Christmas Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and before you know it, it'll be time to trim the tree while sipping cocoa from holiday mugs and listening to classic Christmas songs. The Christmas tree can be a daunting task if you aren't sure how to approach decorating. We've detailed out some tips and tricks for decorating your tree using the 5 Fs: Fluff, Fill, Festive, Foundation, and Finish. Everyone who catches a glimpse of your tree this season will envy how you mastered it.
Each tree is unique whether you get a live or fake one. If you prefer the live tree, make sure you are looking at a full tree without any large gaps. Don't worry about smaller gaps; we have tricks for fixing that. If you opt for an artificial tree, follow the manufacturer's instructions for setting it up. Wear gloves if the fake tree starts to irritate your skin. Start at the bottom and work your way up by adjusting each stem's angle. Remember to keep all the branches parallel to the floor for the most natural effect.
The first step for filling a tree is to look at the trunk. If it is unsightly, use pine-like garland in a shade matching your tree to wrap the trunk. Now you can start filling gaps with picks that can be found at most craft stores, or can be easily made on your own. This is a great time to start adding other textures like snowy branches, flowers or beaded sticks. Just make sure you're placing the picks in the tree at the same angle as the branches for a flawless blend.
Once you are done fluffing and filling the tree, it's time to get festive! Start by wrapping your tree in lights. Spread the lights out and don't forget to go inward on the branches for the best illumination. You can even work in some strands with different-sized lights for a truly unique effect. After the lights are strung throughout the tree, you can start to arrange the ornaments.Hang plain ornaments at the inner parts of the tree so these can peek through the outer layers. Save special ones, like your personalized Christmas ornaments, for the outer layer so they can be easily seen. The old rule of keeping smaller ornaments towards the top no longer applies, so vary the placement on all sizes throughout. Utilize longer picks to hang ornaments away from the tree and create an alternate focal point. Feel free to hang as many ornaments as you want, just don't overdo it with so many ornaments you can no longer see the tree. The most elegant Christmas tree designs are those that reflect an ability to balance and blend your materials.
The bottom of the tree is just as important as the decor on the tree itself. A fun addition is to place a toy train set around the base, or set up a lighted village scene. Once the presents start filling in the space, consider sticking to a few coordinating wraps to give the tree a cohesive and thoughtful finishing touch. Have fun with your wrapping by checking out our article on tips for wrapping beautiful gifts for some great techniques.
No tree is complete until the topper has been placed. You can finalize the tree with a traditional angel, or consider a star, Santa hat, or bow with ribbon tendrils that cascade down the tree.
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