Christmas Tree Decorating

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  1. wimic macrumors regular

    wimic

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    I'm buying a new Christmas Tree this year and I want to avoid having it look all crowded and tacky. Any tips as to how I can decorate it and make it look nice?

    I was thinking thick ribbons and maybe 2 different colored bulbs... maybe a burgundy and gold color scheme?

    I'm new at this so any ideas would be appreciated!

    - Wendy
     
  2. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Get a pre-lit tree rather than having to put the lights on yourself. More lights and less wires which does help in making it look good.

    Burgundy & gold should work well as colours. My mother's all white decorated green tree looked fabulous so limiting yourself to one or two does work. Mind you, her other 'teddy' tree with a new teddy or two from different places/years also looks good.

    Forget the ribbons unless you're great at tying perfect bows - or unless you get the wire-edged ribbon that you can 'fan' out.

    So far as ornaments go, if you're trying to go elegant, just buy two or three shapes but multiple units and scatter them across the tree.
     
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Become Jewish! ;)
     
  4. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Our tree is full of decorations that we have collected over the years. Many of them have been gifts from other people. So we don't really have a theme, per se.

    You're new at this? Did you recently get your own place? ...newlywed? Have a tree decoration party. People can bring ornaments as gifts. Put the tree up with lights on it before they come, and you can put on decorations as they arrive.

    Post pics!!!
     
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  6. monke macrumors 65816

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    Like SFVCyclone said Dont go overboard.

    Keep it simple, with 2 or 3 colours. Nothing too vibrant.

    Make it so everything 'flows' together without a single ornament sticking out.

    Also try and stay away from the collector ornaments if you are sticking with a theme.

    Have Fun. :)
     
  7. MultiM macrumors 6502

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    Ribbons are actually a great idea so long as you are NOT tying them into bows. What my wife and I do is we cut them to different lengths (3-5 feet) and place them within the tree. The colours of the ribbon match the bulbs. Max 2colours. We also use coloured feathers stuck strategically into the tree. Pre-wired trees are the only way to go. Finally, I have some glass icicles about 6 inches long that I scatter throughout the tree. Just beautiful.

    Because you're in Calgary, check out the Bay. They have some very cool decorations and they're not too expensive. Orange and lime green seem to be the popular colours this year, but you can find red and gold too.

    Like somebody said, post a picture when you are finished.
     
  8. wimic thread starter macrumors regular

    wimic

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    Thanks for the tips!

    I bought a tree last night (pre-lit, 6.5 footer). i would have liked to get a bigger one but i just don't have the space for it.

    I purchased 3, 15' lengths of gold (ish) ribbon, red bulbs, gold bulbs and red pine-type ornaments with gold accents to tie it all together. i also go a nice gold star tree topper.

    i'll post pics once i get it all up and decorated :)

    in the meantime, i'd like to see all of your trees if you have any pictures :)

    - Wendy
     
  9. MultiM macrumors 6502

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    It's a little early for my tree to be up, but when it is, I'll post a pic.
     

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