How To Decorate a Christmas Tree – Trees n Trends – Unique Home Decor



hey in this segment we're going to work on what's the main feature of Christmas for every home which is the Christmas tree as you can see we have a variety of ornaments and reds and grains the best selling and most traditional color for Christmas of every year no matter what so at first we always get tons of questions on how do I shape my Christmas tree as you can see I have already started with this one today to show you I'm using one of the slimline trees which are becoming more and more popular each year since people don't have as much room and or maybe you don't want to have to rearrange the entire house to fit a large tree in so this is a nine-foot slimline so as you can see it's only about three and a half feet across at the bottom even though it is nine feet tall so when shaping your tree out you want to lower the branches and of course we've got a pre lit going but I'll also discuss how to do lighting so as you lower your branches I'll just lift this one up slightly so you can see always start at the back side I like to do a section at the time because I'm not having to fight the entire tree so then just space your branches out a lot of the trees particularly the most basic are set in a triangular pattern so you will have at one level one prong up and two out and then it alternates so you'll have two up and one straight down but just spread those out but always facing slightly toward the front as trees don't typically just all grow out you'll have a little more natural look that way then just come on out get everything having its space and then the tips which on this one as you can see this is one of our designer lines so you've got a lot different texture going on at the tip again spread out nicely Fanning no flat no bottle brush look just spread everything out give it its space you've got plenty of room to hang then and continue that way all around the tree now if you have an unlit tree and you're wanting to do your own lights the easiest and fastest way that I've always found over the years is again run your cord into the base to the trunk of the tree and then literally just weave in and out close to the center stem of your branch come over and weave in and out down the other side keep working yourself around the tree and up work then when you go to remove the lights at the end of the season all you have to do is pull and they just slide right out so that makes it very fast very easy and you get extremely even lighting so while you all are able to relax I'm going to continue on and fluff out the rest of the tree and we'll start the next section of how to decorate now that the tree is all fluffed we're going to start with ribbon and a top piece so to learn how to tie your bows refer back to our bow tying video and you'll remember you of course can do the tails any length you desire in this case for a tree topper I've chosen this and I'm only going to do one bow for the tree today combined with what else we're going to do normally if you're only going to use bows on the tops for tree I use a minimum of two bows this size or preferably even three that way you've got a good all the way around look so we'll attach this bow up at the top of the tree just to the side here and tie it in spread the loops out and we will ripple those tails just a little bit so that they've got movement and don't just hang straight down like so now for the topper of the tree of course lots of times you see branches chosen and things that are sticking out at the top of the tree and every year then you have to pull them out bag them up and next year figure out what you did the year before so I'm going to show you a quick and easy way to put together a topper and tie it together so you've just got a single bundle slip it into the tree when the season is over pull it back out if later you decide to change your mind you can drop it down into a vase use it in as an arrangement or if you want to break it apart just clip your wire and you've got individual pieces to use some other way okay so we're going to just pull a few things that are fairly long and tall and airy so I've got three branches of this fern curl we'll use maybe three branches of the green glitter of course always adds lots of sparkle catching the light okay and we want everything to just have a slight curve out to it spread it all out okay so I'm just working my way around everything in the circles and we have some tall gold ball sprays and I'm just going to stick a couple of those down the middle spread those out just a little bit there's no hard and fast rule you just want Airy kind of even get plenty of space going on it you can always adjust later if you need to okay let's do one more cold yeah that's looking good okay and then for some fullness are we inserted with the tree let's add some of the red pine you will do maybe four of those to get good coverage all the way around okay now we can take either the red or the green this is wired tensile that we're carrying in our stores of trees and trends this year and it's just handy for a number of uses it's great for package tying it's great for hanging ornaments on the tree doing anything that you might want to do and all I'm going to do is take a length of it and twist around the top as tightly as I can and I'm going to leave an end sticking out and then I'm going to just wrap with that and just spiral down okay take the wire cutters clip off a section and since this is so flexible I can just loop it around and tie pull and just bend it back the other way and wrap that and tuck the end in and it's all secure then this tip up here I can just take a finger wrap it around create a little spiral up and now you've got a decorative holder if you want to drop it into a glass vase or we're ready to insert it in the tree and so all we have to do is climb up here and nut fall off and insert down into the trunk like so take a couple of the tips from the tree itself twist around and you've got a nice spray topper coming out of the tree adjust your ribbon a little bit now if you wanted to do a second one of these we could do it up here which we'll do in a moment we'll add that but now we're going to deal with the rest of the ribbon now this way that I'm showing you with the ribbon requires no bow time gives you a very full look and actually uses less ribbon than it does when you're spiraling around an easy way to measure is just stand and pull out the full length of your arms and cut and so we'll just make some separate piles and we'll do this with a couple bolts of the ribbon and if at the end of the roll you end up with a shorter length than that don't worry about it go ahead and keep that too and I'll show you how to deal with that when we get there so we'll just toss that down we've got three different patterns of ribbon plus mesh to put on the tree you can go ahead and trim your ends at this point or wait until you get it on the tree I would just go ahead and wait that way if you decide you want something a little shorter you can but we'll just leave it at this length at this point and our third pattern just the polka dot doing a tree is always messy so never worry about cluttering up your floor it will get better soon okay this is our last length there okay now we can take a full length piece shorter piece all you're going to do is just kind of loosely gather in the center well sew your patterns are mixed so you've got it just like this let's move the ladder over here to this side and right we'll start right below our topper piece that we just made and all you're going to do is just tuck that in like so and then spread out the tails ripple slightly if you need to if this starts to loosen just take a tip of the tree and just bend it over like a hook that'll hold it and you know work some tails toward the back so that you get coverage all the way around all turn a we don't want two of the same kind side by side and that way if you spread out some your tails are on a slightly different level different lengths do the next one again take all three loosely gather sometimes you don't even have to grip in the middle that way you'll have short on one side longer on another okay and then stagger so you can drop down