- How to Decorate a Christmas Tree in 3 Easy Steps
- How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro
- 1 Traditional Incandescent Lights
- 2 LED Lights
- 3 Globe Lights
- 4 Bubble Lights
- Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro: Easy Decorating Tips
- Our Favorite Gift Giving Idea this Christmas
- Choose a Theme or Color Scheme for Your Christmas Tree
- Brainstorming your Christmas Tree Theme
- Let’s Build Your Christmas Tree
- Christmas Tree Bow Shopping List (with links)
- 5 Easy Steps to Making Your Christmas Tree Bows
- 2. Fold
- 3. Wrap
- 4. Gather
- 5. Spread
- Surprising Christmas Tree Elements
- 3 Easy Tips to Decorating Your Christmas Tree
- How to Arrange Christmas Ornaments
- Final Christmas Tree Touches
- Christmas Tree and Holiday Decor to Inspire
- Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?
- Six top tips for decorating your Christmas tree to make it Instagram worthy
- 1. Use an artificial tree with lights
- 2. Large baubles
- 3. Use colours in the room
- 4. Use natural twigs
- 5. Start at the top
- 6. Use odd numbers
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree in 3 Easy Steps
One of the best things about the Christmas season is driving or walking through neighborhoods and catching glimpses of festive Christmas trees in living room windows, decked out in lights, garlands, and ornaments. Decorating a Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition in many households. More than 95 million households in the United States displayed a Christmas tree in 2018, according to a survey from the American Christmas Tree Association. The elements that go into decorating a Christmas tree—lights, garland, tinsel, and ornaments—are familiar to nearly everyone. But when it comes to creating a holiday tree that expresses your style, personality, heritage, and surroundings, the options are virtually unlimited. The best Christmas trees are filled with layer upon layer of memories, traditions, and ornaments—both handcrafted and store-bought.
Not sure how you want to decorate your tree this year? We have plenty of Christmas tree theme ideas, along with handmade ornament ideas that let you put a personal touch on your holiday decor. Once you’ve found your inspiration, follow our three easy steps for decorating a Christmas tree like a pro.
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro
Getting a dazzling holiday 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 tree-decorating pros. Remember: It’s more important for the family to decorate together than to strive for perfect placement. But these three steps will ensure that your tree is both beloved and beautiful.
Step 1: Hang Your Christmas Tree Lights
The first step in how to decorate a Christmas tree is adding the lights. Tree lights typically come on green or white wire strands, though you can also find black variations now, perfect if you happen to have a black Christmas tree. Choose the strand color that matches your tree so the wire will be hidden. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back. Fluff the branches as you work your way around the tree.
Here are four popular types of Christmas lights to choose from when decorating your tree.
1 Traditional Incandescent Lights
These Christmas tree lights, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, are the most popular type of tree lights. They warm up the branches of a real tree, which will release the scent of pine into the room.
Buy It: 300-Light Clear Incandescent Light Set, $4, The Home Depot
2 LED Lights
These Christmas tree lights are newer than the traditional incandescent lights and don’t produce heat. They’re typically more expensive, but they are flameproof, fireproof, and completely safe to decorate a Christmas tree with.
Buy It: Holiday Time 59 ft, 300 Count Multicolor LED Mini String Christmas Lights, $17, Walmart
3 Globe Lights
These Christmas tree lights are round and come in many sizes. They look like balls of color on the tree, and while they have a softer glow than mini lights, the light they produce covers a larger area on the tree.
Buy It: Philips 50ct Christmas LED Smooth Sphere String Lights Warm White, $10, Target
4 Bubble Lights
These retro lights stand straight up on the limbs of your Christmas tree. When the liquid tube on top of the light warms up, bubbles float up and down inside the tube, resembling lava lamps.
Buy It: Celebrations G11GR2A1 Multi-color Bubble Lights, 7′, 7 Lights, $19, Walmart
Experiment with different lighting schemes until you find one you like; it’s OK to mix and match lights. For example, a background of white or clear lights can be highlighted with strands of colored lights that wrap the outer areas of the tree.
See our complete guide to putting lights on your Christmas tree for even more info on how to design your perfect tree lighting scheme.
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Step 2: Add Christmas Tree Garland
There are no firm rules for decorating a Christmas tree when it comes to draping garland. 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.
To avoid a busy look on your tree, decorate your Christmas tree with a variety of garlands from plain to fancy. Thin, beaded garlands look best hung from branch to branch; thicker paper, ribbon, or foil garlands look best wrapped loosely around the entire tree.
