Stringing lights on a Christmas tree sounds like a simple job – until you actually try to wrestle a tangled string of lights around a bulky, pointy tree. Even worse is when you discover dark spots, burned out bulbs, and ugly cords after wrapping it around your tree! If you’re ready to end the frustration and take your tree-decorating skills to the next level, follow these five tips to get the best Christmas tree on the block.
1. Check the lights before you begin.
First, lay each string out in a straight line and inspect for damage and wear before plugging them in. Toss any strings that are not in perfect shape, as frayed and damaged cords can become a fire hazard. When you are content with your lights, plug them in and make sure they are working properly. Replace any burned out bulbs, and double check that each string is compatible with the others.
2. String the lights before moving the tree into place.
It’s much easier to string lights and add decorations when you have plenty of room to work. Determine which side of the tree you want to face out, especially if you’re using a real tree. Also, be sure to put the lights up before any other decorations, as trying to string your lights around other decorations (especially those pesky ornaments) can be an extremely annoying hassle.
3. Work vertically.
Most people wrap their Christmas lights around the tree, trying to drag a string of lights behind them without it getting tangled or trampled. Working vertically allows you to work in one place and focus on one section before moving on to the next. Divide your tree into four vertical sections and divide your lights up evenly.
4. Start at the bottom, working from the inside to the outside.
As you work a string of lights up the tree, you want to avoid having too many visible cords and a dark center. Start near the tree trunk, making sure the plug end is at the bottom. Place the lights along one branch from the trunk to the end of the branch and back toward the trunk. Then move towards the next branch from the trunk where the cord will be less visible. Work across a few branches then up to the next row until you reach the top.
5. Check for dark areas before decorating.
Light the tree and close any curtains or blinds if the room is very bright. Take a few steps back and inspect the tree for dark spots. It can be hard to notice them while you’re right next to the tree, but very obvious from a few feet away. Make any necessary adjustments and then add the rest of your decorations.
With these five tips, you will be able to have the brightest, most extravagant Christmas tree on the block. Not only will your Christmas tree look spectacular, you will also help yourself stay safe and warm during the holidays.