10 simple hacks for the best dressed Christmas tree

Putting up the tree is one of our favourite parts of Christmas, but it can be an absolute nightmare

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by Jack White |

From getting the decorations out of storage from last year, to sourcing new ones – this fun, festive task can quickly turn into a headache.

So we’ve come up with some simple hacks that will not only take the stress away, but you’ll have the best dressed Christmas tree EVER.

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If your tree is looking a bit tired, don't worry about forking out for a new one. Simply dress it in green tinsel to give the impression of thicker branches. If you match the shades correctly, nobody will ever know!

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When putting fairy lights on, go from the bottom to the top and from the inside out. By placing the lights deep inside the tree, you'll have room to hang your ornaments and it will create a festive, inner-glow.

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It's easy to get carried away at Christmas, but your tree will look much better if you stick to a colour theme – and it's even better if you match the colours to those of the room it's in. Think blue and gold, or purple and silver, red and gold or even pink and white. It's your tree so pick festive colours you love.

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Instead of spending a fortune on expensive ornaments, bake a few extra gingerbread men and coat them in varnish. Make a small hole at the top of each gingerbread man and hang with ribbon. If you use enough varnish, they'll last up to three years!

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Sticking with the homemade theme, go for a hunt around the garden or a nearby field and collect branches, pine cones and acorns. Spray them with a bit of artificial snow, use ribbon to hang and you're good to go.

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Alternatively, you could spray the garden items in your chosen colour scheme. So silver pine cones or gold branches – they'll look so good everyone will be asking where you got them.

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For some reason, red fruit is always associated with Christmas. So take advantage of this and varnish bunches of cranberries or cherries before hanging with ribbon.

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Instead of using tinsel, pick up some ribbon from your local arts and crafts shop. While you can get it fairly cheap, ribbon will make your tree look a lot more expensive.

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If you battle every year to get the star to hang on top of the tree, simply take a clear or white ball and cover it in battery powered fairy lights. Then suspend your ball of light from the ceiling, just above the tree, which will give the impression it's perched atop. Simple and stress free!

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When it's time to put the tree away, store the small ornaments in separate plastic cups and wrap the fairy lights around a coat hanger. That way they'll be no stress when it comes to doing it all over again next year.

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If you're celebrating without children this year, there's plenty of ways to give your tree and indoor decor a modern, grown-up feel while still giving a festive nod to the traditional Christmas of years gone by.

Christmas tree without tinsel

We know - WE KNOW - that traditional tinsel is to a Christmas tree what gravy is to a Christmas Dinner (aka essential) but why not take a risk this year and experiment with different materials, textures and arrangements?

Tinsel alternatives

We're not suggesting you leave your tree as bald as a turkey's boll-cks, but there are stylish alternatives you can use to fill the spaces between the branches - after all, we left lammetta back in the 80s (where it BELONGS), didn't we?

Try using lengths of haberdashery-bought ribbon for an expensive, grown up look, or even thread your favourite chiffon scarf artfully through the branches. If you're a lover of dressing up and a firm believer that more is more, you could even incorporate a feather boa for a seriously dramatic look.

You can make your tree a feast for the ears and the tastebuds as well as the eyes by threading popcorn, sweeties or small bells onto a long piece if string in colour that matches your theme and adding it in place of a few rows of tinsel - it comes with a warning, though: if you've got pets (or small children!) you might want to put these higher up on your tree.

The trick is not to fill every gap with rows of tinsel and instead get creative with other textures for a truly special Christmas tree.

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