Depending on what you put on the tree it can range anywhere from $200.00 to $5,000.00. For this tutorial i covered the basics and did a simple tree. This is the one I put up in my apartment. I will be posting other homes and trees that I decorated after this post, so you can get a few fun ideas for your own trees. Remember, the best time to pick up ornaments for Christmas trees is the day after Christmas sales, or in October when they first put things out. Plan a theme, my theme this year was to use the new teal green thats all the range, and snowflakes. Kinda a modern twist on a winter white christmas.
To start fluff the tree, by spreading the branches out to make it look more natural, of course if you have a real tree you can skip that step.Next lay out everything you plan to use to decorate the tree. I like a good variety, so I added balls in every color that I was planing to use on my tree and in all different sizes. Ruffled tree skirt that I found at T.J. Maxx Home Goods, and glittered sticks for a cheap but classy tree toper. I used six white sticks that were painted white and glittered, but I ended up breaking them in half for a total of twelve sticks and 2 sparkly sprays to the top. Vintage candy canes that were in Costco this year, and yes they are real! And homemade gingerbread cookies that I made earlier that you can find HERE!
One trick to decorating a tree, is that if the back is facing the wall, there is no need to decorate the back. As long as people cant tell its not decorated. Think of it as cutting the tree into fourths. So 1/4 of my tree is not decorated but the other thirds is. That way it looks decorated, but I didn't have to waste my time or ornaments on the back.
Next add your large balls or as in my case snowflakes. I tucked them into spots that had a lot of extra space in the tree, for space fillers. It's also important to tuck them back into the tree. You dont need everything to be at the end of tree branches, its good to create depth!
As you can see this large red ball is tucked deep into the tree.
Side view of being tucked into the tree.
Next I added the candy canes since they sit on the end of the branches.