The Thrifty System-
I’ve had so many people tell me how much they love and admire Christmas trees- mine, those in magazines, online, etc., but try as they may theirs never comes out the way they expect it. I have a system that I use and I thought that I would share it with anyone who desires a picturesque vision of a tree! Be forewarned it does take a lot of tinsel to decorate a tree properly. I’ve been collecting decorations for 23+ years now and I’ve always been thrifty so most of my decor comes from hand me downs, garage sales, thrift stores, after Christmas and Black Friday sales.
Step #1- Lights
- Step on is putting the lights on the tree unless you have a pre-lit tree (then you can skip ahead to step 2)
- The light are the most important step so don’t skimp out on this step!
- If you want your tree to look truly amazing you’ll need some patience. You’ll need to take the lights and twist them on as many branches as possible, all the way from the trunk of the tree to the limb tips.
- This means you will probably need a whole bunch of lights. If you need to fill them in, don’t forget that you can snag boxes of christmas lights at your local dollar store.
- Be sure that when you are buying any extra lights that you take into consideration the color of the wires. Some are white, some are green but if they don’t match it can look tacky.
Check out the massive selection of colors, sizes and bulbs in the Amazon Christmas Lights & Decor Shop.
Step #2- Ribbon
- Next is adding ribbon. Whether you place a star, angel or Santa or Santa hat on the of the tree, add a bow and then wind your beautifully coordinated ribbon around the tree hiding the cords, plugs and bare spots as you go!
- It’s important that you leave a little slack in the ribbon to create dimension. Taut Ribbon is not easily moved into your desired spots!
- Amazon has a huge variety and I really like that they are shatterproof. Check these out.
Step #3- Ornaments
- Big,colorful balls go onto the tree next, deep in toward the trunk of the tree to fill in gaps and add depth and pops of color.
- Use a lot of ornaments and balls in this next step to fill the tree ALL the way around.
- Do not leave spots blank because red balls even in the back of a tree against the wall can shine through to the front of the tree.
- Ornaments should be placed in a triangular shape according to colors and/or themes.
- For example, 3 crosses can be place in an inverted triangle ^ with one at each tip complemented by 3 green balls in a triangle v and so on with the remainder of the tinsel (see diagram below).
- Amazon has a huge variety for thrifty prices and they are shatterproof. You can pick your color scheme and GO! KI Store 34ct Christmas Ball Ornaments Shatterproof Christmas Decorations Tree Balls for Holiday Wedding Party Decoration, Tree Ornaments Hooks Included 2.36” (60mm Blue)
If you decide to change the color theme of your tree, you don’t have to go out and buy all new ornaments, you can simply spray paint them to match your new scheme.
Step #4-Floral Pick
- Finally, add interest and dimension byadding a floral pick in a coordinating color projecting outward. I’ve used feather plumes, leaves, glittery curlicue sticks, holly berry, etc.
- Thrifty Tip: The $1 store is a great place to find these and sometimes I just spray paint them in the desired color du jour.
- If you don’t have time for that, Amazon also has a great selection: HOLICOLOR 10Pcs Red Berry Flower Arrangements, Artificial Berry Spray Flower Arrangement, for DIY Crafts
I’ve included some pictures of some of my trees, I hope you enjoy this spot. Please, share a picture of your tree with us, we would love to see it!
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