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Deck your tree like a real pro!

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:27pm

My Home My Throne is a lifestyle blog for home lovers from Cork duo Grace Graham Dunne and Rachel O’Leary. In this article they offer their best tips on how to decorate your Christmas tree.

Stand the Christmas tree on a large box or on a low coffee table to immediately bring it to eye height, making a smaller tree look much bigger. You will have less tree to fill and your decorations will go much further.

This also creates space to set fake presents underneath the tree as accessories wrapped in paper and bows with your chosen Christmas theme.

This is a very practical solution to allow plenty of space for smallies and pets to run around near the tree safely.

Real trees so often need branches trimmed off or have gaps to be filled. Suspend trimmed branches over any gaps with green garden wire and ensure there are plenty of lights covering the area. Of course, artificial trees and garlands need to be spruced up branch by branch, but it’s well worth putting time into doing this for the overall end effect.

This is a common practice in an America but less used here. Flocking simply means adding texture to your tree to create the effect of glittering snow laden branches. First started in the US in the ‘50s, DIY flocking kits sprayed layers of thick, fluffy, deep fake snow onto the tree turning every evergreen into a shimmering winter wonder. Nowadays to create a more sophisticated effect, we add texture to trees by flocking with artificial stems and branches known in the florist trade as ‘picks’. Choose from snowy whites to glimmering golds and shimmering silvers and simply place them into the tree in groups of threes. You can also wrap ornate garlands around your tree for maximum effect. As these are already wired, they are really easy to work with.

You simply cannot have enough lights. Your tree should look fully decorated with lights alone. Keep the lights on while you are placing them so you can see the pattern they are creating. Choose soft tone and warm glow lights, so no harsh white LEDs. Keep safety in mind and chose fewer but larger sets of lights.

Have some fun theming up your tree by choosing three or four oversized decorations on the bottom half of your tree. These could be anything - bring giant stars, lanterns, ornate frames or DIY candy canes. Just make sure they are light and securely wired in place.

The right tree topper can make or break a tree. Don’t be afraid to break away from the traditional star or angel. Santa hats, crowns, bows, long feathers or silk picks are all great alternative tree toppers.

For more Christmas decorating ideas, tips and tricks, you can follow their story on www.myhomemythrone.com.

A huge thanks to the Pavillion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan who facilitated the photography.

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