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How To Keep Christmas Tree Topper Straight • Queen Bee of Honey Dos
So, you’ve put up your Christmas tree. You’ve got all the decorations looking gorgeous. Everything is going great. Then, comes the finishing touch. The addition of the tree topper. And what do ya know? The stupid thing won’t stay upright!
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I know you’ve been there. You may even be suffering from the crooked star (or angel) syndrome, right now. But, don’t give up. I have been using this trick to keep my Christmas tree topper straight for years.
So, take a deep breath. Grab your cup of coffee (or wine). Sit back, and let me tell you a few simple ways that I have found to conquer the wayward Christmas tree.
How To Keep Christmas Tree Topper Straight
Beginning with those crazy, swirly, springs
You know. The ones that come attached to most tree toppers. I am not sure how it happened, but somewhere in the world lives a person who thought that it would be a good idea to add that springy thing to a heavy ornament. Then, expect it to stand straight on a branch that can barely hold itself upright.
It’s hard to believe that in all of these years, and with all the inventions that we have come up with that no one has invented something better for a tree topper.
Seriously, we have put a man on the moon. We can reach out through waves to people all the way on the other side of the world in just a matter of seconds. But, keeping a star straight on a tree… nope. That seems to be beyond our mear mortal minds’ capabilities.
So, here is what I have come up with to keep my Christmas tree topper straight and upright. A very basic. Simple. Dowel rod. Yep, that’s right. I said, a dowel rod.*
That and a couple of zip ties* is all it will take to get your star sitting straight. And this is how it works.
That flimsy little stalk that comes at the top of every artificial tree is simply not strong enough to hold the weight of anything more than the needles attached to it. But, if you can extend the center support, you will have something to work with.
Dowel rods are amazing little tools. They can be used in a lot of different ways. I use Dowel rods for all sorts of projects. So, we can add this one to the list.
Now, it doesn’t take a very long dowel rod to work. You just have to use enough to proportionately distribute the weight that you are adding.
About 10” of length from a 3/4″round dowel is adequate for most toppers. But a longer dowel can be used for heavier objects.
Starting from the top of the tree, maneuver the dowel rod down through the branches. The idea is to keep it right against the center pole.
Leave about 3-4 inches of wood protruding above your last needles (not counting that last long piece). Then, use the zip ties to attach the dowel rod to the center pole.
Make sure to use at least three zip ties. One at the bottom of the dowel rod and the other two placed at the center and at the top edge. Pull them as tight as you can get them.
Next, twist the spring down over the dowel until it has a super tight hold. Then, use that long branch tip at the top of the tree to wind around the spring and camouflage it.
Tip – if you add the topper during the tree assembly and before you put that last tree section up, it will be much easier to get it secured tightly. But, I am assuming that you may already have your tree up and not willing to disassemble the top portion.
You can see one of my trees from this year with the star mounted. I just wanted to show that the dowel rod is very easy to hide with a bit of ornaments and stems.
On a Side Note:
I did find this tree topper stabilizer* that can be purchased. I tried it out. It works okay for lighter-to-moderate weight items, but really only keeps it straight and does nothing to secure the piece to the tree. A hard bump can send it toppling to the ground.
I also found this other stabilizer.* It holds more securely IF you can get it on your tree. The issue for me was the twist mechanism which has to be twisted down the length of the center pole. Not easy to do with branches protruding out in all directions.
After testing both devices, I decided to stick with my DIYed version. But, if DIYing isn’t really your thing, by all means, give one of those a try!
This technique has been working quite well for all of my stars. (FYI – you can see how I built that shipping crate here, and find the instructions for building that star, here. If you want even more of my decorations, check out last year’s Christmas tour!
Moving on to the angel tree toppers
Now with angels, the base is a bit different. Most of these have a cone-shaped piece of plastic that is supposed to slip down over the treetop. Sounds simple enough, right?
Except, no matter how many branches you stuff up her bum, she always seems to be on the brink of diving to her death in a display of protest. This is how I lost my most cherished tree topper several years ago.
Since I was quite devastated over her death, I decided to make sure that no other angel could succumb to such a tragic end.
Before attempting to sit another angel on my tree, I tried several techniques. This is the one that worked the best.
It requires the addition of a styrofoam cone.* You know the type. You can find them in just about any craft store. Or use that link to buy one online.
With this method, I like to use the 1/4″ round dowels. It is easier to push inside the styrofoam. However, I go a bit longer on the length to get a strong stable hold.
First, test the cone out under the angel’s dress. Slip it inside the plastic sleeve and see how well it fits. The idea is to get a nice snug fit.
You may need to cut some off of the tip of the cone, or you may need to remove some excess from the bottom. But, most of the time it is fine as is. Just work with it until the cone fits snuggly inside the plastic sleeve.I used white zip ties and an unpainted dowel for demostration purposes. However, you will want to use matching zip ties if possible.
