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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 (it's quite the task!), 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 for tips from the pros...

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 use 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Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn't go 'out of date' after a few years, plus a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.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, however, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever style of 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 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. Once again, remember to wear gloves and long sleeves if possible to avoid any scrapes on your hands and arms.

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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 Winter Fayre to Santa's Rainbow Workshop, there are six key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Party Nights to Refined Nature, to help create a look that's traditionally Christmas.

4. Choose the right colours (and materials)

Once you've decided on your theme, curate a colour palette to bring it to life. For example, for a traditional yet opulent look stick to a red and gold colour combination, for a Scandi vibe layer shades of white and soft neutrals, or choose blue and silver for an icy cool look. Stick to two (definitely no more than three) colours to keep the look contained rather than cluttered. Also think about materials and texture: plush velvet baubles lends itself well to a luxe tree, whilst paper and wooden decorations are ideal for any Nordic-inspired or minimalist trees.

Less is always more but it is Christmas after all, so above everything else, decorate your tree in whatever way makes you happy! The decorating rulebook is certainly relaxed at Christmastime, so have fun with it.

5. 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.

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 recommends using ribbons with wired edges, as these are easier to sculpt into loops, rolls or bows, 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 pine cones – 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. Add scented ornaments

Now you can get your artificial Christmas tree to smell like a real one thanks to scented ornaments – it'll fill your whole room with the magic of Christmas. Buy a bottle of the Scentsicles scented paper tube sticks (with hooks included) and nestle them amongst the decorations in your tree for that freshly cut scent. You'll have a fresh fragrance in an instant with scents including cinnamon, berry or winter fir. You can also buy scented decorations from The White Company to match with your tree theme.

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11. Choose the right tree topper

A statement 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. Star tree toppers or angels are traditionally the most popular, but there are lots of alternative designs to choose from, including personalised designs, or you could make your own topper.

Glitter-embellished large tree topper, Selfridges / Capiz Star Tree Topper, Dunelm / Starburst Tree Topper, John Lewis

12. 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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How to Assemble an Artificial Christmas Tree

Learn how to properly assemble, shape, light, and decorate your artificial Christmas tree for the holiday season.

What's Inside

  • How to Assemble a Christmas Tree
  • How to Shape a Christmas Tree
  • How to Light a Christmas Tree
  • How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

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Christmas trees are the central focus of Yuletide celebrations. They represent life, hope, and family traditions. Whether you have an old or brand new tree, a towering spruce, or a petite pine, you will want to have the most inspiring and beautiful tree possible. Learn how to properly assemble your tree and turn it into the ultimate Christmas showpiece.

How to Assemble a Christmas Tree

1. Choose a Location

Unless a Christmas tree is fitted with a rolling stand, it's always advisable to assemble a tree at the exact spot where it will be displayed. Consider these factors when choosing a location.

Ideal Areas

For maximum visibility, place the Christmas tree in the room where the family gathers most often, such as the living room, dining room, or den. Find a spot where the tree can be seen from multiple vantage points and not just from one position.

Consider the possibility of rearranging furniture to accommodate the tree. It may also be practical to set the tree near electrical outlets to avoid unsightly extension cords.

Areas to Avoid

Avoid placing the tree near light controls as decorations may be accidentally knocked down when people reach for the light switch.

Never place the tree near heat sources, such as heating vents, exhausts, or the fireplace. Avoid setting it up near the staircase, behind a door, areas with busy foot traffic, or locations exposed to harsh elements.

Important Measurements

Before purchasing a new Christmas tree, measure the selected space to ensure the tree will fit properly. A tree that is too large looks cramped, and may block natural pathways and entryways. For detailed instructions on how to measure an area for a tree, please refer to our article on Christmas tree measurements.

2. Inspect the Pieces

For pre-lit trees, examine the tree sections to ensure that there is no cut or frayed wire insulation, exposed wiring, loose connections, or cracks in the light bases. If there are cracked or missing bulbs, replace them by following the tree manufacturer's instructions for that particular make and model.

3. Set Up the Stand

The stand is the foundation of a straight and stable Christmas tree. Here are some points to remember:

Types of Stands
Standard Stands

Most artificial Christmas tree stands are X-shaped and are usually constructed out of plastic or metal. If a stand becomes wobbly or damaged from normal use, check the tree's warranty to see if the stand can be replaced. Some plastic bases may be prone to bending or breaking, so avoid these as much as possible. Balsam Hill trees come with a one-piece steel stand, which is designed to remain sturdy and stable for many years.

