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How To Professionally Decorate a Christmas Tree - Designer's Step-By-Step Directions - Worthing Court

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THE ULTIMATE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR HOW TO DECORATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER!

My friends, this is one blog post that you’re going to want to pin to your Christmas Decorating Boards so that you can refer to it year after year.   This is THAT GOOD and there’s a great pinnable image below!

I’ve had the privilege to get special access to several local home decor stores over the last few years, while their stores were closed and their designers reset the entire place for Christmas.  It was a truly magical experience for me and boy did I ever learn a lot!

All of the store designers are amazingly talented and were kind enough to share all of their step-by-step Christmas tree decoration ideas.  I was also told some designer Christmas tree decorating secrets so of course I’m going to share them with you!

You’ll see images from several different Christmas trees, as there were multiple Christmas trees being decorated at the same time.   The important thing to remember is that these steps can be followed no matter what style or color of Christmas decor you want to use on your tree!

 

STEP 1: READY THE TREE & GATHER SUPPLIES
  • Maybe this goes without saying, but fluff all of the branches on the tree and make sure that the tree is standing straight from top to bottom.  I’ve completely decorated a tree more than once, only to realize that the top half of the tree is leaning.
  • Make sure that all of the lights are working.  It’s much easier to fix any problems before the decorations are on the tree.
  • The designers recommend that you have the tree lights on while decorating.
  • Supplies that you’ll likely use while decorating your tree are: ornament hooks, floral wire, pipe cleaners, zip ties (for heavy or bulky items), wire snips and scissors

STEP 2: START AT THE TOP
  • The Christmas tree topper is considered the crowning glory, is usually a bit elaborate and helps to set the look for the entire tree.
  • If you will be adding a star, angel, etc. to your tree, it’s best not to place it right on the tip-top of the tree.  Depending upon what you’re using, it can be very appealing to place it about a hand’s width down from the tip-top.  It can be attached with floral wire or zip ties.  If you attach it slightly down from the top, it should be buried into the branches a little instead of looking like it’s floating on the ends of the branches.

  • Most items, such as a star or angel, look the best (and draw more attention) when they are combined with something else, such as picks and/or ribbon.  And good grief – these days picks are available in all varieties and colors!
  • If you’re using a star, angel, etc. for the top of your tree, start the first layer of topper picks a little below it by adding 3 long spikey picks.
  • If you aren’t using anything else on top of your tree, start the first layer of topper picks slightly down from the top.
  • For the second layer of topper picks, choose 3 – 4 slightly shorter and more full picks.   Place these a few inches closer to the top than the original 3 spikey picks.
  • Add a third layer of picks using shorter and more full picks.
  • Don’t think you have to point them going straight up.  Picks pointing straight up (or at a slight angle) combined with picks pointing downward add a lot of interest.  Depending upon what type of pick you’re using, you may actually want to turn the pick upside down, so that the top of the pick is facing whomever is looking up at the tree topper, especially if your tree is taller than normal head height.

 

 

STEP 3: ADD THE GARLAND

A lush, full garland can make a huge impact on a tree!  These tips are referring to the type of garland that you might also use on a mantel, not the lightweight kind that drapes along the edges of the branches.

  • Start about 1/5th of the way down from the top of the tree.
  • Use floral wire to attach the garland or twist the branches together, if the tree is artificial.
  • Run the garland at around the tree at an angle: 2 – 3 times around a 6′ tree and 3 – 4 times around a 9′ tree.

 

STEP 4: ADD OVERSIZED DECORATIONS
  • To make a real statement and really give your tree a designer look add oversized exaggerated decorations to the tree!  What you add is only limited by your imagination!
  • Add 2 – 3 oversized items to a 6′ tree and 3 – 4 items to a 9′ tree.
  • Be sure to stagger them around the tree and not placed directly above or directly beside one another.
  • Place the largest Christmas decorations toward the bottom of the tree.
  • Mix them up – all of the items don’t need to match.
  • A tip from the professional tree designers is to drill a hole into whatever you’re hanging if you need a spot to run a hanger through.
  • Use cable ties, floral wire or pipe cleaners to attach large items to the tree.  The boot, on the tree, below was purchased at a thrift store with the express purpose of using it on the tree, so it was fine to drill a hole into the backside.   Think outside of the box!