Next, use the dowel rod technique from above. Attach the dowel rod to the center tree support just like before. Except for this time, instead of twisting a star on top of it, you push the styrofoam down on top.
Actually, it is better to press the cone over the dowel rod before attaching it to the tree. That way you are not applying force to your tree.
Then, once the dowel rod/cone piece is locked in place, slide the angle down over the cone. That’s it! Now your angle can stand proud like she was meant to.
With this method, the angel will need a tad bit more overhead room. It will add about 10″ to your final tree. (win/win) So, just keep that in mind.
As you can see, it is better to get the topper attached before moving on to the other ornaments. She is really stable and I have no worries that she will fall to her death.
Let’s talk about real trees:
With a real Christmas tree, you can accomplish the same effect without needing a dowel rod. But, only if you plan ahead.
On a real tree, you can snip off the tiny branches that are attached to the main truck. If you clip off enough, you will get to a much sturdier part of the trunk.
This sturdier section should be more than adequate to hold your topper in place. Then, you can trim the tree to blend with this new height adjustment. Depending on the tree, you may not need to do much trimming.
But, let’s assume for the moment that you didn’t plan for the need to do any trimming. Or maybe you already have your tree finished and you just want to keep your Christmas tree topper straight.
In which case, you can use either of the above methods. It works perfectly for artificial trees, but there is no reason you can’t use it on a real tree, too.
One Last Tip:
You can spray-paint the dowel rods to match your tree. I did that for the tree that I flocked last year. And you can’t even tell it is there.
Now, if you need help with your tree lights, you can see what I did to solve that problem, here. Happy Holidays!
How To Get Your Christmas Tree Topper To Stay On
One of the biggest complaints that people have about Christmas tree toppers is that they can’t seem to get the topper to stay on the tree.
Although some toppers may be too heavy for some trees, there are a few different ways in which you can anchor your Christmas Tree topper so it stays upright in the exact spot you want.
These fixes work great for most tree toppers whether they just don’t want to sit straight or if you have kids or pets that tend to knock the topper loose.
Stop struggling with your tree topper when decorating your Christmas tree and instead learn how to get your Christmas tree to stay on your tree properly.Quick Tree Topper Fix for Artificial Christmas Trees
If you have a fake Christmas tree you may only need a quick fix that takes a few seconds to get your topper on your tree.
Basically you want to take as many branches as possible from the top of the tree and really pack them into the base of the tree topper.
This helps to stabilize the topper instead of just having one or two branches that don’t fill up the whole base of the topper.
If you don’t like the look of this way you can also try to bend the branches in half to give a wider base for the topper as well.
This can also work for some real Christmas trees depending on the thickness of the tree at the top.
This quick fix may work for some tree toppers but there are still some that really need to be anchored down instead, so I have more solutions as well.Use Floral Wire or Twine to Anchor Your Christmas Tree Topper
If you are still having trouble with your topper staying on your tree, you can use some different items to help anchor it to the tree and you won’t even be able to tell.
The first thing I recommend is floral wire. The green floral wire will blend right into the tree and you won’t even notice that it is tied onto the branches of the tree.
The nice thing about floral wire is that it doesn’t cost a whole lot and it can be used for other craft projects around the house as well.
**I recommend this super inexpensive spool of floral wire .
You can also use a strong twine or jute to keep the topper in place as well. With this you may be able to see parts of the twine but you can easily cover with your garland and ornaments.
All you have to do with the wire or the twine is simply tie it onto the base or cone of the topper in two different spots and allow for enough wire to hang down so that you can tie it onto the branches of the tree.
When tying the wire or twine to the tree go down several branches so that you can make sure you get a secure anchor. You can send the wire through the middle of the tree by the trunk or you can go down the back if no one will see it back there.
Simply, make sure you get a good, secure knot on the branches on each side of the topper so that it stays upright and secure on top of the tree.
As mentioned, you can always use ornaments, garland, or a bow to hide the twine if needed. You probably will not even notice the green floral wire but you can also use decorations to hide that as well.Get A Straight Christmas Tree Topper With A Tree Topper Holder
Village Lighting Company Tree Topper Holder
Another good option for getting your Christmas tree topper to stay on and keeping it straight is using a good tree topper holder.
Not every holder is made the same though as I have come across some that don’t work any better than what the tree topper does.
I recommend the Twist-On Tree Topper Holder from Village Lighting Company.
Although this option is more expensive than using the floral wire, the holder can be used with different topper designs year after year. Plus, with this holder you don’t have to mess around at the top of your tree trying to wrap the wire around.
Of course, the holder is not that expensive and actually cost less than what most toppers cost.
It can be used on both artificial and live Christmas trees as long as the top is less than 1.25 inches in diameter.
It is made with a spiral design that simply screws on to your top tree trunk branches. It then has mix and match attachments to fit just about any style of topper.
