Artificial Christmas trees are very convenient to use for holiday decorating, especially for those who are allergic, but they must be shaped and fluffed every year to give them a more natural and realistic look.
Here are the steps for reshaping an artificial Christmas tree.
Assemble your Christmas tree per the manufacturer's instructions.
If you cannot find the instructions, look online at the manufacturer's website.
Ensure that the Christmas tree does not wobble.
If you have a pre-lit tree, plug in the lights and ensure that everything is in working order.
You may want to fluff your Christmas tree with the lights on so you can get a better idea of how the tree looks.
Many people like to use gloves when working with Christmas trees so they don't irritate their hands.
Disguise the Trunk
The most obviously artificial part of your Christmas tree may be the trunk of the tree.
If your Christmas tree is not looking very full, wrap some thin garland around the trunk of your tree, from top to bottom, to disguise the pole and junction points where the branches attach.
When shaping your Christmas tree, you must be patient and take your time.
Every limb and every branch must be addressed.
Start by fluffing the bottom branches at the center of the tree and work that same branch towards the outside, all the way around.
The branches typically should be parallel to the floor, but the stem locations may be different depending on the type of tree you have.
Reference the photo on the box your artificial Christmas tree came in to see how they suggest your stems be configured.
Sometimes the stems should be parallel to the ground and neatly in a row at an angle, but other times they should be in a fan shape in all different directions.
The best way to know how your tree fluffing is going is to stand back and view your Christmas tree from a distance on occasion.
Check to make sure there are no holes and that your tree looks full and fluffy.
Not Full Enough?
If your artificial Christmas tree is not as full as you would like, consider adding an evergreen or grapevine twig garland throughout it to add to its fullness.
Another option is to use large greenery stems to fill in holes, such as poinsettias.
Not Bright Enough?
Some trees may have part of the tree where the lights no longer work after a few years.
You can spend hours fiddling with the lights to try and get them to work, or you can just add a strand of new lights to the tree on top of the lights that don't work.
Also, most pre-lit artificial Christmas trees come with a standard amount of lights, which might not seem bright enough.
Consider adding additional Christmas lights in a larger size on top of the lights that came with your tree to get a designer look.
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