Who doesn’t love decorating for Christmas?! Turning on some classic Christmas tunes, baking cookies, putting ornaments on the tree- what’s not to love? There’s something so sentimental and special about making your home look festive and beautiful during the holiday season. Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite traditions. But every year, the season ends and the New Year comes…and then we have to take everything down including the tree (except with my tip you’ll save time and store your decorated Christmas tree!)
This year, rather than take your tree down, just wrap it up! I have been wrapping my Christmas tree- ornaments, ribbons, and all- for years. It makes cleaning up Christmas this year, as well as decorating next year, that much easier!
Now just to let you know. After Christmas our family tree that we decorate together as a family – this one gets taken down and put away. Our family ornaments get stored away in a box and the tree gets placed in a tree bag. This is the one exception to the rule of wrapping a tree. Because that is our family tradition – decorating the family tree TOGETHER!! I only wrap my decorator tree that the family doesn’t decorate.
For this post, I will show you how I wrapped my beautiful Santa’s Cabin in the Woods tree from last year. Remember how beautiful and fun it turned out to be? This was one of my favorite Christmas trees ever. Well, enough reminiscing, let’s get to work!
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All you need for this project is heavy duty Stretch Wrap and an extra set of helping hands. Do NOT use kitchen stretch wrap. The heavy duty wrap I used is typically used for moving and storage. Kitchen wrap will NOT work.
Remember to wrap as tightly as you can so that everything will stay in place. You will want to wrap several layers so that it will be nice and secure.
Having one person hold one end of the wrap, while the other person walks around with the wrap makes it quite a bit easier. After the first layer, the second person can help guide the wrap. Or you could even switch off 0n either side of the tree. You will quickly find what works best for you. Make sure to start at either the top and bottom. Wrap very tightly. Wrap away!
The biggest tips I can give to successfully wrap your Christmas tree:
have TWO people do this together
Wrap the tree at least twice if not three times with the wrap
Use a quality stretch wrap (not from your kitchen). Like the one shown below…
This stretch wrap will last several Christmases if you’re wrapping an average size tree. And with the price of the wrap under $20 – this is great deal!
Place your tree in the basement, garage, large closet where ever you typically store it. You’ll find you will save space by storing it this way.
When next Christmas rolls around just take a pair of scissors and cut of the wrap. You’ll want to spend a few minutes just fluffing the branches and fixing a few things. But trust me – this will save TIME, your ENERGY and SPACE! If you have breakable type ornaments this wouldn’t work with wrapping the tree.
I love little tips like these that make decorating for Christmas easier (at least next year). These tips give us more time to enjoy our families and make new traditions, and focus on what Christmas is really about. I hope you love wrapping your Christmas tree as much as I do! Now that’s a wrap. 🙂
Here is a post I share on Decorating Christmas Tree Tips, Tricks and Hacks. Check it out if want want more ideas!