How to Assemble a Tree Classics Artificial Christmas Tree

No holiday gathering is complete without a beautiful Christmas tree as a focal point. Taking the time to set your artificial Christmas tree up properly will provide your home a more festive atmosphere that family and friends will appreciate. In this post, we show you how to assemble your Tree Classics Christmas tree and bring out the best of the holiday season.

Decorated Alberta Spruce Christmas Tree from Tree Classics

Before We Begin

Think of the location first. It is important to consider the size of your tree relative to your desired location. Remember that the width is just as important as the height so you won’t need to rearrange the furniture every Christmas. A simple solution would be to place the tree in the same spot every year; having a special place for your tree creates an endearing family tradition.

After finding the perfect location for your tree, it’s now time to assemble it. We provide a step-by-step guide below to help make assembly quick and easy so you’ll spend less time assembling and more time decorating your tree with your family.

Assembling Your Tree

  1. Unfold tree stand until the legs are perpendicular. Insert eyebolts and tighten gently.
    Assembled Christmas tree stand
  2. Insert the pole of the bottom section of the tree into the assembled tree stand and tighten the eyebolts as necessary. Plug the electric cord into wall outlet.
    Tree stand and bottom section of tree
  3. Gently pull the branches down, starting with the bottom row of large artificial Christmas tree branches. Tie up the remaining upper rows of the tree branches in the closed position with a piece of rope or a bungee cord. Pull twigs alternately upward and outward, starting with the twigs closest to the pole. Work your way out to the tip of the branch. Do this row by row until you reach the upper part of the tree section.
  4. Insert the middle section of the tree into the bottom section. Make sure to insert middle section plug into bottom section plug. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the bottom section. If your tree has more than three sections, insert the next section and proceed shaping as you have in the past sections.
    Middle and bottom section of tree
  5. Insert the top section into the middle section. Make sure to insert top section plug into the middle section plug, unless your tree has a foot switch. If this is the case, follow instructions included with your tree. Repeat shaping twigs and branches as in the previous sections. The artificial Christmas tree top section will be shaped differently. After shaping the twigs, gently curve tips up to give a more natural appearance. Pull the long single tip up to point to the ceiling. Don’t be afraid to shape and bend the branches to your liking to create the desired look.
    Top and middle section of tree

After assembling your tree, you can decorate it to match your holiday home décor. You can add a tree skirt that matches your Christmas tree ornaments to complete the look. If you’re planning to buy a new tree for Christmas, check out this post for information that will help you get the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

6 Simple Christmas in July Kid Activities

Celebrating Christmas in July gives children a chance to enjoy summertime with a unique holiday twist. With school out, you can have some good ol’ family fun with Tree Classics’ six simple Christmas in July activities with the kids.

1. Have a Snowball Fight

Keep the kids happy and busy this summer with this new take on a classic winter game. Have a friendly snowball fight with family and friends but instead of using snow, you can use white balloons filled with water. This is a sure-fire way for the little rascals to keep cool this season.

2. Decorate Christmas Cookies

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Whip up a batch of crunchy sugar cookies or oatmeal cookies and decorate them as Christmas tree ornaments. You can make stars, snowflakes, or angel-shaped cookies dipped in confectioner’s sugar for a snowy effect.

3. Watch Christmas Movies

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After a tiring day of playing outside, give the kids some time to rest and unwind by letting them watch their favorite Christmas movie. Set up your DVD player and put on films such as FrozenA Christmas Story, Home Alone, or The Grinch. Kids will enjoy the spirit of the holidays even in the middle of summer.

4. Make a Snowflake Factory

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Dreaming of a white Christmas in July? Help bring the magic of snow to your summer holiday party by teaching the kids how to make beautiful DIY snowflakes. All you need are a pair of kid-safe scissors, snowflake patterns, and a few coffee filters.

5. Craft Holiday Reindeer Hats

Let the youngens dress up as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with these adorable hand-printed reindeer hats. Have a craft table set up and show the kids how to make their own pieces. You can even throw in a prize for the best looking reindeer hat.

6. Light up Sparklers

Enjoy the clear evening sky by taking the kids outside and letting them light a few sparklers. This will also get them excited about the real holidays by the end of the year!

