How to Assemble a Tree Classics Artificial Christmas Tree

No holiday gathering is complete without a beautiful Christmas tree as a focal point. Taking the time to set your artificial Christmas tree up properly will provide your home a more festive atmosphere that family and friends will appreciate. In this post, we show you how to assemble your Tree Classics Christmas tree and bring out the best of the holiday season.

Decorated Alberta Spruce Christmas Tree from Tree Classics

Before We Begin

Think of the location first. It is important to consider the size of your tree relative to your desired location. Remember that the width is just as important as the height so you won’t need to rearrange the furniture every Christmas. A simple solution would be to place the tree in the same spot every year; having a special place for your tree creates an endearing family tradition.

After finding the perfect location for your tree, it’s now time to assemble it. We provide a step-by-step guide below to help make assembly quick and easy so you’ll spend less time assembling and more time decorating your tree with your family.

Assembling Your Tree

  1. Unfold tree stand until the legs are perpendicular. Insert eyebolts and tighten gently.
    Assembled Christmas tree stand
  2. Insert the pole of the bottom section of the tree into the assembled tree stand and tighten the eyebolts as necessary. Plug the electric cord into wall outlet.
    Tree stand and bottom section of tree
  3. Gently pull the branches down, starting with the bottom row of large artificial Christmas tree branches. Tie up the remaining upper rows of the tree branches in the closed position with a piece of rope or a bungee cord. Pull twigs alternately upward and outward, starting with the twigs closest to the pole. Work your way out to the tip of the branch. Do this row by row until you reach the upper part of the tree section.
  4. Insert the middle section of the tree into the bottom section. Make sure to insert middle section plug into bottom section plug. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the bottom section. If your tree has more than three sections, insert the next section and proceed shaping as you have in the past sections.
    Middle and bottom section of tree
  5. Insert the top section into the middle section. Make sure to insert top section plug into the middle section plug, unless your tree has a foot switch. If this is the case, follow instructions included with your tree. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the previous sections. The artificial Christmas tree top section will be shaped differently. After shaping the twigs, gently curve tips up to give a more natural appearance. Pull the long single tip up to point to the ceiling. Don’t be afraid to shape and bend the branches to your liking to create the desired look.
    Top and middle section of tree

After assembling your tree, you can decorate it to match your holiday home décor. You can add a tree skirt that matches your Christmas tree ornaments to complete the look. If you’re planning to buy a new tree for Christmas, check out this post for information that will help you get the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

5 Fun Ideas for Christmas in July Invitations

July is one of the best months to throw a party in the outdoors. With bright clear skies and the cool climate about, this month offers you a chance to have fun in the summer sunshine with friends and family. This is also the perfect season to celebrate Christmas. You read that right: now is the best time to celebrate Christmas in July! And once you’re set on celebrating Christmas midyear, get the word out about your wonderful summer shindig with five fun ideas for your Christmas in July invitations.

1. Open with ‘Sea’s Suns Greetings’

Seashells

Make your Christmas in July party invitations more exciting by switching up the classic Christmas card saying “Season’s Greetings” with the clever “Sea’s Suns Greetings” instead. This is super fun if you’re having a beach or pool party. You can even try dressing up your card with a few seashells or a sprinkling of sand.

2. Require Presents for a ‘Bad Santa’ Gift Exchange

Man Carrying Gifts

Want some good-humored fun? Ask guests to bring a summer-inspired white elephant gift for a traditional “Bad Santa” gift exchange. Let them pick out an item that would entertain the recipient in a light-hearted way. With a little bit of creativity, you can save up on expensive gifts while having lots of laughs with your guests.

3. Send out Santa Hats for Guests to Wear

A Santa Hat on a Christmas Tree

Instead of handing out the usual party invitation, try sending Santa hats to guests. Ask them to decorate their hats beforehand and wear them to the party. The guest with the best decorated Santa hat wins an awesome door prize.

4. Deliver a Box of Christmas Goodies

Chocolate Cupcakes

Satisfy cravings for sweets with a sampling of Christmas treats as the invitation to your dessert buffet. Don’t forget to add a gift tag indicating the date, time, and venue of the party. You can also ask guests to bring their family’s own favorite Christmas dessert. This way everyone will leave with jolly tummies.

5. Have Guests Wear Ugly Hawaiian Shirts 

Instead of asking guests to wear ugly Christmas sweaters (it’s too hot for that!) ask them to wear an ugly (or pretty) luau shirt. The best, er, worst dressed party goers get a prize!

With a little effort, you can have lots of laughs coming up with fun Christmas in July party invitations. What’s your unique way of inviting guests to your summer parties? Tell us!

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Fiesta-themed Christmas in July Party

Christmas in July is all about relishing the spirit of the holidays in the warmth and sunshine of summer. This midyear festivity has the same excitement of the winter celebration – only in more radiant colors. So what better way to rekindle your love for the Yuletide season than with a colorful and fabulous Christmas fiesta right smack in the middle of July?

