Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most romanticised traditions of the holiday season. In films, there are always families gathered together around the tree hanging baubles and laughing. When they’re done, they have a perfect tree that looks like it came straight out of an interior design magazine. Nothing gets broken, no one gets upset, and the tree looks amazing.
In reality, decorating the tree rarely goes this way. Someone accidentally breaks a bauble that’s been in the family for years, everyone is bickering about what colour tinsel to use, and you can’t quite get the tree to look right.
The bad news is that we can’t make your family get on for Christmas. The good news is that even if you can’t get your family to band together and have a nice time decorating the tree, you can at least have the tree of your dreams. Here are our Christmas tree decorating tips!
1. Christmas tree decorating all starts with the tree…
The wrong tree will never look right in your space. If it’s too big it’ll overwhelm the room. If it’s too small it’ll shrink away into the corner, no matter how pretty you make it look. Knowing the height of the room is a good call, but you should also know where the tree is going. Do you have a couple of metres of space or only a few feet? Make sure you know what sort of space you’ve got to play with. This will help you buy the right tree for your space.
The next question is whether you buy a real tree or an artificial one. A real tree might feel more exciting. The fresh tree might feel more tempting. After all, you get the amazing pine needle smell and a living tree in your home!
However, it’s not especially cost effective or environmentally friendly to buy a fresh live tree every year. It’s much greener to buy and store a good quality artificial tree that you can use for years on end. Artificial Christmas trees made from premium materials provide a great base for a beautifully decorated tree. They’ll also be more durable and stand up to repeated use Christmas after Christmas.
2. Branch out
If you have an artificial tree or a real tree that came delivered wrapped in a net, it can look a bit sparse and sad when you initially put it up. Fluffing up the branches helps the tree look fuller. In the case of artificial trees, it also makes them look more natural. Separate each individual branch and gently push back the needles. With artificial trees, you can bend the branches to fill gaps if needed. The aim of this is to get each branch to fan out and cover as much empty space as possible.
This can be a very time consuming task, but the end result is worth it. It can be a great way to get the family involved with getting the tree up too!
3. Pick your decorations
The best way to get a cohesive looking tree is to pick your colours or a theme first. Do you want to go for the classic red and white and green? Or how about a white Christmas theme, with blue and silver baubles and white tinsel? If neither of those feel quite right, you could go for all golden decorations for a warm and sparkly feel.
You might be one of those people who has decorations that have been passed down for generations, in which case you just need to buy lights and tinsel that work with these decorations. However, if you need to buy all your decorations, then choose accents that fit your theme. Whether you go for baubles, garlands, ribbons, tinsel, fairy lights, or all of the above, go for decorations that compliment the appearance of your tree.
4. Lights up
It’s time to get the lights up! This should be the first step in terms of actually putting decorations onto the tree. It’s more difficult to get an even covering of lights after you’ve added baubles and tinsel.
Use the wall plug as a starting point and wrap the lights around the tree stump/stand. Work your way up from the centre of the trunk, wrapping the lights evenly around the branches at the base of the tree. Bury the lights close to the trunk of the tree, deep in the branches.
Weave the lights upwards one row of branches at a time. When doing this, position them so you go under one branch and over the next one. When you reach the top of the tree, wind back down, moving further out along the branches. Move back up again when you reach the bottom. Keep repeating this process until you reach the tips of the branches. This will leave you with a bright, twinkly tree that makes a perfect backdrop for the rest of your decor.
One of the worst things about buying lights for a tree is buying a box and then realising it only goes halfway up your tree. As a general rule of thumb, a 6 foot tree needs about 15 metres of lights. As a minimum, you need about 5 metres of lights per 2 foot of tree.
5. Balance is key when Christmas tree decorating!
Whether you’re a minimalist or you’ve got too many decorations to choose from, arranging them is key. Start arranging from top to bottom, and leave any special decorations for last to make sure they get the perfect spot.
Cluster baubles of different sizes together to create little pops of flair. To create a very visually balanced tree, focus larger baubles towards the centre of the tree and smaller ornaments towards the top and bottom, and the ends of branches.
6. Choose the right tree topper
The star at the top of the tree is the centre point. It’s the cherry on top. An eye-catching or original topper is great, but it needs to fit the themes and proportions of your tree. If you have a giant tree with a teeny tiny star at the top, this balance hasn’t been quite reached!
If you’re bored of the traditional stars and angels or you can’t find one that fits your theme – make your own topper! A giant bow makes a good alternative.
How can Magenta Self Storage help you this Christmas?
If Christmas decorations take up a big chunk of your attic despite only being in use for one month of every year, you might feel like you haven’t got space to store new decorations or an artificial tree. If space is a constant pressure around the holidays (or all year round!) consider taking out a self storage unit. Self storage can give you a little extra space for your holiday decorations, and it’s a great way to keep presents away from prying eyes until the big day! Contact us or get a quote today and let us help you make your Christmas a little merrier!