King Of Christmas Parade Of Trees
Welcome to the King of Christmas parade of trees! I teamed up with some amazing bloggers to show you our beautiful trees from King of Christmas. Make sure you head over and check out everyone’s trees. They are gorgeous! Not to mention, all of the inspiration you will get.
If you are heading over from Jenny’s home at Palm and Prep, welcome! Her home and tree are beautiful.
I wish some of these ladies would have spilled their secrets before I had to decorate my own tree. I was struggling for a hot second. I’ll be honest, I have never properly decorated a Christmas tree. Unless you consider stale popcorn garland and half lit strands of light as pretty tree decorations.
I have heard of King Of Christmas and their beautiful trees but have never owned one until this year. I now know what the hype is all about.
I have the 6′ Prince Flock Artificial Prelit Tree
It’s beautiful and full and prelit. What else can a girl ask for?!? This was going to be my “pretty” tree.
Every year we cut down our family room tree and every year we bring home the Clark Griswold tree. I usually just throw some lights on it and then let the kids add whatever they want to the tree.
One year it was only lit half way up, last year we had half of a strand of popcorn garland on it, and for a few years we didn’t even bring up the ornaments from the basement.
So needless to say, I was so excited to get my hands on a pretty tree…until I realized I never really ever decorated a Christmas tree that didn’t have half lit lights or random strands of popcorn.
Let me also say that this tree is so pretty as is, without one single ornament. Part of me almost just left this tree naked. But if I did, this would be the shortest blog post I have ever written.
So I got on Pinterest and did some inspiration searching. Here are some of my easy tips for decorating a Christmas tree. Maybe we should call this tree decorating for dummies. I kept it pretty simple. You’ll see so just keep reading..
Easy tips to decorate a Christmas tree
Step 1: Assemble and fluff your tree
This tree took all of 30 seconds to assemble. Seriously. Everything was marked and the directions were pretty straight forward. Not to mention this is a smaller tree so there were only so many parts.
It also took me 10 minutes to fluff the tree with these fun little gloves that King Of Christmas provided with the tree.
I felt like the marshmallow man with these gloves on but they were pretty handy.
I’ll be honest as well, this is a flocked tree so yes, there was a mess to clean up after Step 1. It wasn’t anything out of control and I haven’t had to vacuum around this tree since I set it up.
Step 2: Step back and enjoy your Christmas tree and go pop some popcorn
Step 2 for real: Add ribbon
I did the ribbon hack. Have you heard of the ribbon hack? You just cut ribbon into strips and then tuck them into your tree
I found it easier to place my ribbon where I thought I wanted it to go first on my tree.
And then once I had the layout as I wanted it, I just tucked the ribbon in. The idea is that you want it to look as if the ribbon is going around the tree but you have more control over it since the ribbon is cut into shorter strips.
I added just enough ribbon to my tree. I knew I was able to add more ribbon if I needed to later on. I decorated with the traditional colors this year in my home and the green was perfect.
Step 4: Add ornaments
I found the biggest tub of ornaments at TJ Maxx and figured you couldn’t get any easier than that.
I liked the colors and shapes of these ornaments and they were shatter proof. #nobrainer
For a beginner decorator, this bin of ornaments is perfect. It’s takes the guess work out of coordinating ornaments. I do plan on purchasing some more ornate ornaments once they go on major sale after the holidays for next year.
Some ornaments I just put up on the tree as is and some ornaments got a little dolled up with a bow.
The little bows just add enough cuteness to the tree for me, especially when the lights are off on the tree. The bows help make an unlit tree still look happy.
Once all of the ornaments are somewhat strategically placed, step back and see what you think needs some adjusting.
Step 4: Shove stuff into your tree
Yep, that’s right. Start shoving. I am a faux eucalyptus hoarder so I added in some faux eucalyptus to my tree. Some parts I added a whole stem of faux eucalyptus and some parts I just added little pieces of the stem. I just played around with it until I was happy with how it looked. There was no rhyme or reason to my madness.
You can add anything you want here. I know Hobby Lobby has a whole aisle dedicated to “tree shovers”
Think outside of the box too. Feathers, sticks (I’m being serious too), other faux flowers…anything that’s just a tad bit different than your tree.
Step 5: Add a tree topper
Who knew tree toppers were such pains in the buttocks?!? Because I didn’t. I purchased two stars for my tree and both stars were too heavy and just looked odd. Sooooo…I stuck two faux Magnolia flowers up there and voila, I had myself a tree topper.
I love when random easy ideas go the way I want them too.
I also went with a tree collar for this tree. I found my tree collar at Hobby Lobby. I’ve realized that tree collars go quick so get them while you can.
Now since I took 462,656 pictures of this tree I’m going to blast you with a bunch of pictures…
Alright, have you had enough of seeing my tree? I had so much fun decorating my first tree…one that actually has all of the lights working.
If you are looking for the perfect tree, head to King Of Christmas and use code LANTERNLANEDESIGNS for 10% off
Your next stop on this parade is Adrienne’s beautiful home!