The Christmas Tree is without a doubt my favorite aspect of holiday decorating. I kid you not, I get so excited every year to pick out our christmas tree and then spend the weekend decorating it. The smell of a real tree in my home sings holiday season and I love the elegant (and slightly whimsical) touch it brings to my living room.
My tree decor theme has evolved over the years. Originally it was a traditional red, green, gold and tartan tree with an assortment of fun and very classic ornaments (i.e. a whole lot of Santa Claus on my tree). Over the years, my taste/style has evolved first to a rustic chic and finally into it's current theme: "Woodland Chic."
What the heck is "Woodland Chic?!" Well to make a long story short, it is essentially rustic chic (pinecones, acorns, burlap and gold) with the addition of a few forrest animals (Moose, Owls, Snow Foxes, etc…). I love the way this tree has come together over the years. It certainly speaks to my style (elegant and rustic with a splash of fun) and of course I love that my tall ceilings can support a whopper sized tree (which I most definitely take advantage of). Below is a breakdown of how I go about setting up, decorating and maintaining my christmas tree throughout the holiday season.
Prepping Your Tree
- Lay a trash bag followed by a towel on top of the floor where you intend to have your tree stand placed
- Place the tree stand on top of the towel
- While the tree is still wrapped, place it in the stand. Have one person hold it and the other person can stand back to assess if its standing straight and then screw the tree into place.
- Once the tree is secured, fill the stand with water
- Cut the net off the tree and help to gently pull the branches down
- If you have a tight space for your tree- use either Friskars or Wire Cutters (unconventional, but they work) to trim off the extraneous branches to help the tree fit the space. (*Note- If you plan on making your own garland and/or wreath, save those tree trimmings!)
- Add a little tradition- trees tend to evolve over time into a large collection of memories. Even if you prefer a more designer-esqe tree, theres no reason why you can't incorporate small touches of meaningful memorabilia. Since my husband has German heritage, we include a pickle ornament every year. In addition, you all know how crazy we are about our dog Dolly, so a bulldog ornament is an absolute must for our family Christmas tree.
- Use Wire- green floral wire is a decorating essential during the holiday season, especially when it comes to decorating my tree. I use green wire to help hold up the ribbons of burlap, adjust branches to fill in holes, support my tree topper (which weighs 10lbs..not really, but it is heavy) and even as a tether for anchoring my tree to the wall (safety first everyone!).
- Lights - I love a well illuminated tree, so I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to tree lights. Among my favorite types of lights are garland-style lights (unfortunately not the easiest lights to find in stores). They have three bulbs per stop, which really helps to give your tree a beautiful and very bright look. Just make sure to buy light strands with a wattage of 100 or less. I made the mistake of buying strands this year that had 125 watts and ended up having the lights on my tree go out three times (it was awful).
- Water- There is nothing worse than having a crunchy tree. Be sure to check your tree's stand water daily or at the very least every other day. Most homes around this time of year are running their heating systems, which causes the tree to drink even more water. A major part of keeping your tree looking its best revolves around proper hydration.
Details on my Woodland Chic Tree
- Gold Bulbs- Target
- Glitter Gold Pinecones - Target
- Shatterproof Pinecones - Target
- Burlap Ribbon - Home Goods (similar here)
- Burlap Tree Skirt- Home Goods (similar here)
- Glitter Moose Ornaments - Martha Stewart Home Depot (similar here)
- Mirror Star Tree Topper - Pottery Barn (similar here)
- Glass Acorns- Home Goods (similar here)
- Snow Fox Ornaments- Martha Stewart Home Depot
- Shatterproof Owls- Target
- Natural Wired Pinecones- Target