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What’s Behind Your Christmas Tree?

This may sound like a silly question, however, I’ll ask it anyway. What’s behind your Christmas tree? Having a well decorated Christmas tree can be spoilt by a poor background. Professionals, when photographing decorated Christmas trees, often use black curtains as a backdrop. The Christmas tree really stands out and photographs really well. If you go to shows where decorated Christmas trees are on show, you’ll notice the same.  You could hang a black curtain behind your Christmas tree, however, you don’t need to go to that extreme. Just stand back and look at the space either side and behind, then consider what you could add to finish the effect. Here are a few suggestions:

  • A Christmas wreath – this is the simplest addition. Hang a Christmas wreath at a height and distance that adds to the overall effect of your Christmas tree. This is particularly useful if you have a wide light coloured wall behind your tree. It also looks good hanging from a curtain rail in a window.
  • Potted colour – while winter may be approaching, you can still find garden shops with flowering pot plants. Place these on a stand to one side of your Christmas tree. Find flowers who’s colour complement your Christmas tree. If you have a wide wall behind your tree, you could try placing potted colour either side of your Christmas tree.
  • Baubles – hang two or three large baubles, or a single ball made from large baubles, to one side and just below the height of your Christmas tree. If you are using several large baubles, vary their height. To make a single ball using baubles, using a hot glue gun to attach baubles around a central bauble.
  • Garlands – garlands made from anything that catches your imagination can add to interest to your Christmas tree. Hang several garlands below each other in a wave shape rather than using straight lines.
  • Christmas lights – hang net lights behind your Christmas tree. This doesn’t add a lot to your tree during the day unless you have a dark background. However, it can add a touch of magic at night.

Of course, you could mix and match those ideas, however, our suggestion is simple – less is more. Your Christmas tree is the star of the show, anything else is designed to complement it and to help it stand out. It’s always a lot of fun putting it altogether however.

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Using Christmas Decorations To Brighten Up Your Home

While we traditionally decorate a Christmas tree with a wide range of decorations, you don’t have to stop there. Christmas decorations can be used anywhere in the home, it just takes a little imagination and the desire to do something different. One area of the home that always looks great when decorated is a staircase. Consider some of these ideas, and if you don’t have a staircase, take the ideas on board and use them to affect elsewhere.

Baubles are normally tied to a Christmas tree, yet they can look good anywhere. Tie a Christmassy ribbon to baubles and hang them from a staircase railing. Mix the colours around, or use contrasting decorations with just the one colour bauble. You can add red and white Santas, white stars, or white angels for contrast. Don’t fall into the trap of hanging everything the same length. Vary your length including allowing some to hang below the staircase to the supporting wall. Use your imagination and be sure to stand back constantly to review your handiwork. Don’t have a staircase – use the same principle to hang baubles of varying lengths in your window – that looks great too, especially at night from the outside with the interior lights highlighting them.

If you have a cut Christmas tree, cut the bottom branch or two off, trim them back a little, then run them down the length of the staircase railing. The green foliage looks good if offset by red, gold or silver baubles. Don’t forget to hang a length of foliage down the newel at the foot of the stairs.  You can decorate the foliage as well, however, use small decorations. There are two problems with using a branch from your Christmas tree – you need to be sure your tree still looks proportionate with missing lower branches, and, more importantly, the branch used on the staircase will suffer from needle drop.

Finally, add a string of Christmas lights. LED lights are best for this as they generate less heat and are more hardy. You could also consider rope lights or icicle lights depending on the size of your staircase. If you can place your decorated Christmas tree alongside your decorated staircase, the overall effect is terrific. Christmas decorations are not just for Christmas trees; they can be used anywhere you like.

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Creating Novel Christmas Tree Toppers

While we focus a lot of creative attention to decorating Christmas trees, we often forget all about the top of the tree.  Instead of being creative, most decorators revert to the traditional star or angel for their tree. Why don’t you become creative and add something completely different to the top of your tree this Christmas? Here are a few Christmas tree topper suggestions to consider.

  • Feathers – you can buy imitation feathers from most craft shops. Peacock feathers can add some real elegance to a tree – and certainly look different.
  • Flowers – a posy of fresh flowers can make a great Christmas tree topper. You can also consider larger flowers such as a white poinsettia or hydrangea.
  • Snow Flake – your children will enjoy helping here, in fact, most school age children are better at making a snow flake than their parent. Fold up a sheet of white paper then cut a snow flake design. Unfold and behold a wonderful snow flake for the top of your tree.
  • Ribbons – create an elegant and formal bow tie using ribbon,  or simply hang coloured ribbons in a streamer effect. It’s your tree, use your imagination.
  • Teddy Bears – teddy bears make great decorations, whether it’s small bears for the tree, or a large bear for the top, they look great. If you have a young member of the family, make it their teddy once Christmas has finished.
  • Toys – there are a wide range of toys that can be added to the top of a Christmas tree. Make sure the toy is not too large for the tree.
  • Photos – for the sentimentalists, photos of absent or departed family members often bring sobriety to Christmas, they also make the tree somewhat special.
  • Star – while a star is very traditional, you can make your own. Make a wire five pointed star then decorate it with what ever comes to hand. Small coloured baubles, paper, flowers – again, use your imagination.
  • Mix’n’Match – try mixing several of these ideas together, for example, a teddy with a posy of fresh flowers, or a hand made stare with ribbons.

