The secret to a pretty Christmas tree is decorating in layers. Get more tips for Christmas tree decorating with these easy instructions from the experts.
During the Christmas season it's wonderful to pass houses with majestic trees in the living room window all decked out in lights, garlands, and ornaments. Putting decorations on a Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition for many households, although Christmas tree decorating as we know it now didn't gain popularity in America until the late 19th century. Early decorations were mostly homemade ornaments and brightly dyed popcorn garlands, but today's decorations include everything from souvenir ornaments to vinyl records and -- of course -- lots of twinkling lights. Not sure how you want to decorate? Follow our three easy steps to decorate a Christmas tree.
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The first step in how to decorate a Christmas tree is adding the lights. Tree lights typically come on green or white wire strands; choose the strand color that matches your tree so the wire will be hidden. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back.
Here are four popular types of lights to choose from when decorating your Christmas tree.
Traditional incandescent lights: These Christmas tree lights, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, are the most popular type of tree lights. They warm up the branches of a real tree, which will release the scent of pine into the room.
LED lights: These Christmas tree lights are newer than the traditional incandescent lights and don't produce heat. They're typically more expensive, but they are flameproof, fireproof, and completely safe to put on your tree.
Globe lights: These Christmas tree lights are round and come in many sizes. They look like balls of color on the tree, and while they have a softer glow than mini lights, the light they produce covers a larger area on the tree.
Bubble lights: These retro lights stand straight up on the limbs of your Christmas tree. When the liquid tube on top of the light warms up, bubbles float up and down inside the tube, resembling lava lamps.
Experiment with different lighting schemes until you find one you like -- it's OK to mix and match lights. For example, a background of white or clear lights can be highlighted with strands of colored lights that wrap the outer areas of the tree.
Editor's tip: Don't skimp on lights -- for every vertical foot of tree, you should use a strand of 100 lights.
-A Christmas tree covered in hundreds or even thousands of lights can make the holiday season magical, but the effects can be very different depending on the light bulbs you choose and the stringing method used. Here's how to bring the holiday blink to your Christmas tree. The first step in lighting your Christmas tree is choosing the type of bulb. There are so many lighting options available and each can have a different look. Do you want a cool cast? A warm glow? Or are you concerned about energy efficiency? Let's take a look at the available lighting options. Basic indoor mini lights have been around for years. They're inexpensive to purchase and produce a warm glow. Look for them in numerous colors, in combinations of colors. LED lights are newer. They give off brilliant white light and feature various shape bulb cover. LED costs more than mini lights, but they're much more energy efficient and last thousands of hours longer. Short strands of novelty lights have special coverings. They can add a unique touch to your tree and your holiday decorating, or include custom bulbs that produce one of a kind effect. Whatever type of lights you choose, be sure that they're UL- listed, and that the lights have a non-twist socket for fast and easy bulb replacement. For consistent results and easy connectability, choose the same brand and type of lights for your entire tree. So, how many lights do you need to buy? Of course, it's a matter of preference but a good place to start is a 100 lights for every foot and a half of tree. So, a 6-foot tall tree needs 400 lights for a basic level of lighting. And, if you love lights, double or even triple the amount recommended. For example, here's a tree with 750 lights. Nice, but how about the same tree with 2500 lights? Amazing! After you test that all the bulbs are working, you're ready to light your tree. Have a sturdy step ladder at hand. Plan to work with the Christmas lights on, that way you'll know exactly where you're adding your lights. Everyone has an opinion on how to string Christmas lights, but there are basically 3 no-fail techniques. The weave technique is the simplest. Start at the top of the tree, then weave in and out of the branches, going lower and lower, hanging lights in the back as well. If you want to add more lights, do another path. Starting from the top and working down. For the triangular technique, visualize your tree, divide it into 3 or 4 triangular sections. Weave the light back and forth across the triangle, being careful not to cross the court over itself. When you reach the end of the string, plug in the next set and continue weaving lights back and forth until you reached the bottom. If you love lights, branch wrapping is the technique for you. Simply start at the bottom, working from the trunk out, moving from branch to branch. Wrap lights around the individual branches, working further and further out. When you're about 4 inches from the end of the final branch, stop. Work your way back to the trunk, wrapping the chord just once or twice to hold it in place. Whichever lighting technique you use, never attach more than 3 strands end to end. When you finish your third strand, go back to the power source for your next set. When you're done hanging your lights, dim the room lights, stand away from the tree and evaluate your work. Squint your eyes until the tree is blurry and look for dark patches. Then, rearrange lights to fill in any hole. For more holiday ideas, visit bhg.com/holiday. Twinkling and bright, your well-lit Christmas tree is now ready to decorate and celebrate the season.
There are no firm rules when draping garlands on your Christmas tree. To avoid the "sausage effect" (branches bulging between tightly cinched garlands), start at the top of the tree and slowly increase the amount of garland between each wave as you work your way down the branches. Plan to use about two strands of garland for every vertical foot of tree.
To avoid a busy look on your tree, use a variety of garlands from plain to fancy. Thin, beaded garlands look best hung from branch to branch; thicker paper, ribbon, or foil garlands look best wrapped loosely around the entire tree.
The next step in Christmas tree decorating is to hang your Christmas tree ornaments. To showcase your favorites, place them in prime positions on the tree first. Next, hang your larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Fill in around those ornaments with medium- and small-size ornaments. Be sure to hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth and interest. Finish dressing the tree by adding specialty items, such as clip-on ornaments or icicles. See our ideas for easy ways to make Christmas ornaments that add a personal touch to your tree:
Sheet music pinwheel ornament. Here's what you'll need: sheet music, hole punch, clothespins, wooden bead, silver cord, decorative brad and a glue stick. Accordion-fold sheet music. Cut folded sheet music in half. Punch a hole in the center. Thread silver cord through the hole and tie the knot, leaving excess cord. Glue ends together. Hold together with clothespins and let dry. Punch two holes at the top of the ornament. Thread the silver cord through the holes. Slide on bead and tie a knot. Push the brad into the front of the ornament.