A Christmas tree that has been tastefully adorned is one of the few things that may provide greater joy throughout the holiday season. We all have the same goal in mind: to adorn the ideal Christmas tree with baubles, decorations, and lights that are beautifully arranged in a scheme that is both festive and fashionable.
However, in practice, it's much simpler to say than it is to accomplish. Following only a few expert pointers may give you a Christmas tree that appears like it was professionally made and is incredibly festive. Although trimming a Christmas tree is not an easy task, it is especially challenging for those of us who strive for perfection. However, if your house is your pride and joy and the Christmas tree serves as the focal point of your living room throughout the holiday season, then need not worry because we have you covered.
This helpful tutorial will teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro, from deciding on a theme to selecting the ideal topper for your tree!
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional
1. Choose a theme for your tree.
Obtain a fake tree with a good grade as an investment. Christmas trees made from high-quality materials are the most solid support for Christmas decorations since they are so strong. You'll discover that trees of a higher grade are often more durable and can withstand repeated usage year after year while still retaining their lovely appearance. This is one of the benefits of purchasing trees of a higher quality.
Choose a classic Christmas tree over a trend-driven model to ensure that it won't seem dated in just a few short years. Additionally, a classic design will provide you with the ideal foundation upon which to build and decorate your tree in any way you see fit.
Pre-lit Christmas trees are a staple in many households since they save on the amount of time spent untangling all of the lights. However, purchasing an unlit tree has the advantage of allowing you to choose the kind of lights you wish to use for your tree. When it comes to size, 7-foot Christmas trees are currently incredibly popular, but you should always select a tree that fits in your area and doesn't leave it feeling too tight.
If you choose a tree that is too little, your room may seem too crowded. There are many wonderful skinny Christmas trees available on the market today, including designs resembling pencils that are narrow and may be a better match for areas that are limited in space. Also, keep in mind that the best way to save unnecessary wear and tear on your Christmas tree is to choose a model that has sophisticated features that make it simple to assemble and store.
Tip: Before you go out and buy your Christmas tree, make sure you have the appropriate storage for it, including storage bags and boxes, as well as storage for wreaths, garlands, and lights. This will ensure that you have everything you need to take down your Christmas tree and pack everything away after the holiday.
2. Fluff and shape the tree.
The fake tree may be made to seem more realistic by fluffing it. Split off each branch's ends and rearrange them in different patterns to make the tree seem more diffuse. The next step is to check for major gaps between the branches by gazing at your tree from the ground up and then from the canopy down. Find openings in the tree cover and shape branches to fill them in.
- Use gardening gloves to protect your hands as you fluff your tree.
- To ensure that your artificial tree is an accurate representation of the real thing, you may want to look up pictures of the species that served as inspiration. As a result, you'll know exactly how its branches should be shaped and how it should appear overall.
- To keep a real tree looking its best, it's best to make sure it gets enough clean water from the faucet every day and keep it out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and other heat sources.
3. Pick appropriate hues (and materials)
After settling on a concept, it's time to choose a color scheme to bring it to life. You may get a classic, luxurious effect by sticking with red and gold, a Scandi feel by layering white and neutral tones, or a chilly, futuristic one by going with blue and silver. Limit yourself to two (and no more than three) colors to avoid a chaotic appearance. Plush velvet ornaments are perfect for a luxurious tree, while paper and wooden ornaments are perfect for a minimalist or Nordic-inspired tree.
While less is more in most cases, Christmas is about joy, so do whatever brings you the most satisfaction while decorating your tree. At Christmas, the rules for decorating your home are much more flexible, so go ahead and have some fun with it.
4. Put the lights on the tree.
When decorating a tree, it's best to begin at the base and work your way up. Lights should be woven in an upward and downward pattern between major branches and held near the trunk. When you get to the top of the tree, turn around and work your way down while adding more lights to the limbs. Move the lights to the outside branches this time. Your tree's inner beauty will shine through with this!
- Before you thread them up on the tree, double-check that your lights are in good working order.
- Determine which color of electrical wire would go best with your tree and use it as a basis for your light selection;
- The wires in standard Christmas lights are often either black, white, or dark green.
- Clear (white) or multicolored light strings may be used, depending on personal choice and the overall atmosphere you like to create. Combine several types of lights for a unique effect, such as a layer of clear lights followed by a layer of colorful lights.
- About 100 lights are strung along each vertical foot of the typical tree. If you want to wow people, you may increase this to 200 per foot; if you like a more understated style, you can drop it to 50 per foot.
