Tips for Shaping Your Foliage

When you are decorating for Christmas using artificial trees, garlands, and wreaths, the number one thing to think about when pulling your new foliage out of the box is shaping it and getting it show ready. Faux foliage comes in a box and will be flattened out when removed and in order to enhance the shape and style of the garland or wreath, you need to bend out the branches and limbs to make the foliage full and lush.


Classic Fraser Fir Festive garland right out of the box.  To fluff the garland, start at one end and move the branches up and out for maximum fullness.  You can move the berries an pinecones up and out to show them off more as well.  Just make sure you move all the way down the garland to the very end, pulling the branches up and out.


Classic Fraser Fir Festive Wreath out of the box.


Classic Fraser Fir Festive fluffed and ready to decorate.


I attached the Classic Fraser Fir Festive wreath to my mirror on the mantel with a suction cup wreath holder.  The battery pouch is hidden behind the foliage and is very easy to turn on with a push button.

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And here’s the mantel all decorated for Christmas with the Classic Fraser Fir Festive wreath and the same garland.  I love this look because it’s a mix of materials and colors and it gives the appearance and feel of real garland.  It also has real pinecones and a little bit of bling with gold berries, perfect for keeping natural or adding a bit more decoration.


Tips for Shaping your Wreath and Garland:

  1. Work on a flat surface.
  2. For the wreath, work counter-clockwise and from the outer edge to the center in rows.
  3. For the garland, work from the end that most of the branch tips seem to be stemming from.
  4. Bend each branch up and out towards you while moving  around the wreath. Garlands can be fluffed in all directions moving outside from the main bulk of it.
  5. For the wreath, there should be an obvious middle ring once all the branches are fully fluffed.

Now you’re ready to celebrate the season in style!

How to Setup A Snap Tree™

Christmas is an occasion best spent enjoying the company of one another and living out the spirit of the holiday. Spend more time with loved ones and less time decorating this season with Snap Tree™.

Tree Classics’ exclusive Snap Tree technology allows you to assemble your tree as quickly as possible and store it away without having to disassemble it completely. Read on to learn how it works, and find out how you can win your very own!

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3 Reasons to Choose a Tree with Color-changing LED Lights


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The Alberta Spruce Christmas Tree features Color-Changing LED Lights

Lighting can really enhance the look of your tree, and it isn’t far-fetched to say that the lights on a Christmas tree are an absolutely essential part of it. At Tree Classics, we’ve made landmark innovations to help ensure that your tree is always perfectly lit.

Along with our Quick Set™ technology, Tree Classics’ Color-Changing LED technology is one of our most popular tree-lighting innovations. Here are three of the top reasons why we love using Color-Changing LED  lights on our trees.

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Tree Classics’ Big 40 Celebration Sweepstakes


‘Tis the season of giving and this year happens to be Tree Classics’ 40th season delighting you with fine and innovative artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and more. As we celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re taking this opportunity to give back to our loyal customers by giving you a chance to win one of 20 prizes we have in store. But it doesn’t stop there! We’re also giving you a chance to nominate a friend to win the exact same prize!

Is there anyone who you think deserves a special gift this year? With Tree Classics’ Big 40 Celebration Sweepstakes 2015, we can give that gift on your behalf, as well as ours.

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How to Choose the Ideal Christmas Tree

Arctic White Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

As the centerpiece of your holiday celebration, the Christmas tree is the single most important piece of décor for the season. That being the case, there are a myriad of varieties and optional add-ons in the market today. This post shows you how to choose a Christmas tree that will grace your home as part of your holiday tradition for many years to come.

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Best Times to Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree

The beauty of an artificial tree lasts from season to season, and investing in a high-quality tree will put smiles on your loved ones’ faces for years to come. Unlike real trees, you can purchase artificial trees year-round to better meet your family’s budget needs. For extra savings on a topnotch tree that will last, check out the great Christmas tree deals at Tree Classics during the following sale times. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Looking New

Keeping your tree looking like new, year after year, is easy when you know the basics of Christmas tree care. From cleaning your tree to choosing where to set it up to providing proper storage, these simple Christmas tree tips will help preserve the beautiful look and condition of your Christmas tree. Continue reading

Get Inspired: Creative Picture Frames

With spring just a few weeks away, it may be time to think about how you want to decorate your walls. While vintage picture frames are a sentimental and visual indulgence, creative picture frames add character to your home and make the place truly your own.

