Planning your tree decor each year can be so much fun—especially when you’re coming up with different tree themes. This year’s Tra La La La collection is whimsical and nostalgic all at the same time. With retro mixers and reflector bulbs from your childhood and blue-topped mushrooms and cozy snowmen, each ornament is handcrafted to make your Christmas tree just right.
This tree is a nod to the 1940s and 1950s, when decking your tree with simple ornaments and tinsel were the only things you needed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Trimming a tree doesn’t need to be difficult. With a few easy steps you can have a tree that will light up any room in your home.
Decide on a Tree
The shape and look of your tree will determine the final outcome of your tree. For this tree, I decided on a Norwegian look and feel, so the tree is great for small ornaments and garlands. Fuller trees are great for bulkier and larger ornaments and garlands. Trees from the midcentury were most likely fresh; this faux tree is the best of both worlds!
Pick a Theme and Color Motif
This Tra La La Collection comes in bright blues, pinks, reds and whites. The mix of vintage and colorful ornaments is the perfect first step in creating a tree from your childhood—the more color, the better!
You can see all the collections of ornaments and coordinating decor here.
Before you place the ornaments on the tree, it’s a good idea to group the ornaments together in piles and hang them starting at the top; this ensures that you get a good mix of ornaments all over the tree. Every now and then, it’s a good idea to just step back and look to see if the tree is even (in color and ornament fillings). Don’t be afraid to move some ornaments around!
Hang the Lights
If you’re working with a pre-lit tree, then you don’t have much to worry about in this department. But if your tree is bare, make sure to put your lights up first. Wrap the lights around each full branch for a fully-lit tree.
Choose a Tree Skirt
Hang the Garland
Instead of traditional garland, I used paper ribbon in a curly pattern. I love this ribbon and like how it added color and texture to the whole tree.
Before you put the ornaments on make sure your topper is on! This will save you a lot of trouble because you won’t have to shift ornaments as you bend and twist trying to get the topper on just right. Toppers these days come in all shapes and sizes. This tree features this beautiful glittered gold star.
What do you think?
No matter what you choose make sure it goes with the rest of your tree’s theme.
Hang the Ornaments
The rule of thumb when it comes to ornaments is to make sure you place the larger ornaments deep inside the tree. Smaller ornaments hang on the outer parts of the tree for a more delicate and dainty look.
If you really want to have a tree that looks completely tied together, it’s a great idea to coordinate the wrapping paper with the color or theme of the tree. I picked up this polka dot and christmas tree pattern, which I think complements the tree’s Scandinavian motif.
To finish off the tree, sprinkle it with silver tinsel for the real retro look.
Other Christmas Tree Trimming Tips:
- Remember: sometimes, less is more when it comes to tree decor. But sometimes more is more fun!
- Placing your tree in the corner can save you from decorating the entire tree, which means less money on the overall look of the tree.
- If you find an ornament you love, buy two or three of them for your tree and a couple of extra after christmas when they are on sale, just in case one breaks!