Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I can talk tree decorating without people giving me the stink eye. I put my trees (yep, plural) up in mid November. Can you blame me? I have to take holiday pictures for kids and families in October, so I get in the spirit early. Jingle bell time happens early for us.
So I posted a few how to’s and tips last year and then I had a baby boy and never got to finish my Christmas series. The most popular posts from last year are the How to Decorate a Tree Part 1 & the DIY Tree Flock (which I’ll be posting an update next week). I figured it was time I go a little more in depth about how I choose ornaments, how many I use and exactly where I place them.
There is one thing I do before lights and ribbons and that’s putting a filler with twinkling lights around the base of my tree. I only do artificial trees. I can’t be trusted with watering a real tree. I’d forget and most likely burn my house down. Not fun. You can’t see the filler, which is the point. It makes your tree instantly look more lush at very little cost. I got some cheap pine garland for $3/pack and used two to fluff up my 7′ tree.
1. Use filler with lights around the trunk.
2. String your lights (more is more) and dress your tree.
I love white lights and using wired ribbon. Use mesh, tinsel, sparkly garland, or maybe even a traditional garland. Whatever floats your boat.
3. Start from the inside.
I use baseball sized shiny ball ornaments and put them closest to the base of the tree. It adds a lot of depth to your tree and if you happen to have some bare spots, there will be ornaments nestled deep in your tree to fill the “voids”.
4. Reflect the light.
I use a combination of crystal drop ornaments and mirrored ball ornaments to help reflect the light. Even though my tree has nearly 1000 bulbs, I could always use a little more sparkle. I place these in front of the ball ornaments I used in step 3. Method to my madness.
5. Add picks to fluff up your tips.
I added about 20 flocked and glittered picks to branches that were looking a little sparse. I then used some glittered berry picks on the branches that looked full for some texture.
6. Add your standard shaped ornaments to the tree.
I use the smaller ones near the top and larger ones at the bottom and overlap them in the middle. I use ball and various teardrop shaped ornaments. I tend to use the “fancy” ornaments on the outside and simple baubles on the inside. I use roughly 200 standard ornaments on my tree.
7. Add your extra large ornaments wherever you see large gaps on the lower half of your tree.
I try not to use more than 10 extra large ornaments so they don’t overtake the tree.
8. Add your personal and sentimental ornaments at a height you can see standing straight.
9. Add your finishing touches.
Snowflakes and glitter icicles are my jam. I love the extra large ones and the tiny ones. I basically litter my tree with them.
That’s how I decorate our main tree, but I have a “few” extra around the house. Yes, I have more than one themed tree. What can I say? I love the holidays! I can’t wait until the kids get older and start making ornaments so we can have an ornament tree dedicated to all things family.
How do you decorate your tree for Christmas?