As the self proclaimed queen of Christmas (at least in my circle I am) I'd hope I know a thing or two about decorating Christmas trees! On average we dress 7 trees each Christmas in our home so if nothing else I get ALOT of practice.
With all of this practice I thought id pass on my learnings... some of which are forged in the fire (my friends will never let me forget the time my Christmas tree fell over fully dressed onto a ceramic floor taking some of my most beloved decorations with it due to overloading the front!)
1. Check that your lights!
Before adding your lights to the tree check that they are
A) all working and
B) the shade colour (you'd be surprised on the variations of white/warm white/and bright white there are).
The shade of your lights are really going to affect the overall ambience of your tree/ room. Bright white usually have a blueish tint giving off a cooler frosty vibe, while warm white a more golden tone.
2. Put your tree topper on First!
Although this is not tradition, it saves you bumping into all of your ornaments at the end and potentially knocking them off and breaking them... this is especially important if you choose a big tree.
3.Dont forget the middle
Hang a string of fairy lights directly down the middle of the tree to bring light within and extra sparkle and dimension
4. Another lighting trick (its all about lighting)
Make sure you put a layer of fairy lights in the branches close to the trunk as well as the outer branches, again for extra sparkle and dimension. This also helps to create less of a string of lights affect and more of an all over sparkle effect.
5. Pre positioning is important
Don't put the tree up against the wall (if in fact it is going up against a wall) until you have wrapped the fairy lights around the tree. This way you can literally walk around the tree easily placing the lights
6. Play favourites
Place you favourite ornaments on the prime locations and filler baubles in the gaps. Make sure you use wire hooks for anything that would brake should it fall off. Choose stronger and larger branches for the heavier ornaments
7. Think ahead
Invest in ornaments that mean something to you and you'll love your tree even more. For example, if you love Christmas nutcrackers collect the most beautiful versions you can. If you like to travel, try and collect ornaments from the country's you've visited. Obviously this goes without saying, but the same applies to colour. Its Christmas after all so make it as fun, as pink or as sophisticated as you wish
8. Check before you dress
If you have a real tree, make sure you take the time to check for its best angle.The best and fullest part of the tree for the front and any areas with gaps or uneven branches should go to the back so they cant be seen
9. Be Flexible
Don't be afraid to move ornaments to a better location on the tree after placing them. Nothing is permanent until you are completely happy!
10. Keep reviewing
Step back continuously to see the overall perspective and cohesiveness . It also helps to take photos along the way so you can see how its going and you'll find you see things from a fresh angle.
I hope you find one or two helpful tips here. I can't wait to see all of your Christmas trees pop up over the coming weeks
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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