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Decorate a Travel Theme Christmas Tree

Every year as I prepare to create my Christmas cards for family and friends, I immediately go to our travel photos for images to share. Travel memories are great for sharing and showcasing in your home. My own Travel Suitcase Christmas Ornament is a favorite for us.

Today I have a guest post from Merri Cvetan, an interior designer and blogger with a great love of DIY. After buying the ultimate fixer-upper – an 1890s farm house – she has made a name for herself in decorating local homes, and has been named the Home Décor Expert for Goodwill SEW. She’ll be sharing a series of three posts about travel decorating for the holidays.

Welcome Merri!


Two of my favorite things are traveling and Christmas. I spend the month of December decorating my house and entertaining, the rest of the year I plan and go on vacation. So it just made sense to combine the two to create a travel-themed Christmas tree.

Travel Theme Christmas Tree Decorations

Travel Theme Christmas Tree Decorations

I started with a 5-foot, pre-lit artificial tree. (FYI, this will be one of five full-size decorated trees in my house!) My favorite place to visit is Paris. As a result, I have dozens of Eiffel Tower ornaments—go figure!

travel theme christmas tree eiffel tower ornaments

To make my tree truly unique, though, it needed more than just traditional ornaments. I pulled out my photo albums looking for snapshots that would fit 2½-inch by 3½-inch silver frames. First, I sprayed each frame with spray adhesive then sprinkled them with white glitter. After the glue dried, I cut the pictures to fit.

travel-themed-christmas-tree ornaments

Travel photo ornaments

I know every phone has the ability to help you find your way in a new city, but I still like to use maps. I like see the whole area or neighborhood I’m visiting. I dug out a few from recent travels and cut them into narrow strips. I used Mod Podge to glue the strips to various-sized ornament balls.

Create unique DIY ornaments for your travel theme Christmas tree by Mod Podging maps on ornaments

Create unique DIY ornaments for your travel theme Christmas tree by Mod Podging maps on ornaments

Feature your travel destinations with these DIY map ornaments

Feature your travel destinations with these DIY map ornaments

Although Paris is a chic city, I wanted my tree to be a bit whimsical. I added a fuzzy white garland along with purple and silver glitter ball “picks,” or decorative stems.

These whimsical picks look like pins on a map for your travel theme tree decorations

These whimsical picks look like pins on a map for your travel theme tree decorations

No Christmas tree is complete without a tree skirt. I lucked out when I found fabric with images of the Eiffel Tower, old post cards and stamps. I cut out a 34-inch circle, cut an opening to the center and hemmed the raw edges with my sewing machine. The white pom-pom trim keeps it from being too serious.

Make a custom tree skirt for your travel themed tree with some great travel fabric

Make a custom tree skirt for your travel themed tree with some great travel fabric

Won’t Santa be surprised when he visits on Christmas Eve! In the meantime, I know I’ll enjoy reminiscing about Paris all month. Joyeux Noël!

Joyoux Noel!

Joyeux Noël! This Paris theme travel Christmas tree is delightful!


Thank you Merri! As an interior designer and crafter, creating holiday decor is right up Merri Cvetan‘s alley. She provides great advice on using a mix of store-bought and handmade decorations to make your home look special during the holiday season. Visit The Home Depot to view a large variety of artificial Christmas trees.

Make a travel theme Christmas tree featuring DIY ornaments showcasing your photos and maps of your destinations, plus make a custom travel tree skirt!

Perfect for the avid traveler — decorate your tree in a travel theme!

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