Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best things about the festive season. A mulled wine, some Mariah and an argument about the Christmas lights and you know the Big Day is on its way.
There are two lighting options when it comes to how to decorate a Christmas tree. So which is better, the traditional ‘wrap around’ method we all know and love or the vertical zigzag?
We tried both and found that the vertical Christmas tree light hack all overTiktok (opens in new tab) actually worked better.
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‘Something really cool that I learned on TikTok is that when you’re putting your Christmas lights on your Christmas tree, instead of wrapping around the tree, you actually go up and down,’ says @lizlovery. ‘This way you use fewer lights, if a string goes out you can easily change them and it’s just a whole lot easier.’
Here’s my best artificial Christmas tree from Hayes Garden World (opens in new tab), with the lights wrapped around it in the normal way. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the finished look and found the lights looked quite sparse, despite using a lot of lights.
It was also quite a long process and I found myself flinging the lights over the top impatiently just to get it done. It looks okay, but ideally, I’d want at least double the number of lights you can see here. ‘Tis the season to go overboard!
Now, the vertical method, which you can see above, was ten times quicker and easier, and ultimately, more effective. To cut corners, I only covered the visible areas of the tree, and this made the tree look extra luminous.
The vertical lines of the lights also divide up your tree to help you spread Christmas decorations out evenly. The only drawback is that the wires are much more visible, although once you’ve covered the tree in decorations it won’t be so noticeable.
Life can be complicated, but putting the lights on the tree shouldn’t be, so I’ll be using this method from now on. Will you be trying this vertical Christmas tree light hack?