My personal Christmas Tree is a mishmosh of handed down, Bought for novelty, trip finds, and clearanced ornaments. It is not the most glamorous tree but it is definitely full of beautiful memories. But as much as I love itI have always secretly wanted another tree that looked like the ones in the catalog or department stores..
I work in a lovely office that we enjoy decorating for most of the holidays through out the year. I cannot take credit for the purchases of decorations. But, for the last few years I have been the one to organize and decorate for the holidays.
Here are a few tips for creating a tree like a pro!
1) PICK A COLOR SCHEME.
This does not mean you have to buy all ornaments that are the same color, shape or size. Our scheme is cream and green. There are various shades, sizes and textures within that. I even threw in a little gold.. Close enough..
This is especially helpful with artificial trees that have a lot of open spots.. Here I used silk hydrangeas it fits in with the color scheme and makes the tree look more plush and full.
3) PICK AN ACCENT COLOR
Here I added a few bulbs of a deep eggplant purple. It gives a few pops throughout the tree.
4) PUSH YOUR ORNAMENTS AS FAR BACK AS POSSIBLE.
This makes it appear that they are part of the tree and not just hanging on it. You may have to hang them on 2 branches to make this work.
5) REPEAT TYPES OF ORNAMENTS
Try to have 3 to 5 of the same ornaments scattered in different areas throughout the tree for cohesion. Don't put them all together... Then you just look unorganized : )
6)ADD A SURPRISE ELEMENT.
Here is a crazy little elf.. He gives the tree some life. and some grinchiness for that matter : )
7) STEP BACK
make sure you step back and take a peak at your tree from multiple angles. Add in more where you need to or adjust some that are already on. Things can look great up close but the whole picture is a different story. Make sure the tree looks good everywhere and make sure ALL areas look good. You don't want to walk in from a different room and see weirdness.
8) know when to hold them, know when to fold them, KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY
Overdecorating is one of the worst things you can do. If someone can't even tell its a tree... Too much. If it looks like Santa himself threw up decorations on your tree.. Too much... If you used 12 Rubbermaid tubs on a 4' tree... Too much... Edit where you need to.. You should see some green people.. it is a tree... Good grief!
Most of all enjoy yourself and your creation..
Merry almost December all!
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