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How to fluff a Christmas tree like an expert

Artificial Christmas trees are now more realistic than ever, with extendable branches and lifelike foliage. Some are even dusted with snow to bring our dreams of a white Christmas to life. Despite this, an artificial tree will need to be fluffed properly before it will even begin to resemble a real Christmas tree.

"Fluffing your Christmas tree properly ensures the tree looks as full and lifelike as possible," says Annie Bloom, Big W ambassador and creative director of Visual Empire. Likewise, crafter, blogger and Spotlight ambassador, Gemma Patford loves Christmas and says fluffing the Christmas tree is a crucial step when putting up the tree.

"When a tree is stored in the box, it is packed and stacked to take up as little room as possible," says Gemma. "Almost every artificial tree you can buy will require a heavy amount of fluffing."

Fluffing a Christmas tree is easy if you follow these handy steps with tips from the experts.

"More is more when it comes to decorating a Christmas tree," says Annie. Photo: Katherine Jamison

1. Be prepared

Although fluffing a tree requires virtually no equipment, the experts recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt or a pair of gloves to prevent the branches scratching your arms.

The tree will have some fall out, so keep a dustpan and broom close by to sweep up as you go – something that's especially important if you've got kids or pets running around!

2. Spread out the branches

Whether you start fluffing the tree from the bottom and work your way up, or the other way round is a matter of personal preference.

"I always start from the bottom because that's the way you assemble your tree," says Gemma. "Separate and spread out all the fronds, starting from the bottom tier and work your way up."

"Don't be afraid to shake it a little to loosen up the branches," she adds.

3. Create dimension

Once you've roughly separated the main branches, it's time to get fluffing!

"Put your hands inside the tree and start fluffing from the inside, working your way out to make sure you do every branch," says Annie.

"I make sure that I actually bend every single branch in a different direction so it looks natural and like a real tree," she adds.

WATCH: Annie Bloom shares her top three tips for creating the perfect Christmas tree.

4. Check your work

Stand back from the tree and check for evenness.

"The tree should look full and even from all sides," says Annie. Manipulate the branches accordingly to fill out any bald spots and negative space.

5. Add fullness

If you feel your Christmas tree still looks a little bit flat despite your best efforts, you may need to get a bit crafty.

"If the tree is slim and doesn't have a lot of branches, a good trick is to insert some decorations further inside the tree to cover up any holes," says Annie.

Push ornaments into the tree to create a fuller look, says Annie. Tree skirt, ornaments and tree are all from Big W. Image: Supplied

Tinsel often gets a bad rap as a tacky piece of Christmas décor, but it can work wonders to fill out a thinning tree.

If you can't bring yourself to buy tinsel, however, Gemma says strips of luxurious fabric can work well too. "I take thick strips of fabric (ideally the same colour as the tree's foliage) and weave it in between the branches and poke it into the tree so it's not visible." For a luxurious look, Gemma recommends opting for velvet. "Simply braid or drape long garlands of fabric into your tree as you would with tinsel."

Burlap garlands look great on trees with a rustic style while garlands of faux fur look great on trees styled according to a classic white Christmas theme.

Once fluffed, the Christmas tree should look even from all sides, says Annie. Photo: Maree Homer / bauersyndication.com.au

6. Hide flaws with decorations

Fluffed and filled your tree, but can still see problematic patches? Fear not, because this is where decorations come into play. "More is more," says Annie.

Choose large baubles to hide gaps, as well as oversized flowers. "Replace the existing string on your baubles with long ribbons to increase how much they hang, making them fall and fill bare spots in your tree," suggests Gemma. Flowers such as poinsettias, magnolias and even gerberas are a great choice.

Gemma uses a combination of tinsel and large decorations - such as colourful gerberas - to fill out a white Christmas tree from Spotlight. Image: Supplied

Can you de-fluff a Christmas tree?

“No amount of de-fluffing will get that baby back into the box that it arrived in,” says Gemma. She recommends getting a purpose-built tree-storage bag from Spotlight to keep your tree in top condition for years to come.

Essential items for fluffing a Christmas tree

Christmas natural green garland, $15, Big W

Don't be afraid to nestle decorations and garlands deep in the tree to create layers and depth. This fluffy Christmas garland will help fill out a tree, and any additional pieces you have can be used to decorate your mantel or staircase railing.

