The one Christmas activity most families share in is the time honored tradition of decorating the tree. But have you ever looked at someone else tree and wondered “how did they do that?” Each year we try to change up our color schemes and materials used to decorate the tree, but I’m always left thinking I could have done better. So how do you make sure your tree is the perfect balance of exquisite and classic?
Pick a tree. Whether you prefer an artificial or real tree, make sure it suits its surroundings. Don’t stuff an over-sized tree into a tiny room. Bigger isn’t always better. If you’ve opted for a real tree, make sure it’s fresh. The needles should look shiny, green, and fresh, they should not be brown and should not fall off when you grab a branch.
Do your homework. Learn which trees are better for decorating like a Noble Fir. They often have heavier more spaced out branches perfect for bigger ornaments and more space for decorating.
Light it up. As you know, you always start with the lights. Finding the right balance and making sure the entire tree is lit up, is very important – My motto is the more lights the better. Tree lights typically come on green or white wire strands; choose the strand color that matches your tree so the wire will be hidden. Begin stringing your lights from the inside out for a dynamic look.
Put up garlands or ribbons. Once your lights are up, you can wrap your tree with anything else that should go on beneath the ornaments. Keep in mind if your hanging your ribbon from the top instead of wrapping it around, this is best left for last. It’s easier to work your ornaments evenly without the vertical distraction.
Hanging Ornaments. Whether you’re looking for a classic or modern feel glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work for both the traditional and non-traditional. With a large variety of colors, sizes and styles you can’t go wrong. For homes with young children you can find great plastic ball ornaments with the same appeal as the glass. Also sticking with a color scheme can really pull the look of a tree together. So figure out what color will work in the area of your tree and have fun with it.
Spacing out your ornaments. Obviously you don’t want all your ornaments bunched in one section, but considered spacing them by sizes as well, starting with the large ornaments and filling in gaps with small and mini sized ornaments. And don’t forget the base of the tree to add some depth.
Old and New. To me what makes a tree unique is those personal ornaments; the ones made by your children or unique to a moment in time; first house, 1st Christmas etc. Like the personalized ornaments offered at ltd commodities. Ornaments with meaning should be strategically place for optimal viewing. Be proud of those ornaments and moments that make your tree unique to your family.
Putting on a topper. So this is the finisher for most. And while it does make sense to place the tree topper on first as not to risk damage to all those precious ornaments recently place. This is totally a matter of preference and tradition in my option. But remember you’re not limited to a simple star or angel. While both are great choices and often hold special meaning, if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, try a big bow, cross, or even a big snowflake.