We all love to decorate a gorgeous Christmas tree using the right ornaments, baubles, and lights to go with the festive scheme. However, it is easier said than done. It’s because decorating a Christmas tree is a daunting task, especially when you redo it every year — as you expect it to be different from what you’ve already tried.
While there are so many options and themes (for a perfect Christmas tree decoration) to choose from, there are a few basic steps that remain common all the time. Just like any other task, you need to have all the right tools before you begin the process of decoration.
The right tools will help you ensure the safety and best setup to decorate your Christmas tree. Some of these include cotton gloves to shape tree branches, packaging equipment, step stools to install toppers, scissors, or knives with safety handles, and ornamentation. All these tools are necessary to help you create a Christmas tree that appears to be made by a pro decorator.
Here, we break down how to decorate a Christmas tree in seven easy steps:
- Choose a specific style for your Christmas tree
Whether you like a traditional, real tree or a faux tree that will last for many holidays, you got to choose the right style. This helps you create the right foundation for your perfect Christmas tree. Nowadays, alternative Christmas tree decorating ideas are becoming more popular among homeowners who like to try something new. For instance, you can consider making a hand-painted Christmas tree or using a ladder to create your unconventional seasonal decor.
Additionally, you may use bleached branches or willow branches to create a unique Christmas tree with festive ornamentation. No matter what style you choose, all these ideas are amazing in their own way. Plus, it will help you especially spread festive cheer.
- Gather supplies to prepare the tree
This probably goes without saying, but you’ve got to collect all the tree branches to make your Christmas tree stand upright. Make sure that the tree is standing straight — NOT leaning here and there. Also, ensure that all lights are working properly. If everything is working fine, it will be easier for you to put your tree together.
Some supplies that you need handy when decorating your tree are pipe cleaners, floral wire, ornament hooks, wire snips, zip ties, and scissors. All these supplies are essential to help you decorate the flocked Christmas tree the way you like.
Add the lights
No one likes a dull-looking Christmas tree. After all, it’s the symbol of the holiday spirit. Once you have decided what lights you want to add to your Christmas tree, you have to decide how you want to hang them on your tree.
Do you want the lights running from top to bottom or vice-versa? Or do you want it horizontally or vertically aligned? According to the experts, when you are selecting the tree lights, you have to ensure the color of your lights don’t clash with the baubles and decorations. You have to start with colored lights to offer the main hue to your tree decor.
After that, you can use decorations to add contrasting touches to your Christmas tree. For a large tree, consider adding globe-like bulbs instead of small LED strings. This way, you cost-effectively get a better sense of scale. If you have a small tree, you can use small LED string lights along with small decoration elements like baubles and sparkly trinkets.
- Choosing core ornaments for layering
Decorating your Christmas tree is full of joy and everyone likes to add their special ornament to the tree. The most common decoration element for the festive tree is baubles. But if you want to be more creative and add a personal touch to your tree, you can decorate it with DIY baubles. You can ask your kids, relatives, and friends to bring their DIY baubles to deck up the tree. This way, your Christmas tree will be decked up perfectly with unique ornamentation.
If you like a particular bauble, you can reuse it year after year. Some of this special range of baubles are hand-painted ones and that are crafted by someone special in your life. But when you are in doubt, simply go for the gold baubles and ornaments to add sparkle and aesthetic charm to any festive decor.
- Choose the perfect tree topper
While the many tree toppers are angels, stars, or fairies, you can choose them in the desired shape of your choice. You need to choose a topper that goes well with your tree’s color scheme, height, and design. It could be beaded, geometric, beaded, sparkly, or something unique.
A Christmas tree needs a focal point at the top. So, you've got to choose something that draws the attention of the viewers. For use, a star, or angel are perfect tree toppers. But you can even consider adding some homemade paper decorations or simple wooden crafts to the top of your Christmas tree for the decoration.
- Add dimension with picks
Further, give your Christmas tree some more dimension by filling the gaps. When you fill in the gaps by adding picks throughout the Christmas tree, it makes the tree appear larger and more interesting. Make sure the picks extend beyond branches and angle in different directions. You can add them downward, upward, and sideways.
The picks that are closest to the top of your tree must be hung upside down. And, never put the same types of picks together. For instance, add some greenery or flower in between. Hang the longest pick at the bottom, the second shortest on above it, and the shortest one on top of both of these picks. Then, take some time to fluff up all parts of the picks and try to mix everything. This way, you will get a more professional and natural look.
- Add presents under the tree
Well, no Christmas tree is complete without some presents underneath. The gifts add the festive flair of Santa Claus to this joyful day and also build up anticipation. So, adding presents underneath the trees is a must to complete the whole Christmas tree decoration. You have to wrap the presents beautifully and layer them around the Christmas trees for the final touch.
So, these are some essential steps you need to keep in mind when decorating a Christmas tree. We hope these tips will help you create the perfect sparkly and festive tree this year.
Monika Thakur is a professional content creator for various blogs and websites, including Safe and Healthy Life. With over six years of experience in the digital world, she has dedicated her life to share her knowledge and experience about health, art, beauty, travel, technology, and lifestyle. She also loves interacting with readers and often encourages them to ask her questions related to her articles.