Balsam pine needle garland with pine cones, $37.95 (2.3 metres), Christmas Warehouse

To really fill out a Christmas tree, try ditching traditional tinsel for a bushy Christmas tree garland. This simple design is decorated with gold-tipped pine cones, so it will add a subtle sparkle to your tree too!

Christmas Tree Storage Bag in red, $48.95, Catch.com.au

Once a Christmas tree has been fluffed, it cannot be de-fluffed, so invest in a roomy storage bag that will keep your tree in pristine condition throughout the year. This waterproof bag is sturdy, and will have plenty of room for you to pack away your tree with ease. Also available in black.

Champagne glitter poinsettia clip ornament, $9.95, David Jones

Cover up any gaps with large decorations. Decorative flowers such as poinsettias and magnolias are perfect for the task.

How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Posted November 8, 2021

There are many benefits to an artificial Christmas tree, such as lifespan, the guarantee it will last the entire Christmas period, and of course no falling needles. To have your tree looking it's bushy best, it needs to be fluffed before you put the decorations on. Here, we have covered how to correctly fluff your tree and how long you should spend doing so for the best appearance.

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“Fluffing your tree is time well spent and can be a fun family event, perfect for getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

From time to time, we receive phone calls 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 more than 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. This helps keep delivery costs down and saves space for you when you are putting your tree away 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. But don’t worry, this can all be fixed easily. 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.

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 spending around 45 minutes to an hour ‘fluffing’ your tree before it is ready to decorate.”

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 fewer branches.

Fluffing your tree is time well spent and can be a fun family event, perfect for getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Just put on your favourite Christmas music, make a round of hot chocolates and turn fluffing and decorating your tree together into a family tradition. The more people, the less time it will take! Once you have finished fluffing, your tree will look like the finished result as in the pictures on our website.

“The larger the tree the more time you may have to spend perfecting its style.

Once Christmas is over, these branches will be able to be folded down again 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, unless you are restricted by space, we always feel a 6ft or 7ft tree will offer the most impressive height 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 ask them for a recommendation.

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How to pack an artificial Christmas tree for storage after the New Year, its expiration date

Contents of the article

  • How to store an artificial Christmas tree after the New Year
  • How to fold the Christmas tree
  • Packing for the Christmas tree
  • Where and how best to store
  • artificial expiration date Christmas trees

Modern artificial Christmas trees are actively replacing real trees. They are not inferior to splendor, beauty. They stand for a long time, do not crumble. After the holiday, it is enough to fold, put away until next year. It is with this that there are problems.

Consider how to pack an artificial Christmas tree for storage. We will choose a suitable container, place, determine the service life.

How to store an artificial Christmas tree after the New Year

A Christmas tree in an apartment is a holiday! It should please with splendor, neat appearance. A shabby tree with crumpled needles is not impressive, it looks miserable. It cannot be masked with tinsel rain. The main task is to preserve the new look as long as possible.

For storage, branches of an artificial Christmas tree are packed in parts, wrapped with film, cloth, fixed with adhesive tape, ropes. Then they are placed in boxes, bags, left in a cool, dark place.

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How to fold a Christmas tree

A new Christmas tree has plastic bags on each branch. You don't need to keep the packaging. It will not work to pull the bags again. It is better to take cling film. An old sheet, duvet cover will do.

How to properly fold an artificial Christmas tree for storage:

  1. Dismantle the branches, detach from the trunk, fold to size.
  2. Straighten the needles, wrap each branch with cling film or a piece of cloth. Secure with tape, rope.
  3. Wrap the metal part of each branch, trunk, in foil.
  4. Store.

Artificial white needles require special treatment. It is important not to let the adhesive tape get on the needles, it is necessary to use transparent, light packaging. Otherwise, spots will appear, the appearance of the tree will suffer.

Christmas tree packaging

Dismantled Christmas trees are sold in compact boxes. Re-fold, shove it will not work. Look for other packaging.

Options:

  • cardboard boxes. Can be quickly folded, packed, sealed with tape. We recommend disassembling by size, signing;
  • plywood, plastic boxes, large containers. In a rigid container, it is even easier to keep a Christmas tree, it is easier to stack boxes on top of each other. They can serve as an additional stand, shelf for other items;
  • bags. You can fold, pack the branches in tight bags. It is important to first carefully straighten, wrap the needles with a film.

