Do you know how to put lights on a Christmas tree?
It’s true. I have a system when it comes to putting lights on our Christmas tree so it glows. But just hear me out.
Growing up, we would throw the tree up and wrap the lights around it. I would stand on one side and my mom would stand on the other, and we would loop the lights around the tree, encasing it in lights. Not until I was older did I grow to not really like that look. It just looks too messy to me. And the tree doesn’t glow like I think a Christmas tree should.
Enter Martha Stewart. I was watching her show a few years back when she demonstrated how to put lights on a Christmas tree. Martha said that you should wrap each branch with lights. Eureka! Now, Martha demonstrated on a real tree, which would be more difficult to execute than the type of artificial tree we have.
How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree
Now, we’re not going to start at the top. No, no, friends we start at the bottom.
First, put on the bottom layer of branches. Then, wrap each branch– going up and down the branch with the lights.
If your branches are attached, just fold down the branches layer by layer.
Then, put on the next layer of branches and add the lights using the same technique I used on the first layer of branches.
I keep doing this all the way up to the top of the tree.
Of course, my last strand of lights were dead, and I didn’t feel like running to the store at 8:00 PM. Needless to say, I’ll be finishing the tree tomorrow.
But that, my friends, is how I put lights on my Christmas tree. No more light-lassoed Christmas trees. The whole tree glows and the strands of lights aren’t barely as noticeable as with the lasso method.
How Many Lights to Use
The general rule of thumb is 100 lights per 1 foot of tree. We have a 7 foot tree so I used 700 white lights (seven 100 strings of lights).
Real Tree Vs. Artificial Tree
But let’s say you have a real tree or an artificial tree that isn’t assembled quite like mine. If it were me, I’d try my best to go up and down each branch. This may take a little more time, but trust me, you’ll love the results. Also, you may want to wear gloves to protect your hands.
You can also use this method to add extra lights to a pre lit tree if you want yours to glow some more. You could also add twinkle light strands or colored lights.
Here’s the final look of our 2011 Christmas tree (see more photos here).
And here’s the final look of our 2012 Christmas tree (see more photos here).
(There’s not much difference from the 2011 tree because I don’t have the budget to change the look of our tree every year. But then again, who does have the budget and storage space to constantly change the look of something they bust out for 1-2 months every year?)