After the holidays, it’s important to take the time and effort to properly pack away your Christmas decorations. Maintaining the good condition of your tree ornaments, Christmas lights, and wreaths means you can use them again next year instead of buying new ones. Keep your holiday décor safe and sound with these easy and effective storage tips.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights have a tendency to get tangled up easily if they’re not stored properly. To avoid messy knots and broken bulbs, try some of these simple organizing ideas.

Tangled and twisted string of Christmas lights

Plastic bag – Wrap a light strand around your hand and elbow to form a circle, then use zip ties to secure the bundle. Place the lights in a large zip top bag, and label the bag according to color, type, or where it’s placed around the house. Store the bags in a sturdy plastic bin.

Cardboard – Take a sheet of strong cardboard, cover it with leftover giftwrapping paper, and cut small slits at both ends. Carefully wrap the light strand around the sheet and use the slits to secure the plugs.

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Your marvelous Christmas tree has been a great source of beauty and inspiration all season long, but now it deserves a well-earned beauty sleep.

To preserve the look and condition of your tree, avoid packing your tree in the original cardboard box it arrived in. Once a tree has been fluffed, squeezing it back into its box is difficult and can damage the its branches, tips, and lights. Also, cardboard boxes deteriorate over time, potentially exposing your tree to pests, dust, and the elements.

If you’re serious about keeping your tree in tip-top shape, consider these top-notch storage solutions.

1. Big Red Tree Storage Bag

If you’re looking for a convenient, high-quality Christmas tree bag at a wallet-friendly price, Treetopia’s Big Red Tree Storage Bag is a great option.

Treetopia's Big Red Tree Storage Bag

Its lightweight construction, durable side handles, and three solid rolling wheels are specifically designed to make moving your tree into storage quick and hassle-free. The roomy interior of this tree bag provides tons of space to pack full-shaped artificial Christmas trees, even those up to 9 feet tall. With its removable ID tag, you’ll know exactly what’s inside the bag without having to open it. Another feature you’ll love is its festive red color, which makes it easy to spot in a crowded storage room or closet.

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The Christmas season has left an inedible mark on all of us with its inspiring visions and dazzling looks. Before the New Year arrives, let’s reflect on the beauty of the holiday season and look back on the stylish and unforgettable Christmas tree decorating trends of 2013.

1.       Nature-inspired 

In 2013, decorating a Christmas tree with elements gathered from nature continued to give homes a sense of warmth and authenticity. Pine cones were a popular choice, along with antlers, feathers, and acorns, which together offered a tasteful and masculine theme. (more…)

Just like most artificial Christmas trees today, tinsel Christmas trees are made with a plastic called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. The difference is that the needles of tinsel Christmas trees are coated with a special film that makes them shiny and metallic.

Conventional PVC trees and tinsel trees have a lot in common: their cost, weight, and durability are about the same. However, each type of tree has some unique advantages over the other. If you’re deciding which type to get this holiday season, then use this handy guide to help you out.

PVC Christmas Trees

1. Although tinsel trees are available in different colors, PVC artificial Christmas trees have a greater variety of shades to choose from. Pink PVC trees, for instance, can range in hue from baby pink, bubblegum pink to hot pink.

Treetopia's Pretty In Pink Christmas Tree

PVC trees also come in designs and themes which are not usually found in tinsel trees, such as striped, patriotic, and camouflage patterns. (more…)

Many offices choose to dress their premises with Christmas decorations to spread the joy of the holiday season. Here are several artificial Christmas tree options to brighten up your workplace.

Full-sized Trees

If you’re tasked to procure a full-sized tree for your reception area or break room, here are some useful tips to remember:

1. Generally, a traditional, full-silhouette green tree, such as Treetopia’s Oh Christmas Tree, is a safe and suitable choice for most offices. For offices with more casual, contemporary, or distinct interior décor, you may opt for more stylized Christmas trees, such as Treetopia’s Purple Groove Tinsel Christmas Tree. When considering your options, keep in mind that the artificial Christmas tree you purchase will most likely be used again in the next few years.

