So this is the first of my How to guides and to be perfectly honest it’ll probably be my favourite. Dressing the Christmas tree is after all one of my favourite things to do. I find it really therapeutic and relaxing, I do understand though that some people find it very stressful and feel they can’t seem to ‘get it right’. With a little guidance and patience though you can achieve a lovely dressed Christmas tree without too much extra effort.
Now whether you go for the real deal or artificial the main principals of dressing the tree are the same so following the process below should have you a beautiful tree in no time at all.
Turn on the Christmas tunes and get your tree in position!
If it’s a real tree it’ll want a good drink of water so make sure your base has a well you can fill up and turn the tree around to find it’s best side.
If it’s artificial be sure to spread out those branches. It really makes a huge difference!
The first thing you’re going to dress the tree with are the Lights – Take them out of the box, plug them in and check all the bulbs are working. If all is good the next thing is to take the string of lights and start at the top of the tree. Wind the lights from side to side across the tree trying to keep as evenly spaced as possible. If you can make the room dark do so, it makes it easier to see any big gaps so you can adjust accordingly.
I like to use 3 sets of lights on our tree; 2 sets of Warm White Cone style lights and a single string of Candle lights which give the tree a nod of traditional style.
Next comes the tinsel, now I’m not a huge tinsel fan but I like to use it to add depth to the tree by pushing it in towards the main trunk filling out any gaps between the branches and giving colour further into the tree. I think this gives a much nicer effect than swaging it all over the tree.
Beads – I use some lovely chunky bead strings on our tree (they’re about half and inch diameter beads.) They are draped around the tree in the same way you do the lights. I find the beads add colour and a sense of luxury without over powering the tree.
Flowers – Now again this might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love to use flowers on the Christmas tree. I have sprigs of artificial Blossom, Mistletoe and some miscellaneous with butterflies. Be sure to place these throughout the tree, ensuring they stick out enough to be seen overhanging the edges of the tree.
Next come the Large Fabric Bows – I use wired ribbon for these as they hold their shape beautifully. I’ve chosen a lovely white ribbon with a gorgeous scrolling tree detail also in white. I use only a few placed sparsely over the tree.
This is the best bit, the baubles! When it comes to placing the baubles take your time and place them by size and colour combinations. Larger baubles towards the bottom of the tree and smaller ones towards the top. If you use sets of baubles try and make sure you space them out equally and if you can don’t place two of the same colour shape or size right next to each other otherwise it can look unbalanced. Also don’t forget the tree is a 3D thing and the sides and back will need the same attention as the front. Make sure the decorations aren’t all hung on just the ends of branches, create layers to add to that depth of decoration. Step back away from the tree from time to time to check the balance of ornaments is right. Another thing I always try to do is make sure my favourite baubles are in view from my favourite seat too!
The fairy! – No tree can be deemed dressed until it has a topper. In our house we have Fairies and the one for our main tree is absolutely beautiful. She’s always the very last decoration to adorn our tree.
Finish off with a beautiful tree skirt to complete the look!
There you have it, a beautifully dressed tree perfect for Father Christmas to leave your presents under on Christmas Eve!
Now as this is Georges 1st Christmas and 80% of our baubles are very fragile Glass ones with deep sentimental value we have chosen to baby proof the tree this year. We have done this by way of a wooden play pen and it’s fantastic! Tree looks great and George loves having free reign still and being able to get close without touching it!