This does a good job at securing and stabilizing your topper so you not only get a straight position but you don’t have to worry about it toppling over with any movements.
There are people who have stated that this holder even works well for anchoring heavy Christmas tree toppers.Make Your Christmas Tree Decorating Less Stressful – Important Christmas Tree Topper Tip
One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing your tree topper is to make sure you don’t buy a topper that is too heavy or big for the size of your tree.
Even if you use the floral wire or the topper holder, a topper that is too heavy and can’t be supported by your tree just won’t stay in place.
If you have a miniature tree under 4 feet pick a topper that is on the lighter and smaller side. If you have a tree that is 5 feet tall or larger most toppers (unless really heavy or large) should be okay.
Even some of the best Christmas tree toppers need a little help every once in awhile especially with real Christmas trees that may not have even top branches.
If you pick a tree topper that isn’t unusually heavy, then the floral wire or the topper should make placing your tree topper on your Christmas super simple.
Not sure what tree topper to choose from for your tree? Check out some of my ideas for tree toppers:
Burlap Bow Christmas Tree Topper
Primitive Christmas Tree Topper Ideas
Make Your Own Ribbon Bow Tree Topper
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Why an artificial Christmas tree is better than a live one
A fluffy, fragrant, beautifully decorated Christmas tree is a permanent symbol of the New Year. In recent years, however, there has been a trend towards replacing living trees with artificial ones. Visually, this design practically does not differ from the real one. It is effective, practical and durable. But before you buy a Christmas tree, you should figure out which option is better - a living or artificial tree.
The following factors speak in favor of live spruce:
Natural beauty, which is difficult to convey with artificial materials.
An indescribable aroma. It is believed that spruce releases essential oils into the atmosphere, which have a bactericidal effect. The smell of pine needles also calms the nervous system, relieves tension and allows you to cope with stress. For many, this fragrance is inextricably linked with childhood and creates a New Year's mood.
However, this solution also has its drawbacks. This is primarily garbage from crumbled needles. A real Christmas tree cannot stand for a long time, while retaining its original beauty. A living tree must be bought just before the New Year, when prices for holiday paraphernalia reach their peak value. It is also worth noting the difficulty of transporting spruce from the market, during which it can be wrinkled, branches break, and part of the needles crumble.
Artificial trees do not have such disadvantages. They are available at any time of the year and delight with their beauty for a long time. Here are just a few reasons to buy an artificial Christmas tree instead of a regular one:
The absence of crumbling needles and other debris, which significantly reduces the time for cleaning after the holidays.
Variety of choices. Artificial trees can be bought in different sizes (from 0.5 to 3 meters or more). They are available in green, blue and white. The shape varies from a narrow cone to a regular triangle. Fans of fluffy branches will like pine-like models with long elastic needles.
Possibility of repeated use. You buy an artificial tree once, and you can decorate it for many years.
Another important factor is that by purchasing an artificial tree, you thereby help to reduce environmental damage and take care of nature. The process of planting new trees does not keep pace with deforestation, which negatively affects the ecosystem as a whole.
Caring for the artificial Christmas tree
It's hard to imagine New Year's holidays without installing and decorating a Christmas tree. This tradition has been observed for more than one century. Today, many people decide to buy a Christmas tree made of artificial material instead of a living tree. This helps to protect nature and save your own money. After all, an artificial green beauty will last more than one year. But for this, the product should be carefully stored and looked after.
How to properly store an artificial Christmas tree
In order for the New Year's beauty to please for many years, it is necessary to choose the right box for its storage. The packaging should not let in ultraviolet rays and dust, otherwise the paint may burn out, and the color of the product will fade. All branches should be neatly folded, tied to the trunk and placed in a tight case.
After the New Year holidays, before storing the Christmas tree, remove all toys, tinsel and rain from it. Then the product should be cleaned of dust. It is not recommended to use water and important wipes. Also, do not wash the product. There is a chance that it will not completely dry out. In this case, even a small amount of water will hopelessly ruin the tree. It is better to wash it before assembly next year. Until then, stick to dry cleaning.
Do not store the green beauty in a damp room. A cold barn is not suitable for this purpose. It is better to choose a mezzanine in the house or a pantry.
How to clean the artificial spruce
The Christmas tree should be collected well in advance of the holiday. During this period, all branches and needles will have time to straighten up. You can speed up the process with a steamer.
Some items can be washed. Information about this will be indicated in the instructions. If such care is acceptable, then the green beauty can have a shower. Let it stand in the bath until completely dry.
If wet cleaning is not permitted, a vacuum cleaner with a fine nozzle can be used. Each element of the product should be processed separately, moving down from the upper branches. Then you can wipe everything with a damp cloth.
Sprays for the care of artificial plants are available in the store. They make the cleaning process much easier. You can process them with an already assembled, but not yet decorated tree.