This summer, Tree Classics invites you to spend time with the family and try these fun kid activities to celebrate Christmas in July. Have a merry summer-y holiday!

Fiesta-themed Christmas in July Party

Christmas in July is all about relishing the spirit of the holidays in the warmth and sunshine of summer. This midyear festivity has the same excitement of the winter celebration – only in more radiant colors. So what better way to rekindle your love for the Yuletide season than with a colorful and fabulous Christmas fiesta right smack in the middle of July?

Tree Classics gives you fun and easy-to-follow party ideas for a wonderful Christmas in July fiesta. From decorating tips to recipe suggestions, this simple two-step guide is designed to help you celebrate the best summer Christmas party in your neighborhood.

Step 1: Spruce up Your Home with Paper Lanterns and a Christmas Star Piñata

You can easily turn your summer holiday party into a memorable bash by adding a splash of color to your home. Try hanging festive paper lanterns or a wreath made of ribbons at the entryway or front yard to welcome the spirit of merriment into the neighborhood. You can also make a Christmas star piñata filled with surprises. No one will be able to resist the delicious candies hidden inside.

Step 2: Treat Your Guests to Delicious Christmas Food with a Kick!

Bake eggnog cupcakes to celebrate Christmas in July

1. Colorful Eggnog Cupcakes

Bite into these delectable eggnog cupcakes in summer colors. Eggnog cupcakes are a new take on the classic holiday drink well loved for its sweet and savory goodness. You can also use low-fat milk and artificial sweeteners as a substitute to the eggnog and butter cream frosting.

2. Festive Fiesta Dip

What’s a fiesta without some good ol’ fashioned finger food to nibble on? Keep the energy at your party going by serving crunchy tortilla chips your guests can dip in this scrumptious fiesta dip. Made from a combination of shredded cheese and sour cream with a hint of taco seasoning, this Mexican-inspired treat brings some punch to your Christmas in July.

3. Fruit Christmas Tree

If you prefer a healthier option, you can try creating your own delicious fruit Christmas tree with a selection of the most refreshing summer fruits, such as kiwi, strawberry, honeydew melon, and watermelon. You can use toothpicks to fasten the fruit slices onto a cucumber shaped into a cone. Cut out a star from the honeydew or watermelon and place it on top as the finishing touch.

4. Christmas Lemonade

Quench your thirst this summer with a tall glass of Christmas cocktail! To prepare the Christmas lemonade for the adults in the crowd, simply mix 1.25 oz Absolut Citron with 3 oz lemonade and 3/4 oz sour apple pucker (apple schnapps). Add a maraschino cherry, lemon wedge, lime wedge, orange wedge, and a hint of mint to complete this cooler.

Kick off Christmas in July with your very own terrific midsummer bash by following our ideas for a merry summer-y fiesta. Keep visiting the Tree Classics blog for more party ideas! Happy Christmas in July!

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How to Make a Frozen Wreath

A couple more months are left until the end of winter. For avid home décor enthusiasts, what better way to have fun in the snow than by creating unique and colorful ice wreaths with family and friends?

An Ice Wreath with Cranberries and Pine Cones
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Tree Classics presents a quick and easy way to create your very own frozen wreath. Trade in your traditional winter decorations for this amazing ice creation.

Frozen Cranberries and Citrus Fruits Wreath

Materials Needed

  • Cranberries
  • Small citrus fruits, e.g. oranges or lemons
  • Fresh pine cones
  • Dried leaves
  • Small twigs
  • Assorted nuts
  • Water
  • Sturdy ribbons for hanging
  • Bundt cake pan

Directions

  1. Fill your Bundt cake pan with water.
  2. Put in the small citrus fruits first and cranberries next. Make sure that each piece is evenly spaced in the cake pan.
  3. Carefully add in the pine cones and assorted nuts.
  4. Place the dried leaves and twigs in whichever part of the pan you wish. These will serve as additional accents for the frozen wreath.
  5. Once you’re finished arranging the pieces, bring out the cake pan and leave it outside your home to freeze overnight. You can also place it in your freezer until frozen.
  6. When your wreath is completely frozen, remove the Bundt cake pan by placing it quickly in the sink and running warm water through it for about a minute. Be careful not to leave it there for longer than a minute to avoid thawing the entire wreath.
  7. Hang your frozen wreath outside using ribbons. Choose a spot in the shade so that the wreath won’t melt quickly.

