Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Wallowa County, Or.) 1943-current, November 25, 2015, Page 21, Image 37

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    The Topper
Stars and angels are classic tree toppers.
For something more unusual, consider antlers
or a thick satin ribbon tied in a bow.
Decorating the
Perfect Tree
The Tree
Start by considering an overall color scheme. For traditional-
ists, traditional colors like red, green, white, gold and silver never
get old. Always start tree-decorating with lights, followed by gar-
lands and then ornaments..
The Lights
When stringing lights, start at the bottom of the tree and work up.
To make taking down the lights easier divide the tree into three vertical
sections, and then run the lights through the interior and exterior of the
branches to add depth to the design. Consider using LED lights, which
burn up to 80-percent less energy and give off less heat.
The Garland
An average-sized tree (6 to 7 feet) will typically use 60 feet of
garland. Create homemade garland out of beads, faux pearls,
knotted twine or rope, colorful buttons and satin ribbon. Keep the
garland approximately half an inch thick for an elegant look that
won’t overwhelm the tree.
The Ornaments
To give the tree depth, ornaments should be hung toward the in-
side of the tree and on the branch ends. Place them where they
won’t touch the branch below. Keep from overcrowding by exercising
restraint and occasionally stepping back to see the tree as a
whole. Use ornaments that match the theme or color scheme, or
personalize the tree with homemade decorations. Create ornaments
using a glue gun and string to hang family photos, baby shoes or
old toys like Matchbox cars.
The Stand
An average-size tree requires a stand with a base of about 20 inches in
diameter and it should hold at least a gallon of water. Only plain tap water
is needed.
Do not add bleach, aspirin or fertilizer, which can reduce moisture reten-
tion and increase needle loss. Before securing the tree in its stand, cut
one-half inch off the base. A fresh cut reopens the pores that take up water.
Check the water level daily to ensure it stays above the tree’s base. If the
tree looks dry, adding hot tap water to the stand can speed up intake.
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