Monday, December 6, 2010

Decorating your tree like a pro

This is a tree we did for  client last year

Want your Christmas tree to like like it was decorated by a designer?

1) Start by making sure all the branches are fluffed if it is not a real tree.

2) Make sure all lights are working before putting them on the tree.( this will save you lots of hours of frustration)

3 )Next decorate in layers

4) Start with your ribbon and fabrics
I like to use fabrics to fill in where branches are sparse.

5) Next work on the top display. Break away from just an angel or star on top. Use unexpected items like floral or branches, glitter picks, etc to create a unique and elegant tree top. (like the one shown here)

 6) Next add your balls and ornaments. Start at the top and work your way down in a pattern around the tree so items are evenly spaced.

7) Finish by adding some floral picks or sprays or even berries to fill in the areas that need it.

The important thing is to have fun, use what you already have, go through your fabric and craft boxes and see what might be able to be used. Old snow shoes, Skates, Mittens, Stuffed toys. I have been known to undo floral arrangements that look tired and use the parts in the tree.  I have seen tress done with Kitchen items like spatulas and wisks.You would be surprised what works
Here are a few pictures to help inspire you.

Decorated Christmas Trees

images courtesy of Silver Sage,Elements, google images


  1. Debbie, you are amazing! Love these trees! Have a blessed day! Hugs!

  2. What gorgeous trees, Debbie! In recent years, I do our tree on my own, and I pretty much take the quickest route possible to get it decorated. : ) I do linger over our special ornaments, but I try to keep it fairly simple {because I'll also be putting everything away on my own!}.

  3. Debbie,
    They are beautiful and thanks for the great tips. I am trying to decide what to use at the top of our tree this year. You gave me some great ideas! going to go walk around the house and see what I might find :)

  4. so, so pretty! I wish you lived next door and could come and spiff up MY tree!


  5. GORGEOUS! I love them all! I seriously need to work on my tree. It's so sparse. I've got the stuff to do it, I just haven't had the time. Love seeing your inspiration trees!

  6. Based on these images, I would say that you definitely know what you're talking about! :-) I love the ornament picks in that second to last image too.
    Have a great weekend...