Today you can buy an artificial white Christmas tree. It cannot be wet cleaned. The metal base and fasteners can rust, and then the product will be hopelessly damaged. Moisture is also contraindicated for LED products. Only dry wipes are suitable for them.
How to properly store an artificial Christmas tree so that it does not lose its effectiveness?
New Year is a holiday that has brought together many traditions. A decorated tree is an important attribute of the celebration. Now more and more people are looking to buy an artificial Christmas tree. And this is not surprising, because the fluffy beauty will last more than one year. However, in order for the tree to retain its effectiveness, it must be properly stored. How to do it?
Before dismantling the main holiday symbol, you need to remove all toys, garlands and tinsel. For some, this seems ridiculous, but many people think that the Christmas tree can be left "at the parade." Doing this is strongly discouraged. During the holidays, a small amount of dust has accumulated on it. Imagine what will happen in a year. After you remove all the decorations, you need to carefully walk with a dry or damp cloth over all the branches.
Some manufacturers even recommend rinsing them in the shower. However, be very careful with this, as moisture can cause rust on metal parts.
How to install
After you have cleaned the structure, it must be dismantled. Artificial trees are different, some need to gently press the branches to the trunk, others look like a designer. The product must be installed in accordance with the instructions.
If the tree is completely disassembled, it is better to arrange all the parts in separate boxes or packages: branches, trunk parts, fasteners, etc. So you will not get confused when you collect a Christmas tree for the next New Year. You can store the tree in a special bag, or you can just do with boxes or bags.
Wood should be stored in a dark, dry place. If you leave it in the sun, after a year you will not see green needles. The color of artificial needles will fade and look like withered grass. High humidity will contribute to the formation of rust on metal elements.
Caring for such a tree is extremely simple. If you are not yet a happy owner of a green beauty, you can buy a Christmas tree from us. This acquisition will not only save money in the long run, but will also help save coniferous forests from cutting down.
Which artificial Christmas trees are in fashion right now?
What types of artificial Christmas trees are there?
Recently, artificial Christmas trees are becoming more preferable than living ones, which is not surprising: they are durable, beautiful, and easy to use. In addition, the use of such products helps to save the environment. You can buy a Christmas tree from us.
Variety of artificial trees
Products are distinguished by:
According to the place of installation, these products are indoor and outdoor. The latter, in turn, are divided into frame (more durable, but heavy) and stem (light, but more often exposed to negative weather effects). The structures have different heights and number of branches.
Artificial Christmas trees also differ in material. Christmas trees made of PVC film are very similar to natural trees. The needles are made of polymer strips cut on special devices. Then these strips are wound on metal frames. Such products are quite durable, fire resistant, without unpleasant odors. The needles are soft.
Line trees are very fluffy. In appearance, they are more like pine (they have a similar length of needles). Their branches are hard and prickly, but they do not crumple or deform. The products are very durable.
Products made of PE rubber have the maximum resemblance to natural wood. Their production requires the introduction of the latest technologies. They are very beautiful and aesthetic. Each of the branches is separately cast in a special form, then they are assembled into a whole product. The needles are soft and pleasant to the touch. The needles are made of safe material, not subject to combustion. These are premium Christmas trees that will last for many years.
The color of the product can be green (of various shades), bluish, silvery, golden. Currently, various types of decorated artificial trees are offered: with snow coating, cones, berries.
Artificial products can be of different sizes: from 30 centimeters to 25 meters. They are able to decorate any home and make the decoration of the streets festive.
We offer wholesale artificial Christmas trees, as well as Christmas decorations, electric garlands and luminous figures.
Cast artificial Christmas trees: features and benefits
Cast artificial Christmas trees are becoming more and more popular with customers every year, not only because of their environmental friendliness, but also because of their natural realistic look. Molded molding of plastic branches is a modern technology that allows you to create coniferous trees that are practically indistinguishable in appearance from natural ones. Therefore, many people, choosing to buy artificial or real spruce, increasingly prefer the first option.
Key technological features that give artificial cast Christmas trees a high competitive advantage over natural ones:
The name "cast" comes from the method of production of needles: they are made from softened rubber-like polyethylene (PE, short for English polyethylene), poured into special molds. After complete solidification, the resulting artificial needles are removed and fixed on the branches.
The needles can be placed at different angles to the branch, which allows you to imitate Christmas trees of different species and gives the artificial coniferous tree maximum realism.
Thanks to the assembly features, the finished branches of the cast Christmas tree look fluffy and thick, and the tree structure itself is elastic, durable and reliable.
Christmas trees made of PE branches are a kind of "elite" of artificial Christmas trees due to significant advantages over other varieties. The main advantages of cast Christmas trees:
a variety of colors - from different shades of green to completely snow-white;
safety for children and pets - cast needles are soft and pleasant to the touch, not prickly;
the opportunity to generously decorate the Christmas tree with a variety of toys in large quantities;
strong branches of cast wood will not bend under their weight, unlike flexible natural ones.
