In reality, however, personalized christmas ornaments,it’s easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the outdoor christmas decorations is the centrepiece of your home come the festive season, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve spoken to a range of style and decorating experts, including the team at Balsam Hill – whose outdoor christmas decorations have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Good Morning Britain and This Morning – about how to decorate your Christmas tree to make it look like you hired a professional, plus how to choose the right Christmas tree decorations to suit your theme.
But before we begin, like any task, you need to have the right tools to ensure the safe and proper set up of your Christmas tree. This includes cotton gloves for shaping branches, scissors with safety handles for materials, packaging or equipment, and a sturdy ladder or step stool for installing toppers and arranging décor on personalized christmas ornaments.
Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn’t go ‘out of date’ after a few years (FYI, asymmetrical, sparse trees are expected to trend this year), and a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.
Christmas door decorations are a firm household favourite because it saves time in untangling all those lights, but on the other hand, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever lights you want. When it comes to size, 7ft Christmas trees are now extremely popular but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space and doesn’t leave it feeling too cramped.
Alternatively, if you want a real christmas tree ornaments, there’s a great selection of different types available to buy at tree farms, markets or home & DIY stores. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.
1.Fluff and shape branches
Fluffing the branches helps to make your outdoor christmas decorations look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible. And don’t hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be.
2. Design around a theme
A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at Christmas Day Calendar Decoration this year, from Snow Mountain to Blush Coast, there’s a total of seven key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Winter Retreat to Deco Luxe, to help create a look that’s classically Christmas.
3. Start with the lights first
While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money), you’ll need Christmas tree lights if you have a plain tree (real or artificial). As a general rule of thumb, the lighting experts at Lights4Fun advise 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft tree, you’d need 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.
The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your pre lit christmas wreaths, is to always add the lights first – it’s more difficult to do this after you’ve added decorations like baubles and garlands.
Balsam Hill advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your outdoor christmas decorations, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.
4. Choose the right decorations
Choosing accents that fit your theme will help you achieve a cohesive design. Whether it’s hanging tree decorations, garlands, ribbons, or floral picks, opt for Christmas tree decorations that will complement the overall appearance of your tree. Many bauble sets include different shapes, sizes, finishes and designs. Combining these with traditional baubles will give you more freedom to play up your theme.
5.Balance the personalized christmas ornaments décor
Given the many christmas tree ornaments you’re likely to have, you have to ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.
6.Cluster your baubles
Balsam Hill’s design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting pre lit christmas wreaths.