Learning how to fluff a Christmas tree can make an artificial tree look that much more real and overall make the tree look fuller and more cheerful in your space. Regardless if you have a flocked, sparse or really full tree, fluffing it is usually necessary if you have an artificial tree that' been sitting in storage.
We have a full-sized tree in each level of our home, including one flocked tree. It does take more time to set them up if you fluff them as you go, but it's the best way to get them looking as real as possible. It is worth noting that you'll probably want to invest in a Christmas tree bag after you've fluffed a tree. They aren't as easy to get back into their original boxes! My favorite tree is the one pictured here- it's the 7.5 ft Noble Spruce from King of Christmas. It even came with gloves to help fluff it and a storage bag!
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Best Tips for Fluffing a Christmas Tree
Have gloves and/or long sleeves ready and available, Especially if your tree is flocked you’re going to get a lot of ‘snow’ on you. Even with an artificial tree the branches can be scratchy. Also just keep in mind there will be clean up. You'll either have pine needles or fake snow all around where you're setting up the tree.
Set up the base of your tree and start with that section. Then you can work section by section. That way you can really see all of the needles and branches easily. The base layer typically has the most, so I put that piece into the stand and work around the tree to give it a nice look.
Work from the back of the branch and twist every stem in a different direction. This helps it look as real as possible. You want it to be full all around, so every now and then take a break and check it out. Or spin it around as you go layer by layer.
It is more work and time, but you’ll want to separate and spread out all the branches. I twist them in opposite directions and you can always tuck them back in when you’re adding more lights, tinsel or ornaments if something looks off.
We have two full trees and one sparse tree. I LOVE the look of a sparse tree, but if you’re not sure, you can add garland or decorations in-between the levels of branches to cover the stem and or add more depth.
Fluffing an artificial Christmas tree gives it more dimension, depth, and helps it to look as real as possible.
Any- whether it's a really full tree, a flocked one or one that is inspired by Charlie Brown, any type of tree can be fluffed.
Once you have your tree up and fluffed it's time to decorate! I love decorating with vintage or homemade ornaments and an old-fashioned popcorn garland. I hope this has helped you learn how to fluff your Christmas tree! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments!
Merry Christmas and happy decorating!