Rolling Stands

Rolling stands, such as the Balsam Hill Tree Stand with Wheels, are equipped with wheels that allow the tree to be moved easily. The wheels can be locked in place to keep it from sliding.

Spinning Stands

A spinning tree stand has an electric motor that rotates the tree at varying speeds. Rotating stands show off the entire assortment of decorations as it spins.

Setting up the Stand

For pre-lit trees, examine the tree sections to ensure that there is no cut or frayed wire insulation, exposed wiring, loose connections, or cracks in the light bases. If there are cracked or missing bulbs, replace them by following the tree manufacturer's instructions for that particular make and model.

Instructions for Standard Stands

For one-piece tree stands, such as Balsam Hill's, pull apart the legs until they are X-shaped. Next, align the holes in the base and the flange, then screw the eye bolt through the flange. The flange is the circular piece of metal that goes between the eye bolt and the hole of the base. For two-piece stands, slide the pieces together and press the center hubs until theyclicks into place. For directions on mounting a tree on this type of stand, please refer to section 1.d.1. below.

Instructions for Rolling Stands and Spinning Stands

Before making a purchase, check whether the specialized stand can accommodate the diameter of the Christmas tree. Most stands of these types come fully assembled. If not, refer to the instruction manual for proper assembly and mounting.

4. Assemble the Sections

Most artificial Christmas trees have labels to aid you in the correct assembly sequence. Always follow the tree manufacturer's manual for proper assembly instructions. These are the general steps to take:

Assembly Directions

1. With the hinged branches folded up and tied with a ribbon, take the bottom section of the tree and place the pole into the tree stand.

2. Once the pole is fully inserted, tighten the eye bolt to secure and center it.

3. Untie the ribbon and let the branches fall into place.

4. If you have a pre-lit tree, plug in the lights to make sure all the bulbs are working and evenly spaced. See "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide.

5. Fluff and shape the branches, making sure to lift and separate the inner branches to hide the trunk and make the tree look full. Check the branches from different angles to see if you missed any spots.See "How to Shape a Christmas Tree" for a detailed guide.

Pro Tip:
Put a light coat of lubricant on the end of the pole so that it slides easily into the base. Lubricating the poles of each section will make it easier to assemble and dismantle later on.

6. When you're satisfied with how the branches and lights look, repeat steps 1 to 5 for the next section.

7. Do the same for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check how the tree looks from a distance.

Assembling Other Tree Types
Easy Plug™ Trees

Easy Plug™ refers to pre-lit Balsam Hill trees with pre-installed light connections inside the trunk. The bulbs will automatically light up as the poles connect to each other.

1. Insert the bottom section into the stand.

2. Like the standard tree, it's recommended to fluff and shape the branches first before placing the next section. See "How to Shape a Christmas Tree" for a detailed guide.

3. Plug the light cord into a wall outlet and check the bulbs.See the "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance.

Pull-Up Trees

These trees are received in a collapsed form. To assemble, insert the center pole into the bottom section, pull up the foliage-covered frame to its full height, and then insert the top section. For pre-lit models, connect the light plugs into their corresponding sockets according to the supplied lighting diagram.

Hooked Construction

This type of tree has color-coded branches that need to be individually hooked to the center pole. Each branch can be shaped and fluffed before adding the next one. This process usually takes longer than setting up a tree with a hinged construction. This tree type is not available in pre-lit models.

How to Shape a Christmas Tree

Preparation and Tips

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands while fluffing the tree.
  • For pre-lit trees, it's best to shape the tree with its lights switched on to see if they're evenly distributed.
  • Shape the branches by layers and sections. This way, you'll easily see if there are any gaps and adjust them accordingly. Don't insert the next section until you've properly fluffed the one before it.
  • Refer to product photos online as a visual guide in shaping a particular style of tree. Some styles have "downswept" branches that are slightly angled downward, while other styles may have "upswept" tips that curve upward.


1. Begin with the bottom section and work on the lowest layer first. If the section has three layers, fold up the two layers and tie a ribbon around them.

2. To make sure that there are no gaps, start from the inner branches that are closest to the trunk.

3. Separate the individual tips from the main branch and spread them out and away from the center of the tree.When properly fluffed, these inner tips should resemble a peacock's fanned tail and will hide the trunk.

