Last week, Valarie shared some unique holiday decorating tips from Dave Caranci, manager of Resort enhancement at the Disneyland Resort. His ideas were all easy and inexpensive things that you could make at home, including a Mickey Mouse tree topper, a window decoration with a hidden Mickey and a TRON tree topper.
Today, we have good news from procrastinators who haven’t yet purchased your tree. Dave gave us a few tips to help make decorating your tree as easy as possible.
- Tip 1: Picking a tree. For many holiday displays, the focal point is the tree. So make sure yours fits perfectly in your space. Measure the height AND the width of the space before heading out to buy a tree. These days, you can find almost any size; so don’t settle.
- Tip 2: The snow knows. For a great snow effect for your household Christmas tree display, add polyester quilter’s batting to the branches. For an added touch, bring your lights up through the batting (the flame-retardant kind, of course) to add a special “glow” to your snow.
- Tip 3: Ornaments. Use fragile, expensive and sentimental ornaments sparingly. Spotlight a few special pieces in places of honor, especially out of the reach of small children and pets. Use less expensive, more durable ornaments to fill out the display. And, again don’t be afraid to go overboard. The Disneyland Resort’s main tree display features more than 2,000 ornaments. QUICK TIP: Clustering ornaments throughout the display makes a bigger impact than spreading them around.
- Tip 4: Think outside the “ornament” box. Almost anything can become a complement to your holiday display if it fits your theme. Disney Parks decorators have used such “eccentric” ornament collections as plates, cups, silverware and cooking utensils for culinary-themed displays; sports equipment and memorabilia for an athletic holiday offering; and sailboats, yardarms and anchors for a nautical panorama. QUICK TIP for next year: Try scouring Party and “Halloween” stores, in early November for deals on themed merchandise and costume elements.
- Tip 5: What You Can’t Buy – Make. Get the kids involved with simple projects like stringing popcorn or cranberry garlands. Have them color or paint pictures; and use inexpensive frames to spotlight their artistic masterpieces. The more personal the ornaments, the more your friends can “ooh” and “ahh” over your resourcefulness and creativity.
Which of Dave’s tips was most interesting to you? Do you have any holiday decorating tips to share?