Have fun with friends and loved ones as you create these ‘cool’ and stunning DIY frozen wreaths!

Creative Ways to Recycle Gift Wrap

After all the merriment that comes with holiday gift giving, it is time to put away the gift cards and wrappers to avoid cluttering your home this new year. But a better way of handling excess or leftover gift wrap is by repurposing them! Tree Classics shows you creative ways to recycle these colorful pieces of paper.

Holiday Origami

Begin recycling your Christmas gift wrap with a quick and simple origami project. Originally from Japan, the art of origami or paper folding became popular over the years as a means to transform pieces of paper into sculptures. By coming up with different themes, you can transform your excess gift wrappers into other year-round ornaments, such as these adorable origami stars featured in Home by Linn.

Cookie Tins 

Create adorable packaging for your cookies by dressing cannisters up in Christmas wrappers. This is a great gift idea especially for those who prefer giving presents that not only satisfy the tummy but also the eyes with dainty designs! You can start off with these two wrapping ideas from jenthousandwords.com.

Gift Bands

Recycle old and torn gift wrappers by turning them into colorful bands for packages. Simply cut off the damaged parts and reuse the remaining gift wrapping paper on your present. This is a fine way to save up on packaging costs while also adding a nifty accent to your gifts.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

You can also find new uses for gift cards by turning them into Christmas ornaments. Dinah Wulf of DIY Inspired features an easy-to-follow project which you can do with your kids. All you need are some old gift cards, glue, a pair of scissors, a stapler, ribbons, and some plastic rhinestones to embellish your DIY Christmas tree décor.

Patchwork Greeting Cards 

Another fun way to recycle gift cards is by transforming them into patchwork greeting cards. Cut old gift cards into squares of different sizes and rearrange them on a bigger piece of cardboard. Next, glue each piece to the cardboard then draw small lines around the gift cards to make them appear like they were sewn together. Depending on the design of the gift cards, you can create greeting cards for other occasions as well.

Holiday Luminaries 

Looking for more ambient lighting for your home? Turn your leftover Christmas wrappers into lovely paper lanterns, such as this one featured in Nifty Thrifty Things. Create luminaries by making use of different patterns seen on gift wrappers.

Do away with post-holiday clutter by transforming leftover Christmas gift cards and wrappers into other useful items. It is an excellent way to save up money and be environment-friendly at the same time.

Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas: How to Make an Edible Christmas Wreath

With only a few days left before Christmas, people are starting to keep themselves busy preparing for an ideal holiday feast.  But with a hectic work schedule, many of us just can’t seem to find enough time to decorate our homes and cook food all at once. The solution: why not whip up a batch of edible Christmas treats you can also adorn your home with?

In this edition of our Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas, we present five amazingly delicious edible Christmas wreaths recipes that are sure to make your tummy happy.

Cornflake Christmas Wreath

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Transform your favorite breakfast cereal into a healthy and scrumptious Christmas wreath. With this recipe, you can enjoy the benefits of a high fiber diet with a mouth-watering confection. Who says you can’t healthy food during the holidays?

Candy Christmas Wreath

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For a sweet holiday delight for the kids, try out this colorful candy Christmas wreath. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to prepare. You can even have the kids help out and turn it into a family tradition.

Ginger Bread Christmas Wreath

Ginger Bread Cookies

A classic favorite by old and young people alike, ginger bread is perhaps one of the most recognizable holiday treats along with candy canes and fruit cakes. The consistency of the dough and its distinct sweet and spicy taste give ginger bread its long lasting fame. A single bite from this pastry masterpiece and you are sure to be transported to happy childhood.

European Christmas Wreath

Brioche Loaf

A culinary confection from across the ocean, this delectable European Christmas wreath combines the heartiness of fragrant spicy brioche buns with the sweet and tangy flavor of orange icing and orange curd filling.

