Hang the Christmas tree lights vertically rather than looping them around the tree from top to bottom. Divide the tree into three triangular pieces in your mind. String lights by beginning at the bottom of the tree and working your way up to the top, then back down like a mountain. This ensures that no branch is longer than another, which would cause it to break when the weight of the stringers is applied.
The best time to put up your Christmas tree is always now. Waiting until after Christmas to put the tree up will allow you to take advantage of the better deal at the tree farm and also avoid any potential traffic issues that may arise because of holiday travelers. Don't worry about ruining the tree by putting it up too early; most trees are safe to drive home with unopened bags under their branches.
If you're not sure how old your tree is, count the rings on its trunk. Each year that tree has grown, the bark will get thicker and thicker until you reach the center where it's only thin enough for light to penetrate. That means that tree is at least 10 years old if it's still standing. Some people choose to cut their trees down at this point and use the wood for other projects such as firewood or furniture. But if you want to keep the tree, just cut it back to within a few inches of the ground and plant it again next year. It'll grow back even bigger than before!
For really tall trees, grab a ladder and enlist the assistance of a buddy. As you climb up the trunk, wrap the light string into a ball and start unwinding it. Check that the prongs you need to plug in are on the bottom. Connect a second string of lights to the first, connect them both with electrical tape, and begin wrapping the branches. You can buy tree lighting kits at home improvement stores. There will be plenty of places to hang your kit if you use the included glue.
If you don't have access to a ladder or feel uncomfortable climbing one, no problem. Most outdoor string lights come with easy-to-use plug ends so you can still decorate your tree even if you can't reach the top branch.
The best time to put up your lights is during daylight hours so you don't interfere with night visibility. If you install your lights early in the season before the tree grows large, you'll have more flexibility when it comes to placing them where they'll get the most exposure to sunlight or shade.
Of course, you should also take down your lights once the holidays are over. This will allow the tree to recover its original shape and let new growth push the old foliage out of sight for next year.
Lights aren't just for houses anymore. Trees deserve their own holiday glow too!
How to Hang Tree Lights on a Man-Made Tree. Many fake Christmas trees are available in pieces that open up like umbrellas. If you use little tree lights, you may wrap them around the branches and leave them on all the time—just remember to light each area separately! If you want to save energy, you can always go this route. However, make sure those branches are stable before putting any weight on them.
Wrap the light ball around the tree trunk, giving enough room to wrap back down if necessary.
Begin at the base of the tree, near the trunk. Separate the cord at the first bulb to form a loop to enable some slack or leader cord in the first strand of lights. Slip the loop around one of the branchlets or greens near the trunk and wrap the rope around it a few times to secure it. Repeat with all the remaining branches down the entire length of the tree. When you reach the bottom of the tree, repeat these steps again but this time use two loops and two strands of cable to secure each branch.
Hiding light cords is important for several reasons. First, it helps keep trees looking their best all year long. Light cords are visible even when the lights are not on, so they can give away the location of your tree if it is not well hidden. Also, people tend to avoid touching anything related to Christmas, so making sure that the lights are not tangled up or wrapped too tightly is helpful for keeping them safe during handling.
There are two ways to hide cordage on string lights. The first method is to use color-coded wires; white goes with white, red with red, and so on. It's easy enough to tell which ones go together just by looking, so this isn't a very effective way to hide the cords. However, the second method is to twist each cord several times before inserting it into the lamp body.
Nowadays, it's difficult to find an artificial Christmas tree that isn't prelit, which means that the lights are already wrapped around every limb. While this is easy because you don't have to string and unstring the lights every year, it may be a great pain if the lights break. The best option for those who don't want to deal with this problem is to buy a real Christmas tree that comes with the lights attached. You can choose between pre-strung trees or manually operated trees.
If you go for a pre-strung tree, make sure that they were strung by a professional company so that they will not damage your tree when they take it down after the holiday season. With manually operated trees, you will need to operate the switches yourself to turn them on and off.
Christmas trees come in many different sizes and styles. If you plan to put your tree back in the same spot each year, look for one that fits these requirements: shorter trees are easier to manage and lighter to move around. Trees closer to the ground are also easier to clean out under the couch or behind chairs. The type of lighting used on a tree affects how it looks during the holidays. Pre-lit trees use premade sockets that attach to the trunk of the tree, while illuminated trees use battery packs that run up cords that connect to the limbs of the tree.
Christmas trees are available at home improvement stores and online.