We’re looking forward to Christmas this year. Like, really looking forward to it. And there’s nothing that quite screams Christmas like a beautifully decorated tree. But, truth be told, it’s actually a lot harder than it looks to decorate a Christmas tree. 

Despite investing in expensive ornaments, the end result never quite looks as good as the gorgeous Christmas trees we lust over in store windows or hotel lobby’s right? However, with a little organisation and  planning it can do. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you create a show-stopping Christmas tree this festive season. 

First things first, you’ve got to set the mood. Sip on some eggnog, mulled wine, or hot chocolate, munch on mince pies and turn up the xmas tunes! 

Prep your tree

It goes without saying that it’s worth investing in a really good tree and there’s some great options over at Robert Dyas. Whether you opt for an artificial or real tree this year, it must be prepped before getting started. Bring real Christmas trees inside and let them stand in water for an hour or two before decorating. With artificial trees, take some time to straighten and fluff out the branches. No doubt, it’s time-consuming but the more loving TLC you give your tree, the more natural it’ll look. 

Decide on a theme

Deciding on a theme is one of the most essential steps and all professionally decorated trees have a theme that ties its decorations together. Choosing a theme helps inform colour choices and offers a clearer idea in direction, resulting in a coherent look. When choosing a theme, ask yourself which colours you like. Perhaps you prefer more neutral tones like greys? Or bold colours like blue and green are more your thing? Maybe classic christmas tones like gold and red really rock your boat? Don’t be afraid to mix and match and there’s no harm in seeking inspiration. Pinterest and Instagram are filled with tons of ideas. 

Add lights

The general consensus is to add your lights first, as it’s harder to do when decorations are up and to start from the top down. The next question is how many lights? Well, honestly this depends on how bright you’d like your tree. The golden rule is approx 100 bulbs per 2ft of Christmas tree. Wrap the lights around the tree evenly as you go. Once arranged, switch on the lights to make sure they’re evenly spread. If not, rearrange as necessary.

Decorate

As opposed to lights, when it comes to decorations start from the bottom. Place  larger baubles at the bottom, medium size in the middle and smaller baubles at the top for a balanced tree. Avoid too many for an overcrowded look. Instead aim for a full finish as opposed to being jam-packed. Focus on arranging one colour at a time before starting on another. Regularly check your progress to make sure the baubles are evenly spaced and complement with tinsel and ribbons for seasonal sparkle. 

Finishing touches

Whether it’s a star, a ribbon or a homemade decoration, finish off your Christmas tree with a stylish tree topper. Hide away the tree stand and unsightly cables while protecting your floor with a Christmas tree skirt and place presents at the bottom of the tree to complete the look. Finally, marvel at all your hard work and give yourself a massive pat on the back!

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