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‘Use tinsel to bulk up the tree and give it more reflective power. I bury my tinsel inside the tree so that it gives volume and light,’ the presenter tells House Beautiful UK from her London home.
But where exactly should you put the tinsel? Kirstie explains how she does it: ‘Take your tinsel and follow the same line of lights, making sure you hide the lights with tinsel. The power of the lights is magnified by the tinsel. You don’t have to see the tinsel – bury it deep into your tree.’
Decorating your Christmas tree like a professional is no easy feat, but this simple trick is a clever way to liven up bare branches without splashing the cash.
As well as her top tip for using tinsel, Kirstie also has a clever trick for hanging tree lights like a pro. ‘Make sure your tree lights are switched on when you’re hanging them so you know where to put them,’ she explains. ‘I always spiral them from the top. Don’t forget to ensure your tree is far enough away from the wall that you can walk around the whole thing. Start at the top, and then spiral your lights down, putting them as far inside as you can.’
And, if you’re looking for a hack to help you decorate your tree, then we’d recommend this old hack from John Lewis, who previously explained how to hang baubles the correct way. In a short Instagram video, they revealed that removing the little metal pin at the top of a bauble first can help to keep it secure on the tree.
The new series of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas will air on Channel 4 this December. To catch up on previous episodes, visit channel4.com.
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