October 19, 2017

How to Shape your Christmas Tree

Posted by Treetopia in Treetopia Guides

Treetopia Christmas trees are carefully packed with branches tightly compressed in their boxes for safe shipping. It may take a bit of time and effort, but proper fluffing will give your tree a fuller, more natural appearance that’s sure to impress. Fluff your way to fabulous with our guide on how to shape your Christmas tree.

What You’ll Need:

A pair of thin gloves
Trees made from PVC sometimes have stiff, pointy needles that can be rough on your hands. A pair of cotton gloves makes handling tree branches easier and more comfortable.

A ladder
Use a ladder or step stool to safely shape hard-to-reach branches on a tall tree.

Photo reference
Refer to a product image from the seller’s site so you know what your tree should look like.

Work Your Way Up

start from the bottom

It is always a good idea to start fluffing from the lowest level of the tree, and work your way up. Working from the bottom up helps you see more details and shape more efficiently. Secure the bottom section of the tree to the stand and check that every hinged branch has fallen into place. Then, spread each branch tip out and away from the main branch.

Treetopia Tip #1:Position branches in alternating vertical and sideways directions, deliberately off-setting some for a natural look.

Start with the Inner Tips

fluff the inner ts

Begin with the tips nearest to the center pole. Fully fanned inner tips help cover more area inside the tree, preventing light from passing through and ensuring there are no gaps, giving your tree a dense appearance.

Treetopia Tip #2: If your tree is pre-lit, switch on its lights beforehand so you can spot any gaps while you fluff, as well as check for and replace faulty bulbs.

Fluff the Outer Tips

shape the outer tips

As you reach the end of the branch, position the outermost tips at a diagonal angle, away from the branch. If a tree is meant to have an upswept look, like our Alexander Fir Christmas Tree, gently bend the outer tips upward as needed.

Treetopia Tip # 3: Some trees have exterior tips that curve upwards or downwards, so check your photo reference.

Shape by Section

When you finish one section, attach the next one and follow the same shaping procedure. Work your way around the tree layer by layer, carefully shaping each branch as you go.

Treetopia Tip # 4: Proper fluffing is a process that can’t be rushed, so feel free to take a break after finishing each section.

Shape the Top

For the uppermost section, position the top branches straight up to form a smooth slope. This helps enhance the natural triangular shape of your tree.

Treetopia Tip #5: Pre-fluff the top section before placing it on your tree, so you won’t need to shape while on a ladder or step stool.

Make Final Adjustments

step back

Look at your tree from a distance and from different angles. Check for any gaps or uneven branches and make any necessary adjustments. If you have pre-lit trees, turn the lights on one more time before decorating.

Treetopia Tip #6: Shaping your tree for the first time may take some time, but with proper handling and storage, your tree can retain much of its shape for the following season.

Learning how to shape your Christmas tree may require some time and effort, but the results are definitely worth it! Do you have any tips and tricks for shaping a Christmas tree? Share your expertise in the comments section below!

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