Christmas tree toppers can be anything that appeals to you and your family. The joy of a modern Christmas tree is that there is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree when it comes to being creative. If the end result looks good in your eyes, then that is what matters most. Tree toppers add that final finish, and you don’t have to stick with traditional Christmas stars, create your own stunning effect instead.

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Adding Garlands To Your Christmas Tree For Added Effect

Christmas trees look great when they are fully decorated with lights, baubles and trinkets. You add extra dimension to your tree by adding garlands. In some areas, the tradition is to use colored tinsel as a garland, however, you can really make garlands out of anything. Crepe paper can be used to make great garlands, especially if you give the crepe paper a half twist between branches. You can sit down with string and beads (or any other craft material) and create your own as well – kids love this task and they can be as creative as they wish. One thing to be careful with when using beads is that you don’t make your garland too heavy.

When placing a garland on a Christmas tree, work from the top slowly going around your tree. Never place a garland too tightly around a tree, otherwise you will tend to pull branches together and this will take away the symmetry that Christmas trees are famous for. Instead, place the garlands loosely with a slight sagging between branches. Work your way from the top of the tree to the bottom. Light garlands such as those made from tinsel or crepe paper look good on the branch extremities as the final decoration. Heavier garlands should be placed deeper into the tree where the branches are a little stronger.

Decorating a Christmas tree is all about imagination, and about what looks good to your eye. Be sure you garlands complement your lights and baubles – each should add to an overall picture. One danger that many make is to make a Christmas tree too busy. This is a Christmas tree, so we do want to see the tree as well.

When completed, step back and look at the finished product. Does it look balanced; do branches sag from too much weight? Do remember to turn the room lights off and your Christmas lights on – this will give you a good idea of how well decorated your Christmas tree. Decorating a Christmas tree should be fun, not a chore – so enjoy the experience, you only get to do it once a year. Of course, you have to order your tree first – have you ordered your farm fresh cut Christmas tree yet?

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Turn Baubles Into A Fun Tabletop Christmas Decoration

Are you looking for new and novel Christmas decorations? You are really only limited by your imagination when it comes to creating decorations, and sometimes, the items required are all close at hand. While baubles are commonly used to decorate Christmas trees, they can be used in a variety of places. Here’s a do-it-yourself tabletop decoration that you and the children should have fun putting together. Remember, use your imagination, and include other decorations like leaves, dried berries and dried twigs for ever better effect.

Materials: Length of dowel (this is the height of the table top decoration so cut to your preferred size); silver or gold wrapping paper; baubles and decorations in a range of sizes and colours; old large sock stuffed to form a rough ball shape; attractive bowl filled with stones, rocks or glass beads (deep enough to anchor your decoration). You will also need a large needle and thread and plasticine.

How: wrap the dowel in silver or gold wrapping paper. Place one end in to the stuffed sock and keep in place using an elastic band. Thread a large needle and tie one end to the hanging ring of a bauble. Thread the needle through the sock pull the thread through until the bauble is firm against the sock (not to tight). You can thread the next bauble and continue placing baubles (and other decorations) as you go.

Be creative, the end result should be similar to lollipop made from baubles and anything else you have found. You can add hanging ribbon or tinsel for added effect if you like. Once complete, anchor the base into the plasticine, then place in the bowl surrounded by rocks, stones or beads.

This decoration looks great as a central tabletop decoration, and it’s one that you (and your children) can proudly claim as your own. After Christmas, you can easily take the decoration apart again, carefully storing the decorations ready for an all new decoration next Christmas. Tip – the larger the ball shape to begin with, the larger the lollipop, however, don’t make it too big, otherwise it will be unstable and hard to keep from toppling over. If you don’t have enough baubles, then check out our range of fabulous Christmas baubles – there’s plenty there to keep your imagination busy this year.

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How Accurate Are The Early Christmas Trend Suggestions?

One of the biggest Christmas trade fairs is the Christmasworld Trade Show, held this year in late January. Their predictions for this Christmas make for an interesting read, especially since it’s held so early in the year. According to The Independent’s review of the trade show, this Christmas’ theme should be raw, exotic and feminine with bold colors in the crimsons, deep Bordeaux reds and lemon greens.

If those predictions are true, we’ll be in for an entertaining Christmas. Crimsons and Bordeaux reds are no strangers to the festive seasons often featuring in the decorations that adorn Christmas trees each year. It’s the raw, exotic and feminine style that will be interesting – perhaps we’ll dress down our Christmas trees this year, perhaps, as The Independent suggests, decorating our trees with “Asian flower patterns or ethnic African prints decorated with gemstones, sequins and satin ribbons.”

Predicting trends is always difficult, and while trying to follow them makes life interesting, there’s nothing like a really good old-fashioned Christmas. The perfume of a real Christmas tree, the tinsel, baubles and lights that decorate the tree, and the faithful angel that perches on top – it’s tradition, and for many, a feeling of stability and security. There’s also the family tradition that goes into decorating a tree – have you decided who gets to put the angle on top this year?

