As far back as I can remember, we had a ceramic Christmas tree as part of our holiday decor. It was painted by my grandmother, and was a piece that I loved. I decided to update the look with this contemporary ceramic tree Christmas decor idea.
It looked just like this. (source)
It had little plastic bulbs and birds on it, and I would rearrange the “ornaments” if my mother had left the room. I’ve learned that many of my friends’ houses also had a similar ceramic tree – a product of the ceramics class trend of the 80s.
When I was perusing the Consumer Crafts’ catalogue, I came across unfinished ceramic Christmas trees – but with battery operated lights, and in a much slimmer design. I was in love and came up with a fun Christmas decor idea!
Supplies needed to make this ceramic tree Christmas decor idea:
- 11″ Unfinished Ceramic Trees (2).
- 7 3/4″ unfinished ceramic tree (1).
- Ceramic Tree Bulbs (I used two packages of the smaller 1/4″ ones, but the 5/8″ ones are the traditional size).
- Americana Chalky Paint in Everlasting.
- Clear Glaze Spray or Mod Podge .
- Paint Brushes.
The reason why we had to paint and seal them is because the unfinished ceramic will absorb stains and oil and end up with a mottled, unattractive finish. The paint and sealer will protect the unfinished ceramic bisque and allow it to be mar-free for years.
Lila was able to help paint the trees, and was a big help. We painted two even coats of paint over the entire surface of all three trees.
After the paint had dried, I brushed on two even coats of soft-touch varnish. You can use Mod Podge or a spray on sealer as well. Consider whether you want a matte or gloss finish, and then go from there.
I used bulbs that would be considered too small for the trees in traditional “ceramic tree history.” But I wanted the bulbs to be understated, and not overshadow the lovely shape of the trees.
I think that the traditional ceramic tree of the 80s had fallen out of fashion because it was so loud with colour. These newer, sleeker trees are a way to bring the memories of those green, flocked beauties back into the home.
But with less of a show.
What would you choose – white or green? When it comes to ceramic trees, the jury seems to be divided.
Do you have a Christmas decor idea to share?