The Christmas tree is always the center of your holiday decorating. Make the prettiest tree ever by following our tips for picking a Christmas tree and lighting your Christmas tree.
Dreamy Christmas Decor
Beautiful, glamourous Christmas decorations drape a home in an elegant glow. Fresh colors and fanciful details make for a magical atmosphere that looks lavish but can be achieved with three simple elements.
Non-Traditional Christmas Color Scheme
When red and green have run their course, look to a fresh color scheme for Christmas inspiration. This pretty combination of turquoise, white, and metallic offers a sophisticated take on the season that still has Santa’s stamp of approval.
Christmas Living Room Tours: 4 Houses, 4 Styles
The living room is the central hub of Christmas. Welcome in the warmth with four distinct decorating styles.
Decorated Christmas Trees
The star of your Christmas decorations -- the tree! -- deserves extra attention. Here are four diverse looks you should consider for your tree decorating scheme.A dazzling flocked tree. A beribboned charmer. A snow capped fir. A side table stunner. Find out how to bring these gorgeous christmas trees to your own home. A flocked white tree
How to Decorate a Tree with Ribbon
There are just two elements to this eye-catching tree: A strand of lights and a few ribbon spools. Here’s what blogger Kelly of Talk of the House accomplished with 35 yards of red grosgrain ribbon.quick bow on the ends of branches. Looking at the tree in horizontal sections , we tie it on one bow every foot or so. Ribbons natural home is as garland. Drop each loop about six inches
3 Must-Try Decorations for a Cheap Tabletop Christmas Tree
Here’s how to use three cute decorations -- that cost just a few bucks each -- to create a tabletop Christmas tree that (literally) rings in the holiday.tree with mini-clothespins bought at the craft store. [MUSIC] Tie on some jingle bells for festivity. Knot them at the ends of branches and hear them ring as guests go by. White rickrack offers instant garland for the price of a spool. Start from the top of the tree and wrap, planning for about three runs around the whole tree. [MUSIC] If you like, finish the tree with cardstock tags and a cardstock star. Plop the tree in a silver bucket for a pretty side table statement that you'll admire all season. [MUSIC]
Our Best Tree-Trimming Tips Ever
Longing for a wow-worthy tree? It's totally possible with a few easy decorating tips.it go wow with helpful tree decorating tips from Eddie Montgomery, Macy's Department Store visual manager. It doesn't take much to spice up your spruce. First step, squeeze your artificial tree branches . By compressing the branches between your hands, you can create ledges for oversized ornaments which add a lot of impact. You can
Choose a Live Christmas Tree
-A live Christmas tree is a classic holiday tradition. Who doesn't love that fresh, pine scent. Where here at a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree. C'mon. Going to tree farm to choose your live tree is a great tradition for you and your family. Whether at a tree farm or a tree lot, you'll find several types of live trees. So, how do you know what's right for you? There are 2 main types of Christmas trees- firs and pines. Let's take a closer look at the variety. The branches of firs are airier and stronger which is ideal if you have a lot of large ornaments to display. Firs have short, flat needles with blunt ends. They retain needles well, but they're usually marked [unk]. You'll find several varieties of firs depending on your area, including Frasier, Balsam and Douglas. Pine trees such as White pine and Scotch pine have branches that grow closer together for a denser look. They're ideal for layering on the lights. Pine branches are more flexible and have long, soft needles. Depending on where you live, others [unk] a Christmas tree may be available. Look for Spruce and Cedar. Contact the National Christmas Tree Association for information on trees in your area. When selecting a tree, make sure that the trunk is straight. Straight trunks sit better in the stand and also have better balance. It's also important that if you're selecting a tree from a tree lot, make sure that the tree is not too dry. This one is perfect. Many tree farms will put your tree on a shaker to remove dry needles and prevent them from falling out in your car or home. After you select your tree, have it wrapped in a net or twine for easier transport. You'll also need to cut about an inch from the trunk face for the pruning saw. This way, the trunk will be able to absorb more water, and it'll last longer. Once it's cut, put it in water right away. At this point, you may also want to thin out some branches so you have more space to show off ornaments and place gifts below the tree. Save any branches you removed for decorating later. Let's go inside and get this tree set up. I can't wait to see how it looks. Getting a tree in the stand can be a challenge. But thanks to some newer designs, the job is easier than ever before. Live trees require a little maintenance with watering. Be sure to always keep the base of your tree submerged. If the water level gets too low, a resin will form over the cut and your tree will stop absorbing water. Just be sure to check the water level in the stand every other day. Fresh and fragrant, this tree is now ready to light, decorate and become a holiday tradition in your home. Happy holidays! For more holiday ideas, visit bhg.com slash holidays.Christmas tree is a classic holiday tradition. Who doesn't love that fresh, pine scent . Where here at a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree. C'mon. Going to tree farm to choose your live tree
Choose an Artificial Christmas Tree
-If you wanna wade to enjoy the tradition of the Christmas tree that lasts year after year, an artificial tree may be the choice for you. It's convenient, maintenance-free and as you can see, a great way to get creative with your holiday decorating. Let's take a look. When choosing an artificial tree, the first thing to think about is size. The box is almost artificial trees; list the total height including the stand. But don't forget about the additional that topper will add. You may be overwhelmed by the number of artificial Christmas trees you encounter, so try to focus on three assets- shape, needle size and density. Tree shapes range from full to slim. Full trees are traditional cone-shaped trees. They have a wide face that tapers up to a single branch on top. Slim trees, sometimes called Pencil trees are much narrower at the bases. You can find all sorts of shapes between full and slim, so pick one that fits your available floor space. Now that you've chosen your favorite tree shape, it's time to take a closer look at the tree needles. There're 2 main types of needles on artificial trees- molded plastic and shredded plastic. Thousands of shredded plastic needles are woven into wire branch frames, sometimes the shredded plastic needles are trimmed to give a more natural appearance. Molded plastic needles mimic clusters of real branches and can appear remarkably life-like. Some trees combine needle types with shredded needles on the dense interior areas, and molded needles on the tip. Now when choosing the right tree branch density, think about what's more important to you- lights or ornaments. Trees that are smooth and dense resemble cone-shaped pine trees. They're great for covering with loads of lights. Trees that are layered or have an in-and-out profile feature lots of pockets for showing off ornaments. Whatever type of artificial tree you pick, choose one that's flame retardant. Another important aspect to consider is tree construction, and how the branches attach to the trunk. Most new artificial tree branches permanently attach to the pole and fold up like an umbrella. Who says Christmas trees have to be traditional? There're so many beautiful and unique options available. Artificial trees let you get creative. Look for trees with block needles, accents like berries or pine cones. Go for a tree in a totally unique color, or even fiber optic elements. And of course, one big benefit of an artificial tree, you can buy it pre-lit with hundreds or even thousands of lights, saving you the time and stress of untangling and letting you get right to the fun part, decorating. Here's a pre-lit tree with 750 lights, after we add in more with 1,600 lights, and now with 2,500 lights. All 3 look good. It really comes down to personal preference. Here's one more thing to think about when purchasing your tree- getting it back into the original box after Christmas can be a challenge. Do to make it easy, purchase one of these canvas or heavy duty tree carriers to protect it during storage. Whatever type of artificial tree you select, you're sure to enjoy of this holiday season and for years to come. For more holiday ideas, visit bhg.com/holidays.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
Get some creative ideas for decorating your Christmas tree with color, texture, and style.