We’re all after the perfect Christmas tree. The one with the lights perfectly lined up, the Christmas ornaments that sparkle when the lights hit, and the trees that look so good they could be in a magazine. The reality is that even with the best ideas and Pinterest inspiration at our disposal, putting up a tree is hard! Decorating your Christmas tree could take you hours depending on what kind of tree you have and how big it is. So, if you want your tree to look better this year, here is how to decorate your Christmas tree like a pro! Below I’m sharing a few Christmas tree decoration ideas to help you create the most beautiful tree step by step.

Tips for decorating your Christmas tree

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Pinterest Worthy Tips For Decorating Your Christmas Tree:

Invest in a quality artificial tree

The secret to a tree that looks like it could be in a magazine? A fake tree. I know that a real tree is so fun to chop down yourself and pick out, but the reality is that the pros use an artificial tree. You want to look for a tree that is sturdy and offers plenty of support for the decorations. When picking out a tree, the best option is to go for a traditional design that will last you for years to make sure you get your money’s worth. You can snag one online for less than $100!

Fluff the branches

The secret to making your tree look more full and natural is to fluff the branches. This will take you a long time to do, but the rewards will be so satisfying. To fluff your branches, separate each branch and fan them out. Don’t be afraid to bend the branches a little to help you fill in gaps in the tree. Make sure to wear gloves to keep it from scratching your hands up too!

First, do the lights

When decorating any Christmas tree, start with the lights first. After you have decorations and garland on the tree, it will be more challenging to add in the lights later. Start with the string of lights that has a plug as your starting point. Wrap them around your tree, working your way up the tree from the center. Wrap the lights around the branches that are closest to the trunk and go upwards. When you get to the top, start weaving your way back down, and arrange your lights further out on the branches. If you would like to skip this step, purchase a tree with the lights already in place. Ours came prelit, so all I had to was plug it in.

Decorate your Christmas tree with a theme:

The best way to create a professional-looking tree is to choose a theme. This will help you achieve a more cohesive design with your tree and determine which ornaments and garlands to use. You can go with the classic red and green, or maybe a white Christmas vibe. Either way, your tree decorations should feel cohesive top to bottom. Combine elements that will complement your tree, and don’t be afraid to vary the shapes, sizes, and designs to add texture and fun to your tree. It’s easy to stick to a theme once you decide on a main pattern or color scheme as well. You can also purchase Christmas ornament sets to save you time. Get crazy and add pom poms, pine cones, etc. And don’t forget an on brand tree skirt!

Remember that your tree will have many decorations, so make sure that you spread things out and keep them balanced. Work from the top of the tree down so you can keep your tree balanced.

If you’re looking to step up your Christmas tree game this year, I hope this post has inspired you to make your tree fabulous! These tips are super easy to implement, and you’ll have your very own Pinterest and Instagram-worthy tree in no time!

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