Tree Classics gives you fun and easy-to-follow party ideas for a wonderful Christmas in July fiesta. From decorating tips to recipe suggestions, this simple two-step guide is designed to help you celebrate the best summer Christmas party in your neighborhood.

Step 1: Spruce up Your Home with Paper Lanterns and a Christmas Star Piñata

You can easily turn your summer holiday party into a memorable bash by adding a splash of color to your home. Try hanging festive paper lanterns or a wreath made of ribbons at the entryway or front yard to welcome the spirit of merriment into the neighborhood. You can also make a Christmas star piñata filled with surprises. No one will be able to resist the delicious candies hidden inside.

Step 2: Treat Your Guests to Delicious Christmas Food with a Kick!

Bake eggnog cupcakes to celebrate Christmas in July

1. Colorful Eggnog Cupcakes

Bite into these delectable eggnog cupcakes in summer colors. Eggnog cupcakes are a new take on the classic holiday drink well loved for its sweet and savory goodness. You can also use low-fat milk and artificial sweeteners as a substitute to the eggnog and butter cream frosting.

2. Festive Fiesta Dip

What’s a fiesta without some good ol’ fashioned finger food to nibble on? Keep the energy at your party going by serving crunchy tortilla chips your guests can dip in this scrumptious fiesta dip. Made from a combination of shredded cheese and sour cream with a hint of taco seasoning, this Mexican-inspired treat brings some punch to your Christmas in July.

3. Fruit Christmas Tree

If you prefer a healthier option, you can try creating your own delicious fruit Christmas tree with a selection of the most refreshing summer fruits, such as kiwi, strawberry, honeydew melon, and watermelon. You can use toothpicks to fasten the fruit slices onto a cucumber shaped into a cone. Cut out a star from the honeydew or watermelon and place it on top as the finishing touch.

4. Christmas Lemonade

Quench your thirst this summer with a tall glass of Christmas cocktail! To prepare the Christmas lemonade for the adults in the crowd, simply mix 1.25 oz Absolut Citron with 3 oz lemonade and 3/4 oz sour apple pucker (apple schnapps). Add a maraschino cherry, lemon wedge, lime wedge, orange wedge, and a hint of mint to complete this cooler.

Kick off Christmas in July with your very own terrific midsummer bash by following our ideas for a merry summer-y fiesta. Keep visiting the Tree Classics blog for more party ideas! Happy Christmas in July!

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100 Pinterest Ideas: How to Recycle Christmas Decorations All Year Round

While most homeowners have stowed their Christmas trees and decorations back into their storage room or closets, others simply can’t say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. They have found creative techniques to reuse their evergreens and ornaments. For this reason, Tree Classics searched all over Pinterest this month to find 100 of the most amazing ways to recycle Christmas decorations.

Christmas Cards as Gift Tags and Bookmarks

Find new use for old Christmas cards by turning them into colorful gift tags and bookmarks. Detach the cover of the card then cut it into two-inch by three-inch strips. Next, snip the corners of the strips. Lastly, punch a hole in the tags then attach a piece of string. You can also create three-dimensional trinkets using extra Christmas greeting cards.

Christmas Card Ornament Balls in a Jar

You can always prepare ahead of the next Christmas season by turning old Christmas cards into handcrafted ornament balls. To form one ornament, you need to cut out 20 circles from greeting cards and draw a triangle with equal sides on each circle, with the points of the triangle touching the edges. Fold along all the lines and join the flaps using glue. To display the ornament balls anytime of the year, place them in a tall hurricane jar.

Christmas Cards as Mason Jar Lid Designs

Add fun to plain mason jar lids by decorating them with old Christmas cards. Cut out circles and hot-glue them on the outer surface of the lid. Give them a quick coat of Modge Podge and you’ve got yourself a charming set of containers.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Coffee Can Planters

Brighten your home with these adorable coffee can flower planters. Turn old tin cans into reusable containers by covering them with leftover Christmas gift wrap. Choose a color pattern that highlights the beauty of the flowers placed in the cans.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Tuna Can Candle Holders

Another way to reuse excess Christmas gift wrap is by using it to cover empty tuna cans. When adorned with festive wrapping paper, these old tuna cans become stylish candle holders with a sparkle of autumnal elegance.

Christmas Card and Gift Wrap Chandelier

Upcycle cards and wrappers from presents you received last Christmas by turning them into a cute paper chandelier. Begin by cutting out as many circles as you can from the cards and wrapping paper of different colors. Sew the circles together and drape them over an old lampshade frame covered with ribbons of a complementing color pattern.

Christmas Bow Wreath

Make use of leftover gift bows by turning them into a fanciful bow wreath. To create the frame for the wreath, carefully stretch out two wire coat hangers until they become circular. Connect the hangers using floral tape then start attaching the bows to the frame. Make sure you place the bows closely together to give your wreath a fuller look.

