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Learn how to decorate a Christmas tree step-by-step. If you do it in the right order, you will save yourself a lot of time and have a stunning tree.

This season, go beyond just winging it with your holiday decorations, y’all. Discover the keys to decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon and how to make your tree stand out from all the others. You’ll come home every day to the prettiest, most awe-inspiring tree, and the happiness is worth every minute. ‘Tis the season!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Step-By-Step

There are just 8 very simple steps you need to take to decorate your Christmas tree this year like a pro. Have you ever wondered, “how do they do it? How do they make their Christmas tree look so amazing?” Well, we are about to tell you everything.

This is how to decorate a Christmas tree and have a tree you love!

Step #1 Lights

Whether you are decorating a real or reusable tree, the very first decorating step should be finding and putting up the lights.

There are different ways you can add lights, or you can even just enhance the texture of the tree itself. When you pick out the type and amount of lights, pay attention to the textures of your tree. There are so many textures of trees. There are different pines, Christmas tree flocking, and pine cones on trees.

What is flocking?

Flocking a Christmas tree is where you spray it with adhesive and cellulose fibers to make it look like there is snow on the tree while it’s inside. It’s a very magical-looking trick.

How many lights should you use on a Christmas tree?

A really great rule to remember is to try to use at least 300 lights per foot of tree. Measure the height of the tree and try to find enough lights to brighten every bit of area around it.

What’s the best way to add twinkle lights?

The most elegant way to add twinkles lights is by layering them among other sizes of lights too. When you put a mixture of constant and blinking lights you are adding just the right amount of flair to your tree without overpowering it.

Step #2 Fluff Tree

After you add the lights, you need to fluff the tree. This will give you more decorating space. It will also make your tree appear more full and show off your decorations better.

When your tree sat in storage for 11 months, the branches are going to become flat. Here’s how to fluff your artificial tree:

  1. Start at the bottom and spread out every branch.
  2. Point the outer tips in different directions to give them more volume.
  3. Work your way from inside the tree to the outside.

Step #3 Decorate the inner part of the tree

Next, begin to add decorations to the inner part of the tree closest to the tree trunk. Wrap foiled garland around the inner part of the tree from the bottom to the top.

Accentuate the inside of the tree with some icicle lights too.

Step by step instructions for how to decorate a christmas tree.

A fantastic way to add texture and dimension to your Christmas tree is by putting additional greenery in the spaces between the branches. This trick works on both real and artificial trees (but it looks much better on faux ones).

Step #4 How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Ribbon

When you browse professionally decorated Christmas trees, you’ll probably see quite a few of them wrapped in luxurious and festive ribbons.

Want to know a secret? To decorate a Christmas tree with ribbons professionally, pick out a solid-colored ribbon. Either pick a velvet or shiny ribbon that catches the light and adds dimension to your tree.

Use green pipe cleaners to attach the ribbons to the tree. That’s how most pros hang bows on Christmas trees without them falling down – with pipe cleaners. It’s a super easy hack.

Step #5 Add Large Ornaments

After you add the ribbons you can start adding the really large ornaments to your tree next. Always keep the larger ornaments closer to the bottom two-thirds of the tree to avoid changing the shape of the tree itself. 

Step #6 Add Florals

The next decorating step after ornaments is placing a few floral pieces throughout the branches. First, fluff out the florals before you put them on the tree. Janky flowers will distract everyone from the beauty you are trying to achieve.

Use the florals in the some of the remaining space in between the ribbons and the large ornaments. 

Step #7 Filler Ornaments

Save the filler ornaments for last. These are the smaller ones that fit in the spaces between the lights, florals, bows, and large ornaments.

If possible, try to use filler ornaments that match your overall theme. These should accentuate the motif of your tree. The easiest way to do this is by following a color or pattern theme.

Step #8 Top with a Tree Topper Bow

Finally, after everything else is decorated, it’s time for the crowning moment. Top your tree with a beautiful handmade tree topper bow. There’s lots of debate out there about what goes on top of the Christmas tree. But you can’t deny how posh a tree looks with a big beautiful bow on top to tie it all together.

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More Christmas Tree Ideas

Have fun decorating your tree, because the Christmas season is all about joy and peace. These rules are just guidelines that will give you a place to start, as well as some hacks that pros themselves use.

Here are some more Christmas tree ideas that will boost the quality of your tree decorating.

Should you add ribbon or ornaments on the tree first?

In our opinions, you should always add the ribbons to the tree first. They are the easiest to move around. And most large ornaments are breakable. You don’t want to knock off a heavy glass ornament while you are placing the bows and ribbons.

When should we decorate the Christmas tree?

This is a very personal decision. Most people begin decorating the day after Thanksgiving. But if you are really excited about the Christmas season, it’s not out of the realm of normal to begin decorating on November 1st.

The day after Halloween is when all the Christmas decorations begin to appear in retail stores and Christmas music starts playing on the radio. You can begin decorating whenever it makes you happy.

How do you wrap a tree with lights?

Wrapping a tree with lights is pretty simple. Remember, you want to use at least 300 lights per foot of tree. Once you know you have enough lights, start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Wrap in and out and keep the look as dimensional as you can.

It might help to add the lights with a partner if you have a larger tree. This way you don’t accidentally knock anything down.

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Like a Pro

When you are wondering how to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro, you have to plan ahead. Create a theme or motif and stick with it. Don’t overdecorate it, keep it simple. And above all, try to add a variety of textures and dimensions to the tree as well.

Decorating a Christmas tree should be fun. It should enhance the joy of the holiday season. If you find that it’s causing you stress, create a new plan and make it simpler.

Make your Christmas tree shine in the beauty of the season so it makes you smile every time you see it.

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