4 Tips for Safely and Stylishly Applying Tinsel
Tinsel seems like a relatively easy Christmas decoration to apply because all you need to do is pull it out of the bag and throw it over the tree, right? Not quite. Even though you’ll probably have a lot of fun hanging the tinsel on your Christmas tree this year, there are a few important considerations that can ensure a great look and maximum safety for everyone in the home. Continue reading
The Roots of the Christmas Tree: Discovering the Origins of 3 Common Christmas Decorations
There are several classic Christmas decorations we put up year after year without ever taking a step back and asking ourselves questions like, “Why am I putting a tree inside my home?” When you think about it, some Christmas decorating traditions are a little odd. Continue reading
3 Ways to Save Money on your Tree
The beauty of an artificial tree lasts from season to season, and investing in a high-quality tree will put smiles on your loved ones’ faces for years to come. And unlike real trees, you can purchase artificial trees year-round to better meet your family’s budget needs. For extra savings on a top-notch tree that will last through the years, consider doing some holiday shopping during the following sale times. Continue reading
Fill Your Home with the Smell of Christmas
You’re facing a holiday dilemma: You want that enchanting evergreen smell in your home, but you don’t want to deal with the hassle of needle shedding and decay. Don’t stress. Contrary to popular belief, you can still enjoy the convenience and beauty of an artificial Christmas tree and make your entire home holiday-ready for all of the senses. These simple home additions will give you the best of both worlds, so you can keep the spirit of Christmas in the air. Continue reading
Perhaps this is the first year you’ve chosen an artificial Christmas tree. But whether you’ve chosen this route in an effort to trim your decorating budget or you simply believe an artificial tree works as well for them as a freshly cut tree, you may find that artificial trees have come a long way and look very realistic. However, you may rationally know that your tree looks fine and full, but you still feel like it may need extra attention and adornment to get it just right. Continue reading
New Christmas Traditions for 2012
Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas tree trends of 2012. Continue reading
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…
The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.
Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.
There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.
It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. Continue reading
Flock Your Christmas Tree
“Flocking” is a relatively new technique that gives your Christmas tree that sparkling winter wonderland glow. As a general term, to flock means to apply a downy, raised texture to something. However, when applying the term to Christmas trees, it means to apply a certain compound designed specifically to resemble snow. The result is a more natural look that gives your home an extra artistic edge. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, flocking can be a great activity for creating an even more realistic look. To add this gorgeous touch, simply apply the following steps.
1. Mix Together Ingredients
To create the light, airy look of snow, you can mix together starch and snowflakes for a bright white, frosty accent that really captures the essence of a fresh winter snowfall. You’ll need to combine 2/3 cup of starch with two cups of soap flakes and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl. This will add the perfect balance of soft, powdery texture with delicate flakes. Mix in 2-4 tablespoons of water one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the mixture begins to develop a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in a drop of blue food coloring at a time until the mixture features a glistening hue of light blue with the white.
The Benefits of Artificial Christmas Trees
Most people can agree that the Christmas holiday just isn’t complete without a Christmas tree, but this same group of Christmas tree-enthusiasts will likely be divided over the issue of exactly what kind of tree to get. Although there are several elements that go into choosing the perfect tree, one of the biggest issues shoppers are conflicted with this season is whether or not to purchase a real or artificial Christmas tree.
Real trees can be a nice, traditional decorative item, but they lack many of the incredible benefits of artificial trees. Understanding these benefits will help you make a better decision when it comes to buying your own tree this year.
Although it’s true that you can search through several real Christmas trees to find the best fit for your needs and preferences, artificial trees are often easier to manipulate into your ideal final result. Artificial Christmas trees can be made from a variety of different materials, which each produce a realistic and unique effect that contributes to your overall holiday decor. Narrow to full models can also be more accurately applied to your tree, so you can maintain full control over every element that ultimately makes up your Christmas tree.