Step-by-Step Guide to Decorating Your Christmas Tree

So, I had a friend tell me the other day that they hire someone to decorate their tree.  Then another one told me the same thing.  What?!  When I asked why, they said that they had no idea where to start or how to make it look good.  OK.  Well.  Here’s all I have to say about that.  It will be beautiful because it’s your tree!  But if you need a more specific guide, here is my step-by-step tutorial on how to decorate a Christmas tree.

First you have to start with a bare tree.  We have a prelit 8 ft. tree.  Our son has serious allergies, one of which is trees.  All of them.  So no real stuff in the house.  (I know.  It makes me sad too.)

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I like to put all of my ornaments and garland in a basket so I know exactly what I’m working with.

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Then I start with the ribbon and garland.  I love to wrap my tree in ribbon.  A lot of times I make a big bow for the tree topper.  But not this year.

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A good rule of thumb is to have 6 ft. of ribbon or garland per 1 foot of tree height.  It sounds like a lot, but when you start wrapping, it really isn’t.

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Then I add in the fillers.  Sometimes it is flowers.  Sometimes it is pinecones and berries.  This year I chose these twiggy, sparkly things.  There’s glitter everywhere, but it’s fun!

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Now for the ornaments.  I always begin with the largest ornaments and fill in any blank patches in the tree branches.  Then move on to medium and end with small.   I like the long, almost icicle-like ornaments to put on the branches that stick out the most.

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Now it’s time for the topper!  I change my tree topper every year.  I just have memories of trying to get the tree topper on.  The tree almost falling over or the topper flopping to the side because it is too heavy for the top of the tree.  So this year I made one out of sparkly branches from the local craft store.  I just bound them together with floral wire.  No falling or flopping.

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Now you have a perfect tree!  And you did it all by yourself!  Yay!  That wasn’t so bad now, was it?

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