Christmas bauble display ideas that will put a creative spin on tradition

Deck your halls, vases, wreaths and place settings with baubles this Christmas with these innovative display ideas
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  • Christmas baubles display ideas are not just for the tree! Each year we witness new creative ways to display this simple yet stylish festive decoration to full potential. Whether choosing expensive heirlooms to cherish for Christmas’ to come or affordable acrylic designs to load up to offer a splash of colour, there’s a bauble display idea to suit.

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    Made completely and utterly fashionable by Queen Victoria after she was photographed in front of an adorned tree, baubles are the chic items that transform our Christmas trees into deliciously decadent marvels each.

    Christmas bauble display ideas

    The delicate little decorations will inevitably break after being packed poorly last year, play ball with your cat and be the item of lust your child will try and grab with every chance they get, but Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them.

    Here’s how to put a creative spin on the classic decoration…

    1. Create a curated display using cake stands

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    Fashioning an impressive centrepiece needed cost the earth. Repurpose your cake stands, stacking them on top of one another to add height and drama to the table. Simply use baubles on each level to add a decorative touch, with the option to enhance the look by adding in elements of dried fruit and sprigs of foliage.

    2. Make a big impact with mini baubles

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    You can go small but still make a huge impact to the decorating scheme. Use a sideboard or console table to create a sophisticated twig display, adorned with delicate small baubles – just enough to add a hint of festivities without being OTT. Pair with a simple candle votive with sprigs of seasonal foliage, for a soft approach to sophisticated Christmas decorating.

    3. Display a bowl full of baubles

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    Pop baubles in a glass bowl to make an attractive coffee table or kitchen centrepiece. Compliment the colours of the baubles to the decor, adding the same tone. This simple display is enough to set the scene for the season, without having to deck the halls. Ideal for those wanting to keep decorating to a minimal.

    4. Fashion an artistic twig bauble display

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    Image credit: Max Attenborough

    Who says baubles are only for Christmas trees? Branch out, quite literally, this year with an artistic twig display to add colour and festive decoration to a plain wall in the living or dining room. Choose to coordinate with your tree scheme or use a different accent colour to embrace more than one seasonal trend.

    It works best above a sideboard or shelf, allowing the surface to house the vase containing the twigs – alongside additional paper decorations and foliage. Alternatively you could suspend the twig from an existing picture hook, using twine or a clear thread. The branch display would replace what was usually hanging in the space – a clear sign of a seasonal refresh.

    5. Go bold with a bright bauble star

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    Make a bold statement by placing a star on display, one made entirely from brightly coloured baubles. Ideal for placing anywhere you wish to make a focal point, such as on the mantelpiece. Ensure the star is securely propped up, to avoid it falling off and taking everything in its path with it as it falls. Coordinate tinsel to dress the surrounding space to add extra wow factor. If you’re feeling brave enough with a glue gun you could even have a go at making this yourself, simple glue the plastic baubles to a wire frame or polystyrene base.

    6. Put on a bauble array


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    Make the table a toast to the versatility of baubles. Fill glass vases and dishes with baubles and line every free table space with a string of these gems to set the scene for festivities. Create a truly show-stopping spread by mixing the bauble displays with fake snow and festive foliage.

    7. Make a feature of a fireplace


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    If you aren’t using your fireplace this winter but have a large cavern to fill, then place a log basket brimming with beautiful baubles. To prevent wasting their beauty, fill the basket first with blankets or something of the sort – then simply fill the visible area with baubles. Place the basket in the space before stringing stockings from it and sprinkling with strands of foliage.

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    8. Create an alternative nativity


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    Be super stylish and give your traditional nativity scene a glamorous spin this year. Replace figurines with giant baubles in Christmas colours, completing your scene with metallic trees.

    9. Set the table with a dapper display


    Image credit: Jonathan Gregson

    Add some bauble tradition to your dining table this year by adding a small display to each place setting. Match a bauble to the colour of your plates and napkins to create a smart place setting for your festive feast.

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    10. Tier baubles on a chandelier


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    Baubles need not only hang from your tree, but can also hang throughout the house. Strung from a simple light the cascading balls will form a festive halo decoration. Hang from coloured ribbons to add jolly accent colours to the look.

    11. Enhance natural beauty with tonal baubles

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    Sometimes less is more. Use baubles in muted tones to enhance the existing decor. Elegant frosted glass and metallic browns singularly placed on a sideboard or mantelpiece can add just enough of a nod to festive cheer. Adding a seasonal element to a dried flower arrangement, that is already on display to lift the decor.

    12. Jazz up a stairway for bauble heaven

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    Cover your barren staircase with clusters of tree decorations and balls hanging from thick strands of ribbon. Lining the steps with festive decorations will get all the family excited as they come down on Christmas Day.

    13. Give your wreath a bauble overhaul

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    Image credit: Maxwell Attenborough

    Instead of opting strictly for foliage this year, make a door wreath with baubles and large loops of luscious ribbon. Adding baubles gives it a contemporary twist. You’ll have all the neighbours talking and trying their hand at bauble bouquets next year.

    Above is a wreath from our Christmas shoot, fashioned with fragrant herbs, pretty baubles and decorative dried flowers.

    14. Shower your home with bauble droplets


    Cover your home in strings of cascading baubles and other tree decorations like these. Make them out of left over baubles or last year’s colour scheme and pin them in front of barren walls and windows for a sprinkling of Christmas spangle.

    15. Deck the halls and more


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    Cover any wall art you have (whether that be a unicorn head or a gallery of family photos!) with strings of baubles and reels of ribbon for an instant festive make over that doesn’t need a tree.

    16. Place an alternative new table signature

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    Be inventive with your table name cards this year by detaching the ribbon from a bauble and slotting a name card through the loophole. Super easy and super chic, these place settings will go down a treat with your meal.

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    How will you be decorating with baubles this Christmas?



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