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A mother puts the finishing touches on her tree from Pier 1.

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

 

We’re here to help you make decorating your tree more fun and foolproof than ever, with lots of tips and advice to keep your holiday spirit in maximum merry mode. Put on some festive music and get ready to rock, it’s Christmas tree time.

Step 1: PICK AND PREP YOUR TREE

Know what you want. Real or Artificial? Each tree is different, so to find the best option for you and your family, you need to match it to the needs and wants of your household—keep in mind pets, curious little kids, and how frequently you want to vacuum needles to help determine which tree is best for you Also, think through the placement and location within your home for your tree. Will it sit front and center in a window and if so, is there a nearby power outlet or do you need to purchase an extension cord. We also love the idea of having multiple trees (for maximum joy!) so consider a variety of locations. Our favorite idea is having a fun tree in a playroom that the kids can freely and independently decorate to express their own creativity!

Style. Determine the look and feel of your tree and think about the story you want it to tell for the season—will you go traditional with plaids or more glam with glitter? Whimsy or boho? Once you know this, determine your color scheme and let the search for ornaments and other trimmings begin!

Step 2: PLAY DRESS UP. ADD THE SKIRT 

Set the foundation for your tree with a stunning tree skirt that ties into the theme of your tree. 

STEP 3: GATHER THE DECORATIONS

Categorize and gather any fun lights and ornaments and divide them into categories: Size, color, theme, etc. Larger elements (including garlands) go first, tucked in among the branches. 

STEP 4: CARRY ON A TRADITION

Allow kids to add the first ornament as a special honor to be continued every year. Best if it’s extra-large and not too fragile, with a family significance you can share.

Progress Report: Take a time out for a tweak or two

Step back and check out your work in progress for balance and variety to ensure your design is bringing you all the Christmas feels.

STEP 5: ACCENT WITH GREENERY & FAMILY FAVORITES.

Empty Spaces? Fill in any open spaces with bows, picks, faux florals and smaller decorations. Keep adding until the tree’s branches look full.

Don't forget. Reserve some prime spots where you can place favorite ornaments,

STEP 6: GO OVER THE TOP

Top it off. Crown your tree with a decorative topper that fits your theme and draws all eyes up high for a top-to-bottom style statement all your own.

 

Now, sit back and admire your beautiful tree. It’s everything you envisioned and more, so savor this merry-and-bright moment. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it?

SHOP ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS

 

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