How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

How to decorate a Christmas Tree.

How to decorate a Christmas tree

How to decorate a Christmas tree

This is how I decorate a Christmas tree. I have picked up a few tips and tricks from a time in my life where I did the Christmas display in a local shopping centre. Even though the tree in the centre was so big I used a scissor lift, the principles are the same for your tree at home.

Step 1.

Bundles of branches in sizes.

Bundles of branches in sizes.

Unpack your Christmas tree and fluff out the branches.

Fluff out each branch.

Fluff out each branch.

 

Hint: After Christmas every year, I tie the branches together in their right sizes.

 

 

Step 2.

The first two layers of branches.

The first two layers of branches.

Start assembling the tree starting from the bottom. I only set up the first two layers.

Sep 3.

Lights tied together.

Lights tied together.

At this stage I get out the lights. Lights come in white, gold and coloured. It is personal choice as to which you use. I prefer white as it shows up the decorations the best and I think gives the tree an elegant look. I usually have a lot more lights on my tree but quite a few didn’t work when I got them out this year and I was to impatient to put up the tree rather then go and get some more.

A good guide is 100 lights for every 45 cm of tree, but it is entirely up to you.

Always put lights on your tree turned on.

Always put lights on your tree turned on.

Plug all your lights in and turn them on making sure they are all working. I always put the lights on the tree lit. You can see as you go if there are any gaps or worse still, there is nothing worse than finishing your beautiful tree and turn on the lights to find that some don’t work and you have dark areas in your tree. ARGGG

Hint. I always store my lights tied together in bundles. If you have ever had to untangle hundreds of tangled lights you would understand why.

Step 4

Lights running the length of the branches.

Lights running the length of the branches.

Arrange your lights along the length of each branch. You want to achieve depth to your tree. If you normally just throw your lights around the outside of your tree, you’ll be amazed at the difference it make to your tree. You also don’t really want to be able to see the wire of the lights hanging down.

Lights placed through the depth of the tree.

Lights placed through the depth of the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5

Christmas tree and lights in place.

Christmas tree and lights in place.

Continue to add layers of branches and lights until your tree is constructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6

My storage box full of Christmas Decorations.

My storage box full of Christmas Decorations.

The fun part… adding the decorations! What you colour/theme is personal choice. Over the years I have used traditional red and gold, all gold, all silver, one year was silver/purple. For the last couple of years I have used all my decorations together, gold, silver, red and green. If you need a bit of inspiration, I have added a link to pinterest which have hundreds of photos of Christmas trees from traditional, beautiful to the CRAZY.

If you have garlands (I don’t) this is when you would place them on the tree. Before you add the decorations.

Decorations on the tree.

Decorations on the tree.

Now its time to put on all your decorations. My only tip here is to add decorations not only on the outside of your tree but also through the middle of the tree and on the very ends of the branches. Again this gives your tree depth and fullness.

This is my guide as to how decorate a Christmas tree and I hope you got some ideas to help when it’s time to put up your tree, but in the end it really comes down to what you love.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Karen xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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