5. Add ribbon or garland.
Use anything from a thin ribbon to a densely beaded garland. There is a lot of leeway in the kind of garland you choose for decoration, so long as it fits in with the overall motif. The garland should be uniformly spaced and let to hang freely from the tree's principal branches as you make your way down from the tree's crown.
- You should use roughly two strands of garland for every vertical foot of the tree.
- Due to their malleability, wired ribbons are often used to create garlands in a variety of shapes, including loops, rolls, and others.
- There are no rules when it comes to lighting, so feel free to experiment. Combine ribbons of contrasting lengths and materials for a more interesting display on your tree.
6. Next, you should hang your decorations.
Order the decorations from biggest to smallest, beginning with your favorites. Place your favorite decorations (particularly ones that accent your theme) in the most prominent areas around the tree for maximum impact. Finally, fill in any remaining gaps with smaller and medium-sized decorations before proceeding to the next branch.
Heavy decorations are best hung at the top of the tree, where the limbs are thickest.
To provide the impression of depth, hang some decorations near the trunk and others farther out.
7. Balance your decorations.
Make sure there are no bald spots on the tree. A well-finished tree will have lights, ornaments, and other decorations distributed evenly. First, decide how your tree will be divided into thirds (the top, middle, and bottom). By doing so, you can spread out your decorations equally and avoid having any duplicates touching.
8. Arrange decorations in clusters for a more textured look.
Adding texture to the tree is as simple as clustering decorations together. For a themed tree, use no more than three or four distinct kinds of ornaments (not including the special ones you've made). These may range in size, shape, and color but should all tie in with the overall design. Group together one of each kind of ornament, and continue to do so in opposing groups all the way around the tree. This will provide a unique touch to your tree while maintaining its stability and aesthetic appeal.
9. Fill the space between decorations with tree picks.
Tree choices provide an air of sophistication without overwhelming the space. Tree picks are little decorative accents that may be affixed to a tree by inserting the pick's stem into a limb. Tree picks are useful for covering any bare patches left by larger ornaments and garlands. Alternatively, they are ideal for sprucing up the tree with some vibrant color!
Tree picks may be found in a broad variety of designs, most of which have a natural theme. These can vary from glittered twigs and branches to feathers, berries, and pinecones.
Even better, you can use floral wire to bundle together many picks to create more striking focal points anywhere on the tree.
You may further integrate the tree motif into the home's decor by using any extra picks on wreaths and garlands.
10. Decorate it with plants and flowers.
Put some focus on your tree by strategically placing ornaments. Popular options include floral decorations like poinsettia ornaments and other Christmas-themed blossoms that may be attached to the tree, as well as other tree accents like bird ornaments with nests and enormous snowy pinecone ornaments. Filling in the spaces with ornaments that serve a practical purpose while also enhancing the tree's aesthetic value is a great idea.
11. Upgrade your tree with a star.
The last touch to your tree's aesthetic appeal is the tree topper. The tree topper you choose should complement the rest of the decorations on the tree. While a star or angel is the traditional tree topper, you are not limited to just two possibilities; instead, you may use anything that suits your theme as the focal point of your tree.
- Try crafting your own tree topper if you can't find one you like in stores. Making your own tree topper gives you the opportunity to express your individuality through the use of various themes and color schemes.
12. Put on a tree skirt to complete the appearance.
Tree skirts are a great way to keep your flooring safe and give your tree a well-rounded appearance. If you have a real tree, they will also cover the stand and vacuum up any fallen pine needles. Try something different when selecting a tree skirt to go with your motif. The most common material for tree skirts is cloth, however, wicker and galvanized metal are also common alternatives.
- Adding ornaments to your tree skirt can make it seem more festive.
- Create a wintry scene by spreading out a white cloth and setting up a family of snowman ornaments, or build a little hamlet around the Christmas tree.
FAQs How To Decorate The Christmas Tree
Q. What size tree is best?
How big it has to be is determined by the home's overall square footage and the space in which it will be displayed.
Q. Are decorations needed to place in every available space on the tree?
The tree decorations are free to be placed wherever you choose.
Q. If you had a little tree, would you use huge ornaments?
Smaller decorations will fit well on a smaller tree. They're more aesthetically pleasing and less likely to cause damage to the tree's limbs.
Q. Which comes first, the ribbon or the ornaments?
Wrap decorations with ribbon first. Before you even think of tying a ribbon around the tree, you need to have the lights up.
The last step is usually the ornaments. If you wait to decorate your tree with ribbon, you may accidentally shatter some of your ornaments. Now is the time to get out the ribbon cutters.