November 01, 2017

4 easy steps (& cool ideas) that make decorating a Christmas tree a whole lot of fun!

Winter’s starting to set in, and the holidays are fast approaching. Home decoration plans are starting to kickoff in full swing. The centerpiece that everyone loves and looks forward to is a beautifully decked up Christmas tree.

It doesn’t even have to be hard. In fact, you can follow the simple steps below to have fun while decorating your Christmas tree with twinkling ornaments, garlands, candy sticks, and what have you!

 ornament on tree

1. Finding the right place with sufficient space

tree in window

You ideally want to look for a place that’s closest to the center of your living room.

However, find a spot that’s closest to a power socket because we’re going to light up the tree real good & hide the cables at the same time.

If there’s a window right adjacent to this place, you’ve found a perfect spot. Your tree is going to be your neighbors’ envy!

Do you have a real tree or an artificial one? Either is fine really. However, with a real tree, just be careful not to pick a spot near the fireplace or a radiator. Your cool looking tree has to remain cool, literally.

Now you need to provide enough room for the gorgeous right-sized tree to breathe and its branches to hang freely. You’d also want to fluff the branches quite a bit so it can look full.

2. Let’s brighten it up with lights

The best kind of lights you can decorate a Christmas tree with are Multi-color LED Miniature Lights. These are typically available in green wire strands of 50 or 100 lights each. These are typically flameproof and safe to decorate with even when they’re switched on (although it’s better to be safe than risk your hair-do). And green is good, especially in this case since the wire strands will get camouflaged with the tree.
Your first (and time-saving) step here would be to ensure that the lights are working before you start weaving them around the tree.

You can start to weave the lights from the inside starting at the base of the trunk going to the top while occasionally (& randomly) spreading them towards the branches. Once you’ve reached the top, you can go from top to bottom while evenly vertical-spacing the strands and spreading them around the tree.

There are never enough lights on a Christmas tree, but you can strike a balance by lighting it up until it starts to become a blinding spot. Aim for no more than 700-800 lights on a 6ft tree.

You can also mix the light strands up – some golden-yellow or snow-white light strands balance out & contrast well against a few strands of multi-color LED lights.

3. The Grand Scheme of Color Themes

Your Christmas tree’s decoration theme could use the classy look of golden and red ornaments. However, experimenting is fun. So, don’t be afraid to add moderately-shiny ball ornaments (a.k.a. baubles) of different sizes and different colors. Red, golden, copper-orange, silver, and white baubles look great, but you can also add a few small blue or pink ones too.

The small baubles are best placed at the ends of the branches however, while some bigger ones can also be placed deeper into the tree. Ornament shopping can be fun as they’re available in many different shapes & types beyond just the baubles as well – Snowman, Snowflakes, Christmas Bear, Santa Claus, Angel, among various other types.
 
For tree garlands, you can use a combination of either white cotton tree garlands or white bead garlands and golden fabric tree garlands (fabric garlands are also well known as burlap garlands). Don’t overuse them though, or they’ll end up covering the lights and the other ornaments. Or you can try ribbons. The best practice, here too, is to go from top to bottom. Mix it up, have fun, but try not to overdo it. The key is to be selective, and not pick up everything flashy.

Feel free to add a few candy canes though, but keep them in the transparent plastic wrapping they come in. These can later be given to kids as treats. Oh and don’t forget the Christmas tree skirt. It adds a neat & tidy carpet appearance for the tree while also being able to cover up the wires that hang behind the tree & the plastic tree holder. Alternatively, you can place gift boxes to cover things up as well.

4. One last thing – Top it up!

Yes, we can’t forget the masterpiece or the super-star, if you will. It’s what everything so far has been leading up to. The one thing that led to the birth of ‘Christmas’ itself – the Star of Bethlehem, which led the three wise men to the location where Jesus was born. For us, this Star is going to be the Christmas tree topper. Of course, there are other tree toppers such as snowflakes, birds, and angels. But, the traditional Star adds a classic finish to a well decorated Christmas tree. It better not be heavy though as the top of the Christmas tree is not the strongest part of the tree. And we want our Star to be shining high and still.

So, what now? Sit back, and relax. Well yes, once you’ve welcomed your family, friends, and guests in. It’s Merry time… So, Merry Christmas!


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