STEP 5: ADD FILLER
  • Add less expensive Christmas ornaments, such as plain round ones, deep inside of the tree.  You’ll only get a glimpse of them, but it they will help to reflect the lights and will make the tree look more full and will fill up any empty spots inside the tree.
  • It’s easier to hang these filler ornaments now as opposed to when the “outside” of the tree is filled with other, larger ornaments.

STEP 6: ADD ORNAMENTS

STEP 7: ADD DIMENSION WITH PICKS
  • Give your Christmas tree more dimension, fill in holes and make the tree appear larger by adding picks throughout the body of it.  The picks should extend beyond the ends of the branches and should be angled in various directions – some downward, some upward and some sideways, if appropriate for the pick.
  • The picks closest to the top of the tree may need to be turned upside down so that you aren’t looking at the underside of it.

  • Stagger various types of picks all over the tree.  Don’t put the same type of picks too close to one another.

  • Multiple picks combined together in a cluster typically look better than just one lonely pick.  Try combining three different types of picks together.  For example – combine something with greenery with something long and stick looking (with or without leaves) and with something full (like a flower).
  • Lay the longest pick on the bottom, the second shortest one on top of that and the shortest pick on top of those two.  Then spend a minute fluffing all of the parts of the picks, twisting and mixing the parts of each pick together.  You’ll get a much more natural and professional look that way.  No flat picks allowed!

  • Poke the pick into the tree and attach it to the branch with a cable tie or with floral wire, if necessary. Fluff the tree branches into and around the pick to help it look like it’s a part of the tree.
  • A long pick makes a great place to hang a special Christmas ornament too.

STEP 8: EMBELLISH THE TREE WITH EXTRAS
  • Add decor embellishments such as ribbon, lightweight garland and glitter tape once all of the picks, ornaments and oversized pieces have been added to the tree
  • To add glitter tape, start attaching it near the top, but below the topper.  Wind it around the tree similar to how you applied the garland in Step 3.
  • Glitter tape has a mind of its own, so allow it to twist and turn as you go.  That’s what makes it look so great!

  • You’ll use less ribbon if you cut short pieces and stuff the ends of them into the tree as opposed to using one long continuous piece of ribbon.  Using this method also makes the ribbon look more natural.
  • Twist a tree branch around the ribbon if it won’t stay in place.
  • When adding ribbon to the tree, start at eye level and work up and out from there.   I can’t tell you why this works better, but it does!
  • Place the ribbon going in different directions so that it doesn’t appear as if it’s just wrapped around the tree.

You’re finished!  Now get ready to enjoy the oohs and aahs of your family and friends and answer all those questions about who you hired to decorate your tree!

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This post is sponsored by Decorator’s Warehouse, but all opinions are my own.

Are you feeling the crispness in the air? You know what that means, the holidays are fast approaching and it is time for holiday home tours. This year I am doing things a little backward and sharing my Christmas tree design with you first since I am seeing things sell out faster than normal this year. I want to make sure you have enough time to order everything you need to decorate for Christmas and not stress.  

Now more than ever everyone is shopping online so I sourced everything online from one of my favorite stores for the holidays, Decorator’s Warehouse. They have the largest selection of the most gorgeous holiday decor I have ever seen. You can also shop with them now through December 25th for 10% off all full-priced items. You can use code: ABLISSFULNEST

Decorator’s Warehouse also challenged a group of amazing influencers to share their unique creations in the “Home For The Holidays Christmas Tree Challange” which we all will be sharing tonight on Instagram. So make sure to check in over there this evening to see them all. 

