How to Decorate a Vintage Christmas Tree
If you've just bought your very first vintage Christmas tree, or you want to make sure to preserve one that has been in your family for awhile, there are definitely some things to consider. The delicate aluminum tinsel can't hold the same weight as real evergreen trees or their contemporary artificial counterparts. So if you are looking for some tips on how to decorate a vintage Christmas tree, let's get right to what you need to know.
I'm going to assume upfront that your vintage Christmas tree happens to be aluminum as for most readers that's going to be exactly the type of tree you are looking to decorate.
Decorating a vintage aluminum Christmas tree calls for some care, especially if it is vintage. It's not like decorating a real tree or even your usual artificial tree. So here are a few tips for trimming your aluminum tree:
How to Decorate Your Vintage Christmas Tree
- Don't string lights - lights present a fire hazard with an aluminum tree and the branches are too delicate to hold them and could easily snap off of the wooden base of the tree, making them difficult to get back on it again as they usually take some of the wood with them. The aluminum is naturally sparkly anyway, and will look gorgeous in a room with some soft lighting.
- Get a color wheel - to enhance the sparkle of your tree safetly, pick up a Christmas color wheel. Usually made up with three or four lights of different colors, you can place this on the floor in front of your tree and watch the tree's colors change before your eyes as the lights revolve. If you can't find a color wheel, a halogen light set on the floor and pointed at the tree will make it sparkle nicely too. Just don't place it too close.
- Use lightweight ornaments - the tree branches themselves are often made of steel, but the "needles" are paper thin strips of aluminum and the tree trunk is usually made of wood, so you want to hang lightweight, individual ornaments gently. Avoid using garlands as they can damage the tinsel. And avoid anything that could potentially snap the branch off the tree as you will find that splinters of wood often come with it.
Decorating Ideas and Tips
If you are looking for more ideas about how to decorate a Christmas tree, be sure to check out some of these books on vintage Christmas decorating, trees and ornaments. They offer lots of fun ideas.
After Christmas is over be sure to pack up your tree carefully so it will be ready for next year. Most aluminum trees come with individual wrappers for each branch. It is a pretty good idea to use them for keeping the delicate branches protected while your tree is in storage.
Enjoy your Vintage Christmas!
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