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How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas Trees

Whilst there are many benefits to an artificial Christmas tree, such as lifespan, the guarantee it will last all Christmas and no falling needles, you do have to put some effort into decorating your tree for it to look its best. Here, we have covered how to correctly fluff your tree and how long you should spend for the best appearance.

From time to time, we receive phonecalls and feedback from our customers asking why their tree doesn't look like the photos on our website; some customers even wonder whether we have edited our pictures (we can assure you, we don't need to). The simple answer to this is that when we set up our Christmas trees for photography, we spend at least 45 minutes pulling apart all of the branches. Some of our Christmas trees can have in excess of 2000 separate branches which will be tightly packed into the main supporting hinged branch for safe shipping.

For the most part, our artificial trees, arrive in one box that contains 2 to 4 pieces. These pieces have to be folded up tightly in order for them to arrive in such a compact box that keeps delivery costs down and saves space for you when you are putting your tree away again and back up into the loft. It also helps to protect the branches whilst in transit. Therefore, when you take the tree out of the box and assemble the pieces the tree will likely look like the picture below, a bit disappointing, empty and sad. But don’t worry, this can all be fixed, this isn’t how your tree will look, and it’s certainly not how we expect you to want your tree to look when finished.

Unboxed Artificial Christmas Tree Pieces
Non-Fluffed Artificial Christmas Tree

Each section of the tree contains a different number of branches, the bottom will have the most and this will gradually reduce as you go up your tree. We recommend you start pulling out and fluffing the branches at the bottom and work up so that they are easier to get to and that you don’t miss any tucked away.

The video below is for our popular Calgary fir tree but applies to all of our artificial trees and will show you the correct method for pulling out your branches. But to break it down, all the large branches are made up of smaller branch tips which need to be separated from one another and straightened. You can arrange these branches how you see fit to fill the spaces, but we recommend turning them to face upwards slightly, as this will give you the best support when hanging your decorations.

On a 7ft tree, we recommend spending around 45 minutes to an hour ‘fluffing’ your tree before it is ready to decorate with lights and baubles. On 6ft trees and below this should take slightly less time as there will be less branches. Whilst this may sound like a long time, this is the way to perfect your tree’s appearance and replicate the styling we have on our online photos. Additionally, it is time well spent, get the kids involved and make it a fun family affair, perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit. The more people, the less time it will take! Once you have finished fluffing, your tree will look like the finished result like in the picture below.

Calgary Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

Once Christmas is over, these branches will be able to be folded down again in order to fit back into the box. We recommend folding the branches back down as tight as possible before putting them away as this helps to keep them protected from damage, dirt and dust.

Additionally, before purchasing your tree we would recommend you take into consideration the size of the tree you are ordering. The larger the tree the more time you may have to spend perfecting its style, however, we do not ever want our customers to be disappointed and therefore feel you should consider that a tree smaller than you may seem underwhelming. Unless you are restricted by space, we always feel a 6ft or 7ft tree will offer the most impressive height and volume of branches and give the fullest look with fewer gaps between branches.

If you have any questions about how to fluff your artificial Christmas tree, our team of handy Christmas elves will always be willing to point you in the right direction! Do not hesitate to give them a call on 0333 1 235 235.