4. For most tree styles, the tips closest to the center pole should be angled upwards to give the tree a full appearance. The tips farthest from the center poles should be angled diagonally away from the branch.

5. Step back and survey the tree from a distance. Check for any gaps that need more shaping. For lighted trees, make sure that the lights are evenly distributed.

6. When you're done with the first layer of branches, untie the next one and repeat steps 1 to 4. Do the same for the last layer.

7. Insert the next section and repeat steps 1-5.

8. Repeat all the previous steps for all the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance.

Take note that the first time you assemble the tree requires the most shaping, so take your time and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic-looking tree.

How to Light a Christmas Tree

Pre-Lit Trees

With lighted trees, you only need to connect the plugs into their respective sockets. Plugs and sockets are usually identified with a color-coded or numbered sticker. Use the lighting diagram supplied with the tree for proper instructions. If a certain section of the tree does not light up, take these recommended steps:

1. Ensure that the section is fully plugged into its corresponding socket.

2. Locate the fuse compartment for the light string. Remove and check the fuses to ensure they have not blown. Replace blown fuses with the type recommended by the tree's manufacturer.

3. Gently nudge each bulb very slightly to identify if a bulb wire is slightly misaligned in the socket. Each bulb must be properly in its socket to ensure a good connection.

4. Check each bulb in the unlit section and replace any missing or broken bulbs.

5. Locate the master bulb and make sure it works. A broken master bulb can cause half or the whole light strand to go out. In older trees, the master bulb cannot be replaced, making it necessary to replace the entire strand. However, Balsam Hill's trees from 2013 and on feature replaceable master bulbs, identified with a gray base. Now, if a master bulb goes out, it can be simply replaced with a new masterbulb.

Innovative Pre-Lit Trees

Balsam Hill's line of Instant Evergreen™trees, including the Balsam Hill Centennial Fir Instant Evergreen, features a recent innovation called Easy Plug™. With this technology, all the lighting wires are built directly into the center pole or "tree trunk", which eliminates the need for multiple sockets. The only plug to be touched is the one to be plugged into the wall. When plugged in, the tree lights automatically connect as the tree sections are being assembled.

Another great feature of Balsam Hill's Instant Evergreen trees is its unique memory wire branches. The pre-shaped branches automatically fan out into place as the tree is set up, minimizing the time and effort spent in fluffing the tree.

Unlit Trees

For unlit trees, follow these steps:

1. Untangle the lights carefully and lay them out on a flat surface. Plug them in to test that they are working. Ensure that the tree is bare of any ornaments before stringing the lights.

2. Coil the first set of Christmas lights loosely around your hands. Avoid dragging the cords across the floor.

3. Begin at the bottom of the tree. Using the part nearest the plug as a starting point, wrap the light strand around the trunk at the base of the tree and work up.

4. From the top of the tree, wrap the light strands around the branches near the trunk. Work down as you wind the lights around each branch evenly from the middle of the branch to the tip.

5. Every time you reach the tip, bring the lights back to the center of the tree, and then proceed to the next branch. Once you get to the end of the string lights, plug in another set.

6. If tie strings are used to attach the lights strands, cut off any excess plastic after the tie has been pulled tight to give the branches a cleaner look.

7. Once the entire tree is covered, plug in the lights and check the overall balance. Adjust accordingly if there are lights hidden or covered by any branches.

For more information about stringing Christmas tree lights, please refer to The Tangle-Free, How-To Guide for Hanging Christmas Lights.

Decide between an incandescent or LED light. Traditional incandescent lights are generally less expensive and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, many people enjoy its warm glow. LED lights are more expensive but are far more energy-efficient, leading to reduced electricity costs. LED lights are cooler to the touch. The latest models now mimic the candlelit radiance similar to incandescent bulbs.

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

Choose a Color Theme

Having a color theme helps give a Christmas tree a well-planned and harmonious look. For a touch of elegance, opt for ornaments with jewel tone colors, such as ruby red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.

For a traditional look, hang red and green decorations to evoke childhood memories and feelings of nostalgia. Heirloom or inherited ornaments are perfect for this theme.

A monochromatic theme makes a strong visual impact. Focus on one solid color in varying tones. Use ornaments with different textures and finishes, such as shiny glass, sparkly crystal, or matte.