If you’re still in need of a garland, consider making one this holiday season. If you love a traditional look, make a cranberry garland that blends cranberries with slices of fresh lime, this wrapping paper garland, or this boiled wool felt garland that’s a twist on the classic popcorn garland. If contemporary is more your thing, try a wood bead garland, this sophisticated crepe paper garland, or this easy DIY pom-pom garland.
Ribbon is a popular alternative to garland. Loosely wrap wide, patterned ribbon around the entire tree in horizontal bands. To add interest, try making big bows from a similar ribbon and using them to decorate the tree branches. To amp it up, use ribbon vertically on the tree, creating cascading streams of ribbon from the top of your tree to the base, tucking the ends under your tree topper and securing around the trunk at the base.
Editor’s Tip: Tuck the ribbon back toward the trunk of your tree to create a billowy look.
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Step 3: Hang Christmas Tree Ornaments
The final step in decorating your tree is to hang your Christmas ornaments. Here’s what to consider as you’re arranging ornaments.
- To showcase your favorite ornaments, place them in prime positions on the tree first.
- Next, hang your larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Ornament balls in one color but several sizes and textures will create continuity from top to bottom. Hang the larger ones on the bottom, the smaller at the top.
- 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. They reflect the light to make your tree sparkle from the inside. Make the tree yours by adding specialty items, such as handmade ornaments, clip-on ornaments, or icicles.
- Finish the look with a simple tree topper and a festive tree skirt.
Stand back and study your tree from various angles (we recommend squinting your eyes) to determine if there are empty areas to fill
Related: How to put Christmas lights on a tree like a pro.
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Throughout the holiday season the Christmas Tree is the centerpiece of the home. Here are easy, inexpensive tips and techniques to make yours special.
Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro: Easy Decorating Tips
I’ll tell you the honest truth. For many years all I did was open up ornament boxes, load up the Christmas tree, stand back, and wonder, is this it? I hadn’t studied the art of decorating a tree. I had no plan, no color scheme, just boxes of stuff. And you know what? It was fine. We had fun. The kids put their homemade ornaments front and center with pride, and we were happy. But if you are wanting a fancy tree or just want to add more sophistication and style to your Christmas tree, I’m here to say, it’s easy and fun. And the best part is it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It just takes a little planning and a few strategies.
Actually, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to turn tree decor into an art. There are so many styles of tree decorating. The options are endless. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. So, I am going to break it down and show you how to create an artistic, swoon-worthy tree with some easy Christmas tree decorating tips.
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Choose a Theme or Color Scheme for Your Christmas Tree
First things first, you need to choose a theme. You can choose one theme for your entire Christmas decor so everything works together. Or, you can go room by room. Some people put up several trees and each tree has it’s own theme. If you have a variety of themes throughout your home just be sure that the surrounding area goes together.
Examples of Christmas Tree Themes:
- Country or Rustic Christmas
- Traditional Christmas
- Silver Christmas, Gold Christmas, or a mix of metallics
- White Christmas
- Natural Christmas (green and brown)
- Blue Christmas
- Modern or Glam (color combinations can vary)
Brainstorming your Christmas Tree Theme
Your theme can be simply the colors you’ve chosen, or you can define the mood or style and then choose the colors which you will use to express that style. For example, this year before any buying or decorating began I started to brainstorm. Since my decorating style has been increasingly farmhouse oriented I chose to continue with my holiday decor and create a “Country, Rustic Farmhouse Christmas.”
Decorating isn’t a science. It’s an art. So, like any art, you make it up. It comes from your creativity. Remember that and you’ll have fun and not worry about any rules. Every suggestion that follows is just that, a suggestion. In the end, you can do whatever you want.
So next I thought about what would that mean for Christmas. I imagined tartan, a lot of tartan. I imagined plaid, red, old-fashioned details, antiques, rustic, natural elements, pine cones, farmhouse details.
My advice is to look at all you own first, and then shop. I don’t always take my own advice, but I try. Also, it’ best to begin with a plan. I know some of you are planners and some of you have to create organically (as it comes to you). The more you can brainstorm and gather supplies in advance the better the process will be.
With these supplies and my easy instructions you will be a master bow maker in no time.
Let’s Build Your Christmas Tree
So after the lights are on it’s time for bows. Bows are relatively inexpensive and easy to create. You can use two, three, four different ribbons to create your bows. You’ll want to incorporate all your colors in your bow choices. I suggest using different widths, one wide and billowy, two mid-range (approx. 2″), and one thinner (1/2′-1″).
You can find my ribbon choices for my “Country Rustic Farmhouse” theme below.