Cast Christmas trees are the most expensive of all the artificial options, but all their merits and distinctive features make them worth it. The cost of such a high-quality and spectacular premium class Christmas tree will more than pay off, as cast spruce will last for many years and will decorate your home for more than one New Year.
Thus, to buy a Christmas tree made of cast PE branches means to purchase an almost complete analogue of a natural forest beauty, but at the same time durable, environmentally friendly and practical.
What goods are profitable to sell before the New Year
New Year holidays are a period of active sales. But there are a number of products that buyers hunt for the most. First of all, this is a Christmas tree. The question of buying artificial or natural spruce arises in many families. Someone believes that a living tree creates an atmosphere more. But it will require a lot of attention and care. In addition, finding the perfect beauty in the holiday bustle is not so easy. Artificial Christmas tree allows:
keep the house clean;
take care of the environment;
Save time and money by being reusable.
What a Christmas tree without decorations! Therefore, the next thing the buyer goes for is toys and tinsel. Jewelry can be made from completely different materials: glass, plastic, ceramics, fabric. The modern consumer pays great attention to the environmental friendliness of products, so it is better to take a certified quality product for sale, even if it costs a little more.
In addition, garlands will definitely be on the list of purchases. They decorate not only spruces, but also rooms, offices and even building facades. Therefore, it is worth taking care that the assortment includes garlands of different lengths.
New Year symbols are often bought as souvenirs for acquaintances and colleagues. It can be Santa Claus with the Snow Maiden, and snowmen, and symbols of the coming year according to the eastern calendar.
When it is already possible to buy a Christmas tree and accessories for it, the attention of buyers switches to decorating the house. LED figures are becoming popular, which are installed both in apartments and in private houses, festive wreaths for doors in a Western style (they are placed both inside and outside the front door, creating a festive mood not only for themselves, but also for neighbors). Many also purchase compositions to decorate the festive table.
This product is seasonal, so you should not buy too large lots. In order to sell off the leftovers, you can announce big discounts on the eve of the holiday and immediately after. Many people willingly take advantage of such offers.
What materials are artificial Christmas trees made of? The list of urgent matters includes many items, among which the most important is the acquisition of a New Year's tree. It has been noticed that in recent years an increasing number of people prefer to buy an artificial Christmas tree instead of a natural one. The choice is quite justified: it is durable, beautiful, visually it practically does not differ from the real one.
Artificial Christmas tree: what it is made of
The range of artificial Christmas trees is very wide. They may differ in shape, length of needles, color and many other characteristics. According to the material from which the needles are made, only a few types of artificial trees are distinguished:
Soft PVC (PVC). The needles are made from narrow and thin polymer ribbons, cut on special machines and wound onto a wire frame. Sometimes the greens of the base are diluted with a short winding of brown. This creates the effect of wood looking through the needles, which gives the tree a more natural look.
Rigid PVC (line). On sale, spruce with such needles is somewhat less common than with soft film. Needles made from fishing line are more prickly in tactile sensations. They are somewhat longer than natural spruce needles, so visually the tree looks more like a pine tree.
PE rubber. Made from domestic raw materials, PE-cast branches practically do not differ from natural ones in appearance. The maximum similarity can be achieved by the production technology of needles, according to which each branch is cast in a special form resembling a natural one. A variety of shapes makes it possible to get a lot of original branches, which allows you to imitate different types of Christmas trees (from wild to decorative). And the combination of dark and light shades of green, used in the process of making needles, only enhances the impression of the naturalness of the tree. The needles of PE-cast branches are soft, durable, do not crumble or deform during the installation of the Christmas tree.
Today, the replacement of natural forest beauties with their factory counterparts can significantly save the family budget and preserve nature. You can buy artificial Christmas trees from us.
How to choose an artificial Christmas tree
New Year is one of the favorite holidays not only for children, but also for adults. Many simply adore the pre-holiday fuss that covers the whole country before December 31st. Among the many cases, some citizens face a difficult task - buying a Christmas tree. Today, many prefer artificial green beauties, since their acquisition does not harm nature. If you decide to buy an artificial spruce, you may find the information below helpful.
Types of Christmas trees and their features
So, today there are the following types of artificial trees:
Cast. These trees are very similar to the real ones. During production, each branch of the future product is cast in a bleaching mold, after which the resulting elements are assembled together. Such Christmas trees have very soft needles that cannot be pricked, which is very important if there are small children in the house. They can serve you well for decades. However, these trees are not cheap.
From PVC film. They are made in Taiwan and China. They, like the previous ones, have rather soft needles, and are not subject to ignition, do not decompose. But their service life is short: about five years.
Optical fiber. Such Christmas trees look very original, festive and do not need garlands. The fact is that they already have a backlight: manufacturers build fiber optic strands into the branches of a tree through which light passes. At the same time, the products are absolutely safe. A fiber optic Christmas tree will last about ten years.
