When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, the tree will be the crowning glory. Your family and guests will all want to see it, and if you place it by the window, it will also be visible to passers-by.
You can put the best ornaments on your tree, but it won’t look quite right unless you know exactly how to decorate it. This article will provide a step by step guide so you can decorate your tree like a pro.
Before you start decorating, you will want to grab all your supplies. Ornament hooks, pipe cleaners, zip ties, wire snips, scissors and floral wire are just some of the things you will want to have on hand.
Check your lights to make sure they are working before you put them on the tree. Experts recommend leaving them on while decorating so you can catch any burnouts.
You will also want to fluff the tree before starting. This will ensure that none of the foliage is matted and that the tree isn’t leaning to one side.
Start at the Top
The top of your tree will set the theme for the rest of the tree so that’s where you’ll want to start.
If you’re topping the tree with a star or an angel, place it a few inches down from the top of the tree. This will ensure that it won’t look like it’s floating.
Start adding picks (pinecones, berries, tinsel, etc.) a few inches down and keep up the pattern as you go. The picks you use on top should be long and slender and should get shorter and fuller as you go down.
Start adding the garland about one fifth of the way down from the top of the tree. Then twist it around so it each layer is spaced 2 to 3 feet apart. Use floral wire to hold the garland in place if the tree is artificial.
Ornaments should be added in three tiers. Start with oversized ornaments making sure to space them out. Be brave about mixing and matching. If they cause tree branches to droop, consider fortifying them with a wire hanger.
Next comes your inexpensive ornaments. These should be buried near the base of the tree.
Finally, use special ornaments for the outside of the tree. That way you will be able to see them all season long. Note: pipe cleaners will come in handy in keeping ornaments in place.
Once you have the basics down, you can give your tree even more pizzazz by filling in blank spots with more picks, ribbons, tinsel and other seasonal attractive items you have lying around your home.
When your tree it fully decorated, you will be ready to celebrate. Invite family and guests to take in its glory. Then, when the season is over, look forward to doing It all again next year!