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How to Decorate a Mardi Gras Tree

Jan 23rd 2024

conbine green, gold and purple ribbons, beads, ornaments and tinsel trees for a colorful Mardi Gras tree

There are some people who haven’t yet taken down their Christmas tree. Maybe it’s now a Valentine’s Day tree, but it’s there, spreading holiday joy (just a different holiday) a little longer.

If you are one of those “tree people,” we suggest extending the decorating life of your artificial Christmas tree even further with a Mardi Gras tree!

Why Decorate a Mardi Gras Tree?

Mardi Gras marks the height of the Carnival season, which begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday starts a period of penance and sacrifice for the faithful. Thus Mardi Gras is a joyful way to “let loose” before the anticipated hardships.

Decorating a Mardi Gras tree is a great way to celebrate this colorful and exuberant time. Let the fun spill over into your Mardi Gras Christmas tree with colorful lights and decorations.

Let’s discuss Mardi Gras Christmas tree decorations piece by piece.

How to Decorate a Mardi Gras Tree

The Tree

Start with your traditional green Christmas tree, or go a little glitzier with a purple tinsel tree or gold Christmas tree. Ornaments and beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green also would look fantastic on a black Christmas tree (which you can bring out again when Halloween rolls around!) 

Beaded Garland

You can replicate the look of colorful Mardi Gras beads using beaded garland in a wide selection of colors, including purple, green and gold beads. Don’t overlook bead designs that mix faceted and round beads or combine shiny and matte finishes.


Christmas lights are one of the best ways to add color to a Mardi Gras Christmas tree! Fortunately, modern incandescent and mini LED Christmas lights come in a rainbow of colors that includes gold, green and purple Christmas lights. You can limit lights to a single color, but we recommend a mix of colors to truly enter into the Mardi Gras spirit. Make decorating a little easier with strings of multicolored Mardi Gras lights.


Christmas ornaments come in all colors, and shatterproof Christmas ornaments provide increased durability. Hang some green, gold and purple Mardi Gras tree ornaments in a variety of sizes and finishes. Mix ball Christmas ornaments with finials and pendants for additional visual interest.

Tree Skirt

Finish the look of your Mardi Gras tree with a tree skirt in appropriate Mardi Gras colors. You’ll find a variety of purple, green and gold Christmas tree skirts among our selection. Choose a tree skirt in an opulent fabric. Add to the party atmosphere by sprinkling your Mardi Gras tree skirt with beads and trinkets.

Tree Topper

A gold star Mardi Gras Christmas tree topper stays in the color theme and is a glamorous way to finish off your Mardi Gras tree. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, though, may we suggest topping your Mardi Gras tree with an elaborate Mardi Gras mask, tiara, jester hat or king’s crown party hat? You could even get creative by tying a shimmery gold cascading table centerpiece to the top of your tree.

Other Decorations

Look for decorations featuring Mardi Gras colors, as well as fleur de lis, masks, doubloons and outdoor flags. You can buy Mardi Gras masks by the dozen at local party centers, or take a crack at making your own mini or full size versions for your tree. Cut out the mask shape from paper plates, then decorate with paints, feathers, glitter and jewels.

A Mardi Gras tree is a colorful way to celebrate a fun holiday and the perfect excuse to procrastinate putting away your Christmas tree for a little while longer. Who knows how long you can put off that task? After all, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner…you even  have some green and gold decorations to get you started!

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