From the line. It is distinguished by extremely high strength, but the "needles" are very prickly and rather hard, so such trees are not recommended to be placed in houses where there are children and pets. They are often installed in public places, for which they are the best option. The service life of an artificial Christmas tree made of fishing line is about fifteen years, and such trees are produced most often in Russia.
Based on the above information, you will be able to buy a Christmas tree that will fully meet all your requirements.
How artificial Christmas trees are made
Catalog of cast Christmas trees
- PVC film is very soft and the most common material for Christmas trees in the middle price segment
- The fishing line has fluffy tips and perfectly holds the given shape.
All types of needles have their own merits
New Year's gifts and souvenirs
And what if even in the matter of gifts to show a little imagination and creativity? Maybe that's enough, the main emphasis should be on "necessity", turning a holiday souvenir into an economic necessity?
Let's solve the problems of New Year's gifts in an original way!
So, suppose you want to become the main creator of the New Year's mood, you have already bought a Christmas tree and are ready to start choosing gifts. So, maybe you should try to make something yourself, without resorting to the help of the nearest gift shop. A simple New Year's card, on which the warmest, most sincere wishes and congratulations will be written, which you yourself composed in the lines of a poem, albeit a little ridiculous, will definitely cheer up a person close to you.
You don't have to limit yourself to just one postcard. Any do-it-yourself New Year's crafts, whether it be applications, toys for the New Year tree or just miniature figures that personify the New Year's animal coming into its own, according to the eastern calendar, will be the most expensive and memorable present.
Do you want to make an exclusive and expensive, in the truest sense of the word, gift? By visiting the exhibition, which presents exclusive Christmas decorations and decorations, you can buy a gift that is incomparable in beauty and grace, and your friends will definitely not have the same one.
In general, every family has its own New Year's traditions, concerning both the celebration itself and New Year's gifts. And following them allows you to unite all relatives and friends at a solemnly decorated table, to recreate a single atmosphere of warmth and comfort. Honor these moments, because they are simply priceless!
How to decorate a Christmas tree for the New Year 2023 with your own hands: tips and interesting ideas
What is the New Year without the main symbol of the holiday - a smart Christmas tree. But if you are now thinking about tons of tinsel and a star on top of a tree - forget it, it's all yesterday. We tell you how to decorate a Christmas tree so that it looks stylish and fashionable: here are some tips and tricks.
How to decorate a Christmas tree: designer's advice
Step 1. Choose a color
First, choose the color scheme in which your Christmas tree will be decorated.
Tones should correspond at least to the general interior of the room in which the tree stands, and at the most to the design of the entire apartment. As for the Christmas tree itself, the basic rule is this: choose one primary color, take the second for accents that emphasize the details, and add glitter - gold or silver, but preferably one. Red and gold or red and green are timeless classics, but there are other options.
By the way, do not forget about the little things that also play an important role in the festive decoration of the Christmas tree with your own hands. For example, replace the threads or wire that we used to hang toys on with special fasteners - green to match the needles or, conversely, contrasting ones for additional accents.Photo: pixabay.com
Fashion trends for 2023
Last year's favorite - white - is still relevant, but now silver is added to the company. You can choose one of these colors as a basis, or you can combine them.
Christmas tree, as if in a sparkling hoarfrost, is suitable for discreet interiors in Scandinavian or minimalist style. In this case, you will need white, not very shiny tinsel (as an alternative, buy an artificial Christmas tree with white or silver “needles”).
Toys will also be in cold colors (it is not recommended to combine them with warm ones) - light blue, ashy, pearl, in general, pastel colors with a cold bias. Pay attention to the following scales: white-milky-beige, lavender-blue-blue, mint-pistachio-green. Silver or blue garlands will answer for the shine.
“Green Ritual” style
It is based on the idea of a conscious rejection of things as a reaction to the formed culture of waste. This style is simple, minimalistic.
Calm, natural colors are used in two ranges: light restrained (gray, taupe, sand, reddish brown, light fern) and mysterious dark (deep shades of red, green, brown, blue).
Designers contrasted the discreet color scheme with experimental and creative ideas in terms of construction and materials. Glass and clay can be safely combined with wood, diluting them with paper flowers, decor with floral motifs, watercolor sketches or chaotic patterns.
Style "Silk Party"
The name speaks for itself - this style is woven from lightness, femininity, sophistication. The palette is balanced: the first option includes pastel colors, soft cream shades and fresh nuances of sorbet, the second one is distinguished by a discreet glow, warm shades.
This line of tenderness continues in jewelry. Silky, velvety-matte and metallic effects are organically combined with each other. Shimmer and shine - but without the glamor! Comfort is achieved with the help of modern drapery, neat volumes, flowing materials.
While rough, embossed surfaces are welcomed in the past style, only ultra-smooth surfaces, thin glass, translucent fabrics such as silk and organza are allowed to enter the Silk Party.
