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ChristmasWhat a Bunch of Baubles! Decorating the Perfect Christmas Tree
Decorating the Perfect Christmas Tree
Is there anything more Christmassy than the tree itself? As far as we’re concerned it’s the perfect final touch to that winter wonderland! Of course, actually decorating the thing can be tough work! Today we’re going to take a look at how you can go about getting this right first time round.
OK, what do I do?
Pick a colour scheme first
There are a whole host of colour schemes out there that suit Christmas; red and green are probably the most well-known, but other ones such as white and gold can work just as well. The important thing is to choose a scheme and stick to it. This will give you (and any little ones helping out) some guidelines to follow. This should mean you’ll end up with a tree that’s really got some thought behind it, rather than one that looks slapdash.
Give it a fresh cut
This isn’t decoration as such, but you should definitely make a new cut in the base of the trunk (about an inch in from the current cut should do the trick). This will ensure the tree takes in the maximum amount of water, keeping it fresh and healthy looking. Make sure you continue to add water, though: fresh cut trees can be amazingly thirsty things!
Always, always put the lights on first: it’s far too much hassle to do it the other way around! Weave the strings of lights around the tree, starting with the base of the foliage, then the middle, then the top. Continually stop, turn the lights on and step back to take a look at the tree, checking to make sure you haven’t left any major gaps.
Remember to include depth
It’s important to remember that things like baubles and other ornaments need to be placed in a way that indicates depth, otherwise they’ll just look ‘stuck on’! The key to this is to not hang the decorations right on the tip of the branch; place some of them further into the foliage. It can be a bit fiddly doing it this way, but trust us; it’s well worth it.
Make sure everything's even
Rather than throwing everything on and hoping for the best, take the time to check the tree every ten minutes or so. This way you’ll be able to see if there are any gaps developing. A good way to get an even look is to add things one side at a time. So, one gold bauble on all four sides, then one silver bauble on all four sides, then a trail of gold tinsel, a trail of silver tinsel, etc. The more considered your initial approach is, the less likely you are to end up having to make adjustments later on.