Make your Christmas Tree magical
As the festive season begins for many the excitement begins with decorating the tree. We have asked our experts here at Bell Plantation for their tips to help you –
1. Choose the right location
Whether you choose to have an artificial or real tree it is all about the location! An ideal location is by a plug socket to avoid any unsightly wires on the floor.
If you have a real tree then it needs to be as far away as possible from any heat source to avoid it drying out too much!
Before you begin make sure you also measure the space to ensure that your tree has enough room for branches to hang freely. Don’t forget to factor in the tree stand and topper!
TOP TIP – If your real tree is too tall make sure you trim it from the bottom to keep it’s shape.
2. Fluff it Up
Once you have chosen your location if you have an artificial tree then make sure you spend time fluffing out all the branches to make it look as full and natural as possible. Begin by separating each branch out and don’t hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. It’s all in the preparation as a properly shaped tree can be appealing on it’s own and will only enhance your decorations.
Start at the top of your tree and work your way down, ideally weave them around branches leaving approximately 6 inches between the loops.
If you are looking for new lights why not consider copper wire lights as they are much less likely to break but give a much cleaner and brighter light. The other advantage of these is that they blend into the tree.
TOP TIP – Save any frustration and check they are working before you start!
4. Choose a theme
All those amazing trees you see in the shops have a distinctive theme. Choose colours that go well together and if in doubt keep it simple!
This year our favourite colour scheme is Eucalyptus, Emerald Green and Pine Green teamed up with Chocolate.
If this isn’t for you why not consider the traditional red, green and golds. Or for a more wintery colour scheme why not consider Silvers and blues. Or you could go minimal with white and wooden decorations.
TOP TIP – keep to your theme but do keep some variety in your decorations!
Adding beads, ribbons or foil garlands add a new layer of texture on the tree. Similar to your lights start at the top and work your way around the tree.
TOP TIP – Do this before the baubles and other decorations so you don’t knock anything off.
As tempting as it is to start hanging them on the edge of the branches make sure you start from the inside of the tree and work outwards. You can use a cheaper more plain set of baubles on the inside and keep the more decorative ones for later that will be more visible.
Hanging larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree helps give it more depth. Spread baubles evenly over the tree and use a variety of shapes and sizes.
If you find a decorative bauble or item that you really like it is best to buy them in multiples to give your tree balance.
TOP TIP – Keep your more expensive glass baubles near the top of the tree to avoid damages.
7. Tree Skirts
Make sure you hide any of those leads and the tree holder with a tree skirt. Not only do they hide everything they can also catch pine needles if you have a real tree.
Often seen as the festive masterpiece of the tree this can really set the theme of your tree. Traditional toppers options such as the star or angel link back to religion. If you aren’t keen on these then there are many other options such as snowflakes, birds or even personalised options.
TOP TIP – Be aware that some toppers are heavy and as they will sit upon the flimsiest part of the tree for several weeks make sure your topper isn’t in danger of toppling.
Hopefully, these tips will have helped you create your perfect Christmas tree. Make sure you visit us and see our new bigger range of Christmas decorations and products on offer this year.
Do not hesitate to ask any of our team if you require assistance, we’re here to help!
Contact one of our team for more info on 01327 354 126
Fax: 01327 359 751
Sun: 10:30 am-4:30 pm
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