In this post I’ll show you how to choose, set up and fluff an artificial Christmas tree, whether flocked or unflocked. You just might have an aha moment when you see the genius way that I’ve discovered for fluffing!
If you’re like me, your Christmas tree is the star of the show when it comes to decorating your home this time of year.
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We all put so much effort into making our trees as beautiful as possible with decorations, but you may be setting yourself for disappointment if you don’t start with the basics.
After you’ve selected the proper tree for your setting and fluffed it properly, you’re ready to decorate! Click on THIS LINK to see my post: How To Professionally Decorate A Christmas Tree – Designer’s Step-By-Step Directions.
CONSIDER THIS BEFORE YOU BUY
There are quite a few things to consider when purchasing a new artificial tree! I’ve learned the hard (and expensive) way by not taking a few things into consideration before I buy.
These considerations are in no particular order, but if you want to wind up with a tree that you’re happy with, don’t just run out and buy one off of the shelf.
- Where will the tree be displayed?
- What is the height of the ceiling where it will be displayed?
- How much space/width do you have to properly accommodate a tree?
- What color are the lights on the tree?
- How full is the tree? How many tips does it have?
- Will you need to move furniture to make room for the tree?
- What is the overall shape of the tree?
- Do you prefer pre-lit versus unlit?
- How easy/difficult is the tree to assemble?
- What is your budget?
If you’re in the market for a new tree this year, I’ve also included a list of 12 beautiful trees with great reviews that are available to ship quickly. There are multiple price points, all are pre-lit and many are available in multiple sizes.
THE EASIEST WAY TO FLUFF A TREE
Now that you’ve selected and purchased your tree, it’s time to prepare it for decorating. When it comes to fluffing a tree, the thing that I dread the most are the scratches on my hands and arms that I’m left with. Using in this method totally prevents that – no need for wearing long sleeves and gloves anymore!
Please forgive the horrible quality of these photos. My originals are nowhere to be found, so I had to grab screenshots from videos.
Place the lowest section of the tree into the base and lower the first layer of branches. Leave the remaining branches in their upright position.
Working from the trunk of the tree out to the tip of each limb, pull apart all of the small branches. Arrange some of the branches in a downward position, some straight out and some in an upright position.
Continue to lower one layer of branches at a time. When the bottom tree section is complete, add the next tree section and repeat the process.
I find it easiest to fluff the very top section in my lap and place it on the tree after I’ve fluffed it.
Now that you’re ready to decorate, don’t forget to check out How To Professionally Decorate A Christmas Tree – Designer’s Step-By-Step Directions.
Happy Christmas tree decorating!