DO you think there’s a wrong way to put decorations on your Christmas tree?
While there’s no strict right or wrong when it comes to festive ornaments – your family members might think differently.
Every year households across the country erupt into arguments about the location of baubles, placement of tinsel and sideboards over-stacked with Christmas trinkets.
We do what’s right for us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a little bit of wiggle room when advice comes from an expert.
It’s not entirely advisable to let your toddler do the decorating – especially if you’re a bit pernickety – but we’re keen to follow one festive TikTokker who’s impressed over a million people with her nifty bauble hack.
And amazingly, all you need is a pipe cleaner.
115,000 people follow TikTok account Sunshine the Doggo, which mostly focuses on a very fluffy friend and his exciting adventures.
But a recent video has led the social media page off-piste, and delved into the world of Christmas decorations.
The clip, we assume to be filmed by Sunshine’s owner, shows viewers how to make the most of your Christmas tree display by not just hanging one bauble on every branch, but grouping baubles together for a very festive and impressive effect.
The mystery Christmas fan captions the post: “Ornament hack for your Christmas tree!”
A white bauble hanging alone on a Christmas tree appears in the frame, alongside some advisory text: “Common mistake: Don’t hang your baubles like this.”
If you’re surprised by the claim that it’s a mistake, you’re not alone. Millions of people have used the single bauble technique for years, but this talented crafter suggests something better.
“Do this instead,” the caption advises. “Group several ornaments on a piece of pipe cleaner (or floral wire or any flexible wire).”
The video shows a pair of hands making quick work of the new decoration, feeding a total of four alternately-sized and coloured baubles onto a short piece of pipe cleaner.
They then carefully intertwine the ends of the pipe cleaner to secure the baubles and hang them on a branch.
It’s a stunning result, with the group of baubles – and a pretty gold bell – nestled together and creating a miniature focal point among the branches.
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“Looks so much better,” the craft fan declares as they zoom the camera out and let us admire their work.
TikTok users were quick to air their opinions on the nifty hack. Some say it’s beautiful and makes the tree look ‘fuller’, and others just love the idea.
“Great idea, I’ve got more baubles than branches!” declared one user.
“Good way to fill up a tree and hide the centre pole,” exclaimed a second.
“This is brilliant!” chimed a third.
But not everyone was so impressed by the decorating idea, with many claiming the effect looked like ‘bubbles’ or was far too old for the modern era.
“Pipe cleaner? Let me just go to the 50s…” remarked one.
Another agreed: “Nooo, this is sooo 1900!”
But others had a more neutral standpoint, with one person remarking: “No mistakes, just decorate your trees how you like!”