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- wide burlap wire ribbon with glitter edges
- solid red wire ribbon
- red taffeta wire ribbon
- tartan plaid
- thinner burlap
I recommend buying ribbon with wire. They often cost a bit more, but in my opinion they are worth it. You can shape these ribbons beautifully, and they look great year after year when you bring them out of storage.
Besides ribbon you also need:
- craft wire
- sharp scissors
- wire cutters
These bows are simple to make and really add the “wow” factor to your tree.
5 Easy Steps to Making Your Christmas Tree Bows
- To begin, cut approximately 30 inch pieces.
- I recommend using different width ribbons for added interest.
- Next, fold your pieces in half
- Grab them all together holding each in a loop position.
- Next, wrap a piece of craft wire around the ribbon loop to secure.
- Leave enough wire to attach ribbon to tree.
- Gather your ribbons and secure them tightly with craft wire.
- Then spread out your ribbons so they create side by side loops.
- Spread out the tails so it looks like a flower.
- Remember to trim the tails on the diagonal (if you haven’t already).
- Finally, attach in a diamond shape all around the Christmas tree.
Surprising Christmas Tree Elements
In order to create an artful Christmas tree you need to think outside the box. Besides having a Christmas tree that looks amazing, often these elements can be way less expensive than regular ornaments. For example, I thought about what items I already owned that expressed farmhouse, rustic, country decor.
I came up with two items that I had plenty of already: pine cones and cotton stems. Using wire cutters I cut up my cotton stems into small pieces to add to the tree. I recommend heading to the floral aisle instead of the Christmas aisle to find festive floral stems that add your colors and mood to the tree.
3 Easy Tips to Decorating Your Christmas Tree
No matter what you decide to use to create your Christmas tree, here are the key points to remember:
- Firstly, cut up your floral stems so you don’t have big clumps.
- Next, cluster your elements, don’t scatter or sprinkle.
- Finally, arrange in diamond patterns around your Christmas tree.
How to Arrange Christmas Ornaments
Here are some rules of thumb to artfully arrange Christmas ornaments on your Christmas tree.
- Don’t let ornaments dangle from long strings. Instead attach a hook at the base and attach from there to the tree. The key is to make the ornament look like it is growing right from the branch. It makes such an improvement.
- Repeat ornaments to give your tree a cohesive look.
- Bunch ornaments by attaching three together with your craft wire and attach your trio to the Christmas tree.
- Have your color scheme fully represented in your trio bunch.
Have fun adding unique elements to your tree. To create a rustic farmhouse feel, I added pine cones and cotton stems throughout the tree.
Final Christmas Tree Touches
Lastly, I recommend using some element to drape around the tree in sweeping motions. This adds cohesion, drama, fullness, and another layer of dimension. Most often this is created by ribbon. Large mesh ribbon (6-12″ wide) is a great choice.
The other most common option is garland. Your choice of garland will depend entirely on your theme. The choices are endless, from the traditional popcorn and cranberries, to modern beads, and on and on. Since my theme is rustic I decided to use long twig-like “floral” pieces. These really added the final “je ne sais quoi” to my Christmas tree turning it from flat and predictable into a three dimensional sculpture.
Christmas Tree and Holiday Decor to Inspire
Jodie and I have many more Christmas tree decorating and holiday inspiration posts. Here are some of our favorite Christmas home tours:
Crazy for Buffalo Check Christmas Home Tour
Most Merry & Bright Christmas Decorating Ideas
Farmhouse Christmas Tour
Welcome to My Rich & Colorful Holiday Home Tour
Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?
Besides the obvious reasons, ever wonder why we decorate a Christmas tree? Tradition of course. But what started this long-held tradition? Knowing the origins of our traditions adds even more meaning to them. If you are fascinated like we are read the brief History of Christmas Trees. Your new understanding may even lead to a fun family discusion this holiday.
I hope we have given your some inspiration and motivation to create your own masterpiece. You are truly only limited by your own imagination. Get creative and enjoy the process. You don’t need fancy or expensive ornaments to create a magical Christmas tree that will add joy and beauty to your holiday celebrations. If you think outside the box it is easy and inexpensive to create a Christmas tree you’re proud of and that your family will love.
Happy Holidays and Happy Decorating!
With love and blessings,
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Whether you’re hauling home a freshly cut evergreen at Christmas or if you’re thinking about switching your balsam fir for an artificial tree, there are amazing ways to go about decorating. If you’re worried about where to start or that the fake white tree is going to scream tacky, think again. With the help of a solid decor theme, any manner of tree can be playful, glamorous, or even understated (yes, really). So whether you go for the live tree or buy a faux one that will stay with you for years to come, we gathered some of our favorite ideas for how to transform your decorations into a modern, moody, or wildly spectacular Christmas scene.
