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How to Decorate the Perfect Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas trees look their best when they are adorned with favorite decor. Decorating the perfect Christmas tree requires knowing the basics of placing lights, adding garlands, and hanging ornaments.

Placing Lights

Homeowners can choose between unlit or prelit artificial Christmas trees. Unlit artificial trees offer the advantage of allowing the owner to decorate them with specialized lights. The ideal way to string lights is to divide the tree into three different sections, and string the lights from the bottom to the top of the tree, first placing lights near the trunk and weaving them onto the outer-most branches.

There are a variety of Christmas lights options available, from standard clear and multi lights to novelty options and LED lights. The Christmas lights should properly complement the tree and other ornaments.

Adding Garlands

After placing lights, add garlands. Garlands are made of different materials, ranging from beads, paper, ribbon or foil. For visual interest, use a combination of these different kinds of garlands. Just like the lights, garlands should also be woven in between the branches of the tree. Add the beaded garlands first, followed by the paper, ribbon or foil garlands.

Hanging Ornaments

The same style of decorating applies to hanging ornaments. To create an illusion of depth, ornaments should be hung from the innermost and outermost branches of the tree. Heavier or bigger ornaments can be hung first, followed by lighter or smaller ornaments. Since they would be less likely to fall off, lighter ornaments can be hung from the tips of the outermost branches.

Filler ornaments, like ball and ribbons, can be used to decorate major sections of the tree. These will provide a good contrast to stand-out ornaments, which are more elaborate and colorful. Filler ornaments are usually cheaper than stand-out ornaments, so they can be used liberally. Other ornaments, like pinecones and berries add a natural touch.

Tree toppers are used to cap the Christmas tree. Common tree toppers include angels or stars, and should fit the decorative theme of the tree. Ideally, there is six inches of space between the ceiling and the top of the tree topper. It would be best to use a tree topper that is in proportion to the tree.

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