Your Christmas tree is the superstar of the show, the capital of Christmasland, the toy-carrying sleigh of the North Pole! Follow these seven steps to decorate your tree in the least amount of time, with the least amount of mess…for the most stylish Christmas tree!
Step 1: Light it up.
To string your lights, start from the top of the tree and work your way to the bottom. If you have an artificial tree, string your lights in segments so that the tree can be broken down and packed away without removing the lights. Push the lights partway into the branches to hide the cord. Look at your tree from across the room to make sure the lights are spaced evenly.
Step 2: Add strings of garland, ribbon, beads, or popcorn.
If it’s the right color, almost anything can become a Christmas tree decoration. Do you have leftover gold and silver Halloween beads? Striped gift wrap ribbon? Delicate gift tags? At this point, you want to layer in anything that will rest behind the ornaments. Like your strings of light, push these accents partway into the greenery, not to hide them, but to add depth to your tree.
Step 3: Top it off!
Call us crazy, but we suggest you put your topper on before the tree is heavy with ornaments and doodads. If anything goes wrong and your tree should timber, you won’t be left cleaning up broken ornaments!
Step 4: Insert picks and sprays.
Whether they’re painted in hues of gold, spotted with velvet fabric, or true to their natural inspiration, picks and sprays act as extensions of your tree’s branches and highlight the unpredictable beauty found in natural world. You can easily cover up patchy areas in a live tree with a well-placed spray or bountiful pick too.
Step 5: Add bulb ornaments.
These Christmas ornaments are the base of your tree. Think of them you’re your very first layer of paint. Starting from the top and working your way to the bottom, add bulbs at all depths of the tree.
Step 6: Add specialty ornaments.
Step 7: Think outside the “gift” box!
Like we said before, if it’s the right color, almost anything can be a Christmas tree decoration! Let your imagination soar over the hills and through the woods…to the Christmas tree we go! Experiment with elf legs, pennant banners, and pre-lit ornaments to put your tree over the top.
Pro Tip: Keep your live tree watered to keep it fresh! A typical live tree will absorb a quart of water for every inch of its diameter, so plan on checking its water level on a daily basis to keep your tree fresh and fabulous.
What are you tips and tricks for how to decorate your Christmas tree? Share them in a comment below! And definilty share a picture of your Christmas tree with us on Instagram @Kirklands and #mykirklands!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.