Embrace a white tree’s inherent quirky vibe, like designer Emily Henderson did, and dress it up with ornaments in bright, nontraditional hues, such as hot pink and turquoise.
You can go the subtle route with a flocked tree—one that looks like it’s covered in snow—decorated with all-white ornaments (and an unexpected black bauble or two).
No matter what kind of tree is underneath, cover it in an explosion of color. You can go with standard ornaments and baubles, or just cover it with anything and everything that strikes your fancy.
You don’t have to be a grinch to appreciate a moodier Christmas scheme. Draping purple or pink tinsel around the tree and keeping the surrounding decor in an array of plum, navy, and black is a simple way to get the look.
Orlando Soria, designer and host of HGTV’s Unspouse My House, festooned his massive faux evergreen with shiny gold orbs, glittery animals, and sparkling garlands. The result: old-school elegance.
Take inspiration from a pack of highlighters for your tree’s theme. We’ll bet all your guests will want to take a photo with your show-stopping Christmas tree.
Want to stick to clean, simple lines and minimalism? Channel your Nordic energies for light wood ornaments and avoiding overcrowding.
In a combination that is totally simple and extremely striking, a fully red tree with a smattering of string lights will make a bold statement.
An ombre tree can go in a lot of different directions. Do you want a graphic black-to-white situation or shades of blue? The effect can be the color of the tree itself or happen with the ornament placement.
Still hesitant? Start small with a tabletop version and wrap the trunk in a cozy matching sheepskin à la designer Sarah Sherman Samuel.
Combining the ideas of the moody tree and the red tree, here’s a simple and slightly gothic take on holiday decorating. Plus, a black tree might be fun to bring out for Spooky Season—decorate it with cobwebs!
Red and gold is a great traditional color combo for Christmas, it’s chic and stunning. That’s why we’ve decided to roundup a bunch of ideas with these colors. Take red and gold ornaments to decorate not only the tree but also the whole house: the stairs, the doors, the fireplace, the table making centerpieces. Make your Christmas tree luxurious: red and gold ornaments, garlands and lights will make your tree chic and eye-catching. Put red candles into gold candleholders, prepare gold tableware and red napkins and tablecloths for your holiday dinner. I love how beautiful look the gold and red front door decorations, just give them a try!
Red And Gold Christmas Tree Décor
A Christmas tree is the main decor piece in any home and even outdoors. Decorate your Christmas tree in gold and red making it elegant and refined. You may not only use gold and red Christmas ornaments, you can include ribbons, ribbon bows, lights, even fabric and fresh blooms and other décor. Add gilded pinecones, gilded foliage and greenery and your Christmas tree will be ultimate.
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Other Red And Gold Christmas Décor
What other gold and red décor can you use? There are lots of ideas! First of all, you can style your table and food stations in these colors – going for red and gold placemats, chargers, cutlery, candleholders and candle lanterns and so on. Second, you can create cool garlands and wreaths of evergreens, with red and gold ornaments, lights, candy canes, glitter elements and ribbons. The good thing is that most of such decorations can be DIYed, so just grab the supplies and go. Need more ideas? Then get more adorable ideas below and get inspired!
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a lush evergreen Christmas wreath with gold and red glitter ornaments, bows and ribbons plus branches
red and gold candles on a plate and mini gift boxes for decor plus cinnamon sticks
red and gold glitter Christmas decor with ornaments hanging over the table, red glasss and gold candles and much more for the holidays
beautiful red and gold glitter Christmas ornaments can be used throughout the house to decorate it
a gorgeous Christmas chandelier of evergreens, gold and red ornaments and red ribbons is amazing for holiday decor
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glitter red and gold ornaments on ribbons are fun and cool to decorate a Christmas tree, door or some other space
a Christmas chandelier of evergreens, red and white ornaments on red ribbons and gold candleholders
a chic and refined Christmas wreath of red and gold ornaments and ribbons and evergreens is a cool idea
a refined deep red and gold Christmas tablescape with an ornament centerpiece and red blooms plus gold chargers and cutlery
gold, red, green ornaments and striped ribbons and evergreens over the doors to bring a festive feel to the outdoor space
a red and gold Christmas ornament on red ribbon is always a good idea for chic and timeless Christmas decor
a traditional and glam red and gold Christmas table setting with napkins, gold chargers and cutlery and a bow and candle centerpiece
an evergreen wreath with red ornaments of various sizes and red and red and gold ribbons and bows
Six top tips for decorating your Christmas tree to make it Instagram worthy
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is seen by many as an essential part of any home during the festive period, helping to create a sense of occasion for friends and family.
