Christmas Tree Decorating Tips to get a professional look. Learn the tips that design professionals use when decorating a Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Decorating Tips To Get That Professional Look
I would say the first tip to getting that professional looking tree would be the tree it’s self. The tree is after all the center of Christmas morning. And everyone wants to see how you decorated your tree when they come to visit.
Whether you buy a real tree or an artificial one, you are going to want to look for a few things. First, the size of the tree, will it fit in the space that you have planned for it.
Next would be the fullness of the tree! When buying that real tree I would look to make sure it’s not only the size that you need. But also that it’s full enough looking. That it doesn’t have too many bare spots and if it does can that side go into the corner?
If you are purchasing an artificial tree I recommend getting ones that look more on the realist side than the fake side. We have had artificial trees that are so fake looking and that the “needles” fall off after a year. It’s worth the money to spend on one great tree rather than replacing the tree every couple of years.
Whether your tree is real or artificial you will want to make sure that is sturdy and can hold all those beautiful Christmas ornaments that you load on to it.
Christmas Tree Themes
Most professionals have a theme in mind before they start decorating their trees. Having a theme in mind will help if you need to purchase more decorations or even as you are sorting through what you may have.
Having a theme for your tree doesn’t have to be complicated it can be as simple as going with only two colors on your tree. Doing a tree in all white ornaments and clear lights makes for an elegant looking Christmas tree.
There are so many ideas that make for a great theme for Christmas trees. The farmhouse style has been in for a while so has a rustic Christmas tree theme. In the last couple of years rose gold has been huge in the Christmas decor aisles of stores. How about an over the top candy-filled tree?
Now that you have the theme to your tree and you have your tree. It’s time to start decorating. If you are using an artificial tree I highly recommend fluffing the tree branches. Taking the time to fluff the tree will help make the tree look fuller.
Decorating A Tree
Most artificial trees come prelit and that is beautiful. I like to make mine really stand out when it comes to the lights, so I ended up adding blinking lights. The blinking lights give the tree a twinkling look adding to the magic of Christmas. When adding extra lights on, weave them in and out of the tree branches. Start at the top of the tree and work down. Wearing gloves while doing this as well as the fluffing of the tree will help save your hands from scratches.
A tip for knowing how many strains of lights are needed for a tree would be. For every foot to foot and half add a string of 100 lights. So for a 6-foot tree, you will want 600 lights that equals 6 strings of 100 lights. Of course, you could go more or less it just depends on how much or less lighted you want your tree.
The next step to getting that professional looking tree is ribbon. I love ribbon especially wire edge ribbon. The wire edge helps when weaving the ribbon in and out of the tree. There are so many ways to add ribbon to a tree it all depends on the look you may be after.
You can make bows with the ribbon and place them around the tree. What I love to do is cut about 18 inches of ribbon and tuck it into the tree. Pushing the ribbon deep into the tree to help secure it. In this image, the ribbon is just placed into the tree. However, you can secure it with floral wire or by using a tree branch. The ribbon looks as if it is weaved in and out of the tree.
Adding more than one color of ribbon will give you different looks. You can layer multiple types of ribbon together. Or do as I have done and added multiple going different directions. I feel that adding ribbon really adds to the look of a tree as well as helps to hide gaps in the tree.
Don’t be afraid to try different patterns and colors together. You will be surprised how the end results will look. If you are using a tree topper. Then, once the ribbon and lights are on, would be the perfect time to add the topper.
The next step to decorating your Christmas tree would be filling any gaps there might be. Whether you have a real tree or an artificial tree there are bound to be gaps.
To help fill in those gaps you can add pine floral picks, this is my favorite. There are so many beautiful ones out there now. If you don’t have a flocked tree then using pine picks that have flocking to them will give you a gentle flocked look to your tree.
Using picks will also give the tree more dimension as well as make it look fuller. Just push those pick into the tree wherever there may be a gap. Working in a diamond shape around the tree to add the picks evenly to the tree. The picks will set nicely on lower branches without being secured.
Another tip would be to add larger ornaments to fill these gaps. I like to add multiple sized ornaments in all different shapes to my trees. I also like to stuff my trees with a lot of ornaments. This helps to get that professional look to my trees.
Christmas tree decorations don’t have to be ornaments. Get clever and use items that you have, say you have a Santa you like. Go ahead and add him in by securing him to the tree using pipe cleaners or floral wire. I have seen trees where larger lanterns are used in the tree as a focal point. Working in a diamond pattern around the tree will help in making sure the tree is fully covered with ornaments.
Under The Tree
Now that your tree is fully decorated let’s not forget about under the tree. Under the tree in our living room, I like to add quilt padding, a couple of strings of lights, and top it with tulle. This gives it a snowy look under my tree. Since this tree isn’t flocked I also sprinkle it with fake snow onto the tree.
For the tree in our foyer, I used a basket that I picked up at Target. Place the tree into the basket without the stand. The trick to getting the tree to stand up in the basket. Is having a deep enough basket so the branches will push against the basket. For added stability, I also added weight into the basket.
I sure hope you enjoyed our Christmas Tree Decorating Tips. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from our home to yours.
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