This is Part I in a series of posts detailing how I decorate my Christmas tree. I usually try to wait until Thanksgiving day to put up the tree, but after I ventured out last night for the first time in almost two weeks I was surprised to see how many Christmas decorations were already up – commercial and residential. So since I am moving slower than usual due to the surgery, I figured I should start early so I could be finished by Thanksgiving.
I start with an artificial 6.5 ft pre-lit slim Christmas tree. This tree is so easy to put up. The branches are prehinged and the tree comes in three sections. I easily attach the sections and the lights, the hinged branches fall in place and with a little fluffing of the tips, the tree is ready to decorate. I took me about 5 minutes total!
The first item I use to decorate the tree is ribbon. I love different types of wired ribbon that can be twisted and shaped in various ways. I bought this ribbon from a local Christmas decorating store and it is the only items in my Christmas decor that I didn’t make or buy in a post Christmas sale and paid full price for. They costs about $12.95 - $14.95 for a 10 yard roll. I love them and have reused them over and over for a couple of years now.
I use the tips of the tree to hold the ribbon in place.
I don’t have a specific set of rules here. I just start intertwining the ribbon throughout the tree. Since all of the ribbon is wired it is easy to shape and twist the ribbon different ways. I just keep going until it appears that the tree is adequately covered in ribbon.
Next – Using nontraditional ornaments/filler to decorate the Christmas tree.