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Setting-up your Artificial Christmas Tree: How to Fluff

November 3rd, 2013

Fluffing your artificial Christmas tree may be tedious and time-consuming, but it is a crucial step to giving your tree a lush and full appearance. Follow these simple steps and get your artificial tree looking gorgeous for the holidays.

1. Preparation

After assembling your tree, you’ll need to do a few things to make the tree-shaping task easier.

Christmas tree with slightly upward swept tips

  • Wear gloves. Some trees made with PVC have hard, pointy needles that are rough to the touch. I suggest wearing a pair of thin cotton gloves to protect your hands. The gloves glide easily over the branches and keep your hands from getting irritated while handling the foliage.
  • Turn on the tree’s lights. If your tree is pre-lit, try switching on its lights so you can adjust the position of the bulbs to your liking as you shape the branches. This is also a quick and convenient way to help you spot and fill in any gaps.
  • Use a photo reference.  Print out a product image of the tree from the seller’s site to give you an idea of how the finished tree should look like. Some trees, such as the Christmas Tree Market Sequoia Fir, have an upswept style where some branches and tips angle gently upwards. In contrast, other trees are meant to have their tips curving downwards. Basing your tree on a photo helps give your tree a lush and more lifelike appearance.

2. Procedure

Now you’re ready to fluff your tree. Here’s what you need to do:

  • It’s always best to start from the bottom of the tree and work your way up. Start by checking that every branch has fallen properly into place.
  • With each branch, carefully lift up the individual tips and position them out and away from the main branch. Make sure the tips closest to the center pole are angled vertically up and progressively sideward to give a fan-like arrangement. With this technique, you are able to cover as much area as possible to prevent light from passing through.
  • Angle the outermost tips diagonally away from the branch. To give your tree a more natural appearance, bend the small tips to form gentle upward and downward curves.  Make sure to vary the position and distance of the curves to avoid an overly uniform look. Try imagining how the leaves of a real tree would grow and curl to reach out to the sun.
  • Work your way row by row and proceed upwards on the tree. When you reach the highest section, you’ll notice that the topmost branch points straight up. Gently adjust the top row of branches towards the base of the topmost branch to form a smooth slope, heightening the triangular shape of your tree.

3. Inspection

Take a few steps back and examine your tree from a distance. Look for any holes or gaps and ensure that the lights are spaced evenly throughout the tree.

 Christmas tree with stand and lights

Ask your family to lend a hand and you’ll be done fluffing in no time. With a little time and proper shaping, you can get your artificial Christmas tree looking fuller and more alive than ever before!

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