Tuesday, November 20, 2007

$40 Christmas Tree Tutorial

Basic Tree Design:

1. Prep all decorations prior to setting the tree up. Sort by colour and size.

2. Set the tree up in the place you want it be, rotate to fine the best "front" view. Secure to the wall with fishing line if needed to stabilize.

3. String lights to every limb if it is not pre-lit, plug in so lights are on during decorating.

4. If you are adding garland, beading, or long draped fabric or ribbons, add them now. With horizontal designs work from bottom to top, dividing the circumference of the tree into 6ths or 8ths. This will help you visually drape your beads, etc., evenly. Stand back every now and then so you can make sure the drape is also level. With vertical or diagonal designs work the tree from top to bottom, again, standing back often to make sure your design is how you want it.

5. Large floral arraignments should be added now. Most large "one focus" design your design will look best in the top 2/3rds of the tree. Crescent, and "S" shapes work very nicely, with the bulk of your materials in the center of both those designs, tapering towards the ends.

6. You're going to begin by adding the largest ornaments first, then work down to the smallest. Add ornaments either very balanced, or in specific groupings. If you are using bows of large floral as ornaments, this is the time to add them.

7. Stand back and observe how the tree is coming along. Look for holes or crowding. Rearrange if necessary.

8. Fill in with small ornaments.

9. Add final bows or tinsel.

10. Top tree with spire, angel, star or other ornamentation.

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