How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Tree

 

Among the most anticipated holiday traditions with the family is buying a Christmas tree and unboxing it for the first time. Whether you purchased an unlit or a pre-lit LED Christmas tree, a full or slim one, keep in mind that it usually comes compressed for shipping. Fluffing the tree will give it a fuller shape and a more natural look. Watch Jen Lutz as she shows us how to fluff your artificial Christmas tree in this video.

Tips for Fluffing Your Tree

1. Find the Floor for Fluffing
2. Go for Gloves
3. Set It Up and Start Shaping
4. Step Back and Check Your Tree
5. Fluff with Family and Friends 

1. Find the Floor for Fluffing

Tree Classics Snap Tree
Photo courtesy of Southern Hospitality blog

Prepare a clean and even floor space to fluff your tree. Make sure you have enough space to move around. If you have a pre-lit tree, plug in the lights to check if there are broken bulbs and to get a glimpse of how the tree and lighting will look when completely assembled.

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2. Go for Gloves

Fluffing an Artificial Christmas Tree

The needles can get a tad prickly, so wear gardening gloves to protect your hands from getting scratched or irritated. Gloves also allow your hands to glide easily over the branches and tips when you fluff your artificial Christmas tree.

3. Set It Up and Start Shaping

Fluffing Your Christmas Tree

Focus on one section at a time to avoid gaps within the tree. Begin with the bottom section, since this is usually the largest and requires more fluffing. Fan out the tips from the innermost branches and work your way outwards. Carefully point the outer tips in different directions to create volume. Fluff each branch layer, then continue upwards until the entire tree is done.

4. Step Back and Check Your Tree

 
Fluffing a pre-lit Deluxe Noble Fir
Jen Lutz makes sure the branches of this Deluxe Noble Fir are downswept

Study the finished product, and adjust the branches to fill in any gaps. Using a photo of your tree as a guide, tweak branch tips for an upswept or downswept effect. Make sure your lights are evenly dispersed and that the branches can easily accommodate your ornaments and ribbons.

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5. Fluff with Family and Friends

Shaping your Christmas tree takes time, but you don’t have to do it alone. Invite family and friends to help you, and make it a party! See how the Bowers made a family affair out of setting up and shaping their 12-foot Classic Fraser Fir Christmas tree in this video courtesy of Bower Power.

Now that you know how to fluff your artificial Christmas tree, you can get a head start on decorating. Read our blog for style inspirations, and don’t forget to visit our store for your new holiday décor!

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