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Designer Tips and Tricks for How to Decorate a Rustic Glam Christmas Tree

Mixing opposing design styles, such as rustic and glam, when decorating your Christmas tree can create a memorable Christmas tree that is not easily forgotten. 

The most important designer trick for an amazing looking rustic glam Christmas tree is to have an equal mix of rustic and glam.

Here are a few designer tips and tricks for getting a magazine quality look.

Designer Tips & Tricks for How to Decorate a Rustic Glam Christmas Tree 

Fluff
If using an artificial Christmas tree, you must spend a good amount of time fluffing your Christmas tree back into shape.

You should ensure that there are no holes and that you cannot easily see through the tree.

Your Christmas tree should look full and healthy.

For more specific designer tips and tricks, see the article How to Fluff an Artificial Christmas Tree into the Correct Shape.

 

Lights
Most people do not put nearly enough lights on their Christmas tree. 

The bare minimum amount of lights you should have on your Christmas tree is one strand of 100 miniature lights per foot height of tree.  If your Christmas tree is 7 foot tall, use 7 strands of lights minimum.

Feel free to put 2 or 3 times as many lights, just try to hide the cords as best you can.

Even if you have a pre-lit Christmas tree, feel free to add more lights.

A designer tip is to use 1 or 2 strands of larger lights on top of your miniature lights to add dimension.

Another designer tip is to use 1 or 2 strands of blinking lights along the trunk of your Christmas tree to create a gentle twinkle effect.

For more specific designer tips and tricks, see the article Designer Secrets for How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree.

 

Designer Tips & Tricks for How to Decorate a Rustic Glam Christmas TreeGarland
Garland helps a Christmas tree have a cohesive look.

Select a garland that has a texture, pattern, or color that you want to continue around your Christmas tree.

A rustic garland can be made of grapevine, plaid fabric, or burlap.  A glamorous garland can be a metallic ribbon or shiny beads.

You can use one garland on your Christmas tree, or you can use multiple different garlands for a custom look.

For more specific designer tips and tricks regarding fabric garland, see the article Different Ways to Add Fabric Garland to a Christmas Tree.

If you prefer to use ribbon garland, see the article Different Ways to Add Ribbon Garland to a Christmas Tree.

 

Fillers
Fill in any open spaces with fillers. 

You can use rustic pine cones, floral picks, elegant metallic items, grapevine spheres, or whatever else you desire.

 

Ornaments
Select both glamorous and rustic ornaments for your Christmas tree.

You can use a collection of basic spheres or ornaments of different shapes.

Use Christmas ornaments that have a lot of texture - such as glitter, pearl, sequin, burlap, and other elegant and rough textures.

Try to have an equal amount of rustic and glam ornaments spread throughout your Christmas tree.

 

Topper
Select a topper for your Christmas tree that is glamorous, rustic, or both.

You can have a glamorous star, a rustic burlap bow, or a burlap bow with a small star in front.

 

Skirt
Don't forget about your Christmas tree skirt.  The skirt should be either rustic, glamorous, or both.

It can be made of rustic burlap, glam shiny fabric, or glam fabric with a rustic edge.

 

Gift Wrap
A great designer trick to give your rustic glam Christmas tree a magazine quality is to color coordinate your gift wrap with your Christmas tree.

You can use simple kraft paper to wrap your gifts, then tie them with an elegant ribbon.

You can use elegant wrapping paper, then use twine to tie a bow.

A designer tip is to get 2 or 3 types of coordinating wrapping paper and 3 to 5 types of coordinating ribbons and use different ribbons with different wrapping paper to create many different unique gift wrap styles.

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