I decorated this tree using the Christmas Waltz collection, and I love the look and feel it gives to the space with the vintage Santas and traditional Christmas colors.
When decorating a tree, it is important to try to layer ornaments and trimmings, achieve balance and create movement through the tree. I decorate my trees using a very specific order to help achieve these three things, and I will share my steps and tips below.
First, I set up and fluffed my tree. During the holiday rush, you might be tempted to skip this step, but don’t. Fluffing the tree really breathes new life to something that’s been in storage for an entire year. During this step, you also want to make sure that all of the lights are working, and add or replace any that need to be thrown out.
Next, I added a mixture of the glittered and white branches to my tree. This one addition adds so much balance and movement, so I always take my time to get the branches just the way I want each and every one to appear. Each branch lets the eye travel up and down the tree, and adds texture and an etherial feel to the overall look.
After I am happy with the way my branches look on the tree, I add my next biggest tree decorations—in this case, it’s the lanterns. I think it is so fun to add unexpected elements in a tree! I added a lantern toward the top, and a bigger one toward that bottom. When up close and personal with the tree, the lights sparkle through them like they are real lanterns.
Next, I added my other big decorations: the adorable Tree Farm signs and Metal Vintage Santas. I love the mix of adding the bigger elements with the smaller ornaments.
After, I added a little bit of my first ribbon. Ribbon can be so tricky and intimidating, but just remember—layer and balance. It’s okay to not add your ribbon all at once; just add it where and when it makes sense as a layer. (You can see more of my tree ribbon tips here.) I used this striped ribbon I had in my stash and I will show you how I added the cream burlap ribbon a little later on. I didn’t make the overall look too perfect, but just jumped a little here and there to create a nice base layer.
After the first layer of ribbon, I added the Folk Art Santas and Bottlebrush Trees. At this point, a nice layered base had been created and it was time to add the rest of the ornaments. I used a mixture of a bunch of different and gorgeous ornaments from the Christmas Waltz Collection to fill in any of the sparse areas. To create more visual interest, I made sure to nestle some of the ornaments back into the branches while hanging others on the outer branches.
After I hung the rest of the ornaments, I added my final layer of ribbon—the blonde burlap ribbon in the wrapping paper section of your nearest World Market store. I lightly jumped sections of ribbon evenly in different areas of the tree. I love the texture it added to the tree!
Finally, I clipped on the little glittered music page bird ornaments. I love these! At this point, I definitely tweaked things a little here and there, but for the most part, I was finished.
Decorating trees is one of my very favorite things to do during the Christmas season, and I hope you found my tips helpful!