I am so excited to work with Taipan Trading for my home office Christmas Tree. I have been shopping with them since they were wholesalers, open only to the trade. They opened to the public years ago (YAY) and they continue to add new locations. Taipan Trading has such an amazing selection of unique decor, they also have an awesome selection of high quality trees. I buy all of my client trees from them every yr.
This yr, I decided to use my 10 foot long needle flocked tree (purchased 3 yrs ago at Taipan Trading) in my office. I love it so much, I ended up purchasing a smaller version for my family room. I’m told it’s one of their best sellers.
Today I thought I would do a “How to” post on decorating a tree. I get alot of questions about whether or not I use a process. The answer is yes, sort of…. I always try to be creative with my trees, but I do use similar steps with each tree so I’ll share those today. Hopefully you’ll be on your way to decorating your tree like a pro!
Step One- Set up and fluff branches of tree. You can make any tree feel a lot more full if you take the time to fluff each branch.
Step Two-Add ribbon, in this case I used a metallic fabric from JoAnn I bought several yrds of fabric then cut it in half lengthwise. Then I tucked the unfinished edges under and tucked it in the tree. I never wrap ribbon around the tree. I start at the top, tucking it in and out of the tree. It looks best if it’s a little random. I use ribbon pieces that are differing lengths so they aren’t all cascading from top to bottom, rather some starting in the middle.
Step Three-Add Large ornaments, I separate all of my ornaments into like piles. That way I can add them in groups, which makes it easier to make sure they are evenly spread around the tree. I start with the largest ornaments first, then move to whichever ornaments I have the most of.
Step four-Add florals and picks. Florals make great fillers, they also add visual interest to the tree. I tuck them in anywhere that the ribbon is tucked into the tree. Try using a flower and a pick with cascading stems where your ribbon tucks into the tree it creates focal points on your tree, it can also help your ribbon stay in place. I occasionally use garlands that have added flowers, they are a perfect way to fill your tree. Use the same concept as the ribbon and tuck it in as you go, winding a bit so its not vertical or horizontal. Once you have it in and your ornaments on, you shouldn’t be able to see that it’s a garland or where it stops and starts.
Step Five-Now you’re ready to add the rest of your ornaments. Step back and see where you have openings, making sure you don’t have two of the exact same ornaments next to each other. I also try to put some on the outside branches and some deeper in the tree if possible.
I ended up adding more ribbon after I used all of my ornaments because it felt a little sparse to me. I should follow my own steps because it was definitely more difficult! I hope you learned a few tips, now you’re ready to decorate your tree!