So with that said, here is my winter green and white Christmas tree this year and the inspiration for the rest of my holiday decor you will be seeing this year throughout my home. 

As you can see my color scheme is white and hunter green with touches of bronze gold. I am so inspired by all the beautiful green shades from the outdoors and honestly dreaming of seeing the gorgeous California forests lately. But I still wanted to glam it up a bit with some champagne gold. 

This tree looks so different from last year’s tree which had more neutral tones to it. I love to switch it up each year and make my Christmas decor feel fresh and new. 

I chose four different floral picks to use this year and oversized (though varying) sizes of ornaments to add color and texture. I also am using the soft grey-blue shade found in our kitchen island and fireplace mantle as an accent and used gift boxes to add a little dimension. 

I get so many questions on how I layer in my design on my Christmas trees that I thought I would give you a tutorial on how I decorate my trees as well as all the sources I used to do this. 

Fluff the branches

First things first, set your tree up and fluff the branches. I start at the bottom and I manipulate the branches to fill in the holes (dead space). 

Fan out the branches. Usually, they have been pushed in to make it easier to store in the box. bring the branches back out horizontally. Spread the tips up and down to make some variation in the direction the branches are going in. Do this for each stick of branches and layer by layer until you finish at the top.

Turn on the lights

Next, plug your tree in. It is so much easier to work with the tree lights on so you can see where the holes are you need to fill in. Also, this will also help you to not put an ornament over the top of a light creating a dark space. 

Add floral picks

Once your lights are on and your branches have been fluffed, it’s time to add your floral picks. On this tree, I used four floral picks from Decorator’s Warehouse. Generally, I add anywhere from 3-5 picks depending on my design. If I want to add more color or texture then I will add in more varying floral picks.

In this particular tree, I used a large pine pick that had little ice droplets on it. I loved the real-life texture and droopiness of it. It also is wired so I can manipulate the small branches of the pick. I can not stress this more – every floral pick you use you need to move the different pieces in different directions to create a fuller look. Otherwise, the floral pick will not fill in the space very much and will die into the tree and you may not see it.

Also, let’s talk real quick about spreading our picks out. Create variance and move in triangles or a zig-zag to spread them out. I will add a pick and always step back to see if I have made a triangle or Z pattern. If not, pull it out and replace it’s position. 

I then added these incredible glitter branches to add a little sparkle. Once again moving each leaf and branch to make it fill out the pocket in the tree I put it in. 

I then added these beautiful frosted white flowers. I love to use flower picks in my tree every year. They are beautiful and full and a great way to add color if you want a less monochromatic look. Make sure to fluff these as well before putting them in your tree. Move the leaves to make them look more realistic.

I always add my berry picks last. They are not as full as a branch and floral picks but I love the added texture they have. Decorator’s Warehouse has so many beautiful ones to choose from.

Always add your floral picks in a triangle or zig-zag to evenly disperse them. Take a moment to step back after you’ve added a couple to make sure you are on track.

Add ribbons

Many years ago, I used to go through the ribbon on one tree like it was running water. There was so much ribbon and I always tended to not have enough. Then somewhere done the road a few years ago I found a new method that made me save so much money.

I typically like to use anywhere from 2-4 different Christmas ribbons on a tree. I love to use ones that are typically 4-6″ thick and have a wired edge. It makes it easier to manipulate them and they stay in place. 

I cut about 12″ pieces and fold so the tips touch and bend the wire a bit. Then stuff each of the ends into the tree to create almost a bubble with the pice (see above). I like to angle my pieces so when I add another one, it makes it look like it is weaving in and out of the tree. You can attach each of the ends if you want with floral wire to the branches but if you are using a ribbon that has a wired edge then it should stay in place. 

Create a waterfall of the ribbon going back and forth and up and down the tree again in a zig-zag pattern. This is what makes it look like it is being weaved in and out. Do this with multiple ribbons to create a dramatic effect with pattern and texture.

