Christmas in July 2018 - Day One

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  1. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    It's all about TREES today - how to make a tree look fuller, tree decorating tips, tricks, and techniques, and garland - ribbon, tinsel, beads, and others.

  2. Rose94

    Rose94 Active Member

    We have a perlite tree but I add more strings of lights and put decorations in the centre of the tree and work out towards the outside
  3. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

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  4. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia New Member

    One thing I find works really well is to string the treelights vertically rather than horizontally - so much easier!

    We also always tuck some lights and hang some shiny ornaments in towards the tree trunk - it really gives depth to the tree.
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  5. ejagno

    ejagno Well-Known Member

    I've used deco mesh with coordinating smaller ribbon to help give fullness and cover more area meaning less individual ornaments needed. I've also used small Christmas floral bunches tucked into larger gaps to fill the space nicely.
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  6. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    Great ideas!
  7. halimer

    halimer Well-Known Member

    My "tree" is about 10" tall and has almost no "branches" left but I've had it since I was 3 years old and I take it out every year and decorate it with tiny ornaments.
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  8. GrammaDeb

    GrammaDeb Well-Known Member

    My kitty thought she was a good addition to the tree. She hid among the branches to sleep.
  9. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    I also add white floral stems in the larger branch openings of our tree.
  10. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    If you have an old or extra artificial tree – the kind where the branches hook into the trunk but are completely removed before packing tree away – those loose branches work wonders to fill in “gaps” in your tree. Do not worry about matching the greenery styles – it actually looks nice to have a variety of greens on the tree and this is what I would say is the “base” layer – it’s going to be a backdrop anyway – not the focal point.

    Larger picks and sprays – both those that are all greenery, greenery with pinecones, or even those with sparkly elements – poinsettias, what have you – if it fits your tree décor style and it’s a good size then it I a candidate for filling in those gaps in the branches.

    Remember to stand back and let your eyes slightly unfocus as you look at the tree as a whole – from multiple angles – you will probably spot other “holes” to fill in.

    Large and oversize Christmas ornament bulbs, strategically hung, also serve to disguise bigger gaps. I start with these after the lights go on and then move on to all the other ornaments from there.

    I totally vote for adding lights in vertical sections by the way! It is so much easier to put up and take down, especially on my 12 ft tree!!!
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  11. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Oh, my goodness, it's been so busy here that I lost track of time. Seriously, lost of track of time, as in wondering why you were posting Christmas in July - Day 1, 2, and 3. :oops: We're in July!!!

    I never considered hanging lights vertically. I learned something new today!
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  12. teachermomof2

    teachermomof2 Santa's Elves

    Great tips! I use many of the ones mentioned.
  13. holidayhelpelf

    holidayhelpelf New Member

    Love all the tips here. I've used some of them and will use others in the future.

    Debbie...What a wonderful, special tree that must be!
  14. piratemamaof3boys

    piratemamaof3boys Well-Known Member

    I always wrap the branches with lights (so thankfully for our prelit tree) but trying to do it vertically sounds interesting.
    I hang bigger ornaments deep in the tree to fill the holes as well as cluster smaller ornaments together
  15. Cathymac2

    Cathymac2 Active Member

    I think we’ll go vertical this year! Great tip!
  16. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    We do lights both ways on our tree. Around and vertically. I like white lights tucked in the middle of the tree between branches.
  17. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Well-Known Member

    Lol! I have 3 trees. They look full only because they have so much stuff on them! The only one that may look sparse is the live tree we put in the sunroom. Its decorated with old ornaments so it works.
  18. Andthenjust

    Andthenjust Member

    To make our tree look fuller, I use non-glittery dark green tinsel. I wrap it loosely around the centre of the tree. Very simple, very effective. It's the on ly time tinsel is allowed near the christmas tree!
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  19. MinnieCo

    MinnieCo Well-Known Member

    First thing is basic. Fluffing the tree. It amazes me how people take out an artificial tree and just put it together without going through the branches and unbending them, fluffing, etc.

    Then I move on to the lights. Both trees are prelit, but I add lights to the inside. Prelit trees tend to have lights on the exterior and not so much inside. So I fill it up from the bottom to the top. Then I start with all my big ornaments and bulbs and fill in the gaps from there. After the gaps are filled in as much as I can, I start with my ornaments..and boom!!

    I love the idea of filling in the gaps with old trees rather than tossing them. Good idea!!
  20. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

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