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How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Professional

We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights perfectly coordinated in a festive and stylish scheme. In reality, however, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centrepiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered.

We've spoken to a range of style and decorating experts, including the team at Balsam Hill – whose artificial Christmas trees have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Good Morning Britain and This Morningabout how to decorate your Christmas tree to make it look like you hired a professional, plus how to choose the right Christmas tree decorations to suit your theme.

But before we begin, like any task, you need to have the right tools to ensure the safe and proper set up of your Christmas tree. This includes cotton gloves for shaping branches, scissors with safety handles for materials, packaging or equipment, and a sturdy ladder or step stool for installing toppers and arranging décor on taller trees.

So now you're all set up, fancy getting that Insta-worthy look with very little effort? Read on...

1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree

Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You'll find that high-quality trees are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated year after year, all whilst maintaining its beautiful look.

Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn't go 'out of date' after a few years (FYI, asymmetrical, sparse trees are expected to trend this year), and a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.

Pre-lit Christmas trees are a firm household favourite because it saves time in untangling all those lights, but on the other hand, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever lights you want. When it comes to size, 7ft Christmas trees are now extremely popular but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space and doesn't leave it feeling too cramped. If you're tight on space, there are some great slim Christmas trees on the market, including narrow pencil designs, which may be a better fit. And remember, to prevent wear and tear on your Christmas tree, consider models with advanced features that offer easy set up and storage.

Tip: When buying your tree, ensure you have the right Christmas tree storage, such as storage bags and boxes, as well as storage for wreaths, garlands and lights, so that you're fully equipped when you take your Christmas tree down and pack everything away.

Alternatively, if you want a real Christmas tree, there's a great selection of different types available to buy at tree farms, markets or home & DIY stores. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.

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2. Fluff and shape branches

Fluffing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible. And don't hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be.

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3. Design around a theme

A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at John Lewis' Christmas themes this year, from Snow Mountain to Blush Coast, there's a total of seven key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Winter Retreat to Deco Luxe, to help create a look that's classically Christmas.

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4. Start with the lights first

While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money), you'll need Christmas tree lights if you have a plain tree (real or artificial). As a general rule of thumb, the lighting experts at Lights4Fun advise 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft tree, you'd need 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.

The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your Christmas tree, is to always add the lights first – it's more difficult to do this after you've added decorations like baubles and garlands.

Balsam Hill advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your Christmas tree's trunk, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.

'When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches,' Balsam Hill advise. 'Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.'

And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next bulb over a branch, and so forth.

5. Choose the right decorations

Choosing accents that fit your theme will help you achieve a cohesive design. Whether it's hanging tree decorations, garlands, ribbons, or floral picks, opt for Christmas tree decorations that will complement the overall appearance of your tree. Many bauble sets include different shapes, sizes, finishes and designs. Combining these with traditional baubles will give you more freedom to play up your theme.

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6. Balance the décor

Given the many Christmas tree decorations you're likely to have, you have to ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.

7. Cluster your baubles

Balsam Hill's design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones.

The White Company echo this suggestion – to create a balanced, visually pleasing tree, buy baubles in threes, sixes, or twelves, and add these on first in a 'Z' shape. You should hang larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth, and use small ones towards the end of the branches.

Dangle delicate glass baubles at the top of the tree to prevent any breakages, and add special ones last to ensure they are in the perfect position.

And how much baubles will you need? The White Company recommends 80 baubles for a 7.5ft tree.

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8. Layer and style ribbons

Another expert tip is to layer your Christmas tree with decorative ribbons, which will elevate your tree's aesthetic. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths to create more impact.

Brad Schmidt, contributing designer for Balsam Hill, recommends using ribbons with wired edges, as these are easier to sculpt into loops or rolls, and they hold shape better than non-wired ribbons. Follow these simple techniques for arranging ribbons on your tree.

9. Use tree picks

Tree picks and floral sprays come in many forms, such as decorated branches, twigs, berries, or even pinecones – use them as subtle accents to complement the entire look of your tree. Grouping picks together using floral wire is a creative way to elevate the visual appeal of your tree without overpowering other decorations.

They are great for adding lively splashes of colour, not only to Christmas trees, but to wreaths and garlands too. Make sure to choose picks with bendable stems to make shaping easier.