Organize your ornaments 

Before you add your ornaments to the tree, lay them all out and group them. Group by color, style, and size so you can see everything and decide what will go on your tree first. 

I do this with my floral picks as well just so I have a good plan of what will be added to the tree and when. I am such a visual person and like to take inventory first so I don’t forget anything. 

Add ornaments by size, color, and pattern

I start with the largest ornaments first and make my way to adding the smallest last. The larger ornaments like these pinecone ones, take up so much room and you want to make sure you have enough room first. I spread them out with the zig-zag method and then move onto the next size down. 

These gorgeous green shatterproof balls add that pop of color and I tuck them back into the branches so they don’t stick out too much. I do this so I can hang smaller ones closer and create more layers. 

I always love to have ornaments that have texture to mix into my tree decor. It creates visual interest and makes your ornaments less plain looking. I chose these sparkly silver and white ornaments to add a little glitz. Just like in my interiors, I have no problem mixing silver and gold. I love the contrast they add to each other. 

Add tree topper 

Add a tree topper or something decorative to spruce up your top. This is when I will even add additional floral picks to elevate the height of my tree. I like to mix in ornaments and ribbons here to create even more fullness.  

Tree skirt, tree collars, or a basket

Even though the base of your tree will get hidden by presents, you still need to cover that metal base because it will peek through. I love to use tree collars or even fluffy blankets. If you use a basket or collar, add it first when you put your tree up. If you use a blanket it should be the last thing you add from all the snow and glitter that will accumulate from the decorating process. It can be an utter mess!

So there you have it! And make sure to check the other influencers trees out to get even more inspiration for your holiday decorating this year!

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Decide on a color scheme

It all depends on your preferences and imagination. There are no clear rules - make the Christmas tree colorful or more concise by choosing one or more primary colors.

The traditional holiday color is red. It pairs perfectly with green, gold and white. You won't go wrong with these shades.

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You can dress the Christmas tree completely in gold or add white accents to it.

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The Christmas tree in silver tones looks especially gentle. White and blue elements will wonderfully fit here.

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If all this is too ordinary for you, try dressing the Christmas tree in non-standard colors, such as pink, purple, green, blue. Or pair together a few bright shades.

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white coating, start from its color - it will be the main one. You can pick up decorations to match the branches or play in contrast.

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Hang decorations

First of all, do not forget to put electric lights on the Christmas tree. Here are some ways to do it:

When choosing jewelry, don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild. You can resort to the good old classics and just hang balloons and other toys. Such a Christmas tree will look concise, but at the same time elegant.

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Very large balls, stars and other decorations look original.

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Add small or extra large bows to your Christmas tree. You can dilute the rest of the toys with them or make them the main focus.

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You can also decorate the Christmas tree with ribbons. There are many ways to place them, such as in a circle, diagonally, top to bottom, or criss-cross.

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This video will show you how to hang a ribbon top to bottom:

Similar way:

Here is how to decorate the Christmas tree with a very wide ribbon in a circle:

The creation process will surely give you a lot of pleasure. And the hung decorations will delight the eye, remind you of pleasant moments or a loved one, if it was a gift.

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You can hang not only homemade garlands and toys on the Christmas tree. Dried citrus circles, cinnamon sticks or New Year's cookies on threads, photographs, small gifts and paper snowflakes will look great.

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Decorate the bottom of the Christmas tree

Cover an unsightly cross with a Christmas tree skirt. Try to match it with the rest of the jewelry.

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You can buy a ready-made skirt or make it yourself. For example, here is a very simple felt version:

If you have a sewing machine, sew a patchwork skirt:

Those who know how to crochet can make this wedge-shaped skirt:

Instead of a special skirt, a piece of beautiful fabric, burlap or tinsel is also suitable. Just wrap them around the cross.

The final touch is to place beautifully wrapped gifts and New Year's toys under the decorated Christmas tree.

