Over the years, I've worked in many facets of design. Quite a few years ago, I worked as a store decorator for a German Christmas Company, Kathe Wohlfahrt. I enjoyed my time there -the people I worked with, and I became pretty adept at decorating Christmas trees. Today I want to share this easy idea for fluffing your Christmas tree to achieve that "designer" feel in your own home!
Every year our family makes a night-long event of decorating the tree, and it has become my favorite holiday tradition that we have. I recently wrote about that tradition, and you can see that blog post here. Now the tree looks okay after the kids finish with it on tree decorating night, but I'm going to show you how to really pump up its visual impact with little effort. The thing to remember about creating a designer look for your Christmas tree is layers, layers, and more layers! I start by adding larger matching ornament bulbs of same color all over the tree (I picked a huge box of these up from Target for about $15). Then, I added in some bare branches from my backyard that I spray painted white. I put the branches into the empty spots to fill in the tree and add a bit more bling to the overall look. You can also trim branches from your real tree, too, if one side is out of symmetry with the other. I add in some extra garland - mine is burlap ribbon to match our modern farmhouse appeal. You can add in elements that blend nicely with your own Christmas decor whether it be modern, traditional, rustic or whatever. We also use our tree as a Christmas card holder of sorts by attaching our cards with clothespins all over the tree. I previously wrote on this topic - you can see that blog post here. With these easy techniques, you can really take your tree from "ok" to wow in just a few minutes! This process of adding in additional elements later allows my children to help decorate and have ownership in the decorating process, but also gives the grownups the beautiful designer look they desire, too! Stay up-to-date on all of our neat design ideas by following me on Facebook at PaperCanvasEtc. Happy Designing!