Best Way to Decorate a Christmas Tree

It’s likely the one element of the holidays that takes center stage in your home—the Christmas tree. Whether you hold the title of decorator-in-chief every year at your house, or if this will mark your first holiday to deck the halls, we offer up some great tips to get you prepped and ready to decorate, and map out a game plan to put your annual tree decorating into action.

Get out the Christmas decorations, untangle the lights and let’s get ready to decorate the Christmas tree like a pro.

Do Some Advance Planning

If you have a fresh-cut tree, bring it inside and set it up with a stand and water. If you have an artificial tree, then pull it out of storage (or its brand new box) and assemble it according to directions. Think ahead about where you want to position the tree in your room and clear space ahead of time. The holidays can be a great excuse to try a new room arrangement or put a piece of furniture temporarily in storage. Are you a one-tree household? Or a one-in-every-room kind of home? Think ahead about how many trees you want to decorate and plan accordingly.

Location. Location. Location.

Keep in mind where the natural focal point of the room is, and how you plan to entertain. Do you like to open gifts Christmas morning around the tree? Then be sure to place it near comfortable seating. Do you prefer your tree to welcome everyone at the door? Then find a place in the foyer. Want to take advantage of a gorgeous front window? Center your tree so the lights and décor can be seen from the outside. Take time to get all your Christmas décor out of storage ahead of time. This way you can take inventory and think about your color theme, and whether you need to do some shopping to augment your supplies.

 Start With Christmas Lights

The first step to decorating is filling that naked tree with lights. Choose light strands that have wire that matches the color of your branches. Usually this is green, but there are lots of gorgeous white trees out there too, and options for white-wired lights as well. Choose the light style that best fits with your decorating theme. There are classic lights that twinkle, multi-colored lights, bubbling retro lights, mini-globe lights and charming options, like angel string lights. Once you have chosen your color and style, then look at the options between LED or incandescent. If you’re buying new sets of lights, consider buying a few extra strands—they will come in handy! Pre-lit Christmas Tree

Add Christmas Tree Ornaments

Hang large, prominent Christmas ornaments first so that you can space them out evenly across your tree’s real estate. Then fill in smaller ornaments from there. Be sure to hang ornaments inside the tree’s branches and not just along the tips of the branches. If you have an artificial tree, you can also manipulate the branches to create a bit of a “shelf” that can hold large, heavy ornaments. We have several handmade ornament tips to get you started.Christmas Tree Ornaments

Trim Your Christmas Trees With Ribbon

Ribbon might be a decorator’s new best friend when it comes to trimming your tree. Take a pretty colorful red plaid ribbon and let it replace the usual garland by gracefully arranging it in billowy bursts around the tree. It can go from top to bottom and add instant color while bringing your tree’s color scheme and theme to life. Prefer smaller, pretty ribbons tied into bows? Scatter red velvet bows throughout your tree for a delicate, lovely style.

Top if Off

Don’t forget a unique Christmas tree topper! Whether you prefer a traditional star, or something more whimsical, like a snowman’s top hat or a gorgeous opulent ribbon, it is nice to have a distinctive element to draw your eye to the top of the tree.

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