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The atmosphere of winter holidays would be incomplete without the main attribute - a decorated Christmas tree. We figure out how to decorate a Christmas tree so that the result is not only bright, but also stylish

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Modern design options allow you to make the Christmas tree unique and fit it into the interior of any style. We talked with the designer and found out what approaches to decoration are in trend today.

  • General design tips
  • Original ideas with photo
  • Main trends of 2022
  • How to decorate the top
  • How to decorate the bottom of the Christmas tree

Expert in this material: Anna Maslennikova, designer-decorator, founder of the Decor Academy service.

How to decorate a Christmas tree for the New Year 2022

Decide on a color scheme

Not only toys, but the tree itself can be of any color. For those who are not afraid to experiment, there are, for example, red or pink Christmas trees on sale - they will best fit into an interior dominated by neutral or warm shades. By the way, Melania Trump decorated the White House with just such trees a couple of years ago.

“The main trend is a meaningful approach to decorating the Christmas tree. It is important to think over the appearance, want to create a certain image and work it out. Tradition, naturalness, comfort, nostalgia, individuality are valued,” says Anna Maslennikova, designer and decorator.

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Each of these factors is revealed through a specific color palette and themed embellishments, the expert notes.

Solid color Christmas tree ornaments (Photo: Eugenivy now/Unsplash)

Now it is a trend to use red and any of its noble shades when decorating a Christmas tree, says Anna Maslennikova. These are, for example, natural berry, plum, grape tones. They look good in combination with metallic details - gold, silver, copper, etc.

Connoisseurs of discreet decisions can completely limit themselves to a combination of gold and silver jewelry, diluted with garlands. Today, a combination of warm and cold shades is quite acceptable, so gold in New Year's decor can be safely combined with silver. “A completely monochrome range would also be a great solution: it is important to take the main color as a basis, for example, beige, pastel pink and blue, combined with voluminous textile decor,” says the decorator.

Select decorations

Classic Christmas tree (Photo: Eugenivy Now/Unsplash)

Red pairs perfectly with green, yellow (gold) and white (silver). Decorating a green Christmas tree with them is an ageless classic.

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“The combination of green and red, seasoned with the warm flickering of electric garland lights, will create a traditional image of a Christmas tree beloved by many,” says Anna Maslennikova.

A combination of gold and silver spruce decorations (Photo: Dima Valkov/Pexels)

Non-standard colors are also welcome: you can decorate the tree with blue and blue balls, complementing them with white accents.

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In addition to the usual balls and glass toys, you can use other decorations in Christmas tree decor - in the same style or by combining two or three options.

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Bows and flowers

Christmas tree with floral decoration (Photo: PIXABAY)

Textile decorations are traditional for Christmas in Western countries. Volumetric bows or flower petals look good with balls and tinsel. It is important to distribute the decor evenly so that the tree does not appear to be "blooming" on one side more than on the other.

“Choose decorations that will best enhance the selected image of the Christmas tree: velvet, glossy, tartan, embroidered with gold threads or decorated with crystals,” advises Anna Maslennikova. — Textile flowers cannot be rejected either, especially if we are talking about creating some kind of traditional or homely look. It is important to choose good quality jewelry that will look decent and look like a bright finishing touch to the overall composition.”

Tinsel

Tinsel on the tree 2022 (Photo: Inna Skosyreva/Unsplash)

Tinsel is now perceived more as a nostalgic reference to past generations of New Year holidays. “Tinsel and “rain”, I advise you to use with caution. If there is a question of creating a themed Christmas tree (for example, nostalgia for the nineties), “rain” is quite acceptable, but usually it greatly simplifies the appearance of the tree, ”says the expert.

Ribbons or beads

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Another popular Christmas decoration option to be careful with is Christmas tree beads and ribbons. They are good for creating volume of the composition when it is necessary to remove the "gaps" between the branches of the tree, but an overabundance of visually weights the tree and distracts from other decorations.

“Ribbons can be used to make additional decorations, such as bows. If you want to use a scattering of homemade decorations that form a garland or beads, then why not - this can be an exact hit in one of the trends, ”advises Anna Maslennikova.

