How to Trim a Home Rotating Christmas Tree Stand

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How to Trim a Home Rotating Christmas Tree Stand
Trimming the Christmas tree using a home rotating Christmas tree stand allows you to view the tree from all sides. (Christmas tree image by Lisa Turay from Fotolia.com)

You can spend hours picking out the right Christmas tree, setting it up, putting on the lights and decorating it with dozens of ornaments but, unless you set it in the middle of the room, you never get to see the full tree. If, however, you trim your Christmas tree with a home rotating Christmas tree stand, you can place your tree in a corner and still enjoy seeing the whole tree. Because a rotating tree stand rotates slowly while holding your tree, trimming the tree is slightly different than trimming a traditional stationary tree.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Christmas tree
  • Home rotating Christmas tree stand
  • Extension cord
  • Christmas lights
  • Ornaments

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the right size stand for the Christmas tree you are displaying. Home rotating Christmas tree stands usually come in two sizes: small and large. Consider the height of your tree and the size of the tree's trunk. Make sure the stand has a wide enough neck to hold the diameter of your tree's trunk and that the base is heavy enough so the tree will not tip over. Also, the size of the motor in the stand must have enough power to rotate the size and weight of the tree you intend to display. If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure the water reservoir is large enough so that you don't have to fill it every day. When in doubt of the size you need, pick the larger size as stands that are too small will be unsafe.

  2. 2

    Choose a rotating tree stand with an electrical socket directly in the rotating platform. This important feature will keep your light cords from wrapping around the tree as it rotates.

  3. 3

    Put the Christmas lights on first, followed by the garland. Remember, with a home rotating Christmas tree stand, all sides will be seen so all decorating must be even and uniform. Arrange the decorations from the bottom to the top and from the inside out. Place ornaments in the middle of the branches as well as on the edges so the tree appears fuller and will be balanced. Unique ornaments should be spread throughout the tree. Decorations can follow a theme or match the decor of the room where the tree is located.

  4. 4

    Use additional features that are not available with traditional Christmas tree stands. Many home rotating Christmas tree stands have models that play music while rotating. Make sure this does not conflict with the Christmas lights, as many Christmas lights play music as well. Vary the speed of the rotation; some models come with this feature and can be adjusted to complement the mood and theme of the tree.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have an artificial tree and don't want to spend time taking it apart, keep the rotating tree stand attached and use a Christmas tree storage bag. The storage bag hides under the tree skirt during the holidays; when you are ready to take your tree down, remove the ornaments and skirt and pull the bag up and over your tree. Your tree is then ready to be stored.
  • Make sure your tree is properly secured in the rotating tree stand. A falling tree can cause injury and damage if it topples over.
  • Keep pets and small children away from a Christmas tree while it is in motion in a rotating tree stand. If necessary, set up a pretty barrier around the tree to keep pets and small children from getting too close to the tree.

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