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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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How to Hang Christmas Ornaments

From finials to heavy kugels, learn how to best add your decorations to the tree.

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The tradition of trimming the Christmas tree is one that families look forward to every year. Ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and are made from different materials. What's great about decorating your tree, though, is that you don't have to include only the same type of ornament. "It's always really important to anchor your tree with a series of cohesive ornaments throughout—whether you pick a single color, shape, or texture, this will create a canvas for the more significant or sentimental ornaments to shine while pulling everything together as a whole," says Malorie Goldberg of Noa Blake Design. "We love to see a tree dressed in traditional metallic gold or silver balls, filling in the gaps with ornaments that really mean something."

To better understand different ornaments and how to hang each type, follow our tips and tricks.

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Ornaments by Type

Your Christmas tree can feature glass balls or shaped glass ornaments, lightweight ornaments with personalized photos, or homemade ornaments made from clay or paper. The best way to hang each ornament depends on its weight and shape, as well as the strength of your Christmas tree's boughs. Heavier ornaments, for example, should be placed deeper into the branches while lightweight ornaments can be placed closer to the ends of a branch without running the risk of falling off.

"Each time you start to think about hanging ornaments, choose the hanging material and keep it consistent. Every ornament can be different but if they're all hung from heavy gold yarn, black cord, or metal wire, then the overall decoration will feel cohesive and thoughtful," explains Goldberg, adding that "floral wire is a great insider trick." Instead of hanging a fragile or antique ornament from a hook (far too easy for curious children or pets to knock loose), secure it with a length of 28-gauge wire ($10.69, amazon.com). Thread wire through hanging loop, wrap around a branch, and twist ends. The best part is you can hang each decoration at exactly the perfect height.

Lightweight ornaments, such as those made from ribbon or paper, can be made to seemingly suspend from ribbon alone, but they are affixed with wire to prevent them from slipping off should the tree get jostled while unifying the color scheme. To make a ribbon hanger, tie 3/8-inch ribbon ($3.99, michaels.com) lengthwise around a credit-card–size piece of stiff paper, knot at the bottom, and trim the ends with scissors. Slip the ribbon loop off and attach to wire. Thread the wire and ribbon loop through the ornament's metal ring, pulling taut, wrapping the wire around the branch to hold it in place. If you want ornaments to hang closer to the branch, shorten the ribbon by wrapping a bit around the bough before securing the wire.

Edible ornaments, such as dried orange slices, can be banded in ribbon attached by brass upholstery tacks ($12.90 for 500, amazon.com) with wire for hanging wrapped around the tack before pressing into the fruit.

How to Hang Them on the Tree

When it comes time to hang your ornaments, Goldberg recommends starting with the heaviest ornaments toward the inside of the tree and working your way out. "Start with the ornaments that carry the most weight physically or have the largest presence and place them closer to the trunk where branches are heftier and more stable. Then work your way out from there, leaving the daintiest and lightest ornaments for the outer branches," she says. Natural accents like glittery pinecones and glass icicles should be fastened with wire directly to the branches—without ribbon—to appear as if they naturally hang from the tree.

Styling for a Cohesive Look

Once you place your ornaments around the tree, you can add some final touches that will make your tree really stand out. Goldberg recommends including some sparkle "but not too much." Metallics should be simple and solid, and it's best to limit how much glitter and faceted crystal is added to the tree. "If everything shines, nothing will stand out," she says. But it doesn't have to just be sparkly elements to accent your tree. "Adding texture around your ornaments like pheasant feathers or leather ribbon will give more traditional ornaments (or alternatively, more glitzy ornaments), a little bit of edge and make the tree feel fresh," Goldberg says. These final touches to your tree will help to bring the whole look together.

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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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Decorative boxes

To make your own Christmas tree decorations, all you need is a basic knowledge of scissors and paper. Multi-colored thin cardboard makes cute surprise boxes - tie them up with bright ribbons and hang them on the Christmas tree. These decorative boxes can also be used to decorate a Christmas wreath and a New Year's table.

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Ornaments from birch bark

Draw the outline of future toys using a stencil (these can be stars, hearts, rhombuses and other simple shapes) and cut out New Year's toys with a wood cutter and household scissors. Eco-style is one of the most popular trends in Christmas tree decoration over the past few years .

Christmas wreath made of wire and fir branches

You can make a miniature Christmas wreath from simple metal wire and fir branches . First, make a round hanger with a hook out of wire, then tie the frame with green branches (these can be spruce paws, eucalyptus, dried herbs). As a decor, decorate the composition with small branches with berries, bells, beads, ribbons and other decorations that you can find at home.

Christmas trees from branches

By the way, you can make a mini Christmas tree from ordinary twigs or twigs. For work you will need: white wicker basket, white acrylic paint, rope or satin ribbon, garden shears, brush . The "trunk" - a thick rod - is laid on a horizontal surface, after which they begin to assemble the "tree". Between themselves, the rods are fastened with a rope or tape. Two thick rods are threaded into the handles of a wicker basket (see photo). The tree is installed so that its trunk is securely fixed between two parallel guides. Then we paint the Christmas tree with white paint. It remains to hang balls and a garland on it.

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New Year's decor from gingerbread

you can bake Christmas decorations! Take the recipe for gingerbread cookies: if your tree smells of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon , it will only add to its charm. To make holes in future cookies for hanging on a Christmas tree, use a straw for cocktails and make a hole with it in a raw cookie on a baking sheet. Finished cookies can be decorated with colored sugar icing. Such New Year's sweets can be hung on a Christmas tree, or you can string them on a ribbon and make a fragrant garland for a room or use them to decorate New Year's gifts!

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New Year's decor from citrus fruits

edible Christmas tree decorations can also be made from citrus. Take an orange or lemon, cut into circles and put them in the oven for a few minutes or dry them in advance (the best place is the windowsill above the radiator). It remains to carefully make a hole and hang it on the Christmas tree with wire or beautiful braid!

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To make Christmas decorations with your own hands, sewing skills will also come in handy. Soft toys can be sewn from colorful patches and decorated with embroidery, buttons, beads and seed beads. Pieces of colored fabric make cute bags in which you can pack mini-gifts for children. Let the kids themselves remove them from the spruce branches.

Homemade Christmas balls

Transparent glass balls for the Christmas tree (look for blanks in craft stores) — an inexhaustible field for creativity! To give them a personality, place inside a feather, a piece of gold foil, fur, a curl of shavings, a spikelet, a shiny serpentine n or just a green twig. Each ball can be wrapped with a ribbon with a handwritten wish for each guest - you get an unusual New Year's gift.

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A transparent Christmas ball can also be decorated using decoupage technique , pasting it from the inside with a pattern from a napkin.


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