Real food

Cookies on the Christmas tree (Photo: PIXABAY)

In addition to sweet gifts for children, the Christmas tree can be decorated with citrus slices and cinnamon sticks, which are associated with winter drinks and pastries. The pastries themselves are also used in the decor - gingerbread and Christmas cookies in the form of houses, men and snowflakes with sugar icing. Circles of oranges are hung on colored ribbons or thin jute ropes, which are usually used for packaging. The decor can be complemented with dried rowan berries and crafts made from coffee beans.

Postcards and photos

A good solution would be a garland of bright moments of the past year: family photos and pictures with friends. For such a garland, postcards from different countries and letters from loved ones are suitable. It’s good if the composition is made in the same style, and the photos and postcards in it are combined at least in size.

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A classic Christmas tree will fit in almost any interior, but with a little creativity, the tree can be designed to match the decor of the room as much as possible. Designers recommend original decor options.

1. White Christmas tree

White Christmas tree - 2022 (Photo: PIXABAY)

One of the unusual trends is spruce with snow-white branches. The color is versatile and will look great in any room. But if there are white walls in the room, the main decoration of the holiday will be lost against their background. It is important to strike a balance: in a bright room, it is better to place a white Christmas tree near an accent wall or near a window with contrasting curtains.

2. Small tree

Mini Christmas tree (Photo: Laura James/Pexels)

The size of an apartment does not always allow for a large tree with spreading branches in the middle of the room. This is optional: you can set aside space on a table or chest of drawers for a miniature version of the holiday tree. In terms of decorations, a set of mini-toys will work better for such a tree than a few large balls.

3. Eco-tree

Eco-style Christmas tree (Photo: Chang Duong/Unsplash)

An eco-tree is a tree without plastic decorations. All decor in this case is made from natural materials: wood, cardboard, paper and fabrics in natural shades. You can use fruits, cones, tree branches and dried flowers.

“Naturality is a trend based on the human need to be closer to nature, so you can take note of the jewelry in the appropriate colors (green, brown, beige). Comfort is created by Christmas decorations made of textiles with embroidery in interesting pastel shades. A monochrome range in beige tones will also be relevant,” advises Anna Maslennikova.

4. Retro Christmas Tree

Retro Christmas Tree (Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash)

You can stay on trend without following newfangled trends: retro is always in style. Toys that decorated the Christmas tree in several generations of the family; photographs and postcards; clippings from old albums and magazines are all back in fashion. You can stylize modern photos by processing them with common retro filters in online applications.

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“The nostalgic image of a Christmas tree can be created using decorations that are already in the house and that all family members have memories of. To maintain this trend, any means are good if, in the end, an atmosphere of unity and comfort reigns,” says Anna Maslennikova.

5. How to decorate the top

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Usually a glass or cardboard star or a classic "Soviet" top takes place on the top vertical branch of the Christmas tree. But the choice is much wider - from birds and symbols of the year to gift bows and Santa Claus hats.

Christmas tree topper (Photo: Toni Cuenca/Unsplash)

“There are no hard and fast recipes here. If you want to use the top, choose a decoration that will perfectly complete the created image of the Christmas tree, but if there is nothing suitable for decoration, it does not matter. The top is not at all an obligatory attribute of the New Year's decor," says Anna Maslennikova.

6. How to decorate the bottom of the Christmas tree

Christmas tree in a basket (Photo: Karolina Grabowska/Pexels)

It is customary to close the cross base. This can be done with a blanket or other drapery. Some manufacturers offer special "skirts" for the base of the spruce, which not only hide unnecessary details, but also spread around in a cozy round carpet.

“If the Christmas tree is located in the lobby of a hotel or a shopping center, compositions of gift boxes and additional decor are usually placed below,” says Anna Maslennikova. - But in a residential area where there are small children, I would not recommend covering the base of the New Year's tree with sham gifts.


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