10. Choose the right tree topper

A eye-catching Christmas tree topper is a beautiful way to complete the designer look of your tree. Make sure to choose one that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree, and take into consideration the height of your ceiling too. You can also choose an alternative design, like a giant bow rather than a gold star, or you could make your own topper.

11. Finish off with a tree skirt

Often overlooked, a Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to your decorations and serves to balance the overall design of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts have many benefits too, from covering the unsightly 'legs', trunk or stand of a tree, to protecting your floors and carpets from any fallen pine needles (if you have a real tree).

It naturally draws attention to the tree's lower portion and helps to produce a complete, harmonious look. Plus, it's the perfect backdrop for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Alternatively, if you have a potted Christmas tree or one that comes in a basket, opt for a tree rug instead.

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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!


  • 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

  • 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.




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.


  • 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!

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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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The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree came to us a very long time ago. Even the ancient pagan tribes revered spruce as a symbol of the triumph of life over death. They believed that the Christmas tree protects the hearth from evil spirits, darkness and cold. People believed that spirits live in the branches of this coniferous beauty, which can do good and evil. Coniferous trees were revered for their evergreen appearance.

According to historians, decorated Christmas trees first appeared in 1605 in France, they became symbols of Christmas. This tradition later spread throughout Europe. In the USSR in the early 20s of the last century it was forbidden to celebrate Christmas, but already in the 30s the decorated spruce became a symbol of another, no less wonderful New Year's holiday. The first children's matinee with the participation of the forest beauty took place at 1935, after this New Year, as a holiday was officially legalized.

At first, the Christmas tree was decorated with apples and nuts, sweets and cookies, i.e. there was a kind of symbolism of offering "gifts" to spirits.

Nobody doubts the fact that decorating a Christmas tree is the most enjoyable part of preparing for the holiday. Everyone can be involved in this event: loved ones, friends, relatives, children. An evening spent fussing with tinsel, multi-colored foil and New Year's toys is sure to be filled with pleasant emotions. But first, you will need to gather a family council in order to decide in what style you will dress up the main attribute of the New Year's holiday. Perhaps you decide to proceed from the style of your interior or the wishes of friends and family, or perhaps you want to decorate the Christmas tree according to the latest New Year's fashion trends. Perhaps someone did not know, but designers annually create new collections of Christmas decorations, because Christmas tree decorations have their own fashion.

Timeless classic
Timeless outfit: a combination of red, gold and green, beads, frosted balls, ribbons and tinsel to match. It doesn't take much to create a bright Christmas mood - just add silver bells, stars and angels.

"Home" style
Cookies, gingerbread, sweets can be used as decorations, the latter can be used to make a colorful garland. Hide all these treats-toys among sparkling balls, fluffy tinsel and mysterious garlands. It is also very convenient that you and your children will then be able to enjoy these treats right at the Christmas tree, and be sure that they will seem unusually tasty to you!

European jewelry
This style includes jewelry in silver white or silver blue. Balls and snowflakes, doves and stars, rain and tinsel - everything is white, like the first snow. This tree looks very elegant and elegant.

This direction implies strict minimalism, exclusively silver or golden-blue tones, 2-3 types of toys, including shiny balls, everything else is up to your taste. Tinsel and rain are absent. Everything is very strict.

Optimal minimum
In this version, 1-2 types of jewelry are still stricter than in the previous one. Or balls tied with satin ribbons, or garlands, or candles, or something else. But the main condition is that the Christmas tree itself must be beautiful, very fluffy and juicy.

Plush tree
How do you like the idea of ​​decorating the Christmas tree with soft toys? They can be customized in color and size. The main advantage of this design is "non-traumatic". You can not be afraid that children or guests will get hurt by a broken toy.

Luminous outfit
This option can also be attributed to minimalism, but it does not look at all strict, but rather provocatively. Decorate the Christmas tree with several garlands, you can make one of them constantly burn, while others flicker merrily.

Miss Extravagance
Everything extraordinary is fashionable, you can decorate the Christmas tree with everything that comes to hand. It can be ropes or colored patches, straw and origami from colored paper. Straw toys have been very popular in Europe over the past couple of years; toys were made from this material in ancient times.

Children's Christmas tree
For children, it is better to decorate the Christmas tree not with the same type, but with bright multi-colored toys. It is better to give the children the opportunity to hang balloons and garlands, sweets and tangerines themselves.

