Updated: Feb 18
Getting a dazzling Christmas tree doesn't have to be hard work. All it takes is an understanding of how the elements work together and a few easy-to-follow tips from our SLAY team. Break down the task into the 3 steps below and you'll end up with a Christmas tree that looks like it was decorated professionally!
This should always be the lights! They are impossible to put on after the decorations, ensure that you choose the strand colour that matches your tree (if you have a tree and green or black cable is fine, if you have a white tree make sure you use a white or silver cable) this ensure the wire will be hidden. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look. Always start at the base or trunk of the tree and work your way up, wrapping lights around every 'major' branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back. Don't just wave the lights over the front of the tree because this way you will be able to see the cable, make the tree look magical by having the lights go around the whole tree.
This is anything that will wrap around the tree, tinsel, beads or garlands. Make sure that they are placed on the outside and not pushed into the centre. To avoid branches bulging between tightly cinched garland strands, start at the top of the tree, and slowly increase the amount of garland between each wave as you work your way down the branches. Plan to use about two strands of garland for every vertical foot of tree.
The final step in decorating your tree is to hang your ornaments. Here's our quick guide to arranging ornaments:
To showcase your favourite ornaments, place them in prime positions on the tree first.
Next, hang your larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Fill in around those ornaments with medium- and small-size ornaments. Be sure to hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth and interest.
Finish dressing the tree by adding speciality items, such as clip-on ornaments or icicles.