Day’s two-piece velvet ribbons (in pink and red or black and tan) and they’ll do the job perfectly.

No matter how you envision your bow tree coming together, keeping your bows in the same color family will create a cohesive look, or you can try something like what Crews did and mismatch colors and patterns for a more fun take.

Instagram user Victoria Summer (@summerhousestyle) has more options for ways to fill out your tree by using paper bows, napkins, or jute ribbon with wire edges for a more neutral-inspired take.

Even if you don’t want to go “full bow” with your Christmas tree this year, adding a colorful bow here and there among your family heirloom ornaments would also be a fun way to spruce up your traditional layout (pun intended!).