Christmas Cards as Wall Art

If the artwork on the Christmas card is simply too precious to cut up, consider framing the card instead. To ensure a more timeless appeal, choose a simple wooden frame coated in black to set off the holiday colors elegantly.

All-Around Christmas Card Garland

Make a festive pennant flag garland out of old Christmas cards. Start by cutting out triangles then punch two holes on each end of the top side. Assemble the garland by inserting twine or a colorful ribbon into the holes.

All-Around Christmas Ball Window Décor

This fun window décor has the appeal of paper mache ornaments, but the balls are actually made of old, rusty Christmas balls. Cover each bauble with a thick coat of Mod Podge and wrap a few strips of tissue paper around it. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball, and paint the entire ball with acrylic paint once the glue is dry.

Christmas Ball Wreath, Chandelier and Table Decorations for Romantic Celebrations

Reinvent Christmas baubles as you decorate for a romantic dinner. Gather your favorite holiday ornaments in pink pastel colors and hot-glue the pieces on a heart-shaped wooden frame. Tie a fancy ribbon and hang the wreath on your dining room wall.

You can also craft your own Valentine’s Day chandelier using red Christmas decorations. Hang crimson and heart-shaped ornaments using nylon strings to spread a message of love in any corner of your home.

Create a romantic tablescape by using red yuletide ornaments for your centerpiece. Place the decorations inside a tall hurricane jar.

Holiday candles can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day. Red candles are perfect for illuminating romantic evenings.

Christmas Ball Wreath for the Fourth of July

Show off your patriotism by creating a Fourth of July wreath. Take red, white, and blue Christmas ornaments and assemble them on a wreath frame of your choice. Add a few stars and, best of all, a small American flag to highlight your love of country.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Chandelier Accents

Display Christmas ornaments on any style of chandelier to add pizzazz to your home. Gold and silver baubles work well to usher in a classic, glamorous look. Opt for bolder colors and patterns if you’re going for a whimsical appeal.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Table Decorations

Mixing ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes is among the easiest ways to create a modern vintage table centerpiece. Make sure to feature as many complementary colors and textures as possible for a more striking effect. Place your collection in a glass jar and use this to add visual interest to any corner.

Christmas Star Ornaments as Colorful Birthday Decorations

Star-shaped ornaments are perfect for Christmas, but they also fit many birthday party themes, too. To reuse old Christmas ornaments as birthday party decorations, combine stars of different colors and add curly ribbons for a fun, cheerful effect. Hang the stars above the buffet table or doorway.

Christmas Balls as Event Keepsakes

Create the perfect souvenir for a special event by saving the wordings inside a clear Christmas ball. Place strips of paper with a special message that commemorates the celebration.

You can also inscribe the words on a colored Christmas ball that matches your motif. The best thing about using Christmas ornaments as a souvenir is that you will get a chance to display them afterwards as signature pieces on your Christmas tree. Because the ornaments serve as memorabilia, your holiday celebrations become all the more meaningful.

Christmas Balls as Place Card Holders

Use Christmas baubles as place card holders for a winter-themed event. You can also inscribe the name of the guest and the details of the event so the decoration can double as their souvenir.

Christmas Balls as Fridge Magnets

Liven up a boring old fridge with magnets made from Christmas ornaments. Just hot-glue a piece of magnet to one side of your Christmas bauble or any other holiday décor. These cute and fun pieces are also great gifts for any occasion!

Clear Christmas Balls as Minimalist Ornament Chandelier

Capture the sunlight in your room by using crystal Christmas balls as a quaint chandelier. Simply hang the baubles up a coil of wire using a nylon string and display by a window.

Clear Christmas Balls as Garden Globes

Reuse any clear Christmas ball as a terrarium. Easily make this by placing a handful of pebbles, a layer of charcoal, and some slow-growing miniature plants and moss inside your crystal ornament. Hang the Christmas ball by your kitchen window. You can also simply insert Christmas tree foliage into clear crystal balls.

Looking to start a garden in a small space? Try building a nursery first by converting old Christmas balls into indoor planters. Fill the globes with a little soil then insert your plant through the opening.

Floating Christmas Tree Garden

For a unique decorating concept this spring, try converting an old wooden boat into a floating garden. Fill the vessel with sprawling evergreens and flowers in planters then set it afloat on a lake or pond.

Fresh Evergreens as Miniature Indoor Topiaries

Extend the life of your favorite Christmas tree by turning it into miniature indoor topiaries. Cut off portions of your tree then place them into small ceramic jars or pitchers. Embellish your topiaries with monograms to highlight its pastoral charm.

Fresh Evergreens in Winter Jars

Can’t get enough of that yuletide cheer? Make the spirit of the holidays last longer by creating these wonderful winter jars for your home. Fill mason jars with soil then plant a small Christmas tree branch inside. Add a layer of artificial flock (or even real snow!) to complete the wintry charm of this decorative piece.

