Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating with Dagmar: Holiday Decorating Tutorials

When it comes to holiday decorating, we usually focus our attention on adorning the Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, and accents. Often, we tend to overlook other preparations needed to make our trees, wreaths, and garlands look their best.

For the past few weeks, we’ve shared with you some of our top Christmas decorating themes and tips. Now, it’s time to delve deeper into the small yet significant details that will help make your holiday décor as bright and beautiful as the season itself.

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

Fluffing Tree Branches

I just love the look of a tree with lush foliage. Whether your tree is full-figured, slim, or narrow-shaped, properly shaped branches play a big part in making your tree a centerpiece fit for the holidays.

Spread branches out to hide the trunk and create layers of foliage

Spread branches out to hide the trunk and create layers of foliage

Here’s the method I use for fluffing tree branches. I start by moving each tip either to the side or straight up to create a staggered effect that helps hide the trunk. I look out for any smaller branches that shoot out from the main branch, and then I separate those as well. Keep separating and spreading each tip so that you get layers of foliage, such as what you would see on a real pine. For a better look at the fluffing process, check out this video:


Repairing Décor

It’s not uncommon to run into small issues with décor, such as embellishments falling or breaking off. If this happens to you, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will have your wreath, topiary, or garland looking good as new.

Use a glue gun for quick fixes

Use a glue gun for quick fixes

For damaged floral picks and small accents, such as fruit or berries, repairing them with a glue gun is the best option. Apply some hot glue to the floral pick or stem of the fruit, and carefully attach to a branch or to the foliage frame. Let the glue air-dry completely before hanging and displaying your décor.

Wire is useful in securing fallen embellishments

Wire is useful in securing fallen embellishments

I like using wire to repair decorations that don’t have stems or sticks. Here, you can see me looping some wire through a twig ball. I would then twist the wire around a branch to secure the item to the foliage frame.

Storing Your Tree

Trees are typically the star of most Christmas displays, and for good reason. They are beautiful and versatile, and with the proper care and storage, can last season after season. If you’ve purchased a premium storage bag from Balsam Hill, all you need to do is lay the sections in the bag, zip it up, and store it. Otherwise, you can simply use the box or storage bag that came with the tree.

Store your tree properly to preserve it

Store your tree properly to preserve it

Make sure to compress the tree sections slightly with your hands, or tie them gently with ribbon or rope. This will help the sections fit more easily into the storage container. Lay the sections with the branches at opposite ends, so that they nestle together. If you have a tree that originally came in two boxes, check to make sure that you don’t store bottom sections together, as they won’t fit. Another tip is to store even numbered sections together in one box, with odd numbered sections in the other.

Seal the box carefully before storing it

Seal the box carefully before storing it

Finally, zip up the bags or tape close the boxes. Don’t be afraid to press on the box to make sure the seams fit tightly – Balsam Hill trees are durable, and won’t break under a little pressure. Store the tree in a cool, dry place.

With these decorating and storage tips, you will maximize the beauty of your décor and extend their lifespan at the same time. For more storage options and elegant holiday items, make sure to visit Balsam Hill.

About the Author

Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class.

Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.