Do not put in one large container. Branches under their own weight deform over time, artificial needles bend. It is better to fold in several boxes, bags, put away for storage in parts.

Where and how best to store

Usually left together with Christmas decorations, decorations in the pantry, garage. They are stored together with bicycles, skis, household equipment, boxes for winter fishing. Protective packaging prevents dust.

An important point is the minimum of contacts and friction. The needles should not wrinkle, the coating should be erased. Choose far corners. Packages, bags are hung. For boxes, it is easy to build shelves with your own hands. We recommend fixing under the ceiling.

Compact storage of artificial tree

Where to store:

  • closet;
  • barn;
  • garage;
  • cellar.

Where not:

  • in the sun;
  • in a hot room;
  • in a damp place.

Plastic releases toxic substances when heated.

Shelf life of an artificial Christmas tree

According to the SES data, the shelf life of an artificial Christmas tree is 3 years. Shocking information. The interior tree is bought with great prospects. It has served for decades. In some houses, it is passed from parents to children, like a relic. But polymer parts in a hot room heat up, cause harm to health, and do not have the best characteristics. Formaldehyde is a substance of the second hazard class. If you do not take this fact into account, the Christmas tree can be stored for 10, 20, 30 years.

It is dangerous to use old garlands with bulbs for decoration. They heat the needles, increase the release of hazardous compounds.

The right packaging will keep your artificial Christmas tree looking its best for many years. But is it worth it? The holiday tree is not meant to be used for decades. Cheap Chinese materials will cause irreparable harm to health. It is important to familiarize yourself with the characteristics in the instructions, study the rules, conditions, folding procedure.

The second point is dust. It accumulates between artificial needles. It is impossible to wipe the needles. The way out is to vacuum. An old, dirty Christmas tree can be gently washed in the bath, spread out on a bedspread, and dried.

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How to find a place for a Christmas tree in a small apartment: 6 solutions for owners

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Take it to the balcony, put it on a window sill or a chair - we suggest what solutions you can use to place a Christmas tree of different sizes.

The video showed options for placing a Christmas tree

A Christmas tree can be placed on a balcony, on a table, a stool, you can find a replacement for it - in one form or another, it will definitely enter every home.

1 Put the Christmas tree on the window sill

Usually window sills, even in small apartments, remain empty or act as a collection of all sorts of things. A great idea to motivate yourself to clutter up the windowsill for the New Year is to put a small spruce there.

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Together with a small Christmas tree, the window sill can be decorated with scented candles and decorative figurines, or placed next to pots with cypresses, creating a real mini-forest.

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2 Decorate a nightstand or side table

Even a small Christmas tree can become the center of attraction in your living room. Place it on a side table in the center of the room.

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In addition to the table, you can use the bedside table in the bedroom - it will be especially pleasant to wake up and inhale the coniferous aroma.

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3 Place the tree on the dining table

Of course, you can't put a whole tree on the dining table. But you can create a mini spruce and pine cone decoration and place it in a wooden box, for example. Such decor will become a worthy alternative to a real spruce.

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A small Christmas tree can be placed on the table. Or lay out fir branches, beating them with decorative garlands or candles.

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4 Put a tree on one of the chairs in the kitchen

If you have a dining area in your kitchen, but half of the chairs are idle, use them as a spruce stand. It is best to put the tree somewhere against the wall so that it does not interfere with the passage.

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Of course, we are talking about a mini version in a pot or basket. This method will not require much space, except for what is already involved under empty chairs.

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5 Place a Christmas tree on the balcony

If you have a balcony and there is no place for a Christmas tree in your apartment, put a tree there. The Christmas tree can be safely located on an open balcony under the snow, and in a closed and insulated one.

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The balcony space is used the least, so the tree there will not interfere with movement and block access to important places. At the same time, you can always go to the balcony to enjoy the spruce scent or at least admire the Christmas tree from the window.

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6 Fill in a corner or wall

For example with a narrower spruce. The widest lower branches of the spruce take up the most space, if made narrower, the tree can fit into a small room.

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You can form a living tree yourself (assemble from branches on a frame) or buy a ready-made artificial spruce.

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