Mix up gold, silver, and bronze ornaments for a modern, metallic look. Accent standard Christmas ornaments with a selection of metallic jewelry, figurines, or trinkets to achieve an interesting array of colors.

Add Ornaments

Instead of dangling ornaments randomly throughout the tree, use them to give the tree a balanced and graceful look. It's recommended to start decorating from the top of the tree and working towards the bottom. This prevents accidentally dislodging ornaments from the top and breaking those at the bottom. You can place towels or a blanket under the tree when handling delicate or fragile items.

As a general rule, use large ornaments at the bottom of the tree, medium-sized ones in the middle, and smaller ornaments at the top to emphasize the tree's natural triangular shape.

To add dimension to the tree and cover any gaps, place large baubles deep into the tree to act as a backdrop or filler. Shiny or iridescent balls help achieve depth and fullness. Don't hesitate to reshape branches to make room for the balls. Proceed to hang smaller, textured or intricate ornaments on the tips.

When using garlands, start wrapping the tree from the top and spiral downwards. Create a wavy pattern for more visual interest.

How to Decorate with a Tree Topper

Determine the Ideal Tree Topper Shape and Size

Remember to use a topper that complements the profile of the Christmas tree. For a tree with a full, conical silhouette, use a bold and brilliant topper, such as a star or an angel. For narrow or slim trees, use an elongated topper to enhance its slender form.

Use the tree's height to determine the ideal proportion of the topper. Use the size chart below as a guide:

Whatever the height of the tree, it is advisable to allow at least 5 inches gap between the tip of the topper and the ceiling.

Place the Tree Topper

It is important to mount a tree topper securely to prevent it from falling off and possibly ruining some ornaments or causing injury. For a topper with a conical base, bend one of the top branches and insert it into the cone. Crumple surrounding branches to give the topper additional support.

If a topper has a spring or spiral base, insert the tree's sturdy top branch into the topper's coil. Use green floral tape to secure the topper and conceal the spring.

Ribbon tree toppers are light and easy to attach as it has a wire that wraps easily around the top branch. Pipe cleaners can be used to reinforce support for the ribbon topper.

For heavy tree toppers, we recommend using fasteners, such as the Balsam Hill Tree Topper Extension Kit, to give it more stability. For more information on how to choose the perfect tree topper, please read this article.

Follow these expert artificial Christmas tree assembly tips for an inspiring and unforgettable holiday. For more inspiration on how you can decorate your tree, see our article on Christmas tree themes.

How to put up a Christmas tree at home: 3 ways

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Contents of the article

  1. How to put a Christmas tree in a stand at home?
  2. How to put up a Christmas tree at home without a stand?
  3. How to install a Christmas tree at home in a bucket?
  4. How to install a Christmas tree so that it stands for a long time?
  5. How to keep the Christmas tree smell?
  6. How to put up a feng shui Christmas tree?

To celebrate the New Year, you need to create the right atmosphere. And a real forest beauty will help in this. To do this, you first need to figure out how to put a Christmas tree at home. After all, it is very important not only how the Christmas tree will be decorated, but also how it is installed.

Of course, many people have artificial Christmas trees in their pantries and cupboards, which can be quickly assembled before the celebration and taken apart after it. But these plastic analogues will never compare with the real smell of pine needles, with fluffy “spruce paws” and with the beauty of wildlife.

Those people who prefer to decorate their home with Christmas trees that came from the snowy regions know very well that it is quite difficult to install the forest beauty . This is a lightweight and factory-made artificial Christmas tree that comes with the same plastic stand, and natural wood requires a special approach.

How to put a Christmas tree in a stand at home?

If you and your family enjoy having a living tree in your home, using the right tree stand is not only a matter of convenience, but also of safety. The Christmas tree stand should be wide enough to support the tree while still making sure it makes firm, firm contact with the floor.

Choose a tree stand with a sufficient water reservoir and suitable for the trunk of your chosen tree. If you need to narrow the base of the tree to fit in the stand, you will need a larger tree stand for the safety of your home and family.

