1. Map out Tree Placement
2. Choose Your Tree
Those going for a real tree should purchase it around four weeks before Christmas Day. Know the approximate height and width of your tree before you head to the Christmas tree lot.
3. Assemble the Tree
If you have a real tree, do last-minute trimming and positioning. Those with fake trees should spend time fluffing the branches and ensuring everything feels sturdy. Artificial trees spend most of the year flat in a box. Fluffing your tree is essential in making it look full. Fluff your tree by starting at the bottom and making sure all the tree limbs are lying in the correct spot. Then, fan out the individual branches that are attached to the limb. Bend the smaller branches at varying angles to make the tree look natural and full.
4. Pick a Theme
There are several design options when it comes to Christmas decor. A nostalgic colorful Christmas with big, multicolored bulbs, big crimson bows, and classic red, green, and gold ornaments brings the warm and fuzzies. Go for an elegant magazine-worthy Christmas theme with a red and gold tree. Swirling gold ribbons backdropped by sophisticated silver ornaments create a backdrop perfect for a sophisticated holiday party. Maybe you want a laid-back, earthy Christmas scene with hand-made ornaments backed by simple white lights.
The options are truly endless when it comes to Christmas Decor themes. Choose a style that calls to you.
5. String the Lights
Check that the lights are working and have no dead strands. Then, start stringing the lights from the bottom of the tree and work your way to the top. If you’re using an artificial tree, we recommend purchasing a pre-lit Christmas tree so you can skip this step altogether.
6. Add Statement Pieces
Once the ribbons are up — or if you’re forgoing the garland — start placing your largest ornaments. Real and artificial trees have natural gaps between branches and sections. This is usually the best spot for your grand ornaments. Just make sure you’re not adding too many of the same-sized ornaments to one spot. It’s important to create depth without making the tree feel cluttered.
7. Decorate the Outside of the Tree
8. Fill in Gaps
9. Position the Tree Toppers
10. Add the Final Touches
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How long do artificial Christmas trees last?
The average lifespan of an artificial Christmas tree is about six years. It’s best to invest in a high-quality tree. High-quality trees have a more realistic look and generally have a longer lifespan, potentially saving you money in the long run.
Can you overdecorate your Christmas tree?
Yes, too many decorations aren’t always a good thing. Try to limit each branch to one decoration and add varying sizes of decorations to each section to create depth and dimension.
When is the best time to buy an artificial Christmas tree?
The best time to shop for a Christmas tree is right after the holiday season and during black Friday and Cyber Monday. After the holidays are over, seasonal items are usually discounted, so check out prices a few days after the holidays are over. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales usually include seasonal items to get people ready for the holiday season. If you can’t wait until after the holidays, this is a great time to shop.