Want to make decorating your Christmas tree easier? Follow these 7 steps. (And if you are decorating a real Christmas tree, first re-cut the stump and put the tree in water as soon as possible.)
1. Start from the top. Put the tree topper on first. You miss the dramatic moment, awkwardly leaning into a fully decorated tree, trying to place the star or angel on top, but the smarter move is to put the topper on first.
2. Put on the lights. Use lights that produce the least heat. Test them to ensure they all work. Mentally divide the tree into vertical sections and starting from the top, wind lights along branches--moving from the top--down. Don't wind lights around and around the tree. It takes too much time. If you wind lights around the trunk of the Christmas tree, use relatively short light strings--less tangling.
3. Add ornaments to the interior of the tree. These can be lighted or not. I tend to put larger ornaments or mesh in these places. (This tip is especially useful if your tree has a gap you wish to fill.)
4. If you use garland or ribbon, add it next.
5. Put on the ornaments you wish to showcase. I place biggest ones first and then smaller. When you decorate, remember you can hang ornaments from the bottom of a branch, as well as, clip them to the top--of the same branch. For important/expensive ornaments, tie them on. Ornament hooks will work if you are able to crimp both ends or tie them on with narrow ribbons. These will help secure them to the tree in case it is jostled. Remember to decorate so that the added weight is evenly distributed around the tree. Too many decorations in one area can cause the tree to fall. For extra insurance, you can secure your tree to a wall. Removable hooks that don't harm the wall surface and fishing line work great.
6. If you use pics, add them now. They add another dimension to the tree.
7. Add tinsel, glitter, snow, etc., if you like--last.