Fresh Evergreens and Clove Oranges as a Table Centerpiece for Summer

This summer, fill your home with a sweet and refreshing scent with this table centerpiece of clove oranges and fresh Christmas tree foliage. Take sprigs of evergreens and arrange them into a small wooden box. Place the citrus fruits in between. To retain the aroma of your display for weeks, stud the oranges with cloves.

Fresh Evergreens with Rustic Accents as a Table Centerpiece for Autumn

Fill your home with the bounty of an autumn harvest by placing this lovely fall centerpiece on your dinner table. Collect Christmas tree foliage and arrange them in a wooden crate. To achieve a look of abundance, place some autumn vegetables, such as pumpkins and gourds between the foliage. Add cream-colored candles to complete the look of autumnal elegance.

Create this elegant countryside display that reuses evergreens along with a vintage crate and some mason jars. Simply form a bed of greens inside the crate and allow some of the branches to fall off the side. Place the mason jars with a votive candle in between the sprigs of pine and holly.

Complement the countryside charm of your home by adding this easy-to-create rustic centerpiece. Take a small galvanized metal tub and fill it with different foliage, acorns, and pine cones. Place two small candles to act as lighting for the centerpiece.

Evergreen Wreaths as Table Centerpieces All Year Round

Create a vision of a bountiful feast by placing Christmas wreaths as decorative accents for your dinner table. Complete the timeless look by adding cream-colored candles as ambient lighting.

Evergreen Wreaths as Wall Décor All Year Round

Strip your holiday wreath of festive Christmas embellishments so you can use it as a year-round wall décor. Evergreen wreaths easily complement any style of home. They provide a natural and refreshing appeal to walls with muted colors.

Evergreen Wreath on a Chandelier

Give your light fixture a completely new look by adorning it with a holiday wreath. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, the addition of Christmas evergreens brings a fresh, natural element to home interiors. You can also hang other ornaments and drape beaded garlands for a luxurious touch.

Evergreen Canopy Bed Draping

Use your artificial Christmas garlands and swags for a fairy tale-inspired bedroom makeover. Simply drape the evergreens in your four-poster bed. Feel free to add some dreamy ornaments and accent pieces to make your bedroom look like an enchanted forest.

Christmas Lights as Mood Lighting in Bedrooms

Sleep under glittering fairy lights. Add warm Christmas lights as evening sparklers in your bedroom by carefully lacing your canopy bed or ceiling with these ambient lights. Fasten each strand using small pieces of clear tape to make sure they do not get tangled.

Hanging a string of white lights in dim corners of your bedroom gives your private sanctuary a restful glow.

If you don’t have a canopy bed or the ceiling of your bedroom is too high, consider adding clear Christmas lights to your headboard instead. It creates the same subtle radiance.

Christmas Lights in an Unused Fireplace

Use Christmas lights to transform an empty fireplace into a visual treat. Set off the enchanting glow against the dim backdrop by choosing only one color of lights. Wind about 10 light strings around a plastic ball. Plug in the lights and enjoy the striking view.

Christmas Lights as Colorful Step Lighting

Light up a stairway with this glowing ribbon garland. Combine all of the season’s ribbon scraps to create the garland then tie the ribbons around a string of Christmas lights. Make the necessary trimming before placing the garland on the steps.

You can also use holiday tea light candles to add some glow to your pathway. Put sand or fine gravel in an old canning jar then place a tea light. Line several of these flickering lights outside a beautiful pathway.

Outdoor Christmas Lights as Fairy Lights

Spend an intimate evening with loved ones under the warm brilliance of these fairy lights. Take your outdoor Christmas lights from the storage and use them as ambient lighting during a romantic dinner. String them around your porch or patio to recreate the beauty of a starry summer night.

Wrap a tree with twinkling lights and spread some vintage lanterns for additional lighting. Set your dinner table under the tree and enjoy the atmosphere.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Planters

Turn your outdoor planters into festive highlights by adorning them with colorful holiday lights made for the outdoors. Make your yard stand out with these well-lit plant boxes and topiaries.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Vine Baskets

Dress up your porch or driveway during winter using these baskets adorned with outdoor Christmas lights. To create this starry accents, you need a coiled vine basket, a string of small outdoor holiday lights, and some clear plastic ornaments. Attach the holiday lights by pushing each bulb through the lining of the basket then place the plastic ornaments on top to act as fillers.

Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

Spruce up your outdoors no matter the season with these holiday balls made with grapevines and outdoor Christmas lights. Wrap vines around inflated beach balls. Make sure the vines hold together; fasten them using small wires. Next, remove the beach balls by deflating them. Lastly, coil the grapevine balls with white outdoor mini lights.

