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07/11/2013 at 12:35
I was reading an article last night which said start at the top and work your way down. This tree was full of fancy stuff and not one fairy light in sight. I love lights on mine but I may take some tips from the article and add flowers and pretend presents this year (wrapped empty boxes). It also said to hang smaller baubles in groups of 3-5.
I typically wrap the tree in lights, then beads, then just add baubles, bows, and ornaments til I run out
How do you do it?
07/11/2013 at 12:38
We put 2 sets of lights on ours (big tree) then I put the beads on. I didn't used to both with tinsel but the girl's request it and actually the tree is starting to look shabby so the tinsel does hide this lol. Then baubles randomly, trying to get a good mix of the red and gold so not all in one place. I like it to look balanced but not too perfect if you know what I mean. What colour scheme is yours?
07/11/2013 at 12:39
It's not a tree without lights!
I don't decorate my tree anymore, Ella does! It looks awful but she's so proud of it when is done. I'll admit to moving some baubles around when she's in bed though!
07/11/2013 at 12:42
I think I have about 4 sets of lights on ours Frankie - two of which are those stupidly annoying circled wire ones that you have to loop over the branches rather than wrap around I must buy more when I see them actually as I always forget til the day I decorate.
We don't really have a colour scheme, I suppose it's typically red as I have red tartan bows, red baubles and stars, but I also have silver icicles, brown robins, randomly some crystal effect green pears, gold stars....a bit of everything really.
The kids have their own trees in their bedrooms which they decorate with their own cartoony and kids type baubles.
07/11/2013 at 12:45
Taylor helps me and probably this year Jude too! I then start again
once they are in bed..I start with lights from the bottom to make sure the last fairy light is standing up at the top. Then get the same style of decoration together and put them all in. I use big spray, flowery type things to fill any gaps, it looks nice.. For all of 1 night until the kids ruin it the following day! X
07/11/2013 at 12:49
Yeah I want some of those flowers this year Lauren - Ponisetta's in gold and silver and red. Think I need to head to Dunelm.
07/11/2013 at 12:51
we have lights on at first, i do the wrapped boxes midway round the tree randomly, maybe about 3 boxes, then i have big baubles at the bottom row and alternate colours each row (im ocd ) round about the middle we have special baubles too (my 1988 mc donalds bauble , williams bauble and a star LLD made us) and a star L made at nursery on the top, i start the bottom and work up though
iv got a slimline pop up one for the conservatory this year
07/11/2013 at 13:05
Lights first. 3 lots of normal lights, then 2 lots of ones that have different settings. (it's a 7ft tree, and I like LOADS of lights.), tinsel then goes on, to fill in gaps between branches.
My expensive baubles go at the top, then others dotted around the tree.
I then hang beaded garlands between the branches. Closer to Christmas, I add chocolates and candy canes (usually hello kitty ones, haha)
I favour the "tacky tree" look.
07/11/2013 at 13:06
I love the Christmas magic shop in Bluewater.
I'm thinking of putting bunting on mine this year for a change!?! Not sure how it'll look but we can see!
07/11/2013 at 13:08
I love that shop too, I go every year and then again after Christmas to pick up bargains I bought two pre-lit garlands in there for £8 each and a long one to wrap around thepost in the kitchen for £3!
07/11/2013 at 13:10
Wow! That is a bargain!
I like the decorations you get in john Lewis too, they are Lully!
This year, I am after more nightmare before Christmas decs, to add to my collection.
The ones made by my boys, are at the back of the tree, "where they are safe"
07/11/2013 at 13:15
Haha AK that's where I put Taylor's home made decs :)
07/11/2013 at 13:38
I like loads of decs on the tree, don't think you can really over-do it! I always struggle with other types of xmas decs, I remember when I was little my parents had those ones you hang from the ceiling!
07/11/2013 at 13:46
Oh god yeah I remember those!
07/11/2013 at 14:03
I do lights, bottom to top. The tinsel and beads, then decorations.
I love the Marks and Sparks decs this year ad the WHite company too. Ive got a twiggy tree to decorate so am buying some handmade bits from this lady on facebook. £2 a decoartion!
07/11/2013 at 14:15
We have lights first, always clear ones, not coloured. Then baubles. We dont have tinsel. We have tonnes of baubles, big, small, tiny, plus novelty ones, wooden ones, pine cones etc. We have a star on the top and a big light up snowman who sits next to the tree.
We always have a real tree too.
07/11/2013 at 14:31
I'm looking for inspiration so pleased this thread is here.
07/11/2013 at 14:34
Lights first, clear, then we have gold and red baubles then some other various novelty baubles.
The last couple of years my daughter has decorated it and I've rearranged when she's not looking as she tends to hang all the baubles on the same three branches of the tree. But now she's 6 she might be able to do it a bit better this year. We also have some decorations she's made in the past. One year I cut out star shapes and she put glitter on them - if anyone is looking for a simple craft activity that's a good one. Last year she wanted to have all her old decorations in her bedroom so I might encourage that again this year.
I just bought a advent calendar which is made out of small boxes shaped like cabins. Each one is numbered and you can put something inside. So I'm probably going to put some of those on the tree too but not all of them as the tree will not being going up on 1st December.
We've discussed whether to buy a fake tree instead of a real one this year. Last year we talked about it then H decided he'd rather have a real tree after all. I'm not bothered either way.
07/11/2013 at 14:54
Our tree is a snowy effect one then we have 'carnival' colours.
we added some ribbon after this pic, to cover the wire. Only problem with having a white tree!
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