This is a sponsored post. Make sure to enter the $250.00 GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post! Our Christmas tree is the focal point of our homes. There are as many styles and decorations as there are trees. Real or faux, most of us want our Christmas trees to be meaningful and memorable. And some of us have some pretty funny stories about the year the tree fell over or the year the cat climbed in and up and would not come out! Presents go under the tree, pictures are taken by it and we all gather ’round it on Christmas morning. Let’s talk about the six elements that will make our Christmas trees be the star it should be!
Today on our podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we are talking about COLOR TRENDS FOR 2018. This coming year you will be surprised what colors the experts say are on the horizon. Here’s a hint… my kitchen is right in style!
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This year’s tree was a bit of a surprise to me. I originally was going to create a silver, white and green tree. But when I started to put the white balls on it I really liked it just like it was.
Here are a few things you can do to make your tree a standout!
COLOR ME CHRISTMAS
One of the first things I do when I’m thinking of putting up a tree is to decide what colors I’ll be using on my tree. I want my tree to work with the overall color scheme I’m going to deck my home in for Christmas.
This year’s overall colors are silver, white and green. And my theme is “a walk in the snowy woods”. I used lots of trees and faux snow and pinecones to create this look.
Even if you have lots of ornaments that have special meaning to you it is okay to rotate them from year to year to work with your color scheme.
FLUFF IT UP
Whether your tree is real or faux you want to find its best side and put it front and center.
Also, if it is faux you want to take your time and “fluff” it! Straighten out all the branches and separate them from one another. Make your tree look full! Every branch of a faux tree should be worked on. I know this takes time but your tree will look amazing!
When adding lights to a non-lit tree make sure to weave the lights from the inside to the outside of a tree. Taking the time to do this will make the biggest difference! You should think about having about 150 lights per linear foot of a tree. If you have a seven foot tree you should think about adding one thousand fifty lights.
Yes, that is a lot of lights but so so worth it.
FILLER, FILLER, FILLER
The next important thing to do after the tree is lit is to add “filler”.
This year I fake flocked my tree. I love the look of snowy branches and I’ve been collecting lots of sprays of faux evergreen covered with flocking, glitter and white berries. I even found a garland that had white pom poms and white looking plastic fishing line that looks like fireworks. I cut the garland apart to put little bits in the tree.
Filler does just what the word says, it make a tree look full and interesting.
I usually use some sort of branches to stick out from the tree as a filler too. Just slide the branches into the tree and let them rest on the branches.
Lots of flocked sticks and twigs in my tree!
One extra step I took was to add pinecone lights from Jackson And Perkins. They are so so pretty. Just look how they light up!
I put 5 strings of pinecone light on this year’s tree.
The front side of the pinecone is clear and the back of each pinecone is silver. They really added an extra sparkle to my tree and everyone who has come to visit has commented on them!
DRESSING IT UP!
The next thing to do to make a tree special is to add lots of Christmas ornament. It takes many more ornaments than we really realize. A tree should look laden down with ornaments. Vary size and color and make sure the ornaments are evenly distributed!
Don’t just add balls to the outward branches of a tree but hang solid color Christmas balls deep inside the tree. This gives a tree great depth.
I made the snowball ornaments above several years ago. They were so easy to make and cost very little! A win/win! I took clear glass Christmas balls, painted them with Mod Podge and rolled them in Epson salts. So easy!
Another way to dress up a Christmas tree after all the Christmas ornaments are added is to add garland, ribbon, etc. Drape it horizontally or vertically! Both can look beautiful.
For this year’s tree, I went without the extra embellishing. It looked finished to me!
TOP AND BOTTOM
When we get to this point our tree is almost done! Now is the time to decide what to top off a tree with. A star, ribbon, angel, top hat or spray of filler? Or like I did this year, let its natural beauty shine! This tree looked done with just a little bit of filler at its peak!
And look at the “feet” of a tree. Make sure to cover the stand. Use a tree skirt, a swath of great material, a tablecloth or any pretty soft material. Burlap looks fabulous too!
This year I chose to add two Mongolian sheepskins around the base of my tree. They add a very soft, cloudlike look to the bottom of the tree!
There you go, six elements to make a Christmas tree extra special. What do you do to make your tree fabulous?
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