Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite things, especially when it comes to decking out my Christmas tree and mantel. This year I’m decking the halls in classic plaid with bold pops of color and pattern to create a Cozy Classic Red Plaid Christmas Tree.
When it comes to holiday decor buffalo plaid is still a hot trend. Paired with classics like holiday greenery, poinsettias, and plaids, this tree reminds me of a frosty winter evening and cozy flannel blankets. I teamed up with Oriental Trading to show you how to create your own flannel and frost inspired Christmas Tree.
A few years ago I created a Modern Black and White Farmhouse Christmas Tree, but this year I wanted to go with something a bit more classic, while still incorporating one of the season’s hottest trends.
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro
The Christmas tree is the focal point for your holiday decor, so it should make a statement. Here are 5 tips to help you decorate your Christmas tree like a pro.
Choose a Theme or Color Scheme
Choosing a theme or specific color scheme will set the tone and help you narrow down the products you need to decorate your tree. I knew I wanted to incorporate one of the seasons hottest trends, buffalo plaid, but I also wanted for my tree to have more of a classic feel. I wanted my tree to feel like a cozy flannel blanket, which is why I decided to incorporate traditional poinsettias and classic plaid.
Invest in a Quality Artificial Tree
Investing in a quality artificial tree will provide a durable option that can stand up to repeated use. They also provide sturdy support for decorations and maintain their beauty year after year.
Once you have your tree set up be sure to fluff the branches. Fluffing your artificial tree branches will make your tree look more natural and allow you to cover any ‘holes’ in the branches that you may not want.
Add Christmas Ribbon and Repeat
The most important part of the Christmas tree for me is the ribbon. Ribbon adds texture and a soft, elegant look and is always the first thing I start with. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths, as I did here, to create an even bigger impact.
I always start at the top and work my way down using a variety of techniques from wrapping it around to cutting and tucking to create a full look and a base for adding the other decorations.
Group and Hang Christmas Tree Ornaments
To create a balanced, visually appealing tree consider buying and grouping ornaments in threes, sixes, or twelve. Starting at the top work in a “Z” shape grouping the larger ornaments closer to the center of the tree and the smaller ones towards the end of the branches.
Be sure to include a variety of sizes, colors, and texture in your ornaments to tie your cozy classic theme together.
Finish it Off with a Tree Skirt
A pretty tree skirt is the ultimate accessory and finishing touch to your tree decorations. A tree skirt will help hide the trunk or stand of a tree, and it’s the perfect backdrop for beautiful wrapped Christmas presents.
Creating a beautiful, cozy classic red plaid Christmas tree is easy when you follow these tips for decorating your Christmas tree like a pro. Now all that is left to do is light a fire and cuddle up on the couch to watch the lights twinkle and glow on your Cozy Classic Red Plaid Christmas Tree!
Be sure to visit Oriental Trading for all the details and a complete list of products used to create this classic Christmas tree.