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Rainbow Christmas Tree With Hidden Gifts

Have you ever seen a tree so happy? This mini rainbow Christmas tree is more than just decor — it also has hidden gifts tucked into the ornaments. Want to find out where?

rainbow christmas tree

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’ve got the tree to prove it!

I love the idea of a Christmas tree that’s slightly unconventional! In past years we created a pink-tipped Christmas tree decorated with honeycombs, a completely ombre tree with hand-made ornaments, and a Christmas village tree with an advent calendar component.

It’s so much fun to come up with interesting tree ideas, and this little rainbow Christmas tree was no exception!

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rainbow christmas tree

Colorful Holiday Projects to Try

If you like the look of our rainbow Christmas tree, I took a moment to round up some other colorful holiday projects that go with it perfectly!

Be sure to pin your favorites so that you can find them easily.

How to Make a Rainbow Christmas Tree with Colors that Pop

I’ve seen rainbow Christmas trees before — in fact, the original gradient rainbow tree was created by my friend Michael of Inspired by Charm. Isn’t it incredible?!

But our little rainbow Christmas tree here has a few unique features that you won’t find anywhere else (so far) on the internet.

For starters, I knew I wanted these colors to really pop, so I decided on a white Christmas tree as a base. The natural green trees are lovely and beautiful, but the white palette really allows the colors of the ornaments to pop.

I love that it helps feature the ornament colors in the way that a blank white canvas would.

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Create Hidden Gifts Inside Your Ornaments

Another secret to this rainbow Christmas tree that makes it unique? There are gifts hidden inside the ornaments! I love this idea to create something extra special on a tree.

I put this tree together for a fundraising auction for our local hospice provider, so I wanted to add some value and something exciting to the tree. But you could add these gifts as a fun surprise for kids, an office or work party game, or a classroom teacher gift!

The ornaments are linked below; they’re fillable clear plastic balls. There’s a special technique I used to hide the gifts inside and make them look like the rest of the rainbow ornaments on the tree.

See the instructions below as well to learn how to create hidden gifts on your rainbow tree.

Gift Ideas for Hiding Inside Your Ornaments

There are so many fun things you could tuck inside these ornaments! On my tree I included a bunch of different gift cards to local shops, one in each ornament. But you could also try:

  • small chocolates or candies
  • little toys or trinkets if the gifts are for a child
  • nail polishes, bath bombs or other beauty-related gifts
  • a different spice in every ornament for someone who loves cooking
  • notes of gratitude or appreciation

There are so many possibilities! I think the best idea is to tailor it to the person who will be opening the gifts.

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make Hidden Gifts on a Rainbow Christmas Tree

  1. Start by setting up your white Christmas tree. Fluff the branches so that it’s as full as possible.
  2. Next, wind your ribbon throughout the branches and around the tree. I like to use the ribbon to fill in any thin spots between branches.
  3. Now create your gift ornaments. Open a fillable plastic ornament and choose a shade of tissue paper. The tissue paper should correspond to the color of the other balls near the gift ornament (i.e., if one of your gift ornaments will be near the blue ornaments, choose a blue sheet of tissue paper).
  4. Gently crumple, press, and shape the tissue paper into one side of the plastic ornament so that it covers the surface and you won’t be able to see through it. Place your small gift or gift card in the tissue paper and wrap more tissue over the gift so that it’s hidden. Close the ornament by snapping the other side of it together. Ensure that the gift is hidden and all you see when you look at the ornament is the tissue paper.
  5. Create as many gift ornaments as you would like, in various colors.
  6. Now decorate your tree! Decide what color you’ll have at the top and create a rainbow or ombre look as you work your way down.
  7. Finish with a tree topper!
rainbow christmas tree

More Christmas Tree Ideas

Get lots more inspiration for Christmas tree ideas from some of my other most popular posts. Pin your favorites to Pinterest to keep track of them!

Hope you love the rainbow Christmas tree! xoxo

rainbow christmas tree
Make a Rainbow Christmas Tree

Make a Rainbow Christmas Tree

Yield: Rainbow Christmas Tree
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $100

Have you ever seen a tree so happy? This mini rainbow Christmas tree is more than just decor -- it also has hidden gifts tucked into the ornaments.

Materials

  • 4' white tree
  • Ball ornaments in a rainbow of colors
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Tree topper
  • 4" fillable plastic ornaments
  • ornament hooks
  • Tissue paper

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start by setting up your white Christmas tree. Fluff the branches so that it's as full as possible.
  2. Next, wind your ribbon throughout the branches and around the tree. I like to use the ribbon to fill in any thin spots between branches.
  3. Now create your gift ornaments. Open a fillable plastic ornament and choose a shade of tissue paper. The tissue paper should correspond to the color of the other balls near the gift ornament (i.e., if one of your gift ornaments will be near the blue ornaments, choose a blue sheet of tissue paper).
  4. Gently crumple, press, and shape the tissue paper into one side of the plastic ornament so that it covers the surface and you won't be able to see through it. Place your small gift or gift card in the tissue paper and wrap more tissue over the gift so that it's hidden. Close the ornament by snapping the other side of it together. Ensure that the gift is hidden and all you see when you look at the ornament is the tissue paper.
  5. Create as many gift ornaments as you would like, in various colors.
  6. Now decorate your tree! Decide what color you'll have at the top and create a rainbow or ombre look as you work your way down.
  7. Finish with a tree topper!

Notes

There are so many fun things you could tuck inside these ornaments! On my tree I included a bunch of different gift cards to local shops, one in each ornament. But you could also try:

-small chocolates or candies

-little toys or trinkets if the gifts are for a child

-nail polishes, bath bombs or other beauty-related gifts

-a different spice in every ornament for someone who loves cooking

-notes of gratitude or appreciation

There are so many possibilities! I think the best idea is to tailor it to the person who will be opening the gifts.

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