When it comes to Christmas decorations, nothing is more versatile than the simple, yet very effective, bauble. And the best way to use them to their full potential is with creative Christmas bauble display ideas which include anything from bauble-heavy tablescapes to dangling your favourite decorations from unexpected places.
Each year we witness innovative ways to display this simple yet stylish feature, and with kitsch decorations on the rise, there are so many statement ways to take your Christmas ideas to the next level. Whether you're looking for ways to spruce up a Christmas mantelpiece idea or repurpose excess baubles, there's a bauble display idea to suit.
Christmas bauble display ideas
Take inspiration from our imaginative bauble display ideas to add a stylish touch to any room, from over-mantel masterpieces to alternative Christmas tree ideas.
Here's how to put a creative spin on this classic Christmas decoration...
1. Create bauble wall art displays
Get creative with a wire screen to fix a fabulous arrangement of foliage and decorative baubles to create the most captivating display of the season. Secure the faux stems and the ornaments to the mesh framework using a fine floristry wire, to ensure every item is secure but that the wire is not seen.
There are also so many innovative chicken wire Christmas decorations that allow you to add baubles to mantelpieces and doorways too.
2. Set the scene with a bauble tablescape
More is more with Christmas decor in 2024, so why not create an eclectic Christmas table decoration idea? Shopping secondhand for unusual, bright and colourful dinnerware and accessories will give your table a playful 80s touch - after all, it is the centrepiece of the day.
Baubles are great for layering on a tablescape as they add dimension and fill in any empty gaps. You can also add plenty of colour and texture through unique baubles.
'My favourite tablescapes are ones that incorporate lots of variety- dial into some dopamine decor and add some pinks and oranges to your table. Retro patterns like gingham and checks are such a lovely way to bring some fun to your festive feast too!' says Zeena Shah, textile designer and stylist.
7. Decorate a drinks display
Add some bauble tradition to your drink station this year by adding a small display to a tray or sideboard, ready for guests to enjoy.
Match a bauble to the colour of your glassware and tray for a truly decadent set-up that is guaranteed to wow friends and family. Bonus points for matching the colour scheme of the glasses, or drink, to the shades within the decorations. It's a perfect Christmas party idea.
3. Curate a display using cake stands and candles
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 elements of dried fruit and sprigs of foliage.
It's also a handy budget Christmas decor idea - festive accessories can get pricy so it's a simple way of ensuring your tablescape wows, while using what you already own.
4. Display a bowl full of baubles
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 transform Christmas living room decor, without having to deck the halls. Ideal for those wanting to keep decorating to a minimal.
5. Fashion an artistic twig bauble display
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.
6. Make a feature of a fireplace
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.
7. Enhance natural beauty with tonal baubles
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.
8. Jazz up a stairway for bauble heaven
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.
9. Give your wreath a bauble overhaul
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.
10. Place an alternative new table signature
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.
Homemade Christmas bauble ideas
How will you be decorating with baubles this Christmas?
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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