Christmas is coming and you know what that means – time to bust out the Christmas tree. But how to decorate it? All it takes is these seven simple steps.
1. WHAT KIND OF CHRISTMAS TREE?
The very first thing you need to ask yourself before decorating your Christmas tree is: which team are you on? Team conservative is all about traditional, handed-down, age-old style of Christmas tree and decorations. It’s the trip down memory lane with a hint of nostalgia. Team progressive is fresh, new, up-to-date, and bang on trend with modern ideas. It can accommodate the latest and greatest and it’s more fun ’cos it’s anything and everything you want it to be.
Once you have chosen your side, you must choose a tree to suit! Whether it’s fresh pine, coloured plastic, or even something homemade, the tree is your canvas so choose the right one to fit for your space and your theme.
2. A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
Do you have kids or pets? If your answer is yes, then in reality your tree shouldn’t be covered in Tiffany & Co crystal baubles. Instead, use decorations that are unbreakable, such as cotton-wool balls, felt and feathers.
Like all good design projects you need a plan. Create a moodboard to help you recognise your decorative destination, and more importantly, help you get there. Then, do a stocktake of your existing decorations so you know what you’ve got to work with and what you’ll need to update.
3. PICK YOUR COLOUR SCHEME
Team conservative will naturally go for the classic colour chord, with a complementary scheme of red and green, red and white, or metallics. Team progressive can do whatever takes their fancy and play around with different colours. I suggest a mix of pastels, brass and copper with a few pineapples thrown in.
4. STICK TO YOUR THEME
This is not as easy as it seems but this is how the pros do it. It requires commitment, dedication and willpower to stay on just one theme. Keep any ideas you may have that are outside your current theme for next year’s Christmas. It’s all about doing one thing well.
5. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Or should I say lights, garlands, ornaments! Just about anything can be used to decorate a Christmas tree. In fact, you can decorate your tree with just lights, but only if you do it in absolute abundance.
There’s no wrong way to decorate a tree, but I probably should tell you that I have never been a big fan of using children’s handmade Christmas decorations.
Call me uncharitable, but most kindy projects are time-filler activities. And what on earth is the point of one (crappy) macaroni trinket in the middle of my (imaginary) Christmas-catalogue-perfect-family-life tree? If you must entertain the kids, have two trees. It’s like having two bathrooms – there’s the one that gets down and dirty, and then there’s the pretty one. Let ’em go bananas on it. Hey, they can even decorate it with bananas!
6. FINISHING TOUCHES
It’s all about spacing and layers. Keep the hero ornaments for feature positions, usually front and centre at eye level, but don’t forget to keep them evenly spaced, too. Layer decorations deep on branches as well as at the front to create depth and richness to the overall look of the tree. For the crowning glory, an angel or a star sits atop Team Conservative’s tree – beautiful, elegant and classic. And for Team Progressive it could be an origami lantern, a pom-pom, a wire hand, or even some antlers.
7. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Your tree is best positioned in a low-traffic corner, but still pride of place, smack-bang in the middle of things.
Truthfully, I love both a conservative and a progressive tree. My design style oscillates from season to season. This year I’m totally doing pom-pom garlands. My kids will be in major pom-pom production mode from November 1st, cranking out homemade pom-poms for present wrapping and present-topping perfection. Totes amazeballs!