If you have been following along you know I have been in the holiday spirit since early November! The thing I look most forward to doing, other then drinking egg nog, is putting up my trees (two down, one to go 😉 )! So since there is no physical way I can teleport eggnog to you (unfortunately) I decided to pass along a few helpful tips and tricks to help you decorate your tree!
I want to preface this by saying that I am not a professional. This is how I choose to decorate my tree because this is how I was taught and the way that best works for me. The tree is one of the most special and memorable parts of the holidays and decorating it personally to you and your family is what is most important! So have fun! We sometimes get caught up in the “appearance” of our holiday decor and forget to focus on the way it is supposed to feel. One of my favourite childhood memories about Christmas is my family and I decorating the tree while listening to Christmas music and me getting to put my home made ornament in the same place on the tree each year. Such a simple thing but I still think about it to this day. With that in mind, let’s get started!
Light the tree. I got mine pre lit, but if yours is not, that is definitely step one! 🙂
Fabric/Ribbon. I use fabric however you can use ribbon or hey, nothing at all! After all, this is YOUR tree! I start at the top and wrap my way to the bottom. I shove the fabric in pretty tight and then go back and pull it out a bit to give it a bit of a messy/bunched up look. This is definitely my least favourite step as I have (more than once) not left myself enough fabric to get around the whole tree and had to restart.
Put on your largest ornaments/decorations. I have these two bells and some big glass ball ornaments that I put on first. This ensures that you get the placement you want and the room that you need for these bigger guys!
Continue adding ornaments and decorations from largest to smallest. On this tree I use a variety of “stick” decorations which come in a variety of sizes. I add all of the large ones, then some of my larger ornaments.
Find yourself a furry little helper! Although this one tends to be a bit more of a distraction then anything. Invite your friends over, neighbours, family, or host a tree trimming party! Whatever you choose just make sure to have fun! And snacks. Snacks always help!
I save my smallest sticks for last. This is the decoration I have the most of and use to fill any gaps in the tree.
Add your tree topper! For this tree I have this little elf that – depending on who you ask – gives off a cute (or maybe creepy) vibe. 🙂 I am definitely not partial to these little guys but this one has secured his place on the tree quite nicely. I may or may not have had one nightmare about him, but we have all moved past it and live in harmony today!
My other tree is topped off with a big NOT creepy bow and my childhood tree was always topped with an angel!
Tree skirt! I save this for last to keep it clean from all the sparkles and little treasures some of the decorations give off.
ENJOY! Stand back, admire your work and let the festivities begin!
Now that we have covered the basics get going and decorate those trees! Let us know in the comments below any tips and/or tricks you may have. Tag us in your pictures so we can see all of your beautiful creations!
Sincerely your friends,
Katie & Kristin
Ps: All of my trees and decorations are from Ruthvan Nursery, a local nursery and holiday shop! Tree skirts are all from HomeSense.