Happy Meeting Style
Designers drew inspiration from urban lifestyles with an emphasis on recycling. This is the most "tasty" style - it uses the colors of freshly squeezed lemon, lime, mint lemonade, grain. Those who lack brightness should pay attention to the color of natural wax (yellow-orange) and bottle green. Melange and other color mixes obtained using composite technologies are also in trend.
The "Second Life" concept also applies to decor. In the first place is the use of "waste" - plastic, paper. Unconventional ideas and handicrafts (weaving, winding, knotting, layering) are welcome.
Step 2. Decide on the composition
You will be surprised, but it turns out that there are certain algorithms for decorating a Christmas tree, subordinated to literally geometrically verified schemes.
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Christmas tree ring decoration
It is closer to the classics familiar to everyone, so it will not require much work to perform. It's simple - we hang balls or other toys with our own hands, the largest ones at the bottom, the smaller ones are closer to the crown, and in a circle we supplement everything with garlands or tinsel.
The “garland for the lazy” – tiered – can make decorating easier. It is a vertical wire with horizontal branches. It is fixed on the top of the Christmas tree with a ring, and then it remains only to distribute the lights - they will lay down evenly, quickly and accurately.Photo: Jan Baldwin, globallookpress.com
In a spiral
Here, on the contrary, we start with garlands or ribbons, arrange them in a spiral from top to bottom. We are already adding toys along these lines so that the balls of the same color form one spiral. For each next one, we choose a new shade, it is only important that it is combined with the previous one. You can decorate in one color, then try changing the shape and type of toys.
First, take the garlands or ribbons again and hang them from the top of the head to the lower branches in clear lines. By the same principle, we supplement the decoration with balls, and in the intervals between them we place contrasting or matching bows that can be made by hand.
Here, as in the first case, a “lazy” garland will come to the rescue, only consisting of threads fastened from above. The bundle is fixed at the top of the Christmas tree, and the wires are distributed vertically at an equal distance.Photo: pixabay.com
Step 3. Choose a style
Now the trend is Christmas trees, dressed up for a certain theme. In Russian, classical or futuristic style - whatever you choose, it is important that the decoration of the Christmas tree matches the overall interior of the home. Otherwise, nothing limits your imagination.
Life hack from the popular blogger Olga Chepurnaya : if you can’t find a compromise with your home, divide the Christmas tree in half. Not literally, of course. The children strove to “hang it up in the wrong place, insulting Scandi with all their might with yellow plasticine fish, crooked chains and tattered giraffes from a toilet paper roll.” But for many years, Christmas tree harmony has reigned in their family - the children decorate their side, and Olga decorates hers.
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Mini Christmas tree
This is a very stylish option that is relevant in a variety of cases: if you are not in a special New Year's mood, or you are in the mood, but there is no budget, or you have a budget, but there is no free space in the house for a large tree, or There are all of the above factors, but I want something original.
— Small Christmas trees are not only a cool replacement for a regular Christmas tree, but also a stylish accessory. They are compact, but no less fragrant than large conifers. For compositions, it is best to use a plant such as nobilis. Its branches are as resistant as possible, they do not crumble. Some manage to keep such a Christmas tree until next year! Another plus is that it’s easier to decorate a mini-Christmas tree, and you can do it in absolutely any style and color scheme,” explains brand director of the network of workshops "Give Flowers" Victoria Bogdanova .Photo: Andy Dean, globallookpress.com
In general, the trend of all trends is still in the lead in interior design, and in the difficult task of decorating the Christmas tree, it is also not going to give way. What it means: natural materials, no plastic and acid colors, only natural natural shades. Toys can be made of wood, yarn, felt, beads and even papier-mâché. By the way, in recent years it has been very fashionable to use hand-knitted pompoms made of yarn of different colors or balls wrapped in craft paper to decorate the Christmas tree. Dried flowers, cones, coffee beans, tangerines and other fruits are also suitable. Garlands are not forbidden, but let them be white or silver.
In general, the trend of all trends is still in the forefront in interior design, and in the difficult task of decorating the Christmas tree is not going to give way. What it means: natural materials, no plastic and acid colors, only natural natural shades. Toys can be made of wood, yarn, felt, beads and even papier-mâché. By the way, in recent years it has been very fashionable to use hand-knitted pompoms made of yarn of different colors or balls wrapped in craft paper to decorate the Christmas tree. Dried flowers, cones, coffee beans, tangerines and other fruits are also suitable. Garlands are not forbidden, but let them be white or silver.