As we get closer to Christmas, we’ll have a better idea as to the direction that trends will take us. It will be interesting to look back at this post, and to the article in The Independent to see how accurate they were.  I hope they do run true this year, I like the idea of exotic bold colours, African prints and perhaps spending time with the little ones decorating cards with gemstones, sequins and satin ribbons. First, I need to be sure we have a Christmas tree – perhaps you should order your Christmas treenow, just to be sure you don’t miss out.

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How To Fix Your Christmas Lights To Windows

suction cups for Christmas lightsThere are many uses for Christmas lights. Some people decorate the outside of their homes, others decorate outdoor living areas and, of course, there is the traditional decorating of the tree using Christmas lights. One other use is to decorate your windows – particularly the front window. Short of using nails in the window frames, do you know how to fix your lights to your windows?

Just looking at the image is a dead give-away. Suction cups are used for many different things these days. They can be very effective at holding decorations and strings of lights. Place a few suction cups around your window then push the Christmas lights cable into the slot in the suction cup. Done. Work your way around the window in whatever pattern or design  you like using suction cups to hold the lights in place.

Suction cups will also stick to many painted surfaces, particularly where a plastic based paint has been used. This can be great if you want to include any of the other types of lights such as curtain lights.

These suction cups can also be used to hang baubles and other Christmas decorations.  Once Christmas is over, you can just unclip the string of lights, or Christmas decoration, and ease the suction cup of the window. There is no mess, no fiddling about and no nails or adhesive tape to worry about.

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Did You Know You Can Colour Coordinate Your Christmas Tree

Colour coordinated Christmas trees – sounds a little strange. I mean, does that indicate you can buy a live cut Christmas tree with blue foliage? Or red, yellow or silver for that matter? Obviously not. Your Christmas tree still comes in the traditional natural colours.

Being colour coordinated doesn’t mean the tree itself has different colours. It refers to the way you decorate it and the colour theme you use. Your lights can be centred on a particular colour and there are so many different types and colours. When it comes baubles there has to be something there to please.

We have professional Christmas tree decorators here at Scottish Christmas Trees and they are experts at putting together a Christmas tree according to your requirements. This includes themes and colour schemes.

Decorating a Christmas tree so that it coordinates with its environment is not as difficult as it sounds. If you stand back a little you can soon picture which colours will blend in. As you decorate the tree you need to constantly take that backward step and review the process. All you need is a little eye for colour.

We have a wide range of baubles and interesting decorations in a wide range of colour and finishes. Coordinating your tree is so much easier if you have the right decorations to start with. Of course, you could always ask one of our expert decorators to prepare your Christmas tree for you.

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What’s Going On Top Of Your Christmas Tree This Year?

the traditional star to top your Christmas treeTraditionally, the last ornament to go on a Christmas tree was the star – it’s pride of place at the very top of the tree. In recent years we have seen anything from Santa through to angels sitting at the top of the tree.

I am still a little old fashioned. I like the idea of a star sitting on top. Although the tree is inside, the whole idea of decorating the tree is to make it look like a tree in the woods. Baubles are meant to resemble fruits – in fact, that is where they have their origins and the first glass baubles were fruit replicas.

Christmas tree lights, they have their origins. The candles that were placed in trees, probably to represent stars. The big star on top was meant to represent the largest star in the night sky. Other decorations included season berries and tinsel, which was supposed to resemble snow on the tree branches.

Most of this has been lost over the decades. Decorations now are designed to create a wow factor. Not that this is a problem, of course. We all love to decorate a Christmas tree, to make it our own. Even then, we still follow certain traditions and one of those is the star that sits at the top. What’s your favourite decoration for the top of your Christmas tree?

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Christmas Trees And Fairy Lights – Everyone’s Favourite

flashing fairy lights for your Christmas treeA Christmas tree dressed up with multi-coloured fairy lights is probably everyone’s favourite decoration. The Christmas tree looks great all dressed up with baubles and pretty decorations but it isn’t until the lights go on that oohs and aahs start – especially when it comes to children. The look on their faces says it all – they just stare open mouthed in amazement.

Multi-coloured fairy lights always seem to be more popular than the single colour. Static lights are still popular (in fact, we have sold out of some models already) and it would be a toss-up to see which was more popular – static or flashing. Children certainly prefer the flashing lights whilst adults seem to prefer the static.

These lights are over 21 metres in length with 200 lights in total. They are suitable for indoor use only. Being multi-coloured and multi-action they are sure to be favourites with the younger generation.

If you have a large tree then the larger set of fairy lights that comes complete with 300 mult-coloured lights may be more suitable. This string of lights measures over 37 metres in length – enough to comfortably decorate our largest Christmas trees.

If multi-coloured are not your cup of tea then we have fairy lights in white. Our range of LED fairy lights may also be of interest. Rather than using the standard miniature light bulb, they use LEDs. These use less power so they generate far less heat yet give off the same amount of light.

A Christmas tree is not complete without the traditional lights – just ask the children. I am sure they wait for that special moment when the lights come on.