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Tabletop trees: Big on style

Tabletop trees: Big on style

Don’t let a lack of space or time limit your holiday decor. You can set the mood for seasonal celebration just about anywhere with a tabletop Christmas tree.

And that’s precisely what Linda Walker, one of our talented visual designers, did in our Farmhouse in Aurora, New York, by decorating a 3-foot-tall artificial tree on an entry table in the foyer. Linda was guided by the same principles that she uses when decorating a full-size tree, and those are: thrill, fill, and spill. Thrill is something beautiful at the top, like a topper. Fill is adding ample decorations throughout the tree so there are no empty spaces. Spill is using ornaments and/or picks that cascade a little, adding dimension and drama.

Here are more step-by-step details:

  • First, Linda stacked three 12-inch grapevine wreaths and placed the tree in the center to hide the tree’s burlap base. The wreaths also added visual height to the tree.
  • Then, Linda shaped the tree’s flexible pre-lit branches, bending them just a little, so that they light the tree on the inside and outside, giving the display more depth. If you’re working with a tree that isn’t pre-lit, a good rule of thumb is to use about 100 lights for each foot of tree, according to light retailer Christmas Light Source.
  • Next, Linda wrapped a garland of 3-inch-wide Courtly Check Daisy Ribbon around the tree, working from the bottom to the top. The ribbon mixes Courtly Check with wired gold edging and a center of stitched daisies that repeat the natural theme. Linda likes to twist the ribbon a little as she tucks it into the tree because that also adds some dimension.

  • Then, Linda hung the “fill” ornaments. For this tree, she chose about a dozen Home Sweet Snow Bird Clips in blue and peach and about a dozen of our Home Sweet Snow Glass Ornaments. Both repeat the check pattern and have “spill” elements, including tail feathers on the birds and finials on the glass ornaments. Linda says you could add some of your own favorite bulbs, too. The important guideline to remember here is to keep the ornaments in proportion to the tree. A larger tabletop tree (3 feet and up) can handle full-size ornaments, while a smaller tree (2 feet or less) might need even smaller ornaments. For that, we suggest the Mini Ornaments from Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs.
  • The final finishing “thrill” touch is more Courtly Check Daisy Ribbon tree topper that is fashioned into two oversized bows with dangling streamers and wired to the tree’s top. Linda added two bows because the tree is visible from all sides.

The finished tree is just as big on style as a larger tree. Says Linda, “If you put this in the foyer and open the door, people should say ‘wow’ and want to come inside.”


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