There are actually two ways to decorate the Christmas tree. Simpler - a la Soviet childhood: glass snow maidens, figurines of cosmonauts and workers, silver rain - and yes, in this case you can get a star on the top of a tree from a closet. Another way is to turn to the pre-revolutionary style of decorating the Christmas tree. Here the toys will have to be selected more carefully - you will need porcelain figurines, paper and felt products, which can be supplemented with candles (artificial, of course, we are for fire safety) and foil stars.Photo: market.yandex.ru
Christmas tree decorated with toys in the form of tropical butterflies, bizarre insects or large exotic flowers. The colors here will be bright, so this composition is suitable for interiors in the spirit of minimalism (in contrast), or neutrally decorated rooms for the New Year 2023.
One of the trends in this style is Wild Glam. Feel free to combine any animal prints, fur textures, images of wild animals and birds. The texture of the feathers contrasts interestingly with the needles. The obligatory moment is an abundance of golden color and glitter!
Step 4. Decide whether it will be a classic or a creative Christmas tree
It happens that there is not much space in the apartment, and the Christmas tree will not fit into the remaining space. But in this case, do not give up the festive mood. Instead of a large tree, you can arrange coniferous bouquets around the house or hang wreaths. Or maybe you just want creativity, and the usual Christmas trees do not fit into the ideas about it. Then you can consider other options for a "Christmas tree without a Christmas tree" to make it look stylish and unusual.Photo: Matej, pexels.com
Christmas tree in the form of a panel on the wall
You can make it yourself from tinsel, garlands, serpentine or even long beads. If you add small bows and snowflakes made of foil or paper, you get a very impressive New Year's composition. Designers also offer "Christmas trees" made of flat wooden boards, complemented by bright fabric toys and ribbons.
For the last few years, such trees have been in trend. As a rule, they are small in size so that they can be placed on a table or chest of drawers. However, they also offer life-size options of a real tree. The balls can be in any, the most daring color combinations, or, conversely, are selected in the same tone. It is better to take the texture of the threads more embossed - so the tree will seem more “lush”.
Christmas tree for newcomers
Are you celebrating a holiday in a new apartment for the first time? Or maybe they started a repair, but it somehow unexpectedly dragged on? In either of these two cases, you have a ladder in your home. Creative designers offer to make a Christmas tree out of it. You should not be skeptical about this option - the whole structure looks very good, the main thing is to think over the composition and choose the right accessories. We put boards on the rungs of the ladder, on which, in turn, we put small pots with spruce branches, baskets with tangerines and cones, candles and other suitable attributes. We decorate the racks with garlands and tinsel.
Step 5. Decide where to put
It also depends on the availability of free space in the apartment and the size of your Christmas tree. The traditional option is in the living room, but there are other ways to place a Christmas tree in your home.
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Choose a place according to Feng Shui
By placing a Christmas tree in the middle of the room, you, according to ancient oriental beliefs, attract energy to all aspects of your life. In addition, the southern corner of the room is considered the traditional place for installing a feng shui Christmas tree. It is also important to use paired elements when decorating the Christmas tree - balls, other toys, double tinsel, paper lanterns of various shapes. And it’s great if the decor has a maximum of red.
Hang on the ceiling or wall
In fact, this trend has been around for several years, but it still does not lose people's love. Christmas trees-chandeliers are equipped not only with a special ceiling mount, but also already have lamps, so additional lighting is not required. As for wall models, such trees have branches only on one side of the trunk, the other is flat. And they are simply hung on carnations - approximately, like paintings.
Arrange the Christmas tree in the kitchen
This option is suitable if you are not going to throw a big banquet on New Year's Eve, and in general you plan to be at home less often during the January holidays. Put the Christmas tree where you will meet the new day - in the kitchen. Let a small but beautifully decorated Christmas tree (which, by the way, is not at all necessary, a living tree without decorations in a pot on the dining table or “edible bouquets” that are so popular now will look good - depending on the composition, they can be stored from two days to a month) will create a positive mood for you before winter entertainment.Photo: Iordache Magdalena via www.imago, globallookpress.com
What to do to make the Christmas tree stand longer in the apartment
To wash or not to wash - that is the main New Year's question! There is usually an opinion that the Christmas tree does not need to be washed, that it is completely pointless, the frosty air will cope with all the bacilli so well, in addition, the Christmas trees are processed (at least they should!) Before they are sold.
Olga Chepurnaya is not only the "creator" of a double-sided Christmas tree, but also the author of the annual flash mob "A clean Christmas tree - a clear conscience."
— Eight years ago we bought an artificial Christmas tree, and when we began to pack it in a box, we found hands black with dirt. How outstanding sofa sherlocks, using a short deductive chain, realized that a tree standing in the house for more than a week (let alone 1.5 months!) Is covered with an even layer of dust, the blogger shares. And her subscribers - with their experience with live Christmas trees: “For several years now, my live fir, there are bugs, and dirt, and garbage. In order not to clog the sewerage, I take my mother to wash in the courtyard of a private house, and when it’s cold - to a car wash”, “On live Christmas trees, especially in packaging, there can be a bunch of insects that wake up and join the celebration”, “My husband brought a Christmas tree with what -some living creatures such as aphids.