Treetopia’s Oh Christmas Tree

Office time is valuable, so choose a tree that’s easy to assemble and take down. Look for features such as hinged branches and pre-installed lights to make setting up faster and more convenient. (more…)

Dressing up your abode for the Yuletide season with homemade Christmas ornaments is the perfect way to make your home unique, and your personality stand out. Check out these great DIY Christmas décor ideas to get you inspired for the holidays!

1. Snow Globe from Spoonful

The awesome sight of snow-covered landscapes is a great holiday inspiration. Recreate your own winter wonderland scene with a homemade vintage mason jar snow globe. For this Christmas project, all you need is a glass jar with a lid, plastic or ceramic figurines, synthetic evergreen tips, polymer clay, glitter, and glycerin. Get detailed instructions from Spoonful.

2. Rudolph Wreath from The Paper Mama

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer inspired wreath

Photo from the Paper Mama

If you grew up singing the carol, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, we’re happy to tell you that you can have him guard your home this Christmas with a Rudolph-inspired wreath! Let your home exude holiday spirit with the fun, easy-to-make Rudy the red-nosed wreath from The Paper Mama. Recreate a reindeer head by attaching branch antlers to a wreath form. Wrap silver tinsel around the wreath and add a red bauble for the nose.

3. Christmas Ornament Vase from Gimme Some Style

Holiday vase with a small live Christmas tree branch

Photo from Gimme Some Style

So you can’t bring a live tree inside your home, huh? Believe us when we say, you can – with this simple and inexpensive holiday vase. Adding a touch of Christmas to any table, this decoration makes use of any clear plastic ornament, potting soil, a circle-shaped rope, and a small live Christmas tree branch! You can, of course, replace the soil with water and glitter if you prefer a little shimmer.

4. Gingerbread Houses from Go Make Me

miniature village of gingerbread houses made of felt and lit with battery-operated candle

Photo from Go Make Me

Spread holiday cheer by creating an adorable miniature village that you can display around the tree or on the table. Sew tasty-looking gingerbread houses using felt fabric and glue on cute little details. Place battery-operated candle inside and let shafts of warm light emanate from the doorways and windows.

5. Twiggy Skate Ornaments from Michele Made Me

Who would have guessed these colorful pieces are made out of twigs? These twiggy skate ornaments will not only wow your guests, they will also make your Christmas tree look even more rad! Just cut little boots out of twigs, and cover them in paint. Use paper clips and duct tape for the blades. Draw shoe laces with a fine-tipped permanent pen. See the step-by-step guide at Michele Made Me.

6. Acorn-topped Ornaments from Creature Comforts

These sweet DIY acorn-topped ornaments would give your tree a fun, woodsy feel. Made from acorn tops and wooden beads, the cute, happy faces are sure to elicit smiles. Check out Creature Comforts for the full list of instructions and supplies needed.

7. Kraft Paper Tree Skirt from Cleverly Inspired

Who knew you can make a pretty tree skirt out of Kraft Paper? Tracie from Cleverly Inspired certainly did. Recreate this simple holiday look by stacking Kraft paper around the base of your tree. Fill the skirt with balls of newspaper, and top it with some pine cones or large potpourri.

8. Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards form The Ribbon Retreat

Considering all the holiday cards that are sure to be flooding your mailbox soon, this clothespin wreath is a must-have! To make this cute décor, cover wooden clothespins with strips of ribbon. Clip the clothespins onto a wire form wreath, and finish it with a festive pinwheel bow.

9. Joy to the World Christmas Mantel by A Night Owl

Joy to the World Christmas Mantel

Photo by A Night Owl

Go crazy, but still classy, in dressing up your mantel for the season with a themed set of holiday decor you can make yourself. Recreate this “Joy to the World” display using a twig wreath with wooden letters, some frames and prints, a golden ornament, and a vintage mason jar full of sparkly pine cones.

