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Topic: Tutorial: decorating your Christmas tree like a pro  (Read 6030 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2007 04:53:03 PM »

lol you are correct 100, 1000 so close right? I'll fix it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2007 07:51:51 PM »

thanks so much I cannot wait to get our tree and decor it. Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2007 10:05:44 PM »

Thanks for all your help.
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2007 02:38:34 AM »

nice tut Smiley

I have some tips to add regarding using artificial trees and wreaths.  I work as a professional holiday decorator - yes there is such a thing - for businesses and make customs wreaths for people.

The word is fluffing - get your minds out of the gutters girls, if you're using artificial greens they need to be fluffed.

There's nothing that ruins the look of a nice tree, wreath or wired bow more than leaving it in the flat state that you found it.

With a tree, work each section as you assemble it. The individual tree branches need to be splayed, each main branch will have a few smaller branches, spread them apart.  Then working from the "trunk" of the tree to the tips, straighten out the individual tips.  Then you should alternate the tips to face up, down and out to look more like a natural branch.  It will take a good hour to fluff a 7 foot tree but the difference is astounding.

For a wreath, the greens generally follow clockwise.  Start on the back of the wreath and straighten the bent tips on the bottom most row.  Following the arc, spread the tips so some face the outer edge and some the inner edge.  Flip the wreath to face you and begin fluffing the top, again following the arc, but pull some tips outward to give the wreath depth.

Wired ribbon has allowed the least of us to make nice holiday bows. But even after you've just wired it together and onto it's destination, the loops need to be molded.  When I store my wreaths, I use a wad of leftover gift tissue in the bow loops.

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2007 04:52:47 AM »

It will take a good hour to fluff a 7 foot tree but the difference is astounding.

So true!  I hate this part, but it's an absolute must.

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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2007 07:08:48 AM »

Thanks for that great tutorial!  The one thing I do differently is plug the lights in before I start.  It's just easier for me to tell what they look like on the tree if they're on.  I did get a little pre-lit fake tree this year as I have a new kitten too, and I love it!
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2007 07:42:47 AM »

Some tips I learned from a professional tree decorator:

Toss out the ornament hooks. Take the metal fixture off of the top of your ornament and pull out that little wire, put that around your branch, and reattach. This pulls your ornaments close to the branches, and lets them hang more nicely. It also keeps things from falling off of your tree if someone should brush against it. He also says (like the OP) that you should put on tons of lights through the whole tree, but he also says to go overboard with ornaments.

My mom uses ornament hooks to string 2-3 ball ornaments together. This really adds a rich and elegant look to her trees.

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