Follow the instructions below:

  1. Select a tree stand that is large enough for your tree. Most stands indicate that they are designed for trees of a certain height with a maximum trunk diameter.
  2. Cut about 3 cm from the bottom of the tree trunk with a saw just before placing it on the tree stand. This fresh cut will help the tree absorb water and stay fresh longer.
  3. Remove the screws from the wood stand or loosen them as far as you can. Most tree stands have four screws that are tightened to hold the tree in place.
  4. Place the tree in the stand so that the base of the trunk rests on the base of the tree stand. If any branches of the tree are preventing the trunk from reaching the bottom of the stand, remove the tree from the stand and saw off branches that do not fit.
  5. Center the tree in the stand and start changing and tightening the screws. Tighten each screw until it just touches the tree trunk, and then move on to the next screw until all four screws lightly touch the trunk. Have a helper hold the tree in place during this step to keep the tree from falling.
  6. Make sure the tree is straight and still in the center of the post. Tighten the screws, if necessary, until the tree is held securely in place and wobbles.

How to put up a Christmas tree at home without a stand?

It is easy to buy a stand, they are sold not only in stores, but also at points where they sell the trees themselves. This method is not even worth mentioning, but you can assemble the stand yourself. A wooden cross is made easily and simply from two bars, which are filed and fastened together. The Christmas tree is attached with a long self-tapping screw, which is screwed into the cross, and then into the tree trunk.

How to set up a Christmas tree at home in a bucket?

The easiest way that many people have used before is regular bucket . It was filled to the middle with sand or gravel, then a Christmas tree was placed in the center, and the sides were compacted with the chosen material until the tree became stable. But this method has several downsides.

So, for example, it is not so easy to get sand in the city in December (if you don't go to the hardware store to get it). In addition, you most likely will not be able to avoid getting this very sand on the carpet and laminate. What to do in such a situation?

The most common plastic bottles with a capacity of one and a half liters will help solve the problem. This "modernized" method involves the use of water-filled bottles instead of sand. They are placed around the perimeter inside the bucket, and a Christmas tree is placed in the middle.

If the wood is not stable, stick small pieces of cloth between it and the bottles.

How to install a Christmas tree to stand for a long time?

Having bought a living tree, you want to see it green and fresh for many weeks, not just a few days. But very often the tree begins to lose needles immediately. What is the reason? If you purchase a tree that has been stored in the cold, then do not rush to immediately bring it into a warm apartment. Let the spruce stand in the pantry or on the landing for a while, adapting to the new temperature. Only then can you bring it into the house.

All housewives know that flowers need to be trimmed. So they absorb water more actively and live longer. But the tree trunk also requires similar care. Carefully cut down a thin plate of wood to provide the tree with a more active flow of useful fluid.

The water in which the Christmas tree will stand must contain an antiseptic. Use the most common aspirin, which prevents the development of bacteria. To nourish the forest beauty, dissolve a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of sugar in water. Such a "cocktail" will keep her alive for many weeks.

How to keep the Christmas tree smell?

One of the benefits of a freshly cut Christmas tree is its wonderful smell. In order for the fresh scent to last throughout the season, tree owners must take extra care to preserve the tree. With proper tree care and some tricks, households can enjoy the smell of pine throughout the Christmas season; from the day the tree enters the house until the time it is time to tear down the tree.

  1. Cut about 6 cm from the bottom of the tree. Whether the Christmas tree has been freshly cut or purchased from a large yard, it's important to cut 2 inches from the bottom of the tree when you bring it home. Trimming the bottom of the tree allows the wood to freely absorb water in the rack.
  2. Water the tree with sufficient water. The best way to keep your Christmas tree smelling fresh is to water your tree properly. Dried trees do not retain the smell of fresh pine. It is especially important to check the water level frequently during the first few days after cutting down the tree. This is the time when trees absorb water the fastest.
  3. Move wood away from sources of heat. Although the tree looks great sitting next to the fireplace, be careful. The heat from the fireplace will cause the wood to dry faster and the fresh scent to dissipate faster. To really keep the smell fresh, it's a good idea to lower the thermostat of the room the tree is in.
  4. Hold onto scraps. Sometimes fresh Christmas trees have wayward branches that need to be trimmed. Do not throw away the cut branches of the tree. Save the branches and use them as decoration and air freshener. By placing pruned branches decoratively throughout the home, the fresh smell of pine permeates everywhere. No one should know that it does not come directly from a tree, but from branches skillfully scattered throughout the house.
  5. Hide the fan behind a tree. A small, low-level fan, properly directed and hidden behind the tree, can help spread the fresh scent of pine throughout the home. The fan also serves to keep the temperature around the tree cooler, thus keeping the smell fresh.

