How to Decorate Your Houseplants for Christmas

For many apartment dwellers with limited space, buying a large tree for decorating each Christmas is not a practical option. Likewise, keeping a large faux Christmas tree in storage for 11 months per year is also not very feasible. Fortunately, there is a way you can deck your apartment out in holiday style without the money or space requirements of a full Christmas tree. Learning how to decorate your houseplants for Christmas can be a satisfying alternative to decorating a conventional tree.


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    Purchase houseplants ideal for decorating. Christmas decorating can be a good excuse to purchase new houseplants if your home is lacking in greenery. Plants that work well for Christmas decorations include large, sturdy species like peace lily, weeping fig, umbrella tree, and rubber plants.
    • If you want a houseplant with a more traditional Christmas tree look, consider buying a small Norfolk Island pine. These pines can be grown indoors successfully, and are typically available at most nurseries around the holidays.
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    Avoid hanging heavy Christmas ornaments. The first rule when decorating houseplants for the holidays is to leave your usual, bulky ornaments in storage. Houseplants rarely have stems and branches sturdy enough to support even the modest weight of a conventional globe ornament.
    • If you have a few Christmas ornaments that have special sentimental value, consider looking for an alternative place to display them. Wall hooks and shelves are possible options.
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    Decorate your houseplants with ribbons. Because lightweight decorations are required, festive colored ribbons are essential materials for decorating houseplants. Crafting stores sell ribbon of all colors at a price per length. Buy long strands of red, green, silver, and gold ribbons, and drape them around the leaves of your houseplants.
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    Add tinsel to your houseplants for additional shine. Another easy and inexpensive material for decorating houseplants is tinsel. Tinsel can be generously strewn over your houseplants' leaves just as you would decorate a Christmas tree, but note that the tiny strands can be notoriously difficult to remove once the holidays are over.
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    Decorate frugally with strips of wrapping paper. If you are looking for an extremely frugal decorating option, you can tear long strips out of your Christmas gift wrap. These strips can be draped over the houseplants' leaves just as you would drape ribbons, but at a fraction of the cost.
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    Watch your houseplants for signs of stress. Remember that adding weighty decorations can place stress on your houseplants' stems and branches. In addition, Christmas decorations of all kinds can prevent leaves from getting enough light, which is an especially important concern during the winter months.
    • If your houseplants' leaves begin drooping, falling off, or turning brown, consider removing some of the decorations from its leaves.
    • Remember that your houseplants will still need to be watered regularly during the holidays to ensure their health.


  • The above tips can be used to decorate your houseplants for other holidays as well, including Easter, Passover, Hanukkah, St. Patrick's Day, and more.
  • If adding Christmas lights to your houseplants, position the cord across the strongest and largest of the plants' branches. The weight of a string of lights can weigh down a houseplants branches very easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Houseplants
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tinsel
  • Wrapping paper

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Categories: Christmas Decorations