Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to String Christmas Lights on Your Tree

Beautiful lights wrapped around a decorated Christmas tree are guaranteed to make a home look and feel festive. If you’re new at stringing lights, here are some basic tips to follow:

Before stringing:

  1. First, make sure your lights are in good condition. Test the bulbs and check if they’re all working. Have replacement bulbs ready in case you’ll need them. Additionally, check for any broken sockets or burned wires to avoid any danger of fire or electric shock.
  2. When using multi-colored lights, make sure that similar colors are spread out.
  3. Read and follow manufacturer’s instruction regarding the maximum number of sets you may connect.
  4. Remember not to plug more than two extension cords together.
  5. For multiple strings of lights, test the strings individually as well as when they’re connected.

Now that you’re sure of your safety, here’s how to string your lights:

  1. Spread out your lights on a flat surface, preferably on a working table or on the floor, to disentangle the wire.
  2.  Start with a string of lights with the plug as the starting point; wrap it around your Christmas tree’s trunk. From the center of the base of your tree, work your way up.
  3. Next, wrap the string evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk.
  4. Weave the string upwards from the middle of the tree to the crown. When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches.
  5. Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.
  6.  Remember that in weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next light over a branch.
  7. To bring out your tree’s best look, make sure the spaces are even as you weave the string of lights.
  8. Plug in the lights and see how your tree looks from a distance. You want to make sure your lighting is balanced so check for unlit areas and make necessary adjustments.

With proper lighting, your home will look breathtaking for the season. Keep these tips in mind the next time you string the lights on your Christmas tree. Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.