Outdoor Christmas Lights in a Mason Jar Chandelier

Create your own industrial chandelier out of outdoor Christmas lights. Just put the light strands inside mason jars and place them in an antique canning jar basket. Hang the chandelier outside using a sturdy chain and you’ve got the perfect lighting for a barn or garden party.

Christmas Lights in Glass Bottles

Make your parties more colorful with these easy-to-create glass bottle bulbs. Made from old wine bottles and multi-colored Christmas lights, these festive fixtures instantly add a whimsical feature to any celebration.

LED Christmas Lights inside Paper Lanterns

Recycle used or excess Christmas gift wrappers by turning them into beautiful paper lanterns. You can create additional designs by cutting out different shapes on the gift wrap. Take a used plastic soda bottle and cut off its neck. Make an opening at the bottom of the bottle then insert your holiday LED lights. Place a thin sheet of wax paper around the bottle to serve as a diffuser for the light. Finally, cover your DIY lantern with the gift wrap.

Christmas Lights in Miniature Paper Lanterns

Reinvent your holiday lights by transforming them into miniature paper lantern garlands. Take square pieces of paper and turn them into inflatable origami balloons. Attach the origami balloons to each Christmas light bulb. Turn on the lights and watch as these lanterns brighten up your summer evening.

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Add a charming highlight to any room with this shabby chic hula hoop chandelier. All you need is an old hula hoop, some glue, romantic lace, and a set of warm clear lights. Wrap the hula hoop in lace then fasten it using glue. Attach eight pieces of lace across the hula hoop to create a canopy for the chandelier. Finally, add the holiday lights by wrapping them around the chandelier.

Icicle Lights as Table Decorations

Transform dinner tables into a spectacular highlight at your party by placing clear holiday lights under table cloths.

Christmas Lights inside Twine Balls

Add a burst of color to your space with this twine ball garland that has Christmas lights tucked in the middle. This simple project is also a great activity you can do with your kids during weekends.

Christmas Lights as Vanity Lighting

Drape an oversized mirror with white Christmas lights to create your own radiant vanity area. The addition of twinkling lights instantly brings glamour and transforms your space into a pretty dressing room.

Glittering Lightscape

Fill your room with an enchanting atmosphere with this beautiful glittering lightscape. First, plot out your favorite design on a canvass then puncture holes through it using an awl. Next, insert the bulbs of your holiday lights into the holes then secure each one with craft glue.

DIY Votive Candles Wrapped in Vellum

Create a relaxing ambience for your children’s bedroom with these adorable vellum lanterns. The calfskin cover acts as an excellent diffuser for the holiday candles inside. You can also decorate your lanterns by drawing fairy tale scenes on the vellum cover.

Christmas Lights Photo Display

If you’re looking for a brilliant way to showcase life’s precious moments, then take out your cherished photos and Christmas lights. Create a lovely photo display by hanging white fairy lights on a wall and using wooden clips to attach your pictures to the strands.

Christmas Lights on Wedding Arches

Walk down the isle under the beauty of the stars. These wedding arches adorned with romantic clear Christmas lights create a dreamy backdrop to this special occasion.

Ice Lanterns as Path Lights

If you live in an area that experiences snow, you can make ice lanterns that use sprigs of holly and berries as embellishments. Get two buckets: one bigger than the other. Place the smaller bucket inside the larger one and fasten them with tape. Fill the gap between the two buckets with water then place the sprigs and berries in between. Leave the container outside to let the water freeze overnight. Once frozen, remove your ice lantern from the buckets.

Christmas Wreath as Easter Egg Nest Décor

Celebrate Easter by decorating your home with a rustic door décor made from an old vine Christmas wreath. Create a nest for Easter eggs by attaching a basin on one side of the wreath then layering it with dried twigs. For some pastoral charm, decorate your Easter egg nest with a few wild flowers and additional vines.

You can also arrange the nest by placing Christmas tree branches and berries in a glass bowl. Place a small wicker basket inside the bowl then add in a few feathers. Finally, tuck a pair of eggs in between the feathers and foliage.

Christmas Berry Square Wreath

Bring the elegance of the countryside into your home with this rustic red berry square wreath. Create the frame by collecting dried branches and tying them together at the ends. Add red berries, pine cones, and dried twigs from old Christmas decorations.

Candle Holders with Cranberries

Leave sweet notes for your loved ones on delightful candle holders filled with fresh cranberries from the holiday season. Make sure they get your message by drawing their attention using these luscious red berry accents.

Red Rose and Berry Centerpiece

Complete the romantic look of your Valentine display with this red rose and berry centerpiece. Simply place a few rose buds inside a crystal flask and surround them with red berry accents left over from Christmas.

Water Bottle Poinsettia Garland

Decorate your home this spring with colorful flower accents such as this water bottle poinsettia garland. First, you will need to cut the plastic bottles in half. Next, create the petals for the poinsettias by cutting vertical slits around the circumference of the bottles. Pull down the slits to create the shape of flowers. Using red and yellow crafting paint, coat the plastic flowers to make them look like poinsettias.

