A Christmas tree is the centerpiece of every holiday home. Want to learn how to decorate a Christmas tree like a professional? Decorating experts Dagmar Obert and Brad Schmidt share Christmas tree decorating ideas sure to make your tree look spectacular.
How To Decorate a Christmas Tree Step-By-Step
In the video above, Dagmar shares her process of decorating a Christmas tree from Balsam Hill. Keep reading below to see her expert Christmas tree decorating tips.
Step 1 | Build a Theme
The first step in learning how to decorate a Christmas tree professionally is to select and stick to a cohesive theme or concept. A spectacular tree needs an element that ties everything together. Dagmar suggests basing your Christmas tree theme on a certain color palette, an ornament collection, or one of your interests.
Then, get style inspiration from designer blogs, home décor sites, or Pinterest. Finally, create a mood board to bring your vision to life. This will help you pick out the decorations that you need.
Step 2 | Fluff and Shape
Fluffing and shaping your tree may take a while, but they’re an essential part of the decorating process. This will help you achieve a lush and lifelike look for your centerpiece. Watch the video above for a detailed guide to fluffing and shaping your tree.
In addition, Dagmar highlights the following tips to make the process easier:
- Ask family or friends to help shape your tree.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Refer to the product photo of the tree to easily recreate the look of the branches.
- When fluffing each branch, start from the inner branches and work your way outward.
- Shape the tree by section, starting from the bottom. For taller trees, fluff the top section before attaching it to the tree to avoid having to use a ladder.
If you want to save time doing this, check out Balsam Hill’s exclusive Pre-Fluffed® Artificial Christmas Trees. These trees feature memory wire branches that adjust into place upon unboxing. Best of all, the branches retain much of their shape after the first setup. This means that it will be easier to set up the tree in future years.
Step 3 | String the Lights
Before stringing lights on a tree, check that they’re in working order. Begin at the bottom of the tree and circle your way upwards, weaving in and out of the branches.
Skip this step with Balsam Hill’s Pre-Lit Christmas Trees. Many of these trees come equipped with our exclusive Easy Plug® technology, which features pre-made light connections inside the trunk. Lighting your tree will be as easy as plugging it into a wall socket.
Step 4 | Divide the Tree into Sections
To decorate like a professional, view your Christmas tree in sections: top, middle, and bottom. Style each section, starting from the top, and then work your way down.
For a more balanced look, Dagmar suggests further segmenting your tree into quadrants. This ensures no two similar items are too close together. As an example, Dagmar used two styles of tree picks to mark the divisions while achieving a dramatic effect.
Step 5 | Dress the Tree
Learn how to dress a Christmas tree the way the pros do it by following the steps outlined below.
Start With Classic Ornaments
When trimming your tree, start with ornaments in a classic color scheme like silver, gold, white, red, and green. These hues mix and match well with other tree decorations to create a different theme every year.
Combine Large and Small Ornaments for Depth
There no hard and fast rules to hanging ornaments. However, experts tend to begin with larger ones. They tuck them deeper within the foliage to add depth. As a result, they achieve a beautiful, layered look.
On the other hand, smaller ornaments look best when hung on the tips of the branches. Designers do this to create a draping effect. Brad likes combining different ornament sizes for a bold statement.
Style With Ribbon
Decorate your Christmas tree like a professional by using Christmas tree ribbons as ornaments. Brad recommends using wired ones because they’re easier to shape and style. As demonstrated in the video above, choose two ribbons with different styles and widths. Layer them to create texture. Then, finish the ribbon with a creative twist at the ends.
Fill in Gaps With Picks
Using Christmas tree picks and sprays is a creative way to fill in the sparse areas of your tree. Also, they bring a different kind of texture to the whole look. If you want a more natural feel for your display, choose picks like berries, flowers, or pine cones. On the other hand, achieve a more sophisticated effect with fancier ones embellished with crystals or pearls.
Step 6 | Bring In Interesting Details
Intricate accents are a great way to elevate the look of your tree. If you have some prized heirloom ornaments with gorgeous details, now is the time to use them. For vivid pops of color, take your cue from Brad and group several floral picks to create points of interest.
Step 7 | Add a Tree Topper
Polish your display with a tree topper to complement your theme. However, if you want a designer look for your tree, improvising is key. For instance, Dagmar likes to tie picks together in an elegant bouquet. Similarly, Brad ties ornaments together using floral wire, then adds picks for drama. Using a custom topper adds personality to your tree which sets it apart from the rest.
Step 8 | Finish With a Skirt or Collar
Finally, set the perfect backdrop for presents with a Christmas tree skirt that matches your theme. However, if you want a unique base, a decorative tree collar is a stylish alternative. These collars are crafted from various materials like galvanized metal, wicker, capiz shells, and many others. They easily wrap around the tree stand for a quick and easy finishing touch.
We hope that these expert techniques and creative touches help you find the best way to decorate a Christmas tree. Check our Themed Holiday Décor Collections to find more inspiration or click the button below to see our full collection of Christmas tree decorations including ornaments, tree skirts, ribbons, and more.