CHRISTMAS TREE
DECORATING IDEAS



Tis the season for Christmas tree decorating ideas. Before sending you off to look at pictures of decorated trees I thought I would give a few tips for placing those bobbles on your own tree.

I myself am not the tree trimer in the house (my wife is), I will say though that I am a reasonably good helper elf.

The first tip to consider before buying your tree is to measure the room for size. You don't want to spend all that time searching for a tree and end up not being able to put the topper on the tippy top of said forestry.

Of course if you like how it looks all bent over to one side, then whose to say your not trying to make your own tree fashion statement.

Below you'll find more Christmas tree advice along with a couple of suggested websites (pictures) for you to look at.


LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE TIPS



Living trees tend to require extra work even so they will give your home that authentic Christmas tree look, smell and feel. Once you get your tree home immediately cut an inch off the trees base and place it into a good sized reservoir type tree stand. After the tree has been set up, regularly check to see that there is water in the reservoir and refill if necessary.

As far as safety goes your number one tip would be to keep the tree away from any heat source along with unplugging your tree lights if no one is in the room when the lights are on.

When decorating outdoor trees remember to only use recommended exterior lights, cords and plug ins. Also, for a yearly tradition think about planting a pine tree with the intention of decorating it for the holiday season.


ARTIFICIAL TREES



Artificial trees are a good choice for those who prefer less mess and the ease of putting up a tree that comes with instructions.

There are a number of companies that make excellent trees for you to choose from. With that said, be sure to see an example of your tree erected prior to purchasing.

When you do buy your artificial tree keep in mind that some trees will need a good amount of primping, bending, prodding and floofing before you get the desired look that you're going for.


CHOOSE A THEME



Just like in home decorating you should choose a theme or color scheme for your tree. If you're more enthusiastic try implementing a desired style through out your entire home.

When selecting colors two or three contrasting combinations tend to work best. For those who want to be unique, try implementing color schemes that are not normally used when tree decorating. By going to your local painting and decorating store you should be able to find a number of color combinations to use as ideas for your tree decorating project.


ORDER OF TREE DECORATIONS



There is a standard order in which your decorations go onto the tree. Lights are first and should be lit while stringing them. Garland comes next then ornaments and filler. Tinsel is the last thing to go on if you're wanting to include some shine to your branches.


GARLAND & LIGHTS



Adding a little something different when it comes to your garland could involve stringing together items such as flowers, breakfast cereal, popcorn, or cranberries. Ribbon, vines, and craft store cording can also add elegance to your tree. Furthermore, use a couple different colored strings of garland and when wrapping the tree don't pull the garland to tight. Garland should be looped like waves for the best results.

A six foot tree will need between two and four strands of lights. As you string the lights remember that your wall plug end shouldn't be at the top of the tree.

Start by wiring the lights to your tree weaving them at different depths along the branches close to the trees main stem then back to the tree tips. Don't pull your lights to tight. They should be in even loops or waves as they go around your tree.

LED lights last longer, stay cool to the touch and are more energy efficient than regular tree lights. Keep in mind though that LED lights are on the expensive side and in most cases do not have replaceable bulbs.

Also, clear lights are more elegant while colored ones add some fun to your tree decorating theme.

When buying garland or lights try to coordinate their colors to your trees design style.

Some people prefer to start their garland and lights at the bottom of the tree and work there way up, others will wrap any excess garland or lights they have around the main branch of the tree at the bottom. You will need to decide what works best for your situation.


FILLER



Stuffing a good amount of filler between the branches of the tree will make your tree look fuller. Filler can be greenery, silk flowers, dried flowers, tulle or feathers, etc. Victorian style trees for example require a lot of filler and shiney filler will reflect your trees lighting.


HANGING THE ORNIMENTS



If buying ornaments try and apply uniform wire, string, cord or ribbon to the hooks that hang them. Whatever you do choose to hang your ornaments with the colors should compliment your tree decorating style.

You'll need about 20 ornaments per 2ft of tree hight. Hang your ornaments at different depths of the tree branches including at the tips and half way down the branches themselves.

Use basic or solid colored ornaments as filler to start. Other more expensive, unique or collectibles ornaments can be placed evenly between your filler ornaments and buried deeper into the tree.

Heavier ornaments should go at the bottom of the tree with progressively lighter ornaments attached toward the top. Shiney ornaments will look the best when hung close to the lights.

You will require about 10 unique ornaments per 2 ft of tree hight, resulting in 30 tree ornaments in total per 2ft section.


UNIQUE ORNIMENTS



Flowers tied with ribbon, individual flowers, silk flowers, and bows along with natural or spray painted pine cones can all make excellent ornaments. Craft stores also carry other items that may not normally be used on Christmas trees or you could make your own.

In the German tradition where the decorated christmas tree is said to have originated from, food like dill pickles and candy or baked goods were hung on the tree.

Christmas cards and photos also make good additions to your tree ornament collection. If you do hang cards or photos use a hole punch to apply ribbon or string for attaching them to the tree.

Don't forget to to put a date on your homemade or other type of heirloom ornaments.


TINSEL



Tinsel normally comes in gold or silver but you can find it in other colors. Most people who add tinsel to their tree do so because of tradition. If you are considering tinsel it's probably not a good idea to be using it if you have young children or pets.

The amount of tinsel you use is your preference, I myself, think a tree looks best with little or no tinsel at all. Then again I'm just a helper elf so what do I know.


THE TOP & BOTTOM OF THE TREE



Fabric coverings like table cloths, large doilies or a blanket for instance will work well as a tree skirt. Otherwise you can create your own or buy a skirt if you prefer.

Crafted toppers are also an excellent yearly tradition that one can do with their children. Just remember to match your topper and skirt to your tree decorating color and style.


SUMMARY



Decorating a Christmas tree is a German tradition that has been adopted by a number of countries all over the world. Tree decorating is also an excellent custom that can be used by all faiths, non-faiths and denominations to carry on from year to year.

As a final tip, buy all of your Christmas tree decorations at the end of the year to get discounts of up to 80% off.

Here are a couple pictures and videos to add to your Christmass tree decorating ideas.

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