Tradition has it that the Christmas tree is made on 8 December, or for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. However, many people, including me, play early and it is not uncommon to start seeing houses decorated for the party as early as the end of November. After seeing 10 original ideas for a DIY Christmas tree and the Christmas colors to choose from, today let’s see together how to decorate the Christmas tree step by step. Should the lights be put first? The festoons? Or do we start with the decorations? Do you have to follow a logic or how does it come? Legitimate doubts to which to give an answer definitively for those who are perhaps not very good at manual skills (like me) or do not have a strong aesthetic sense of things.
How to decorate the Christmas tree in 5 steps
It is essential to know well in what order we must decorate the Christmas tree because its realization, as well as being a real art, always requires a certain type of criterion. First of all, let’s remember to decorate the Christmas tree evenly, deciding in time a theme, a style and a selection of colors. Everything must be clear in our minds and we must keep it developing it in the course of work. In this way we will always get a chic and classy result. Remember that “a little bit of everything” is like “too much is good” in this case too. If you have doubts, it is better to rely on a single color with a single theme and the result will still be elegant and proof of criticism. That said, in front of our bare tree here’s how to proceed:
1. Insert the lights
The strings of lights are the first step to be respected to decorate the Christmas tree at its best. It is certainly the most boring part but of fundamental importance because they create the whole atmosphere. They must be inserted around the shaft clockwise, from the other to the bottom and from the inside to the outside, trying to maintain a uniform space between one and the other. I recommend placing them on and occasionally moving away from the tree in order to realize the final effect. Usually two wires are used. One for the inside and one for the outside. For a tree of 30 cm you need on average 45 lights, for one of 60 cm you need 90 and instead for one of 180 cm about 270. Finally, we prefer LED lights that in addition to consuming less are definitely more durable and safe.
2. Cover the base of the tree
Perhaps one of the most overlooked steps. Surely it is a personal choice for the convenience of cleaning the floor or the presence of animals rather than for other reasons. However, if we choose to cover it, the solutions are innumerable. From the classic jute sack to draped fabric in theme with the tree decorations, to fake gift packages. A detail that not everyone thinks about but capable of making a difference.
3. Place the decorations
This is the funniest part that allows us to give free rein to our creativity. The only rules, for an optimal result at a glance, thus managing to give a sense of balance and fullness to the Christmas tree, are the positioning of the decorations based on their size. In fact, the small decorations should be placed at the top, the medium ones in the middle and the large ones at the bottom. Without forgetting, for a better sense of depth, to insert someone inside as well. Finally, the more particular or important ones must be kept aside to highlight by placing them on the outer ends of the branches.
4. Decorate Christmas tree with festoons, threads, fake snow, etc.
After arranging all the decorations both inside and outside of our Christmas tree, the time has come to place the festoons, strings of pearls or snow, if any. Wrapped around the branches, the tree in a clockwise direction or by letting them fall from above. In this case there are no precise rules, it all depends on the final aesthetic result we want to achieve.
5. Put the tip
The last essential touch to decorate the Christmas tree is to put the tip. Whether it’s a star, a bow or a classic shape, it’s the final gesture. By placing the tip on top of the tree we are officially finished. Now we just have to enjoy all the atmosphere created and start the celebrations.
Below I enjoyed creating a small and simple visual tutorial for the more reluctant to read. I hope you like it and please let me know how you chose to decorate the Christmas tree. This year, as a good denial on the subject, I relied on the classic total white.