Many will have put theirs up this weekend – or plan to this week – but it may not be the success you hope for if your decorations are not up to scratch.
We’ve turned to a professional stylist – the ‘Mary Berry of Christmas trees’ – who reveals how to best dress yours to make it the envy of your neighbours, or your Instagram followers.
She also highlighted how to avoid the Christmas tree pitfalls that blight some British homes during the festive period.
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Jane Briggs, a stylist at Alexander James Interiors, exclusively told MailOnline Property that there are some key dos and don’ts of decorating a Christmas tree.
Every year, Jane is hired to decorate ones found in multi-million pound homes in some of the most expensive parts of the country to ensure they are well-dressed and presentable.
Here’s six top tips on how to make yours look as good as possible, no matter how big or small the budget.
1. Use an artificial tree with lights
While artificial trees may have once had an unsophisticated reputation, their quality has vastly improved and they have now become much more fashionable.
Indeed, Jane now advises avoiding real Christmas trees altogether and beginning with an artificial tree instead.
During MailOnline Property’s Christmas tree decoration session, Jane used an artificial tree with lights attached, from John Lewis.
John Lewis’ Dan Cooper said: ‘When it comes to decorating their homes, our customers are getting bolder and more confident every year, using lights, trees and accessories both inside and out.
“This year the most stylish, on-trend trees will be those that create a natural look and an informal silhouette. It’s no longer enough to have only white lights on your tree, more is more this Christmas.
“Our pre-lit fake trees are extremely popular and not only give dramatic effort with minimal effort you also don’t have to spend time untangling meters of lights. In artificial trees, we expect sales of prelit styles will overtake unlit styles for the first time this year.’
Jane Briggs, a stylist at Alexander James Interiors, reveals how best to decorate a tree
She said: ‘If you buy a real tree, they dry out too quickly because of underfloor heating, central heating and open fires.’
And she added: ‘Try to buy with the lights already involved in it because it’s so much easier, with the lights distributed correctly.
‘If you put your own lights on the tree, you have the wires and lights everywhere to deal with.’
2. Large baubles
Once you start adding items to the tree, the key is making sure they are big enough, according to Jane.
She said: ‘Try not to buy items that are too little. They just blend in and you don’t see them. You need some good sized, larger baubles. Then you add in the little interesting bits you’ve collected over the years.’
3. Use colours in the room
Try to use the colours in the room where the Christmas is going to stand. In our session, the room had orange cushions, and this was the accent colour used on the tree.
Jane said: ‘The cushions in this room are orange. You don’t want too much orange, but you want the tree to look right in the room, so we’ve just brought in a little bit of orange to pull in the colours of room.
‘This makes it look balanced and dressed.’
Top tips include using large baubles – and plenty of them, to ensure the tree looks well dressed
4. Use natural twigs
One of the biggest pitfalls of decorating a Christmas tree is leaving it too sparse, Jane suggested.
‘If you can’t afford baubles, then get ribbon and you can put them around the tree as it fills up the space,’ she said.
She also suggests using feathers or natural twigs to fill up the space on your Christmas tree. Spray them gold or silver, before ‘poking’ them into your Christmas tree, Jane suggested.
‘Whatever you want to put on will look good, but you need to put enough on or it will lose the effect,’ she said.
One of the biggest pitfalls of decorating a Christmas tree is leaving it too sparse
5. Start at the top
Jane begins decorating a Christmas tree by starting at the top and then ‘zig-zagging her way down’.
She says: ‘You always have to do a bit at the back, because you can see through a tree. But if you’re going putting it up against a wall, I’d only do a bit either side so that it looks dressed.’
During our Christmas tree decorating session, Jane collects baubles of a similar size and colour, and starts adding them to the tree.
‘Make sure they are in a place they can actual dangle,’ she advises. ‘And don’t spend a fortune on Christmas baubles because they’ll break. The cat is bound to go up the tree and smash a few, or someone will fall against it.
‘Unless they are memories, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on baubles.’
6. Use odd numbers
As is best with most interior design and gardening, it is best to use colours in odd numbers.
Jane explained: ‘If you’re doing any colour, it is always best to odd numbers. So do three, or five, or seven, different colours because it just works as they are odd.
‘Working in twos or fours is never quite as easy as working with odd numbers.’
Jane finishes decorating the Christmas tree, creating a look that is worthy of any social media star’s Instagram:
It is best to use colours in odd numbers when you’re decorating a Christmas tree