Decorating a Christmas tree is a once-a-year activity that gives pleasure to many, and is worth spending a bit of time on.
I think there are two techniques or models for Christmas tree decorating – the throw on as much as possible model (often experienced when children are involved!) and the classy or stylish model. That is, some people just want colour and glitter while others want it looking a certain way.
Personally, I think both approaches look good and have a special place. However, today’s tips are for the more deliberate Christmas tree approach – although adding them to a more chaotic tree is good, too!
Creating a stylish Christmas tree
- put larger ornaments and thicker tinsel lower on the tree, leaving the top half for smaller and finer ornaments
- hang things towards the centre of the tree as well as on the outer edges – it gives more depth and interest (and gives you more hanging space overall!)
- hanging lights first makes it easier to hide the cords and get them evenly distributed. It’s just easier to do, too. Again, remember to put lights towards the centre of the tree as well as on the outside – twinkling lights behind the tinsel and decorations adds some magic
- work with one colour at a time when hanging ornaments to get them evenly distributed – for example, hang all the green balls then the red bells to spread red and green across the entire tree.
- no matter how stylish you want it to be, remember Christmas is about family, magic and memories so don’t hide away your treasured mementoes just because they are not your theme colour or style. Put one or two as a centrepiece or off to the side where you will see them when sitting in your favourite chair. As well as the sentimental value, they will make your tree unique and interesting – and could serve as a nice conversation starter, too
- stand back occasionally and look at the tree as you go – if you get each stage looking good, the whole will be balanced and effective
- avoid fragile ornaments on the bottom branches as they are likely to get knocked around when presents are put under the tree.
If you are serious about a colour theme for your tree, you can even choose wrapping paper so the pile of presents under the tree will match 🙂
So, how do you achieve a ‘perfect’ look for your Christmas tree?
Do you have other tips for decorating Christmas trees?* Image courtesy of 123rf