Sunday, December 13, 2015

Decorating the Tree - and a Few Tips

You may be decorating your tree or still planning to decorate soon.  I thought I would share a few tips I kept in mind while decorating. Even though I am using an artificial tree, that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. 

Choosing a theme is an important part of my decorating. Because I have seen several cardinals around my yard here in Kentucky, I'm going with a cardinal theme with lots of red elements.

After I got the tree placed in the stand and fluff the branches, I began adding the lights and always follow the rule of 100 lights per foot. The tree I am working on is a 7.5 ft tree so I am 700 lights plus lights and push them in deep or at least I try to. 

Three different types of berries were added to the tree.

After the lights and berries, you may have branches or pics to add. I've added some larges branches with apples and berries.

I'm also adding wired gold leaf branches.

Adding the garlands and swags to the tree helps to fill in empty places. I'm like using ribbons on my tree. Sometimes I make bows with the ribbons and other times I drape the ribbons.  

Different shapes and sizes of ornaments on the tree add interest; with the larger ones hung towards the middle and bottom and smaller ones placed near the top. 

The cardinals were added last to the tree since I wanted them towards the outside of my branches and making a statement. 

My grandsons enjoy "Elf on the Shelf" so he has a special place on the tree. 

I'm still working on the topper, so I'll show it to you as soon as it's done . Here's a little reminder of my tips. 

Thanks for stopping in for another day of Life in Kentucky. - Judy.

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  1. Hi Judy, your tree is going to be beautiful...monochrome trees are so pretty. I love lots of lights, too. This is the first year I have had one with clear lights...everyone always wanted the multi-colored ones...think I have changed their minds!
    How are you liking Kentucky? Is it so different than Missouri?
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Always love to see little birds in a tree looking gorgeous!
    Happy Christmas!
    Wren x

  3. Judy, Great tips for creating a decorated tree with balance. Sylvia D.

  4. Judy,
    Breathtakingly beautiful, dear friend!!!
    LOVE all the white lights!!!

  5. Lovely theme used to be it is a mish mash of my favorite ornaments.

    Gardens Eye View
    Living From Happiness

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