10. Old CD ornament from Crème dela Craft

Have you always been mesmerized by the sheen of compact discs? Take advantage of their quality and upcycle old discs that you no longer use by turning them into sparkly Christmas decor! Cut the CDs into various small shapes and sizes, and glue the pieces into a clear glass ornament. Cover up the glue dots on the inside and the back side of the CD pieces by placing a strip of ribbon inside the ornament. Voila! You now have a glamorous holiday bauble.

Nothing puts people in the Christmas mood more than a cool and festive holiday décor. Take Christmas decorating one step further by making these ornaments yourself!

Shimmering, silvery tinsel can make your Christmas tree look dazzling and festive. It might take a bit more effort putting it up, but it is well worth it! We are mad about these fancy strands and the way they bring us back in time to traditional Christmases past. We’ll talk more about great decorating ideas using tinsel, and as a special treat, we will show you how to dress up your Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil tree.

Putting tinsel on the tree

Invented in Germany in 1610, tinsel was originally intended to mimic the look of icicles and enhance the flickering lights of candles on the tree. To achieve this effect on a traditional Christmas tree, start by making sure all your ornaments are in place and then switch on your tree lights.

Christmas ball ornaments on silver tinsel

Photo from Horia Varlan via flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Beginning at the top of the tree, take two or three strands of tinsel at a time and place them gently on the outer needle tips. Make sure the tinsel strands are spaced evenly apart. Don’t simply place strands of tinsel carelessly or you’ll end up with clumps of tangled tinsel which makes your tree look sloppy. Do take your time and enjoy this simple, once-a-year pleasure.

Using other tinsel décor in the home

To add sparkle to your holiday table, fill clear glass vases and bowls with tinsel and display them as is, or add in poinsettias and hollies. To add pizazz to your table settings, roll up flatware in a cloth napkin and wrap the bundle with a single strand of tinsel tied in a neat little bow or secure with thread and a white tinsel pompom.

Around the house, you may drape tinsel around headboards and mirrors, or tack them to windows or door frames. But take extra precaution if you have young children or pets in your home. These can get snagged and cause injuries.

Decorating your Shimmering Silver Pencil tree

This slim and sleek Treetopia Christmas tree is bursting with glittery light-reflecting needles, making it a tinsel-lover’s dream! With a traditional green tree, the focus is on the ornaments, but with a silver tree like this, you’ll want all of the attention on its sparkling branches.

Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil Tree

Decorate this slim tree with small colorful glass Christmas balls or with any themed ornaments, but do so in moderation to avoid overwhelming the tree. Adorning your tree with vintage ornaments creates a stylish look and is an elegant homage to the aluminum trees of the 1950’s. Christmas tree decorating need not be complicated. You can jazz up your home instantly with this radiant beauty.

If you have suggestions on how to decorate your home with shiny, dazzling tinsel, share your ideas or photos with us on the comments section.

 

Holiday cheer shouldn’t be limited to the room where your main Christmas tree is placed. Spread Christmas spirit to every room of your home with these simple and fun decorating tips.

Bedroom

Choose a Christmas color scheme to use in your bedroom. You may opt to adopt the color theme you used on your Christmas tree, or choose an entirely different palette appropriate to the season.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine

Make the entrance to your room warm and welcoming with a festive and colorful wreath. Decorate your walls or bulletin board with holiday photos, Christmas stick-on decals, or anything that are easy to hang and take down.

A miniature Christmas tree, such as the Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine, adds a lively glow to your writing desk or night table with its collection of clear lights.

For your bed, place a winter quilt or bedspread that reflects your chosen colors along with a few Christmas-themed pillows. As a final touch, hang a sprig of mistletoe directly over your bed .

Kitchen

Add some Christmas spirit to the room where you create delicious and magical meals. A pair of these adorable Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees on the kitchen counter provides fun and cheery company as you prepare your next awe-inspiring holiday dish.

Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees

Put a dash of color on your tabletop with sprigs of greens and red winterberries in simple vases or jars. Christmas candles in decorative glass or tin holders also add a beautiful touch. Make sure to avoid scented candlesticks though, as they may overpower the appetizing aroma of your cooking.

A gingerbread house and a carafe filled with red and white candy canes are a sweet way to give your kitchen a hint of nostalgia and a pretty punch of color.

Bathroom

Decorating the bathroom for Christmas can be lots of fun. First off, switch your regular hand towels for ones with colorful Christmas designs. Tying red satin ribbons around stacks of towels makes for a quick and beautiful piece of holiday décor.

Next, hang simple ornaments from mirrors and windows but avoid wired or battery-operated décor as spills and splashes can occur in the bathroom. Displaying shiny ornaments in a decorative tray is also a chic, simple, safe way to spruce up your bath.

White candleholder with tealight

Finally, place scented candles in decorative glass or tin holders. The pleasant fragrance of apple, peppermint, or mulberry adds a great layer of comfort to this all-important room.

In all the holiday rush, we tend to focus all our decorating in the living room, dining room, or den. Get your entire home ready for the holidays by extending the joyful look of Christmas to other, often overlooked rooms.

 

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If you haven’t taken out the Christmas tree yet, it’s about time to set it up and give it a fluff. Bring your tree to life this holiday season by shaping it with your persistence and creativity.

1.    Assemble the Tree

Choose the location to display your Christmas tree. Select a spot near a wall outlet if your tree is lighted. After careful inspection of all the parts, begin setting up your tree according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that all sections are in their proper places.

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Chic outdoor Christmas decorations provide a stylish welcome to your guests. Give your home and exteriors a dreamy designer look for the holidays with these dazzling DIYs and fabulous finds.

Ice Skate Wreath

Add a playful zip to your holiday exteriors by incorporating an eye-catching accent to a traditional Christmas wreath.

This ice skate wreath from Alderberryhill radiates with nostalgic charm and is surprisingly easy to make. If ice skating is a popular pastime where you live, there’s a good chance you can find a pair of vintage ice skates in your attic, flea market, or yard sale.

Simply take a skate, fill the opening with some artificial foliage and berries, and then tie it to an old-fashioned Christmas wreath. Add a red bow to the neck of the skate to make it look extra festive.

Malta Lanterns

Cast an alluring candlelit glow on your walkway or porch with multi-sized Malta lanterns, such as these black metal lanterns from Pier 1. With their clean, solid lines and old-fashioned look, these lanterns exude elegance and history that match the beauty of the Christmas season.

For a simple yet stunning outdoor display, place pillar candles, along with glittery acorns or holly branches, inside the lanterns. You can choose to hang the lanterns, place them on the steps, or simply lay them on a tabletop.

If you find their basic black too strong for your tastes, pick up a can of spray paint and give your lanterns a new wintry white coat or a lustrous, golden sheen.

Frozen Ice Ornaments

Give your outdoors a truly unique and festive look with these do-it-yourself ice ornaments. From slices of fresh fruit and branches to colorful baubles and plastic trinkets, these frozen décor are super cute and can be customized any way your heart desires.

As demonstrated in Tatertots & Jello by guest bloggers Emily and Jaime from Everyday Art, you simply need to fill various plastic containers with your pretty items, position a length of strong yarn, fill the containers with water, and then leave them in the freezer or your icy outdoors overnight. By morning, hang your fabulous frosted ornaments on your tree to add some pizzazz to your lawn or backyard.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree

Bring instant sparkle and cheer to your front porch with a miniature potted Christmas tree. This Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree is all dolled up with pine cones, red berries, and an array of sparkly clear lights, so there’s no need to add any more decorations on it.

Miniature potted Christmas tree with pine cones and berries

It will look great displayed on the window sill, a tabletop, or on the porch steps surrounded by some poinsettias. This potted tree comes with UL-approved lights so it’s totally safe for use outside the house.
Try out these simple and chic decorating ideas and make your outdoors extra impressive and inviting this Christmas season.