How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
Transforming your Christmas tree into a stunning centerpiece involves careful planning and creative choices. With these tips, you'll create a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that will impress your guests and bring joy to your holiday celebrations.
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.
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.