How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional
Friday Nov 12th, 2021
We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas Tree. However, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centerpiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered.
1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree
Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You'll find that high-quality trees
are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated year after year, all whilst maintaining it's beautiful look.
2. Fluff and shape branches
Fluffing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible. And don't hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be.
3. Design around a theme
A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree.
4. Start with the lights first
The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your Christmas tree, is to always add the lights first – it's more difficult to do this after you've added decorations like baubles and garlands. Professionals advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your Christmas tree's trunk, working your way up from the center of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown. When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches, Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches. And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next bulb over a branch, and so forth. As a rule of thumb, the lighting experts advise 100 bulbs or 5 meters of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So, for a 6ft tree you'd need 300 bulbs or 15 meters of lights.
5. Choose the right decorations
Choosing accents that fit your theme will help you achieve a cohesive design. Whether it's hanging tree decorations, garlands, ribbons, or floral picks, opt for Christmas tree decorations that will complement the overall appearance of your tree. Many bauble sets include different shapes, sizes, finishes and designs. Combining these with traditional baubles will give you more freedom to play up your theme.
6. Balance the décor
Given the many Christmas tree decorations you're likely to have, you must ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.
7. Cluster your baubles
Clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones. To create a balanced, visually pleasing tree, buy baubles in threes, sixes, or twelves, and add these on first in a 'Z' shape. You should hang larger baubles closer to the center of the tree to give it more depth and use small ones towards the end of the branches. Dangle delicate glass baubles at the top of the tree to prevent any breakages and add special ones last to ensure they are in the perfect position.
By Olivia Heath