Creating the perfect Christmas Tree
When it comes to decorating our home for Christmas, the choice has always been pretty much left to me. That’s probably because I only have one child and a boy at that!
When he was little, he would get excited to put the decor throughout our home (which is typical of most kids, especially when they know Santa is coming) and as usual, it was more about what was going to be under the perfect Christmas tree on Christmas morning then what colour or theme we were going to create that year.
So I virtually have free rein to choose whatever style, theme, and colour tickles my fancy each year! Lucky Me!
How I create the perfect Christmas Tree
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The Creation Process
We thought it may be helpful to our readers, sharing the 7 key steps we follow to create the perfect Christmas tree to help you create your own.
#1 – Layout any items
I always clear floor space in the room I will be setting the tree up in and place a sheet or blanket down, I then spread out the endless supply of ornaments and bits & pieces I’m thinking of using.
This helps me to see what I have and if I might just need something new (to my husbands amazement) This also lets me assess if I have any breakages from storing them throughout the year.
*Hint* – I tend to add to my collection at the end of each year when the end of season sales are on! Yes I know, I’m always thinking a year ahead – it’s how a decorator’s brain works
It always looks messy before a masterpiece is created.
#2 – Assemble the Tree
This is pretty self-explanatory. Most people have assembled a tree or two in their time. Fluffing each branch is a must though, I have seen a few unfluffed trees in my time, it makes such a difference so make sure you spend the time, remember generally it’s been stuffed in a box or container for the rest of the year.
Deciding where it is going to be placed is also very important. I tend to change it up, depending on how I feel.
#3 – Check and add additional lights
If you are lucky enough to have a Pre-Lit tree as I do, the next step is to check that all the fairy lights are working. It’s so much easier to get around the tree and replace any bulbs before all the other decorations are added. If you’re like me and like to add more fairy lights, you should do this at this point too – Because who doesn’t love an overload display of fairy lights, especially at Christmas!
#4 – Tree Topper
I know you may be thinking the tree topper goes on last, especially since that’s how it plays out in all the Christmas movies.
I’m sorry to tell you, that’s just for the feels, It’s much easier to start from the top and work your way down when it comes to creating the perfect Christmas tree.
I usually spend a bit of time on my topper, gone are the days of a single star atop the tree, I suggest you think outside the box and get creative. A few of my favourite additions are Stems or Picks, Large ribbon bows, flowers, even themed ornaments.
#5 – Picks & Ribbons
Now it’s time to add your picks and ribbon, (even old school tinsel, if you haven’t yet let go). The picks help fill any holes and give the tree that voluptuous expensive feeling, like the Christmas displays in the shop windows of David Jones and Myer in the city.
I like to twine ribbon around my tree and scatter some little bows at the tips of perfectly selected branches to add balance, it gives it that unique and themed feel, remember to stick to colours you will be using throughout the ornaments, I have been known to be on a mission out shopping over the weekends leading up to erecting my tree finding the perfect shade.
*Hint* – When you replace your tree next, look into purchasing a pre-lit tree. They are a little more expensive but well worth the investment when you don’t have to spend time unravelling the lights from last year’s emergency dismantle because it’s the second week of January and you’re the only one with your tree still up.
#6 – Special Ornaments
Now’s the time to place any special or themed ornaments you have selected! These should have pride of place on your tree for everyone to admire when they are in your home during the holiday season.
#7 – Tree Skirt & Gift Boxes
Last but certainly not least, push your tree back a little into its final location and then place your tree skirt around the base. I like to use one that coordinates with the main theme or accent colour.
I try and have a few gifts pre-purchased and start the wrapping as early as possible. I love to have some gifts around the base to complete the setting.
*Hint* If you used ribbon to decorate your tree, purchase some extra and use it to give that special touch to your gift boxes – it looks fantastic!
#8 – Admiration
Congratulations! You have now created and decorated the perfect Christmas tree. Stand back and admire your handy work – I know I do!