Put the Lights on Your Christmas Tree Evenly

Edited by Robbi, Lynn, Eng


Setting up the Christmas tree is one of the exciting things about the Christmas season. There's something nearly magical about placing lights on the tree. When you add the garland and ornaments, that really makes the entire room.

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The whole house feels more festive, more warm and more welcoming. When you light up the tree for the first time, it's like being a child again. Of course, there's nothing worse than a tree that has open spaces without any lights or a spot with far too many lights. Make sure you put the lights on your tree without leaving any open spaces with these helpful steps.

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Lighting Your Tree Without Empty Spaces.

  1. 1
    Decide on the Size of Lights You Want
    Get started by deciding on the size of lights you want to use on your Christmas tree. Choose according to your preference, but in general, remember that larger bulbs look great on outdoor trees, while mini lights look wonderful on indoor trees. You can also find lights in all one color, white or multi-colors. Decide on colors that will complement the rest of your Christmas decor.
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    Figure Out How Many Lights to Place on the Tree
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    Generally, you should probably go with about 100 lights for each vertical foot of your tree for a beautiful look. So, if your tree is 7 feet tall, go with at least 700 lights. Keep in mind, this works for mini lights, but you may need to go with fewer lights if you are using larger lights that take up more space.
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  3. 3
    Check Lights Before Beginning
    No one wants to spend an hour putting up lights, only to find out that there is a burned out bulb in the strand. To avoid this problem, check the lights before you begin putting them up on the Christmas tree. Look for any burned out bulbs and ensure there are no electrical shorts. This should be done, even if the lights are brand new.
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  4. 4
    Ensure You Have Enough Space to Walk Around the Tree
    Pull out the tree, ensuring that you have enough space to walk around the tree. This way you can easily move around the tree as you apply the lights.
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    Start by Lighting the Trunk
    Get started by lighting up the trunk of the tree. Start at the top of the tree, using a step ladder of you need to. Wrap the lights carefully around the tree trunk, beginning at the top and working your way down. Make sure you place plenty of lights on the trunk. They'll shine out and help avoid any bare spots.
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    Light the Middle of the Tree
    Now, it's time to light the middle of the tree. Once again, start at the top. Place lights about 3-4 inches away from the trunk of the tree, wrapping the lights around the tree's branches carefully. Make sure you do not leave any open spots.
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  7. 7
    Work on Adding Lights to Outside Branches
    Last, you need to work on adding more Christmas lights to the outside branches of the Christmas tree. Begin at the top and start placing lights about 2 inches in on the tree branches. This way you leave an inch or two to place ornaments, garland or other tree decorations on the branches.
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    Step back across the room
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    This is the one time in your life no one will tell you not to squint. Squint your eyes nearly shut and look at your tree. Amazingly the open or bare spots will reveal themselves for you very nicely. This is one way to really see where there may be empty spots in your Christmas tree. Decorating your holiday tree takes a little effort, but the magic that it can make in your home is well worth it.
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  • Keep the Christmas lights on while working on the tree so you can see any missed spaces quickly.
  • Take a minute or two to walk away from the tree to get a good look at what you've already done.
  • Do this before starting on a new strand of lights so you can avoid placing too many lights in one area or leaving open spaces in another area.

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