Not sure how to go about decorating your tree this year? Learn how to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional.

It is time to deck the halls and hang the mistletoe. Drag out the Christmas tree and blow off the dust.

Ever wonder why you tree doesn’t look as great as you wanted it to? Have a picture in your mind of a decorated tree and it never comes out like you imagined? Keep reading for some advice and steps on how to decorate your tree like a professional.

Getting a stunning holiday tree doesn’t have to be hard work. All it takes is an understanding of how to use your materials and ornaments and a few simple tips. I broke down the tasks into easy to understand steps below so you’ll end up with a designer Christmas tree!

I like to place my tree on top of a gorgeous rustic sleigh I bought at the Roundtop Antique festival.  My tree is only 5 feet tall and the sled is 3 feet tall. When I am done with the tree topper, my tree is well over 9 feet.

Here’s how to take your tree from looking like this to this.

Bare Christmas Tree
Decorated Christmas Tree

Step 1: Fluff out your tree. Next hang your Christmas tree lights. Make sure to tuck all the light wires inside the tree and have none of them hanging out. Make sure your lights work and are evenly distributed.

Step 2: If you have a green tree and want a flocked or frosted look take some pine branches like these from a craft store like Michaels and spray paint them white.  Add the branches into the tree.  Get the branches HERE


Christmas Tree

Step 3: Next is the fun part of adding the snow into the tree. Get the Buffalo Snow like here and add small clumps into the tree. I mainly try to place some on every other branch. Get the Buffalo Snow HERE

Buffalo Snow
Christmas Tree with Buffalo Snow

Step 4: Add the beautiful ribbon. This is probably one of the most important and key steps to get right. I’ve seen other professionals not know how to do the ribbon correctly and it can clutter an entire tree. Adding too much of a ribbon can actually make your tree look like a toilet scrubby.  The ribbon is an accessory and not the “main event” of the tree; the ornaments are what you want everyone to notice! So add ribbon to fill in bare spots. The best way to add ribbon is from the top down. Tuck it in along the way down the tree and make loops as I did.

I usually like to use at least 2 or 3 different types of ribbon to give my tree some nice texture.

Ribbon
Christmas Tree with Ribbon

Step 5: Add the Christmas ornament balls. I love using different sizes because it gives my tree an interesting look.  I actually tuck some of the larger balls into the tree to fill some of the holes my tree may have.

Christmas Tree with Balls

Step 6: Add any branches of berries or sprigs you might have. This gives your tree some added dimension.

Christmas Tree with Berries

Step 7: Time to showcase all your ornaments and the tree topper. When placing the ornaments, don’t put every ornament on the tip of the branches; actually place some deep inside the tree. This creates visual interest. Hang your larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Fill in around those ornaments with medium and smaller sized ornaments. Be sure to hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth!

Decorated Christmas Tree

Step 8: Add your tree skirt. Or in my case, add extra Buffalo snow to the inside of my sleigh to cover up the base of the tree.

Decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament
Decorated Christmas Tree

Want to see more decorated Christmas Trees? Check out these posts-

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A Marie Antoinette Christmas

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Danielle

    Wow I love that sleigh! Such great tips for decorating a Christmas tree! 😍

    1. Kimmothy

      Thank you Shannon and thank you for reading

  2. Amy

    These are great tips, thank you for sharing!

  3. Diane Swartz

    I love that you went through each step showing how to make a tree as beautiful as you do. I hope I will now do better this year on our tree if i can only get the energy to get started!

    1. Kimmothy

      Diane, I want to see a picture of your tree when you are done. I am sure it will come out lovely.

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