Angel Christmas Tree Topper as Table Décor

There’s something about angels that makes them the perfect figure to grace the top of a Christmas tree. After the holidays, you can also turn these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments into table décor. These winged creatures are wonderful decorative pieces at baby showers and other special occasions celebrating love and faith. Displayed on a console table at the entryway of a home, angel ornaments convey an atmosphere of peace.

Christmas Light Bulb Wreaths

If you’re looking for a quaint and minimalist take on the usual festive wreaths, try making this industrial-looking Christmas light bulb wreath. Use light bulbs with a clear transparent casing and a simple but sturdy wire frame. Hang the wreath on a twig using a sage ribbon to add a rustic touch.

If you’re looking for a touch of glamour, however, then this glitzy Christmas light bulb wreath is for you. Cover the light bulbs in glitter and let them dry. Afterwards, hot-glue the light bulbs onto a flat wood in the form of a wreath. Add a matching bow in the middle to complete the look.

Christmas Light Bulbs as a Glittery Centerpiece

For a fun and sparkly centerpiece, take old Christmas light bulbs, dip them in glue, and roll them in glitter. Let them dry before placing the shiny ornaments in a vase or a bowl.

Christmas Light Sun Catcher

This star-shaped ornament from burnt-out Christmas lights makes one lovely sun catcher that you can hang in the window of your home or office. Take 14 light bulbs, dispose of their caps, and cut off their wire. Glue together the bulbs in the shape of a cross then keep adding more bulbs in the spaces between until you form a star.

Christmas Light Casing as Teardrop Earrings

Upcycle burnt-out fairy lights into fashionable, wearable pieces. To make these teardrop earrings, wrap the top end of the light bulb casing in coiled wire and connect these to earring hooks. Have fun creating your own design by combining different colors and using various patterns when bending wires.

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Make your own fire starters out of pine cones. Wrap twine liberally around a pine cone, starting at the bottom. Leave a long wick near the top for easy lighting. After it is dipped in old candle wax, it’s ready to be used for kindling. Pine cone starters stored in a muslin bag also make great homemade gifts.

Pine Cone bird feeder

Help the little birdies this winter by making them this DIY pine cone bird feeder. Tie a piece of string onto the end of a pine cone, cover it generously in peanut butter, and roll it into seeds. Hang a few of these birdfeeders outside and watch your feathered friends enjoy their feast.

Pine Cone Potpourri

Make your own aromatic yet inexpensive potpourri by combining pine cones with cedar shavings and pine needles. Add a few drops of essential oil and seal the concoction in a bag for a week to let all the scents meld together. Pour the potpourri into bowls to spread this wonderful fragrance around the house.

Pine Cone Mulch

Recycle fallen pine cones as mulch instead of just throwing them away. Pine cones are the perfect bedding for an herb garden. They’re also a great way to keep household pets away from your plants.

Pine Cones as Table Centerpieces

Create your own vintage table centerpiece out of pine cones. Just dip the pine cones in pastel-colored paint or any other tint that matches your décor. Let the pine cones dry before displaying them in a bowl.

Pine Cone Candleholder

Craft stylish yet inexpensive candleholders out of large pine cones. Start by painting the pine cones in your choice of colors. Once dry, hot-glue the bottom of a soda can on top, and finish off by adding a candle.

Pine Cone Votive Holder

This pine cone votive holder looks beautiful on top of a coffee table. It’s also a breeze to make! Simply assemble a bunch of pine cones around a votive. Hot-glue the pieces and tie everything together with some burlap or twine.

Twig Christmas Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, redecorate your holiday twig wreath by adding green embellishments. Simply cut out and assemble flowers made of felt and add some shamrock buttons.

Lucky Christmas Tree for St. Patrick’s Day

Turn your Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree by adorning it with green ribbons and baubles. Give your holiday spectacle a lucky charm by adding shamrock decorations. You can also hang a rainbow ornament over a pot of gold coins for a humorous touch.

Tinsel Swizzle Sticks

Got some extra tinsel and confetti? Use them to make tinsel pom-poms. Cupcakes and cocktails look so much more appetizing when decorated with these festive swizzle sticks.

Tinsel Garland as a Disco Piñata

Add fun and glam to any party by crafting a disco piñata from tinsel garlands. Use a punch ball balloon to form the body of the piñata. Wrap the balloon in newspaper and apply paper mache before decorating it with tinsel.

Tinsel Wig

Create a funky wig out of your tinsel garland. Whether it’s for Halloween or just a fun night with friends, this accessory will add color and shine to your outfit. To make, just sew strands of metallic tinsel into a hair net.