The Snow Queen
The latest New Year's fashion trend is the effect of snowy coniferous beauty. To achieve this effect, you can use special aerosol cans with artificial snow or do everything at home: spread the branches with stationery glue, and then sprinkle them with coarse salt or rubbed foam.

Before you decorate your Christmas tree, make sure you choose a good spot for the green beauty. The ideal place for the Christmas tree is in front of the large window in the living room. Although this may not be practical if there are pets or small children at home.

The next step is to install the Christmas tree so that it looks great from all visible sides. Real, live Christmas trees, as you know, are not quite symmetrical. When considering how to decorate a Christmas tree, it's important to know that each item you hang on your tree requires its own unique approach.

There should be at least 150-200 garland lights for every meter of tree height. If the tree is very lush than usual, or you like more sparkling lights, you may need more strings and more bulbs.
Christmas lights need to be tested before they are hung on the tree. You should hang from the top of the tree, wrapping around each large branch, and so move down.

Beaded garlands look best, but colored paper (tinsel) ribbons or garlands look just as attractive when hung loosely around the tree. You also need to start hanging garlands from the top of the tree.

Decorations (Christmas balls and toys).

You need to decorate the Christmas tree with the largest decorations, the interval between them should be approximately the same. Fill in the gaps between large decorations: medium and small toys or balls.

Decorations that are brighter and more brilliant should be placed in the foreground, less bright ones deep into the Christmas tree.

Do not overdo it with the choice of the number of color accents, 2-3 colors are optimal.

It is better to decorate the Christmas tree with either balls or toys of the same theme (snowman, angel, Santa Claus, etc.)

Do not forget to decorate the bottom of the green beauty, the best decoration option is gifts for loved ones.

How to properly decorate a Christmas tree

When there are only a few days left before the New Year, the tree is already being prepared in order to extend its service life in the future, you should decide for yourself how you will decorate the green beauty this year.

Please note that before you start decorating the Christmas tree, wrap it with a garland, you should put the tree in order, and therefore, if you notice that there are asymmetrical branches sticking out, it is best to cut them off.

Of course, you can tie them up. When the Christmas tree is brought into a beautiful view, you can start decorating.

By the way, when it comes to decorating correctly, it is worth adhering to a certain technology.

The sequence of actions that you need to know when deciding how to properly decorate a Christmas tree:

- you need to start with the lights, which must be evenly distributed over the Christmas tree. If you plan to put it on one side against the wall, then you can only hang a sparkling garland in front.

Hang them up, starting at the top of your head and working your way down to the floor. You should rely on your own tastes and preferences;

- the next step is the tip. To do this, chop off the top a little so that its tip can crawl into the hole of the toy, attach an asterisk or another top that you prefer;

- balls and toys. Hang New Year's toys (tangerines, balls, coins, etc.) on all the branches of the Christmas tree. By the way, the bigger and more beautiful the toy, the higher it should be hung.

It will also be appropriate for families with small children or pets. An interesting option for decorating the Christmas tree is the checkerboard method. In this case, it is recommended to alternate large toys and small ones.

Make sure that the toy does not hang too close to another, because the result will be too cluttered tree. So that the fastening of the toy is not too noticeable, it is worth making ropes in green;

- the last stage - decoration with rain. Spread the rain around the entire perimeter of the green beauty.

In fact, this is just a sequence of actions in decorating, but since every year the trends in decorating the Christmas tree change, some of the steps indicated above may be missing.

As for the style of decorating the Christmas tree, then you should rely on your preferences. If your imagination is not enough for you, then you can ask your children or other family members to help decorate the Christmas tree with you.

This activity will undoubtedly bring you closer together, especially since, by offering your ideas, your Christmas tree will sparkle with beautiful New Year's colors.

The idea of ​​decorating a Christmas tree can be whatever your heart desires. You can rely on the upcoming symbol of the next year. Indeed, as experts who study the symbols of the year say, if you can please the animal in everything, then your life in the new year will be successful and happy.

You can make interesting crafts from natural materials, you can use spruce branches, wood, cones for your fakes.

You can decorate the Christmas tree with bells and bells, by the way, you should hang them not only on the tree, but also near it.

An excellent option would be to hang a large bell on the door, so your guests will announce their arrival with a pleasant sound when they enter the house.

Experts also recommend decorating the Christmas tree with banknotes in order to please the symbol of the year, so your year should be financially successful.

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