Christmas is a time of wonderful light displays: outdoor Xmas decorations adorn public spaces, and beautiful sprays of Christmas tree lights glow softly through netted curtains in residential streets. For some of us decorating the Christmas tree is an agonising experience; endless tangles of Christmas lights from years past, broken shards of Christmas decorations lurking in dusty boxes, and that smug neighbour next door with the oh-so-perfect tree mocking you gleefully through the living room window. Never fear, the simple tips below will help you to construct the perfect Christmas tree and make you the envy of all your neighbours.
Choosing your Christmas tree
Christmas trees vary in shape and size; you want a symmetrical tree with full, even branches. Buying an artificial Christmas tree will guarantee a regular shape – however be sure to bend the branches to cover any large spaces on show. I also add in green tinsel to fill the spaces around the ‘trunk’ so that the tree looks more realistic.
One of my previous christmas tree ‘theme’s – red, white and blue
Placing your Christmas tree lights
Select smaller bulbs to properly accentuate your tree. When placing Christmas tree lights, start from the base of the tree and work your way upwards. The Christmas lights should be wound around every major branch; up to the tip of the tree and back down to the bottom, and slightly pushed into the branches to hide the cords. Buying an artificial tree with built in lights can save you time and effort.
Christmas tree lights should always be placed first, as a tree looks better when lit from the inside. Before placing any other decorations; add your Christmas tree topper. Putting this up first will stop other decorations falling off. Christmas decorations look best when you work with a common colour or styling theme. Space out your larger decorations first and then work down to medium and small decorations. Evenly spaced Christmas decorations will create a perfect-looking symmetrical tree.
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Ooh great! Mine is going up during the last weekend of Nov too so we’ll get a full month of enjoyment out of it! I only have to be careful about putting the good decorations higher up so that the cats can’t pull them off! X
Hi Cassie, we have a 7ft christmas tree that has to bend over at the top to fit the room which causes lots of cross words with my husband every year 😉 I must admit I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the tree – the girls pull together lots of different shape and size decoration plus their school/nursery creations and decorate the tree first – then I slowly but surely (and slyly) replace a lot of it with my vintage glass decorations 😉 Our is going up end of November this year to get the maximum benefit from it – we never used to put it up until the week before Christmas and then took it down after Boxing Day – now it stays up at least a month as the children do love it 🙂