Step-By-Step Tree Decorating

Nov 16, 2014

Yes, I already have my tree up! I know most people wait until after Thanksgiving, but I'm ready to get started. Anything that makes me feel like I'm ahead of the game during the holidays is something I completely support. This year I needed to buy a new tree since half the lights are burned out on my not-so-old flocked one. I vividly remember restringing lights on it last year and that is something I did not want to do again. It's been a few years since I've shopped for a tree and I was so surprised at how far along they have come. My new tree comes with a remote with the option for clear or multi-color lights. I like the white lights, but my kids prefer the "rainbow" lights. How cute is that?

Now on to the trimming! I loved the blue and silver ornaments so much last year, but I just had to do something different because I'm fickle that way. Luckily, it costs very little to change it up. I found a sage green ribbon at Hobby Lobby that I knew I would use as soon as I saw it. One tip to keep in mind is to look at ribbon that is not just in the holiday section if you want non-traditional colors. I use three ribbons and they make such an impact that I had to be careful of what I chose. I didn't want my tree to be too loud and compete with the light d├ęcor of the living room so I chose a solid cream ribbon and a silver mesh to go with the sage green.

I started winding the predominant color through the tree first. I make loops with the ribbon at intervals and then secure it very far back in the tree by wrapping a branch around it.

The satin cream ribbon is used more as an accent and I criss-crossed it under the green in a slight lateral direction. It adds interest and fills in blank spaces.

Then, the silver ribbons fills in the rest of the tree.

After the ribbon is done I work on adding picks, branches and pinecones. I chose silver and gold accents. I also wanted a tad bit of red. Glittery red would have been too much so I chose snow covered red berries that I already had. 

Then I work on the top of the tree. The poinsettas cover the area where the star is attached.

The final step is to add the ornaments. Just like the picks, I chose mostly silver and gold with a touch of red.

It's best at night, of course. 

I'm so happy to have at least one thing checked off my very long holiday list!


  1. Looks great! Love the colours you've chosen and how you did the ribbon length-wise.

  2. It looks great...I'm impressed...I wish mine was up and all the shopping was done!!

  3. You did an awesome job, Jennifer! Love the step by step instructions. I need to buy a new tree, though I don't think that's gonna happened this year, the one I have doesn't have clear lights, my kids convinced me about buying the multicolored one :/ it would be great to have one like yours.