Top Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating

Top Tips for Christmas Tree Decorating

Now that you’ve found your perfect tree that will showcase all of your lovely Christmas decorations, it’s time to get decorating! So where to begin?

First, you need the right tree.

A smart first step is making sure the branches on your tree are strong enough to support the weight of your decorations. While shopping for the tree, be sure to study product descriptions so you understand if a tree with delicate or soft branches will support the weight of your Christmas tree decorations.

If your family has many large ornaments, you should consider a Christmas tree that has branches separated enough to give ornaments the room they need to be properly displayed. And if you don’t have many decorations and are seeking a more simple appearance, trees that appear full and have a relatively large number of tree tips will look better with fewer ornaments.

Pre-lit trees also offer consumers ease of use and could be a good choice this holiday season.

What look are you going for?

First, determine the overall look you’re trying to achieve. If it is simplicity you’re going after, stick to one or two colors and start with stringing your lights. Add on decorations and ornaments slowly and as you see fit. If your style is more dramatic and colorful, outline your plan of attack first, lay out all of your decorations and go one step at a time.

Decorating a Christmas tree is a process.

Generally, follow this order to get the best overall look out of a Christmas tree. First, start with the lights. Go from the base of the tree and wrap the lights all the way to the top. Use strands of single- or multi-colored lights, ­according to your personal preference. It’s best to use about 100 lights for every vertical foot of tree.

Next, it’s time to layer on your tree garlands. Again, there are no rules on keeping all the garlands the same; uniformity is not the name of the game here. This time, start stringing from the top down, and make sure to space the garlands out evenly and hang loosely on your tree. From ribbons to beads to tinsel, use about 2 strands of garland per foot of tree length.

Now it’s time for the best part: the ornaments! Start with hanging your most important ones, then go on to the largest ones and then finally fill in the gaps with small and medium size “fillers” such as icicles or shiny balls. Create depth in your tree décor by hanging your ornaments both on the branch tips and closer to the trunk.

Most importantly, have fun with the process. There is no right or wrong in tree decorating and you can always move things around to your liking. So gather the family, spin those CDs, sip that mulled cider and get decorating!