but alternating back and forth in different areas that leaves you empty areas for ornaments and just gives you good even coverage you may have always been taught growing up that your ribbon or Garland's go on last but why would you do that and end up covering up the ornaments that you just put on the tree so this way you can get the biggest bang for your dollar by putting your ribbon on first and then hang your ornaments in the clear areas so that they're seen the best particularly those that are heirloom ornaments or collectibles that you really really want to be seen okay so I'm going to continue adding my ribbon and then in a few minutes we will start in with some of the ornaments now then we start with ornaments and I always start with the largest first and generally I don't even use hangers on these the wonderful things about the tree is you can just pop them in where you want them now this reflects light out helps make the tree look even fuller but it gives it layers you want everything to have layers and depth so you don't want everything hung on the outside because it just looks really shallow and flat so we want to give everything depth and we're just going to tuck these in in various places I've got red green and gold which reflects the colors that we've used in the ribbon and you're going to work all the way around the tree this way let's go one up here I've got shiny and matte both that again gives you some variation and the shiny especially reflects the light really will and we need to go down in here occasionally one will come tumbling out the bottom but it really is very rare work your way all the way around because even on the back side the light reflects through and you can see and that just continually gives you more depth and we need a green notice I'm using different shades of green this is the bright Christmas green the bluer well we've got lime and moss apple green on the tree more shades or variations of the same also make everything a little more interesting than just using one color as you can see this goes really fast now the green there we need to bring it up in here just step back and kind of see where you need more color see just shiny gold another Gold over in there and let's tuck away it in under a ribbon right here if one wants to push out you can always wire it in the most of the time you won't have to unless you've got a really really open tree okay now once that's done we want to start with our largest ornaments and most of those are novelties I have chosen for this tree both some fun things signs may always think about picking things especially your larger items that you can use in multiple places this of course can hang on a wall hang on a door hang on a wreath but it also works well in the tree so if you change your mind and want to switch your themes up later you can use it somewhere else and you're not ending up scrapping everything so I've got this I have large ice skates on a more serious side I have word signs of joy and hope in both red and green and then also with the larger I have the candy canes that are all beaded and again repeat my colors from my ribbons so let's choose places when I'm going to do placement and when I'm purchasing ornaments for tree I generally never buy less than three you can do three four five six however many you want but I generally at least do three that way I can get full coverage on a tree so I'm going to select a spot and since the hanger is already here on this now I really rather would not see them hanging just flat you like an angle again just like we do on wreaths Garland's teardrops you want some movement use your greenery to assist you in holding rather than extra wires so if we do that there then we would want to move to a different level on a different side of the tree so for instance if we've got one down there we might want this one to go over here and then a third one around at a different level so again it's sort of like working anything in a triangle or and of course there we'd not get some of the bar fleece falls out but that is not a problem you can see I tucked it right back in okay I'm going to use another end to hold this at an angle that one's really going to be stubborn and push it in there a little more and fold up a tip to hold it okay and tuck our golden back in now we'll do the same thing with our word signs we'll put a hope down here and let it dangle and if we want to use the ribbon for decor we can then also loop that over or you can literally cut those off and just get rid of them but since we have some of the bright green rang up through our ribbon we'll keep that going too and we'll do a hope up here and tilt it just a bit and we'll do a third hope around here where you can't even see but the people outside would be able to again getting full coverage of your tree our other large ice skate I think we'll do that right in here so it's going to be a main feature and you'll loop that tip around the blade part of the skate to hold and we'll fold another tip through the loop of a bow just something to attach it nothing that we're using and knees is breakable so that always makes it good just in case it falls okay now I'll keep adding these items and we'll be ready to add the smaller ornaments in just a minute and have it fully decorated without that many pieces so now then the next step would be to add some branches and add some air and so you're just going to randomly tuck these in and of course I'm going ahead to make it fewer steps I'm actually layering two pieces together as I go and just put a little curve in it and this brings the tree out even further again using this is what we would call giving it some line giving it some texture and of course all of this empty airspace in here is what we call capturing air in a design because even your negative space or air space is just as much a part of your design as the element that you're using so again we got some curve going and just layer it up and tuck in and we want to work all the way around the tree randomly giving even coverage shape out like so and they're going to tuck in down here you generally don't have to bend anything you don't have to do anything additional just stick it in and at first it does look funny because you don't have even coverage yet as you go and work your way around the tree it suddenly starts all making sense remember if you put something in and it doesn't look right there as you go just pull it out move it over don't get all frustrated it's supposed to be fun it is Christmas after all and getting frustrated we'll put you on Santa's naughty list okay I'm just going to work my way down the tree and finish this off and then we'll add our smaller ornaments and your tree will be finished now that we have all of our branches in and you can see we've captured a lot more air the tree looks much fuller it also softens the edges of the tree it just gives you more textural interest and textures really what's all about as far as making things interesting now there are other items that you could add instead or in addition to you can add floral if you like more of a floral tree as you can see again all you're going to do is just tuck that in pieces that have also the berry and the foliage with the spray rather than just a single flower really fill your tree in in a hurry or if you have a plain tree just your basic foliage and you want to add more texture or a little more of a fresh-cut look and upscale what you've got then you can insert greenery sprays with different textures and all of a sudden if you insert a few of these in you've got a really flowing long branch or long needle pine look as opposed to that smaller bottle brush cut that many of your basic trees have so those are just other options that you can do is you're working on your tree now at this point when we've got all of this done we can add our small ornaments and of course today we've got several shapes and patterns that add to our tree of course I've even got some ornaments with a little bit of the white the same as we do the ribbon that just brightens the tree up and keeps it look from looking dark keeps it from looking quite so serious so we're going to add those now and add the tree skirt and you can see the finished product you you

