Christmas is right around the corner which means pretty soon we’ll be decking the halls with not only boughs of holly but also, loads of festive cheer. Many holiday traditions are full of decorating and one that requires extra beautifying skills in particular, is adorning your Christmas tree. During the holiday season, your Christmas tree is the focal point of your home. All eyes will be on your tree and no one said that decorating it was going to be an easy task. Don’t get us wrong, we love all the handmade ornaments, shimmer garland and lights galore. Although, dragging the Christmas box out of the depths of the attic may also mean broken ornaments, tangled garland and mangled lights, making it that much harder to start decorating. Don’t panic, between broken embellishments and not knowing where to start once you get the tree into the door, we are here with 8 Christmas tree decorating hacks to make your job a little easier.
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The best place to start and really the first place you should start is with the placement of your Christmas tree. The tree should be the star of the room. A festive site for your tree that offers an area for all to enjoy it are grand windows that lead out to the street. Another option would be the corner of your living area. When you go with this placement, you may only have to decorate one side of your tree, which can and will make your job easier. Once everything’s in place, it’s time to decorate.
Stick to a Theme
No matter where you decide to place your tree, choosing decorations that tie in with a theme and reflect the rest of your décor will only add beauty and simplicity. You can pick up some theme inspiration from department stores seasonal looks, but some of our favorites include: traditional, glitz and glam, and colorful chic. By sticking to a theme you also save yourself time and money, you will only purchase the decorating items you need to satisfy the look you’re going for.
Any tree will look better with a lot of lights. Christmas tree lights usually come in green or white wire strands so make sure that the strand color matches your tree. This way, the wires are hidden. The best way to start with your lights is at the base of the trunk and work your way up around the tree. Remember that wrapping lights around the tree from the inside out will give more dimension. Tuck them deep into the tree so that you have room to hang your ornaments on the outer branches. This will also give the tree a beautiful inner-glow. This year, when all the Christmas festivities have passed and it’s finally time to take down your tree, wrap your lights up nicely and you will avoid a big mess. Use an extension cord holder (you can find these at the hardware store for about a dollar and a half) to wrap your lights around that way, next year when you pull out the Christmas box you won’t have to deal with a rats nest of lights.
Decorate with ribbon
Sometimes your Christmas tree may seem like too big of a canvas for the little amount of decorations you have. Ribbon is a unique and eye-catching decoration element that is easy to use and allows you the ability to create a bunch of festive looks. You can go for loose and less structured strands that hang off the tree giving a natural look or you can wrap the strand elegantly around the width of the tree for a more formal look.
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Create ornaments with items you have at home
We all tend to be pinching pennies during the holiday season and a great way to save money on your decorations is to make them at home. That’s right, pull out all of your DIY skills. Some of our favorite homemade ornaments are painted pinecones, hanging gingerbread men and paper stars. You may be surprised at how many everyday items can be used to adorn your Christmas tree.
Ribbon or hanging material for your ornaments always seem to get lost or broken over the years. It’s always a good idea to have spare hanging materials for your existing ornaments. We like to use ribbon because it is not only colorful, but also easy to use. You can also use paper clips and manipulate them so they are able to hang your ornaments.
Place your larger ornaments on the tree first. It’s important to space these out correctly so that the tree has an overall balanced look. You don’t want to end up with a cluster of ornaments in one area and other areas with bare spots.
Use Holiday Home Décor
Incorporate the existing decorations of your home into your Christmas tree theme and your holiday décor will have a more balanced feel. Add gingerbread houses around the house for a festive feeling. Based on your theme, you can create specific gingerbread house decorations to complement your holiday theme.
Let the kids loose on the tree, with your supervision of course. You may be compromising your style just a tad, but this will be a Christmas tradition that your little ones will never forget.
All of these tips will help you create the most gorgeous Christmas tree this year. We know it will turn out to be just what Santa ordered. Bringing cheer to your holiday season has never been easier.