Decorating the Christmas tree is a wonderful tradition for the family. I love how a tree reflects your own personality.
Make Your Christmas Tree Sparkle With Lots Of Crystal And Glass
Don't have a ho-hum Christmas tree. Add some bling to make your tree sparkle and shimmer. You'll find it mesmerizing to relax with a cup of tea and gaze at the crystal, the gold, and the silver on the tree reflecting all the lights.
Here's what to look for to add that glamor to your tree. Start with lots of lights, then add ornaments that capture and multiply that light. In particular, glass is excellent for this. You'll also want shiny silver and gold ornaments and strings of beads.
These are the kind of comments I hear from my friends when they see my holiday tree, "Very pretty. I like how they reflect the light," and "Ooh, I love how glittery it is!"
Use Gold Or Silver Mesh Ribbon On The Tree
The tree shown above uses mesh ribbon to add a gold glittery look throughout the tree.
Here's a video that shows how to cut the wide pieces and insert them into the tree. The look is glittery and gives the appearance of a single long swag of ribbon wrapped around the tree.
Video Demonstration of Using Ribbon Mesh
A Glamorous Christmas Tree and Dress Combination
Making a Mannequin Tree
Watch a YouTube video for variations on this. There are several that are budget versions telling how to convert items from a dollar store. Search for videos on the site using the keywords "mannequin Christmas tree."
In the video below, the stylist bought the mannequin-tree combination already made, but she added her own sparkle to the figure. Here's what she did:
- Spray painted the upper body gold
- Sprayed that with spray glue and then added gold glitter
- Fluffed out every twig on the Christmas tree skirt to get a full look
- Added faux evergreen picks to give even more fullness
- Added white velvet ribbon
- Surrounded the base with faux evergreen garland
- Added crystals for sparkle
- Placed extra strings of Christmas lights to supplement the existing lights
Decorating a Mannequin Christmas Tree (YouTube Video)
Add Tiny Fairy Lights
I bought a batch of fairy lights that have batteries inside a faux cork. The idea is that people use these to put in wine bottles to decorate the tables at a wedding reception. These are great to add an extra layer of lights to your tree without needing to plug them in and have a clunky cord wrapped in and out of your tree branches.
Bottle Fairy Lights for the Tree
For the ribbons, wide ones look fabulous. If they have wire in the edges, you can wrap them around your arm to get lovely curls. For slimmer ribbons, wrap them around your finger for that.
Velvet, satin, and taffeta ribbons all add to the glamour. Use a hot glue gun to form the ribbons into oversized bows. Keep adding loops and gluing them to the center until it is full enough to suit you.
Find An Old Non-Functioning Chandelier To Take Apart
Use Leaded Crystal From Vintage Chandeliers
Clear glass ornaments add sparkle to a Christmas tree. I like to use vintage chandelier crystals on my tree. They come in a variety of shapes and reflect the lights in a beautiful way.
Where do you find these? They show up at yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops. If it is just a few stray pieces, they can be quite inexpensive. I've found some priced at just a quarter each.
If you are lucky enough to find a whole chandelier, it's pretty easy to take all the prisms off. Then add ornament hooks or use thread to hang them on your tree where they will catch the light.
Look For Glass Ornaments
You can find shaped glass ornaments to hang on the tree too. This star is an example of that. I decorate my tree with an eclectic mix of ornaments but like to include glass for the shine that it adds.
These can be expensive but look around at craft fairs and discount stores.
A Glass Star Adds Bling To The Christmas Tree
Do You Use Some Bling On Your Tree?
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