When it comes to decorating a Christmas tree, I’ve learned a lot over the years. I used to just string some lights, huck some ornaments at the tree, and call it good, but over the last 7 years or so, I’ve been doing things differently; I now do a ‘theme tree’ each year.
I pick a color scheme and literally run wild with it, I use all sorts of ornaments that go together to create one beautiful tree! Regardless of what kind of decorations I’m using, I use the same 3 tips to make a tree look magical and I’m going to share them with you, so you can have a magical tree too!
Here are my top 3 tips to make a tree look magical:
- Use more than one size light bulb. This is the most important one, just trust me! My tree is a 9-1/2 foot pre-lit tree. It has all white mini lights on nearly all of the branches, but before putting any of the ornaments on, I run 3-4 strands of big C-9 bulbs over the whole tree. (You can see them in the picture above). The different size light bulbs add a star-like quality to the tree and make it super sparkly at nighttime.
- Use LOTS of ornaments. I’m serious here, lots and lots; as many as you can fit and then at least 10 more. The sheer number of ornaments makes a tree look magical, I promise! You don’t have to break the bank buying ornaments either, buy the large packs of shatterproof ornaments in your color – they make a TERRIFIC base. Then you can add a few more expensive ornaments here and there. And to be 100% truthful, I only have enough ornaments to decorate the front half of my tree (I’m very thankful it’s in the corner of the room).
- Variety. Use lots of different ornaments that are all somewhat similar. Don’t be afraid do use some that are really big and some that are really small. The variety in size is visually pleasing and will add lots of dimension to the tree. Also think about texture, use sprigs, poinsettias, pinecones, or other branches to add another element of textures. This year I have white sparkly sprigs and white ball branches (see picture). I try to add a few new ornaments each year, so my tree is never exactly the same, but for the past 3 years, I have done neutral colors and it has been my favorite.
I also did a Facebook live video in front of my tree covering my 3 tips to make a tree look magical, which you can watch right here if you want to see the real thing!
And just in case you’re wondering, I have my tree in a regular old artificial tree stand, which is inside a galvanized bucket that I bought from Pet Club and distressed (by beating with a hammer and whitewashing with white paint – haha). It made a perfect tree bucket!
So there you have it, my top 3 tips to make a Christmas tree look magical. It doesn’t matter if your tree is 3 feet tall or 12 feet tall, with these tips you can make any tree look full and magical this Christmas!