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Next year we plan to wrap our trees using 3 colors my question is should we put all three colors together and wrap (which should be quicker) or wrap each color seperatly (which should take longer) some of the trees ar 20 ft high..which way would look better?

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I'm going to say a very qualified i don't think it would look too different either way so go with whichever is easier for you. Now let me qualify, I wrap my trees every year and this year I used a candy cane theme so I thought that if I wrapped two strands of white then one red and one green it would look like a candy cane. I even wrapped them on an angle which made it almost impossible to keep the spacing as exact as I usually keep it but I did keep it even. When I finished, it looked exactly how I usually do it, just with more white lights.

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We put all 4 strands together before wrapping. It will make unwrapping easier as well.

Also, I found out that it is much easier to combine the four strands, and then wrap them around a spool (the kind of spool many lights come on nowadays, i.e. small). Only about one or maybe two lengths of lights will fit on the spool at a time, but it solves the problem of having to mess with the bulky strands as we wrap.

In order, we:

Combine 4 strands with zip ties x however many strands we'll need

Wrap one or two lengths of lights around a small spool

Wrap the tree

When we run out of lights on the spool, we grab another bunch, and wrap it around the spool.

Connect the ends, and continue wrapping the tree.

This works best when there are many branches and tight wraps involved. If it is just a straight trunk (palm tree), then using a spool wouldn't be as beneficial.

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