It is not necessary to make holes in the bottom of the tree trunk to help the tree absorb water.

How to put up a feng shui Christmas tree?

The ancient teaching about the correct arrangement of objects in the house allows you to distribute Qi energy in the right way and activate the desired side of life. Someone dreams of love, and someone is more important than health, someone has problems with a career, and someone has financial problems.

To succeed in the new year, put the tree in the center of the room, then you can equally strengthen all sides. And for those who know exactly in which area special help is needed, the Bagua grid will come in handy. Place the Christmas tree in the right area and wait for changes in the new year.

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The material was updated and supplemented on December 21, 2021.

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How to install a Christmas tree and attract good luck

After choosing a Christmas tree, it's time to think about where and on what to install it. You can buy a stand for a Christmas tree in advance at a store or make it yourself. In order for the tree to not prematurely wither and crumble, you will have to take care of it.

Choosing a place and preparing the tree for installation

First, you need to prepare the tree for installation and choose the right place for it in the room. A living tree does not like heat, so a place near a radiator, stove or fireplace is not suitable for it. Optimal positioning is a difficult task. The Christmas tree should not block the passage, at the same time it should be easy to approach, especially for children.

If there are pets in the house, it is practically impossible to hide the New Year's guest from them, except to enclose them with an aviary. Cats will be interested in toys, so you should not hang balls on the lower branches. You can cheat. Surely there is a thing in the house that a cat or dog is afraid of. For example, a vacuum cleaner. Put it near the Christmas tree, most likely, the animal will bypass this place.

There are no problems at all with an artificial tree: to assemble, straighten the branches and decorate. With live spruce or pine, you will have to tinker a little. They don’t bring it into the house immediately after the frost, letting it stand on the balcony, veranda or in the stairwell for a couple of hours. Shake the tree lightly to loosen the weak needles.

Without water, just in the stand, the tree can stand for a week (needles will be collected in bags), or it can crumble in a couple of days. It all depends on when it was cut down, how it was stored, at what temperature and humidity. If you want the tree to please you all the New Year holidays, you will have to take care of it.

The trunk should be cleaned of dirt and a fresh cut should be made at the bottom: file down 2-3 cm or remove the bark with a knife by 10-15 cm so that the tree absorbs water and top dressing better. If the branches are not the same size, but you want the tree to look round, some of them can be shortened.

How to choose a stand for a Christmas tree

To set the Christmas tree in its stationary position for the entire holiday season, you will need a stand and preferably a water tank. What are the options for the stand:

  • ready, bought in the store;
  • hand-welded cross;
  • office chair or fan leg;
  • stool with water tank;
  • sand bucket.

Today, a Christmas tree stand with or without a water tank can be bought in the store for every taste and color. For small trees, less than a meter, an ordinary wooden cross will do. More solid copies of the holders have a metal pipe. Combined stands are metal supports in a plastic container with clamps. There are rotating stands. It all depends on the capabilities of your wallet.
For those who are not looking for easy ways, we offer you to make a heavy and stable cross for the Christmas tree yourself. You can even use the leg of an old office chair. The main thing is that the diameter of the barrel fits.

A sand bucket is a great alternative to a Christmas tree stand. Moreover, the experience of many generations of Soviet families has proved that such a design can protect even a tree over 2 meters high from unforeseen falls. A plastic or enameled bucket of 20 liters is taken, a Christmas tree is placed in it, covered with sand and rammed. Water is added to the soil once a day. The bucket itself can be draped with cotton wool, cloth or tinsel.

Important: taking sand, stones or soil on the banks of rivers, lakes, in a forest or park without the permission of environmental authorities is an offense. It is desirable to hide the entire structure under the New Year's decoration. Sometimes you can find the option of installing a Christmas tree in a bucket with plastic bottles. The method is suitable for small trees: the lower the weight of the base (stand), the more unreliable the whole composition. Another handy tip: for lush Christmas trees over 2 meters high, regardless of the stand, consider additionally fixing it with guy wires to the wall to avoid accidental tipping.

Where to install a Feng Shui Christmas tree

As the brightest New Year symbol, the Christmas tree serves as an activator of your good luck and prosperity in the New Year 2022. To do this, it must be necessarily alive and preferably high.

Experts in Chinese metaphysics advise placing a Christmas tree in an apartment in the northeast corner or southeast part of it.

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