Interiors special; set up a spectacular Christmas tree in four easy steps

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Christmas is knocking our doors and festivities are waiting to pour in. Time to get the tree out and decorate it in the most innovative way!

During Christmas, it’s wonderful to pass by houses with majestic trees or malls with extravagant Christmas trees loaded with goodies, lights, garlands and ornaments. Historically, decorating a Christmas tree in itself has been an event. The whole family gets together to make a naked tree comes alive with the shine and exuberance of lights.

In earlier times, decorations were mostly homemade ornaments and brightly dyed popcorn garlands, but today’s decorations include everything from souvenir ornaments to vinyl records and a lot of lights.

We list down easy steps to decorate your tree and make it come alive to the sound of gaiety around.

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Getting the right tree –

Essentially the first step is to procure the tree. Depending upon the space that you are going to be setting it up in, the room size and the ceiling height, decide on a tree. If it’s a real tree, then be sure of the strength of the leaves etc. If its an artificial tree, ensure the stand and the branches fit in to the sockets well.

Lighting it up –

Tree lights typically come on green or white wire strands; choose the strand colour that matches your tree so the wire will be hidden. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back.

Some of the popular types of lights that can be used are –

 Traditional incandescent lights: These Christmas tree lights, which come in a variety of sizes and colours, are the most popular type of tree lights. They warm up the branches of a real tree, which will release the scent of pine into the room.

LED lights: They’re typically more expensive, but they are flameproof, fireproof, and completely safe to decorate a Christmas tree with.

Globe lights: These Christmas tree lights are round and come in many sizes. They look like balls of colour on the tree, and while they have a softer glow than mini lights, the light they produce covers a larger area on the tree.

Bubble lights: These retro lights stand straight up on the limbs of your Christmas tree. When the liquid tube on top of the light warms up, bubbles float up and down inside the tube, resembling lava lamps.

Experiment with different lights to create a quirky yet optimizing look. It’s perfect to mix and match.

Flowers all the way down –

There are no firm rules for decorating a Christmas tree when it comes to draping garlands of flowers. Start at the top of the tree and slowly increase the amount of garland between each wave as you work your way down the branches. To avoid a cluttered look, decorate your Christmas tree with a variety of garlands from plain to fancy. Thin, beaded garlands look best hung from branch to branch; thicker paper, ribbon, or foil garlands look best wrapped loosely around the entire tree.

Ornamenting the tree –

The next step in decorating a Christmas tree is to hang the ornaments. Place them firmly on the leaf and branch edges. Hang the larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Fill in around those ornaments with medium- and small-size ornaments. Be sure to hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth and interest. Finish dressing the tree by adding specialty items, such as clip-on ornaments or icicles.

Get your creative juices flowing. Decorating a tree can get as mundane and as exciting as you make out of it.

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