Upgrade to an artificial pre-lit tree if your preference is for tidy, tangle-free insta-illumination. Alternatively, run fairy lights up the trunk and wrap the length of each branch. Wrap once on the way back to the trunk.
For every 30cm of tree height, you’ll need a 100-count string of fairy or seed lights. Yes, that’s quite a few strings of lights but it’s worth the effort – a tree all-a-twinkle at night is a sight to behold.
When hanging your tree decorations, start deep within the tree branches and work your way out. Showcase your most favourite pieces in a prime position. Space the biggest and best evenly around the tree then fill any gaps with medium and small-size baubles.
Attach each ornament to your tree with ornament hooks. Look out for these at supermarkets, variety discount stores and anywhere Christmas decorations are sold. An excellent alternative is either florist’s wire or paper clips.
3. Tree topper
Tree tips can be a bit spindly so double it over to thicken it then attach your topper. Depending on your tree topper, you might be able to use fishing line to anchor the topper to the branches.
4. Tree base
Disguise the base of your tree with a tree skirt. Alternatively, leaving one side open, cover a large cardboard box with Christmas wrapping paper. Choose a wrap to suit your colour scheme.
The box should be tall enough to cover the base of the tree but not so tall it touches the lower branches. Before slotting your tree together, place the base of the tree (with feet) in the box then finish erecting and decorating the tree.
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