Cinnamon Cookie Christmas Wreath

Cinnamon Cookies

After a nice holiday dinner, share a good cup of coffee with family and friends while nibbling on this tasty cinnamon cookie Christmas wreath. This saccharine creation is the perfect treat to cap off an unforgettable yuletide evening with loved ones.

Make your holiday celebrations merrier with these delectable delights that can fill your senses and tummy at the same time.

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Different Types of Christmas Trees: Full, Narrow, Slim and Flatback Trees

Tree Classics features four of the most common Christmas tree shapes to help you in choosing an artificial Christmas tree that is right for you!

Artificial Christmas trees today take on a variety of shapes or profiles in order to meet the needs of every household. With these beautifully crafted trees, different homes – no matter how big or small the space, no matter the style – are imparted with the spirit of Christmas through the heartwarming presence of these evergreens.

The Full Tree

Full trees are the most popular of all because they resemble real Christmas trees pretty closely. Featuring lush foliage and a broad profile, full trees are perfect for cheering up the mood in your home with their regal charm and abundance.

 

How to Decorate a Full Christmas Tree

The commanding presence of a full Christmas tree invites you to give it an adorable embellishment, simply because it is something that the whole family will enjoy looking at throughout the holidays. Full trees can be decorated with almost anything – from tinsel garlands and shiny baubles to ribbons and knitted stocking ornaments. Different combinations and placements of holiday trimmings give the tree a unique appeal.

The Narrow Tree

Narrow Christmas trees are perfect for spreading holiday warmth and cheer in smaller homes and apartments. These fairly traditional full-height yet slender trees also work well as a secondary holiday centerpiece that you can have in your dining room, kitchen, or guest room.

 

How to Decorate a Narrow Christmas Tree

Lending an air of elegance, narrow Christmas trees look even sleeker when decorated with restraint. To add visual interest without being overpowering, combine baubles, icicles, and trimmings in a monochromatic color scheme.

On the other hand, if you want your tree to appear fuller, consider featuring different textures that create volume and depth. Large baubles and bows, mixed with pinecones and poinsettias, can give a sense of breadth and create the feeling of abundance as a full tree would.

The Slim Tree

For homes that have minimal space, beautiful and verdant slim trees are the ideal way to usher in the holiday season. With lean silhouettes, these trees can fit in even in the tightest spaces, giving your entryways, foyers, and corners an instant dose of Christmas cheer.

Burberry Fir by Tree Classics
Burberry Fir Christmas Tree by Tree Classics

 

How to Decorate a Slim Christmas Tree

The old adage ‘less is more’ is a good rule to follow when it comes to slim Christmas trees. Skinny trees command attention due to their delicate profile, and it’s best to showcase this feature by keeping the ornaments minimal.

Skinny trees give the illusion of height, which is why they work well in small rooms. Emphasize this admirable attribute by using ribbons that cascade from the top to bottom. Hang the smaller ornaments on the upper part of the tree and the bigger ones at the lower section to create a sense of balance.

The Flatback Tree

Flatback trees radiate the holiday ambiance of a traditional Christmas tree but takes up only half the floor space. Great for studios and small apartments, these trees feature a space-saving design that allows them to rest comfortably against the wall while providing a lush full-tree effect from the front.

 

How to Decorate a Flatback or Half Christmas Tree

Because a flatback tree poses as a full-bodied tree, it is spruced up much like a lush evergreen, except that you get to skip the back corner. Depending on your room’s décor, you can choose a festive red-and-green theme or go beyond the traditional Christmas colors.

A neutral scheme using natural elements, such as pinecones and other woodsy ornaments, is a great way to infuse a feeling of coziness and warmth in your holiday celebrations. Add a joyful spirit by placing neatly wrapped presents under the tree.

With the wide selection available on the market, choosing an artificial Christmas tree can be difficult. We hope this Tree Classics feature has helped you in buying a Christmas tree that’s perfect for your holiday home.

The Wintry Charm of Flocked Christmas Trees

With a nice lather of artificial snow, your holiday tree can become even more lifelike and fill your home with the magic of a white Christmas. What are the most beautiful flocked artificial Christmas trees?

