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Here’s how to create a stunning floral Christmas tree

A Christmas tree needn’t always be dressed in baubles and tinsel. Find out how to recreate this abundantly floral Christmas tree at your place

How to create a floral Christmas tree

Here’s how to create a stunning floral Christmas tree

As a talented florist and owner of beautiful Parnell store Blush Flowers, Kelly Karam certainly knows a thing or two about floral styling. She reveals the best way to decorate your Christmas tree with a stunning flower arrangement.

Fresh or fake? Start by deciding if you want to use fresh blooms or faux flowers. To enjoy a floral tree for the whole of December, we recommend using a base of faux flowers and adding in a few statement blooms from the garden – or the florist – on Christmas morning.

Draw up a plan: Make a rough sketch of your tree from its main vantage point. Plan how your decorations will be placed and use flowers to lead the eye around your arrangement.

Get creative with colour: It’s fun to deviate from the traditional palette so have a play with some bold hues. Choose your hero colours then use neutral tones to create balance – on our tree, white orchids break up the crimson, pink and lilac blooms.

How to create a floral Christmas tree

Fake it to make it: If using faux flowers, head to your nearest craft store to see what colours are on offer before you decide on a palette. Most faux flowers have wire stems that can easily be wrapped around the Christmas tree fronds.

Keep it fresh: This arrangement was put together by florist Kelly, so each stem has a small greenery tube attached to make it last. If using fresh flowers, ask your local florist for some tips if you need your floral tree to look fresh beyond the big day.

Wrap presents: in the same colour palette you’ve used on the tree, but don’t try to compete with your flowers if you’ve gone bold. Go gold paper for glam, then softened the glitz with blush linen and ribbon.

I love being surrounded by natural beauty. We mostly provide flowers for happy occasions

so it’s always really positive. Flowers make people happy — they just do!


Side table and base rug from Freedom. Pink rug from Nodi. Coffee table and brass candleholder from Simon James. Pink velvet chair, gold baubles on tree, round blush cushion all from Citta. Sheepskin from Babelogue. Kelly wears Maggie Marilyn. Hair and makeup by Hayley Amundsen Beauty (Kelly’s sister).

Words by: Sally Conor. Styling by: Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.

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