It’s that time of year again when Christmas is near,
when the Christmas tree comes out of the box
along with the trimmings.
Now, how do we decorate the tree again?
Tell me ‘coz I forgot.
Step 1: Assemble the Tree
Unless you’ll be using a real tree, you would normally have to assemble the tree first. You’d start with the base and then insert the trunks by parts. You’d then open up the branches and the leaves.
Christmas trees nowadays come in all sorts of colours and styles. This one is a frosted style, with patches of snow covering the entire tree. There are also snow covered pinecones on the leaves. Whoo! I think I need to get my parka already!
Step 2: Put in the Christmas Lights
Gone are the old style Christmas lights where the bulbs are inserted into a socket and pushed into yet another socket connected to the wire. (I should know, I used to be that girl selling Christmas light bulbs at a peso apiece). In its place are these rice LED lights that are more durable (and I think disposable once broken). You can connect sets of these together to form the length you need.
I started at the bottom, which is where the wall socket is. I wrapped it around the tree, laying the wires on the branches. I worked my way up to the top, connecting more sets as I went.
Step 3: Add in the Trimmings
I started with these bunches of red flowers. I scattered them all around the tree, making sure not to overdo it. I wouldn’t want the frosted tree to lose its identity.
I then added the stems to add some dimension to the tree’s basic triangular shape.
Next came the ornaments.
A closer look at these yummy ornaments!
Can you tell that I have a sweet tooth?
Finally, this boy added in the Christmas Balls.
Ta-da! How does it look?
- Come up with a theme (Santa Claus, kiddie, floral, animals, instruments, etc.) or a color motif (single color or 2-tone) to build your design on. This will narrow down your search when you’re out shopping.
- Choose Christmas lights with wire colors that matches your tree. It’s awfully hard to camouflage those unsightly wires otherwise.
- While decorating, constantly take a step back (so you can see the whole thing) and survey your work. If something seems wrong, correct it immediately.
- Don’t just focus on the front part. I was so intent on making the front part of the tree look nice that when I stepped to the sides, I saw that those were so bare. Yikes!
- Get ideas from mall/establishment displays. It never hurts to incorporate some of those inspirations into your own masterpiece.