Are you searching for the perfect guide on how to decorate a Christmas tree? Look no further! After years of requests, I have finally put together a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how I decorate my trees. Whether you prefer simple or extravagant Christmas decor, this guide will help you create a stunning tree that reflects your unique style. Let’s dive in!
Step 1: Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree
When it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, you have two options: fresh or artificial. Both can be decorated using the same steps. If you opt for an artificial tree, I highly recommend investing in a pre-lit one. It saves time and ensures the lights are evenly spaced. Balsam Hill offers beautiful pre-lit trees like the 6.5′ Noble Fir, known for its realistic appearance and easy setup.
Another fantastic option from Balsam Hill is the 7.5′ frosted Fraser Fir. With its flocked branches, it adds a touch of winter magic to any space.
For those on a budget, Walmart offers a 7.5′ flocked tree that looks stunning once decorated.
Step 2: Setting Up Your Tree Collar
Instead of using a traditional tree skirt, consider using a tree collar. It covers the faux trunk, making your tree look more realistic. There are various options available, such as a white rope tree collar or a hammered silver tree collar.
Step 3: Fluffing and Assembling Your Tree
If you chose an artificial tree, fluffing the branches is an essential step to make it appear fuller and more natural. Start at the back of each branch and gently fan out the tips, moving them upward or to the side to create a more organic look. Take your time and work your way around the entire tree.
Step 4: Adding Beautiful Ribbon
Adding ribbon is an optional but impactful step that can elevate the overall look of your tree. Opt for wire-edged ribbon, as it can easily be shaped into loops that maintain their form. Use a mix of opaque and sheer ribbon in a color scheme of your choice. Start with the widest ribbon and gradually work your way down to narrower ones. Secure the ribbon to the branches, creating loops to cover any sparse areas.
Step 5: Decorating with Ornaments
Now it’s time to showcase your cherished ornaments! Begin by placing larger ornaments strategically to fill any remaining gaps. Then, gradually work your way down to the smaller ones. If you have multiples of the same ornament, distribute them evenly throughout the tree for a balanced look.
Step 6: Adding Personal Touches
Take your tree to the next level by incorporating additional decorations such as floral sprigs, berries, or other unique accents. You can use tree picks, floral sprays, or individual flowers and berries to enhance the overall aesthetic. Get creative and experiment with different arrangements to achieve the desired effect.
Step 7: Choosing a Tree Topper
The final step is selecting the perfect tree topper. Whether it’s a shimmering star, a festive bow, or a traditional angel, the choice is yours. Add the finishing touch with a Christmas tree skirt or any other preferred base.
Step 8: Simplify with a Plug-In Timer or Smart Dimmer
Make your life easier by using a plug-in timer or a smart dimmer to control your tree lights. This eliminates the need to manually turn the lights on and off each night. Simply set a timer or use a smart device to manage the lighting effortlessly.
And that’s it! With these simple steps, you can create a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that will bring joy and cheer to your home throughout the holiday season. Have fun and embrace your creativity while making your tree truly unique!
Herringbone wallpaper | Daybed | White leather pouf | Blue & white quilt | Pom pom throw | Ribbon trimmed window shades | Brass floor lamp | Sputnik ceiling light fixture | Blue stitch Euro shams (similar) | Lumbar striped pillow (similar)
I hope you found this guide helpful and discovered a few new tips and tricks for decorating your tree this year. For more Christmas inspiration, check out my Christmas wish list ideas and gift wrapping ideas. Happy decorating and happy holidays!
Thanks for reading!