In the second edition of our holiday trees special, Tree Classics presents two of our most adorable Christmas trees that feature artificial snow. These snow-capped decorative trees are sure to bring the charm of wintry forests into your yuletide celebration.

A White Christmas Highlight

Bring home the loveliness of a winter wonderland with Tree Classics’ Flocked White Fir Deluxe Christmas Tree. Designed to fill spaces with the elegance of the season, this fine artificial tree features snow-white foliage made of high-quality PVC needles. The pure color of our décor makes it an excellent Christmas showpiece to match any style of home.

Flocked White Fir Deluxe Christmas Tree

Along with its beautiful white foliage, the pre-lit version of our White Fir Deluxe Christmas tree also features bright UL lights which, combined with the flocked needles and branches of our tree, help create a cool and brilliant display unlike any other. The fire-resistant material makes this Tree Classics favorite an ideal Christmas accent.

A Snow-kissed Evergreen Favorite

For avid fans of the traditional evergreen tree, check out Tree Classics’ Alpine Estates Flocked Fir Christmas Tree. Inspired by the look of snow-capped Alpine firs, this lovely decorative tree is crafted from only the finest PVC needles and branches. The full evergreen foliage made from flame-proof material makes our yuletide tree a timeless showpiece for the holidays.

Alpine Estates Flocked Fir Christmas Tree

Our pre-lit Alpine Estates Flocked Fir tree is designed with sparkling UL lights. The warm radiance complements the frosted needles, creating a beautiful spectacle to cap off your Christmas.

Treat your family and friends to a memorable yuletide celebration by displaying these stunning flocked Christmas favorites in your holiday home.

Win an Artificial Tree! Join Tree Classics’ Military Family Facebook Giveaway Contest

Tree Classics is giving away holiday prizes to the families of soldiers

‘Salute Your Soldier’ Military Family Tree Giveaway

Every year, thousands of families feel a little incomplete around the holiday season. Deployed soldiers from around the country miss their children’s visits to Santa, the singing of carols and the opening of gifts. With loved ones gone, the holiday season can feel more gloomy than cheerful.

At Tree Classics, we believe December should be one of the happiest times of the year, and we want to help those who sacrifice so much for our country to feel the joy we know exists in the holiday season.

In an effort to give back to the brave families that have committed their lives to the military, Tree Classics is giving away five (5) holiday prizes. Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible to win one of five prizes to help warm up their homes for the holiday season. We encourage you to share with us your story or a story of someone you love and admire who deserves a little more cheer this year.

How do I enter?

Entries will be in the form of pictures of soldiers or soldiers’ families, uploaded to the Tree Classics Facebook page’s contest app. Nominate a military family (or your own family) by uploading your picture along with a note telling us how they personify the holiday spirit.

Who is eligible?

Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible for prizes. Eligible entrants must be residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Tree Classics cannot ship to overseas bases.

Who wins?

Winners will be decided by fan voting. The five (5) entries with the most votes will be awarded a Tree Classics product. We encourage you to share your entry with your friends, family and networks, as well as encourage other families to participate. Winners will be notified via email by December 18, 2013.

What are the prizes?

The top three (3) entries will win one (1) Pre-lit Wisconsin Fraser Fir each, while the two (2) runners-up will be awarded one (1) 24-inch Clear Lights Aster Christmas Wreath.

When is the contest?

The contest begins Monday, November 18, 2013, at 9:00 am PT. To enter, visit our Facebook page and upload a picture of your nominated family (or soldier) with a note about the family’s holiday spirit. When nominating another family, we ask that the family be aware before you submit because Tree Classics will need to contact them if they win. Encourage your friends, families and network to vote for your entry until the contest ends — Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm PT.

What are the rules?

Entrants must be residents of and living in the United States. Nominations can come from anyone, but families eligible to win prizes must include an active or retired member of the military. For the official contest rules, visit our Facebook page.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are excited to express our gratitude to such heroic families in the community. Every year, families sacrifice quality time to protect our country, and we are happy to give back to those courageous men and women. We look forward to all of the entries and wish you the best of luck and a happy holiday season!