At Tree Classics, we’re all about spreading the joy of Christmas throughout the whole year. If you’d like more inspiration for repurposing Christmas decorations, be sure to follow us on Pinterest where we have loads of surprises for you!

How to Clean and Store an Artificial Christmas Tree

One of the best things about owning an artificial Christmas tree is the fact that you can use it again for years. But in order for it to remain as beautiful and lush as when you first bought it, you have to take proper care of it especially when you’re about to store it. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to clean and store your artificial Christmas tree once your yuletide celebrations have come to an end.

1. Remove all your Christmas ornaments first. Make sure that they are: categorized according to type; wrapped in tissue paper; stored in an airtight plastic container. Place these in a cool and dry location, away from sunlight and heat sources. You can learn creative ideas for storing Christmas decorations from our practical guide.

make sure you disconnect all your Christmas lights

2. Next, take down all of the lights and separate all connections. Untangle the lines and store them in a safe location. Tree Classics has also created an easy step-by-step guide on how to store Christmas lights.

3. While the tree is still standing upright, get your vacuum, plug it in, and place it on medium speed. Gently sweep the branches and trunks. You may need to mildly move some of the branches to get to the deeper parts. Be careful when you do so.

4. Make a mixture of warm water and soap. Dip a clean towel in the soap solution. Softly wipe the branches. WARNING: Do not dab prelit trees with a wet cloth. Use a dry and clean rag instead.

straighten our your branches after you vacuum them

5. Now is the perfect time to start disassembling your tree. Unfluff the branches and make sure that all of the branches are facing one direction. Flatten the foliage using your hands. Separate the sections afterwards.

Store your tree in Tree Classics' Extra Large Tree Dolly

6. Once everything has been taken down, store your tree in its original box. These boxes are sturdy enough to protect your tree from any bumps while it is in storage. You can also purchase our Extra Large Tree Dolly, which can store artificial Christmas trees that are up to 9 feet tall. It is made of durable red polyester fabric, promising years of protection for your holiday centerpiece.

7. Store your tree in a dry and cool location far from direct sunlight and vents. The most ideal location is the closet.

Follow this easy and helpful guide from the Tree Classics blog to keep your tree beautiful for years to come!

Photo Credits

Photo by MaryScheirer via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

How to Store Christmas Decorations

Storing Christmas decorations can be a tedious chore. To help you get through it and survive post-holiday stress, Tree Classics offers tips and tricks on how to store different kinds of Christmas ornaments and evergreen decorations to keep them looking new and gorgeous for the next holiday season.

Christmas Balls

Of all the types of ornaments, Christmas baubles are the easiest to pack away because of their shape. For these round ornaments, the market offers a lot of options such as boxes or trays with dividers, which can be stacked on top of each other. Just make sure to add padding between each layer to protect the ornaments.

Uniquely-shaped Ornaments

Ornaments with irregular shapes can be so unique that a special storage needs to be created. Use a box to make a container, then divide the spaces using recycled cardboard. To find out the width you need to allot for each compartment, measure the length of the ornaments. Slice the cardboard strips accordingly to create slits. Let the cardboards meet at the slits to create a grid. The grid does not need to be equal across the box so don’t worry about having different measurements. Wrap the ornaments with tissue or insert padding in each cell to keep the pieces from moving around. Create another cardboard grid if your box is deep enough to store more ornaments.

Icicles

Use tissue paper or paper towel tubes to store icicles. Position the tubes upright and glue them onto the box. To protect the ornaments, wrap tissue paper around them first before keeping them in the cardboard tube.

Bell-shaped Ornaments

Storing bell-shaped ornaments is just like storing icicles, only you have to use plastic cups, which can accommodate the bells effortlessly because of their conical shape. Select the cup you are going to use by fitting the ornaments inside. If they fit perfectly, layer a box with a few of these cups. Glue the plastic cups on a cardboard in the size of the box. After gluing, insert the cardboard with the plastic cups inside the box. Create another layer by making another set of plastic cups on cardboard if the box is deep enough. Wrap the bell ornaments in tissue paper before placing them inside the cups.

Breakable Ornaments

Fragile decorations, such as glass and ceramic ornaments, should be kept in a well-padded container. Egg cartons are perfect for these types of ornaments. Not only are they gentle with delicate items, they also come in ready with compartments for each piece of décor. Lay large cotton balls onto each hole, then place the ornaments on them. Add cotton balls on top of the ornaments for added padding. Secure the egg carton with large rubber bands to keep it from opening.

Wreaths and Garlands

Don’t leave a wreath or garland bare if you are to store it in the same container as the other decorations. Cover with plastic or seal it in a box to maintain its quality. For decorated wreaths and garlands, wrapping them in plastic helps keep their embellishments intact.

Sarah Nielsen garland storage
Photo from Sarah Nielsen

These are just some of the clever ways that you can try to store your Christmas decorations. Just make sure to handle everything with care to keep the ornaments and foliage looking fresh and new for the coming holidays.

Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Energy-efficient Christmas Trees

The warm radiance from a pre-lit Christmas tree is just what you need to make your home cozier and more relaxing in the cold winter evening.

But many home owners presume using pre-lit decorations would double their household electricity consumption. What’s the best way to enjoy the beauty and convenience of pre-lit holiday decorations without racking up your electricity bill? Tree Classics has the answer!

Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first. To help you find the ideal pre-lit décor to suit your holiday home, Tree Classics offers practical options that will not only give your space a heartwarming appeal but will offer you a safe and power-saving choice as well.

Power-saving LED Christmas Lights

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In choosing a lit holiday tree for your home, opt for one that has LED bulbs instead of regular lights for their energy-saving potential. These innovative bulbs are specifically designed to consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to ordinary Christmas lights. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials and produce less heat, making them safer to use as decorations on artificial Christmas trees.

Clear and Colored Christmas Lights in One

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Another feature people look for in power-saving pre-lit Christmas decorations is the color variation of the lights. It is important to choose a ready combination of clear and colored lights that can easily match different styles. The hassle-free combination will eliminate the need for stringing two kinds of lights. Having color-changing lights not only provides you with a versatile decorating option, but also lets you save money when using different light sets.

Tree Classics® Signature Color Changing LED Lights 

Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree

Tree Classics, the leading producer of high-quality artificial Christmas trees, has come up with a line of decorative trees that feature the latest LED lighting system. With their bulbs expertly strung together, these holiday trees are sure to create an excellent highlight for your home. They are also designed with Tree Classics Color Changing LED, which lets you have clear and multi-color lights all in one Christmas tree.

Choose from our collection of energy-saving and color-changing pre-lit Christmas trees, such as the Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree and St. Charles Spruce. You now have the choice of having warm clear lights or festive colorful lights much like a rainbow on your favorite holiday tree.

What’s the best way to enjoy the holidays? By using energy-efficient, hassle-free Christmas trees made beautifully by Tree Classics!

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Silver and Gold Ornaments

There are timeless Christmas tree decorating ideas that never go out of style, match other yuletide décor beautifully, and constantly provide a regal appearance that’s perfect for the season: gold and silver decorations. Here are several inspiring gold and silver choices that are perfect for your Christmas tree:

Silver Christmas Decorations

glimmering silver christmas balls for your tree

 

Silver Christmas balls instantly add a touch of sophistication to your tree. The contrast between the lively evergreens and the sleek and shimmering ornaments creates a dazzling spectacle that conveys elegance in any space. Guests and loved ones will look at your tree for a few seconds just to bask in its beauty. Mix up the ornaments. Get solid ones and striped ones. This will create a contrast that will add more character to your centerpiece.

delightful snowflake ornaments for your tree

 

Silver snowflakes are another type of adornment that you can hang on branches. These ornaments bring the unique look of a wintry landscape. The color carries a touch of serenity to your room while the geometric design adds grace and versatility to your space.  Pair these with pine cones and leaves to take full advantage of the season’s wintry charm.

refined elegant antique ornaments

 

Antique pieces are also excellent choices. These small items with their traditional but timeless shapes and forms add an Old World flair to spaces. They are perfect for houses with classic themes and even rustic, cabin-like undertones. These are particularly lovely with white clear lights that accentuate their physical appearance.

a beaded snowflake tree topper

 

Finally, a great finishing touch is to use a silver snowflake tree topper. This tree topper is a superb alternative to traditional star-shaped ornaments. At the same, it’s also a great way to capture the appeal of other silver accents in your room.

Gold Christmas Decorations

The color gold has the distinctive quality of inspiring deep sentiment while conveying a regal mood. Gold Christmas balls deliver this precious appeal effortlessly. What’s particularly great about these items is that they go well with both evergreens and white Christmas trees.

gold LED christmas lights

 

Gold can also be used to give your tree an air of mysticism. Pairing gold lights with a deep green Christmas tree creates an enchanting vision that reminds people of evergreens surrounded by dozens of beautiful fireflies. This enthralling look is especially more delightful at night, when the gold lights shine bright, filling your space with a magical air.

good ribbons, gold balls and gold ornaments are perfect for the season

 

Gold is also one of those colors that just becomes so much more beautiful when it’s paired with similarly colored items. Traditional artificial Christmas trees, like the one in the image, benefit from a combination of gold-colored balls, leaves, flowers, and even gold iridescent lights. A bountiful display such as this fills homes with a royal and lavish appeal that’s synonymous with the season.

a classic gold star christmas tree topper

 

Of course, nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous star tree topper. An impeccable addition to any holiday décor, this piece is a powerful statement about the special and festive meaning of the season. This is the perfect crown for any type of Christmas tree.

Add style, sophistication, and beauty to your home this Christmas season with these gold and silver decorating ideas from Tree Classics.

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