How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree

There’s nothing quite like a beautifully decorated Christmas tree that’s adorned with heaps of lights. However, there are many pitfalls that can happen when you’re decorating the Christmas tree. From blown fuses and tangled cables to not having a long enough string of fairy lights. That means it can be tricky if you don’t know how to put lights on a Christmas tree. Luckily you only have to do it once a year, and this year we’re here to help. Read on to discover the best three ways to put lights on your Christmas tree.

Top tip: Always put your fairy lights on before you start decorating your Christmas tree with baubles. It’s much easier this way and means you can position your decorations according to where the lights are.

How to arrange your fairy lights vertically on the Christmas Tree

There are lots of merits to hanging your Christmas lights vertically. First of all, it’s surprisingly easy to hang them and take them down. Secondly, you have more freedom with where you position the lights as they don’t need to be supported by branches. Finally, fairy lights are more visible when you hang them vertically, making for a brighter Christmas tree. It’s surprisingly easy to hang your Christmas lights vertically, here’s how:

  1. Plug in your lights to make sure they’re working and are close enough to where you’re putting the tree. If you have a big tree and need more than one set of lights, plug them all in.
  2. Find the end of the first string of fairy lights, that’s the end without the plug.
  3. Secure it to a branch at the bottom of your tree and then position it vertically until it reaches the top.
  4. Loop the lights round a branch and pull the lights back to the bottom of the tree, creating a U shape.
  5. Repeat until your tree is covered in lights.
Arranging Christmas lights vertically

How to put your fairy lights on the Christmas Tree horizontally from bottom to top

This is the way most people put lights on their Christmas tree. That’s because hanging your lights horizontally from bottom to top is fairly simple and perfect for more natural aesthetics. If this is your first time putting lights on the Christmas tree, this is by far the easiest way.

One reason why it’s a little easier is because you can plug the lights in first. That means you can see what the tree will look like as you’re arranging the lights. Plus, if you have some remaining once you reach the top, you can simply wind them back down.

Here’s how to arrange your Christmas lights starting from the bottom:

  1. Gather all your fairy lights together and make sure they’re working. If you have a large tree, then you may be using more than one set. This step is crucial; there’s nothing worse than decorating your whole tree to find the lights aren’t working. You can leave them plugged in as you decorate.
  2. Move your tree away from any walls so you can move round it with ease. Don’t worry, you can put it back in position once you’re done.
  3. Start at the bottom of the tree and simply wrap the lights around the tree until you reach the top.
  4. If you are using more than one set of Christmas lights, alternate directions with the second set. This will make them look more organic.
  5. Continue until your tree is sparkling all over.
Arranging Christmas lights from top to bottom

How to hang your Christmas tree lights from top to bottom

It’s also possible to hang your lights horizontally from top to bottom. Although it’s not the most conventional method, many people reckon this is a really convenient way to hang Christmas lights. That’s because if you run out of lights then you can simply add more to the bottom, rather than the top.

  1. Plug in all the fairy lights that you’re using to make sure there aren’t any bulbs that need replacing. Unplug them once you’ve made sure they’re all in working order.
  2. Move your Christmas tree away from the wall, giving you space to walk around it.
  3. Start at the top and work your lights over and under the branches as you circle around the tree.
  4. Make sure to add depth to the design by placing some of the lights on the inner branches too.
  5. If you like your tree to be fully saturated with lights, a second set of lights should do the trick. Start at the top again but work your way the opposite way down the tree for a natural look.
How to put lights on the Christmas Tree horizontally

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