28 Comments

  • Valkyrie Sardo

    April 14, 2019

    The style is not to my taste, but the principles are very helpful. I was able to translate those ideas into my personal preferences, delicacy and detail on a tabletop tree. It had never occurred to me to ornament the air space outside the tree. So this year I have transparent glittery butterflies that hover above the branches. I used thin floral wire that holds them up as much as 8 inches in the air. The green wire is all but invisible against the branches. It never occurred to me to put garland on first. I use just one strand of icy clear rhinestones hung in swags, a delicate chandelier effect. It is much easier to achieve an elegant balanced drape without battling a mess of ornaments.

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  • Kalicatt

    April 14, 2019

    Love Trees n Trends!!! I was so bummed when the store in my town closed. I used to spend hours in there getting ideas. Not just at Christmas, but all year round.

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  • Maria Garza

    April 14, 2019

    Beautiful ,thank u to show us how to make a beautiful Christmas tree

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  • Second Chance

    April 14, 2019

    Finally found you. I knew I’d subscribed last year but couldn’t remember the name. I absolutely love your videos.

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  • Alisa Matt

    April 14, 2019

    This tree is stunning! I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing ?

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  • T K

    April 14, 2019

    I really did enjoy watching him decorate…thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Rosa Nunez

    April 14, 2019

    Very informative video…thank you

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  • Carol Ballarini

    April 14, 2019

    Wow!

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  • Amber Stewart

    April 14, 2019

    Every year I refer to this video. Never get rid of it!!! Love Kevin.

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  • DeDe Hodo

    April 14, 2019

    Very informative. I gained a lot of tips.

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  • DeDe Hodo

    April 14, 2019

    Very informative. I gained a lot of tips.

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  • LATONYA HARRIS

    April 14, 2019

    ?

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  • zaz elle

    April 14, 2019

    I appreciate the effort and the tips he gave the viewers. Some of these tips are helpful. Well, to those who are so negative about ho
    his style, this is what he said before the video ended, "keeps it from looking quite so serious."

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  • payton tanner

    April 14, 2019

    I think this is perfect!!

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  • Rikita Mccoy

    April 14, 2019

    That’s a very pretty tree.

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  • Emine Pala

    April 14, 2019

    Gorgeous

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  • Annie Jefferson

    April 14, 2019

    No offense but that tree is ugly.

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  • Melissa Romero

    April 14, 2019

    Kevin, Thank You..absolutely beautiful.

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  • Joann Huckeba

    April 14, 2019

    Such talent

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  • J K

    April 14, 2019

    You're talented. Love the ball sprays! 😉

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  • Sally Semrau

    April 14, 2019

    No slim trees in my house…where is the room for santa to put the gifts under?

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  • Marie Christensen

    April 14, 2019

    Absolutely amazing. So talented. You are my new discovery! I will be watching . Thanks.

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  • Melanie

    April 14, 2019

    Love you Kevin your tree is gorgeous…

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  • Tim Passinault

    April 14, 2019

    VOMIT!!!!!!!!!! Ugliest damn tree i ever saw!

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  • Angela Diaz Diaz

    April 14, 2019

    Very nice!

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  • Linda Burson

    April 14, 2019

    What width of ribbon are you using on this tree. TIA

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  • Ann Marian

    April 14, 2019

    Dude you are the freakin bomb

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  • Rosa Carvalho

    April 14, 2019

    Maravilhosas as stores de Natal

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