Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanksgiving is over and gone and I am 110% in the Christmas spirit now! Fittingly, I thought it was time to dive right into some holiday fun over here on the blog. One of the things that you guys told me you wanted to see for the holidays was how to style and decorate a Christmas tree. So today I’m sharing how I style my Christmas tree and my step by step process for decorating it!
Styling your Christmas Tree
Step 1: Pick a Theme
Before you can decorate your Christmas tree, you need to style it. The best place to start with styling a Christmas tree is to decide what you want them theme of your tree to be. Do you want it to be glamorous with lots of metallics and sparkles? Do you want it to be a laidback farmhouse style tree with burlap ribbons and wooden ornaments? The possibilities are endless!
Step 2: Choose your Color Scheme
Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to choose a color scheme. I recommend choosing 1-3 colors that you want on your tree. A colorful tree is perfect for sentimental trees that are filled with all different types of ornaments that you’ve collected over the years, but for a “styled tree,” more than 3 colors can be overwhelming and cause you to lose sight of your theme.
As you’re choosing your colors, it’s important to keep your theme in mind because not every color is going to go great with every theme. For instance, silvers and golds may not go well with a farmhouse style tree because you aren’t going to want a ton of shine on a more rustic styled tree.
I personally wanted a somewhat elegant looking Christmas tree so I chose to decorate with white, silver, and gold. It’s shiny and sophisticated but not quite “glamorous.”
Time to Decorate
Step 3: Fluff your Christmas Tree
Now that you’ve decided how you’re going to style your Christmas tree, it’s time to decorate it. But before you can start decorating, you have to do a little housekeeping if you have an artificial tree. The first thing you have to do is fluff your tree. Make sure all of the branches are outright and spread apart so that your tree is as full as possible.
Step 4: Light your Tree
Next you have to light your tree. We have a pre-lit tree so we just have to figure out the puzzle of what cord plugs in where but I kind of miss lighting a tree for some odd reason. There are two things to keep in mind when lighting your tree. The first is to give it dimension and layer your lights. You’re going to want to put some of your lights deep inside of the tree and some closer to the surface. This will help your tree be fully lit and not look like you just ran in a circle around your tree with a strand of lights. 🙂
The second thing is to simply make sure your lights are spread out evenly. You’ll want to avoid having too many lights in one spot and not enough in another so that you don’t have any really dark or light spots.
Step 5: Add your “Anchor”
Now it’s actually time to decorate your Christmas tree and the first thing you’re going to want to do is add your “anchor.” What I mean by “anchor” is the thing that will give your tree the most dimension. This is usually ribbon, garland, or bows. This isn’t a crucial step and is more of a personal preference than anything. I personally like doing this because it helps break the tree up into more manageable sections for your eyes.
Step 6: Add your Largest Ornaments
Now let’s start adding ornaments. It’s best to add your largest ornaments to your Christmas tree first. This helps make sure that there is space for the large ornaments as well as make sure that they’re spaced out properly. You’ll want to be sure not to put two big ornaments side by side and, instead, try to make sure that the space between your large ornaments is as even as possible.
Step 7: Add the Least Prominent Color
Next you’ll want to take your least prominent color (i.e. the color you have the least of) and add it to your tree. Do this exactly like you did with your large ornaments and space them out nice and evenly.
Step 8: Fill in with Remaining Ornaments
This is the easy part! All you have to do now is fill in the rest of your tree with your remaining ornaments! Make sure that you put some deeper inside of the tree and some farther out on the surface of the branches to give it some dimension.
Pro tip: Your most fragile and special ornaments are best placed at the top of your tree or deeper in the tree. That way they are less likely to get knocked off and break. 😉
Step 9: Add in Any Stems or Sprays
Almost finished! The 9th step to decorating your Christmas tree with be to add in any stems or sprays. This is another step that isn’t crucial. It could depend on if you need stems or sprays to fill in any gaps or if you like stems or sprays. I personally love them and think that they are a great way to fill the naked areas of your tree. Charlie says I use too many of them, but I say who cares! I only have 4 different types… and only 3-4 of each of them. That’s not so bad, right? 😛
Step 10: Add your Tree Topper
The last and final step to decorating your Christmas tree is simply to add your tree topper! 🙂
Voilà! You now have a beautifully styled and decorated Christmas tree! 🙂 Fix yourself a cup of hot chocolate, turn on a Christmas movie, and snuggle up by the Christmas tree! Is there any happier feeling?! Happy decorating, friends and fam! I can’t wait to see everyone’s beautiful trees! 😀
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