Christmas Themes – Ideas For 2017

This post is part of my Christmas in July 2017 series. You can find more posts by clicking here.

Choosing a theme for Christmas each year is something I do to make planning for Christmas easier. It helps me:

  • make decisions on decorations
  • make decisions on food
  • give a focus to the type of gifts I will make

You can find previous years’ Christmas theme ideas here:


Pantone are a world-renowned authority on colour and provider of colour systems. Each year they release a colour of the year which is meant to be a symbolic colour selection – “a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

The colour selected for 2017 is called Greenery which Pantone describe as:

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

So for an Australian Christmas (summer time) this seemed like a perfect colour for a theme. Here are some ideas for you:

DIY Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery Centerpiece – while this is aimed as a wedding centrepiece, you can easily design one yourself for your Christmas dinner table.

Christmas trolley – this is a super cute idea from Barbara of Sitsitso. Candles and green succulents are a great way to add a festive feel to any corner of a room.

DIY Green Christmas Wreath – Megan from The Fresh Exchange has a great step by step guide on how to create this gorgeous green wreath.

Greenery Christmas Garland – you can buy this gorgeous Christmas garland on Etsy here.

Greenery Christmas Cards – this DIY Christmas Card idea was from Frolic Blog which is no longer active, but using some greenery from your garden you could make these super cute cards.


Instead of looking to buy new things to decorate at Christmas time, look at what you have around the house and see what you can re-use or repurpose.

Jar lanterns – These cute sheet music jar lanterns come from Cat-arzyna and while sheet music looks gorgeous you could use any old paper you had on hand.

Mini book wreathKnick of time has a tutorial showing how to repurpose an old book and turn it into a mini wreath Christmas decoration for the table.

Mix and match – if you are having Christmas at your house and lots of people are coming, don’t feel the need to have everything perfectly matched when it comes to setting the table. Mix and match what you have and if you need more, head to the op shop and pick up cheap pieces of crockery and cutlery.

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree – if you have some old wood or a wooden pallet around, have a go at making your own Christmas tree. Or you can buy this one on Etsy!

Nut butters – recycle some old jars by turning them into gifts for family and friends. The Cheap Recipe blog has some great nut butter recipes that would be perfect to make!

Polka Dots

Polka dots are so cheerful and bright, making it a perfect theme for Christmas.

Felt ball garland – you can buy this bright and fun garland to decorate the house from Etsy here.

Polka dot Christmas wrapping paper – Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim has a great idea on how to make your own polka dot wrapping paper by using stickers!

Simple polka dot Christmas treefollow these step by step instructions to create a cute Christmas tree with polka dot decorations.

Polka dot glasses – turn old jars into a polka dot glass using stickers in your colour of choice. Image from Pink Peppermint Design.

Polka dot tableclothOh Happy Day have a great step by step tutorial on how to make this cute tablecloth to brighten up Christmas lunch.

This year I am going for a recycled theme for Christmas. What is your theme for Christmas this year?

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