Decorating a Christmas Tree
is fast looming & it is an opportune time to
look at just how to decorate a Christmas tree.
Before you begin, decide on what style you will
go with. Classic/traditional or festive.
Classic/traditional tend to just stick with two
or three colours & shapes where festive use a
whole range of colours & shapes. There is no
right or wrong way, it comes down to personal
Real or fake?
The first decision you have to make is weather
you will use a real or fake tree. There are pros
& cons to both.
Real trees look beautiful, they smell beautiful
but there is the problem of falling needles &
disposing of the tree once Christmas is over.
Fake trees aren't as beautiful, but can be used
year after year.
You will need:
Baubles & decorations
Decorating the tree:
Obviously, the first thing to do is set up the
Christmas tree. Preferably close to a power
point so that you can easily plug in the
If the tree is tall (or you are short), use a
chair for the higher levels of the tree.
These should go on first. Before you put them on
the tree, plug them into the power to check for
blown bulbs. Replace if necessary. You should
allow around 100 lights per vertical foot of
tree. So, a 6 foot tree would have 600 lights
Begin at the bottom of the tree and working from
the inside out, winding the lights around the
tree as you work your way towards the top. Make
sure the lights are evenly distributed & there
are no gaping black holes left. Don't forget to
wind some of the lights deeper into the tree to
Once you have applied the lights, turn them on &
check the arrangement, make any adjustments if
Next to go on is the garland. Garlands come in
all shapes & sizes from thick foil to the
thinner bead type garlands.
Starting at the top of the tree, just below
where your angel or star will go, begin to add
the garland working downwards. For best results,
gently place it on the branches creating a swag
(drooping) effect. The swag depends on the size
of your tree, the larger the tree, the larger
the swag should be.
Baubles and ornaments:
Pick a colour theme in which the colours
compliment each other. I generally stick to two
or three colours that compliment each other such
as red & gold. As a general rule, allow 12
filler ornaments for every vertical foot of tree
& 10 special ornaments for every 2 vertical feet
ornaments should be further down the tree &
smaller ones higher up.
Add the baubles evenly over the tree. Don't
forget to add them to the inner branches to
create depth. I generally place the smaller ones
inside & the larger ones further towards the
outer portion of the branch.
Baubles usually have either a thread or a wire
to hang them to the tree. If you are using the
wire hooks, pinch them onto the branch to make
them more secure. You can also turn the outer
tip of the branch upwards to keep it secure.
If you have young children or pets, keep your
more treasured baubles/ornaments higher up the
Angel or Star:
This goes on last, at the top of the tree.
Christmas tree safety:
Never leave lights on & plugged in when you
are not home.
Don't use multiple extension cords to plug
Be careful using tinsel if you have pets.
Don't hang ornaments from the light strands.