The holiday season is fast approaching, and you may already have a lot on your plate before you know it. Start preparing for the happiest time of the year by taking out your Christmas tree, and giving it a good amount of fluffing with these steps from Tree Classics:
Step 1: Prepare the Space for Your Tree
Make sure that the space is clear from anything that can make the floor uneven. Lay down the tree stand and check if it’s stable enough before doing anything else.
If you are assembling a pre-lit tree, make sure a power outlet is nearby. If not, prepare an extension cord. If you assemble the tree while it’s lit, you can do a cursory check for broken bulbs as you shape the tree, and you will also be able to appreciate your work as you go along.
Gloves are optional, but we recommend wearing them so your hands can glide easily over the tree’s tips and branches. The needles can be a bit bristly, so wearing gloves also provides a bit more protection for your skin.
Step 2: Put up the Tree and… Start Shaping!
Make sure that all the sections of your artificial Christmas tree are in the right place, but don’t attach them all at once. Connect the bottom (often the largest) section first, fluff as you go along, and work your way up. If you are setting up a pre-lit artificial tree, turn on the Christmas lights to give you a better picture of the tree as you are plumping it up.
Ensure that each of the branches has fallen into place. Start with the inner branch tips then move towards the outer ones. Carefully point the outer tips in different directions and fan them out from the center. Doing this will give you good volume. Focus on fluffing every branch layer, then move upwards. When you’re done with the bottom section, connect the next one and do the same.
Refer to the photos of the tree you purchased to give you an example of how it should look. If your tree is styled to be “downswept” just like what you usually see in most woodlands, you will need to angle your branches downward. If it is “upswept”, you will need point your branches upward as if it’s reaching out to the heavens.
Step 3: Enjoy the Spectacle!
When you have achieved the desired volume, take a step back and check it from every angle. If there are any gaps, shape the branches a bit more to fill them in. Another way to see if you did a good job is by checking that the Christmas lights are evenly dispersed. This way, you can make sure that your Christmas tree looks lovely both in the day, and at night.
Fluffing your artificial Christmas tree is key to making it look fresh and real. When you are satisfied with your work, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your masterpiece!