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Ten Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree
by Jo Williams
Now that it's the holiday season everyone is busy thinking
about his or her Christmas Trees. There are tricks and tips to
help you create a unique look that fits in your home and adds
sparkle to your holiday celebrations. Whether real or
artificial, a little imagination can take that blank canvas and
turn it into something really magical that will brighten your
whole holiday season.
You can start by looking for ideas on the trees you see in
public places like malls or hotel lobbies. These are great
places to get ideas that you can easily bring to your own tree.
Here are some great tips for creating a beautiful tree:
1. Your tree will stand in your room till the holiday season ends
so it should have a visual impact. The space in your room will
determine the size of the tree you can have. This is important
to consider, especially if you want to enhance your ornaments.
2. Decide on the overall look you like. The more branch tips
your tree has, the more ornaments and decorations are needed.
If you want your tree to have an informal look, select a tree
that has long needles and upswept branches. If you want
something more formal, select a tree that has down swept
branches and with short needles.
3. Pay attention to lighting. There is a general rule in
deciding the number of lights for a tree - a one foot tree
should have about 40-50 lights. The simplest thing to do is buy
a pre-lit tree, no mess and easy storage. But if you do the
lights yourself, hang them inside the tree, for a twinkling
effect. Stringing the lights on the outer edges, over the tips
of the branches won't look right. Remember to keep the amount
of light uniform, without and unfilled spaces.
4. Add garland. Whether you choose traditional garland or beaded
garland, you can get a great look. If you want traditional, swag
your garland from the top to the bottom, and also around the
back of the tree. The swag of your garland will depend on the
width of your tree. Twist the garland at the tip and it should
be smaller as it reaches the top of the tree. Another style is
to double swag your garland and form it into a spiral garland.
Some prefer using ribbon that falls from the top of the tree
down along to the bottom.
5. Use fillers. You must use fillers in order to give the tree
an enchanting look. Some people don't do this but it is a great
way to give your tree a new look.
6. Choose a color scheme. Use a single color or two
complimentary ones to give your tree a coordinated, decorator
look. Try traditional choices such as red and gold, or
something different like pink and white. Use ornaments of these
colors and keep the garland in the same color family as well.
7. Dare to be different. Decorate according to what you like,
even if it isn't the "traditional" way. Use your favorite
hobby, ornaments collected on vacations, or old style bulbs to
create a look that's truly your own. This will create a unique,
personal holiday expression that is sure to be a conversation
8. Don't forget the handmade ornaments. No matter what style you
are trying to achieve, the hand made ornaments of your own
childhood, or those of family members can be wonderful
additions to any tree, and compliment any style.
9. Cover the base of your tree with a colorful tree skirt so
that the gifts underneath will rest on a pretty background.
This makes the packages look even more festive, and looks good
after the presents are unwrapped too.
10. Top it off. Use a star, an angel or a large bow - whatever
suits your individual taste.