In this post, Tree Classics features a few ideas on making picture frames that will both amaze your guests and remind you of fond memories with family and friends.
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Christmas Tree Deals: Get Ready for Next Year

Gone are the days when one had to wait for the winter season, or until Thanksgiving, to purchase a Christmas tree. As more people start to see the advantages of having an artificial tree, stores are beginning to offer these prized products all year round.

The best time to shop for an artificial holiday tree is during the post-Christmas tree sale period, which runs from the day after Christmas until January. Aside from finding the best deals, this will get you ready for the next holiday. You may stock up on holiday ornaments and décor sold for a fraction of their regular price.

If this is your first time to buy an artificial Christmas tree, take note of these important reminders.

Measure the Space of Your Tree

Determine the space that your tree will fill in. Measure the distance from your ceiling to the floor and get the area’s square footage as well. Make sure to include some space allowance so your display doesn’t look stuffed.

If you want to place gifts underneath your tree, a full-shaped tree guarantees more room at its base. Online Christmas tree stores offer different types of spruce, fir, and pine in varying sizes. Determining the height and width of your tree will make the selection process less tedious.

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How to Set Up Your Artificial Christmas Tree

For many families, setting up their Christmas trees is one of the most cherished and time-honored of all holiday traditions. From the oldest family members to the youngest, each one takes part in bringing this beloved tree to life with classic and fanciful ornaments. It has bridged countless generations together. With the Yuletide season now in full swing, it’s time bring back the Christmas tree into our homes and into our hearts.

To help you setup your Christmas tree for the holidays, here are Tree Classics’ four simple and easy to follow steps on how to assemble an artificial tree.

1. Take out your Christmas tree from storage and cleaning it

After spending several months tucked away in your closet or garage, chances are your Christmas tree may have accumulated a few layers of dirt and dust. The best way to get rid of these is to wipe the branches and needles with a clean piece of cloth dipped in water and soap. However, if you’re dealing with a pre-lit Christmas tree, it would be better to skip the soapy water to avoid ruining the light connections. As you work your way through the different sections of your Christmas tree, make sure to pay close attention to even the smallest tips and corners of the foliage. Once you finish, let your Christmas tree dry for a few minutes before continuing your tree assembly.

To avoid having to worry about dust and dirt covering your Christmas tree during storage, try storing it in a Christmas tree storage bag instead of its original box. These storage bags are specially designed to keep your artificial Christmas tree dirt and dust-free while kept away. They also help preserve the quality of your tree for more years to come.

2. Put your Christmas tree together section by section

After cleaning the foliage your artificial Christmas tree, it’s time to put tree all together. Start by setting the tree stand on a level place. For smaller Christmas trees, you can use a support base to give it more height. Some homeowners place their trees on a small platform for elegance while others prefer an old wooden or steel bucket for a more rustic look.

Next, assemble your Christmas tree according to its section, beginning with the bottom. Insert the tree pole into the tree stand and secure it. Spread the branches of the tree outward so you can see the following connection for the middle part. This is also to prepare the foliage for the shaping and fluffing later on. Attach the next section of the tree then repeat the same process as before. Finish the assembly by adding the top of your Christmas tree and attaching all the light connections together.

3. Shape the branches of your Christmas tree

To achieve an elegant and realistic look for your Christmas tree, always remember to shape and fluff its foliage. Since different trees have varying shapes and forms, this process allows your artificial Christmas tree to take on the appearance of its live tree inspiration. It involves spreading out the branches of the tree either upward or downward starting from the innermost parts to the very tips. Fluffing your Christmas tree also makes its branches more suitable for ornamentation.

4. Check the Light Connections and Bulbs

The following step is very important whether you have a pre-lit Christmas tree or an unlit tree you plan to decorate with lights. Dealing with light connections requires the utmost care in order to keep your family safe and to avoid any untoward incidents during the holidays.

Before you plug your tree to an outlet, make sure to double check all the wires for any damages or loose connections. Pay attention to the lights to see if there are any busted bulbs that need replacement. Once you’ve scanned the light strands, plug your Christmas tree in. Again, watch out for busted bulbs or malfunctioning connections.

If you spot any damages, carefully unplug your tree then set it aside. Contact the store where you bought your tree for any possible parts replacement or a professional electrician to check and fix the connections further.

The Christmas tree is an important part of many family traditions. It is a classic reminder of just how much we value celebrating the holidays and the spirit of giving it represents.