Luckily, we have the perfect tree-trimming solution.

Advertisement
Couple Stringing Lights on Christmas Tree
Credit: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images

You've picked out the perfect fresh-cut Christmas tree—one that's vibrant green, fragrant, and filled with beefy branches to hang all your precious heirloom ornaments. Besides watering the tree, the next big task you'll have on your plate is decorating it. Tinsel, ribbons, and garland will spruce up any ornamented evergreen, but draping and weaving lights throughout the branches will truly help your tree sparkle.

Once you've completed the tedious chore of untangling lights and checking that each and every twinkling bulb works, it's time to start hanging them on the tree. You're probably accustomed to randomly wrapping lights around tree, starting at the base and working your way up. This year, we heard of an alternative technique that we can’t wait to try: String them vertically. Interior designer and entertaining expert Francesco Bilotto suggests stringing the lights from the top of the tree to the bottom, instead of from side to side.

"The reason I like doing this is if you go around in a circle, the lights tend to go in," Bilotto said on Today.com. Not to mention, by hanging the lights vertically, you don't have to worry about the bulbs being obstructed by sturdy branches in the middle.

Once you’ve checked that your light strands work, it’s time to get to work.

Step 1

Take the end of the strand without the plug (you can hide this end in the branches. It can stay hidden, or you could connect it to a tree topper later). Starting at the top of the tree, let the lights cascade down to the bottom. Bilotto recommends draping the strand in an “S” shape down the front. Position the lights toward the tips of the branches so no bulb will be blocked by the fluffy needles.

Step 2

When you’ve reached the bottom, start working the strand back up the tree in the same “S” shape. Leave 3 to 4 inches between the vertical rows of lights so they’re spread evenly throughout.

Step 3

Repeat the top-to-bottom process until the entire tree is flooded in lights. Make sure the plug is at the bottom near an outlet or power cord.

"This way every tip of your tree, from branch to branch, will twinkle with delight," Bilotto told HouseBeautiful.com.

By incorporating Bilotto's illuminating method in the tree-trimming portion of your holiday decor, the lights will remain on the tips of the branches, as opposed to being hidden on the inside.

"Another added bonus is when you dismantle your tree and take off the lights, it'll be easier and less messy to remove strands from the exterior of the tree—rather than fighting a stubborn almost dried branch," Bilotto explained to HouseBeautiful.com.

And, of course, people took to social media to showcase their masterfully lit creations using Bilotto's vertical method.

If you need a visual aid, here's a video of Bilotto demonstrating the lighting technique .

WATCH: Christmas Lights Sugar Cookies

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to string lights, as long as you're following the necessary safety precautions. But even Southern traditionalists can appreciate a unique decorating tip that will help to elevate the tree and all its festive trimmings.