Proper shaping or fluffing can make even the most modest Christmas tree look like a million bucks! It may take a bit of time and effort, but fluffing your tree gives it a fuller, more natural appearance that will impress guests and enchant loved ones. The next time you set up your tree, remember these simple steps on how to shape a Christmas tree and fluff your way to fabulousness!
What You Need:
- A pair of thin gloves. Trees made from PVC can 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. Check if the tree in the photo has its tips curved or angled in a particular way.
Let’s Get Started!
After securing the bottom section of the tree to the stand, check that every hinged branch has fallen fully into place. 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.
Begin with the tips farthest back on the branch, or nearest to the center pole. Separate each tip and spread them in alternating vertical and sideways directions, away from the main branch. Fully fanned tips helps cover more area inside the tree, preventing light from passing through and giving your tree a fuller, denser look.
Expert Tip: If your tree is pre-lit, switch on its lights beforehand so you can spot any gaps while you fluff.
As you reach the end of the branch, position the outermost tips at a diagonal angle and away from the branch. Some trees have exterior tips that curve in a certain direction, so check your photo reference to see if that’s what your tree should have. If a tree is meant to have an upswept look, like our Alexander Fir Christmas Tree, gently bend the outer tips upward as needed.
When you finish one section, attach the next one and follow the same shaping procedure. Work your way around the tree layer by layer and be patient. Carefully shaping each branch now will save you time in the long run.
Expert tip: Proper fluffing is a process that can’t be rushed, so feel free to take a break after finishing each section.
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 and makes your tree topper more prominent.
Inspect your tree from a distance and from different angles. Check for any holes, gaps, or uneven branches and make any necessary adjustments. If you have pre-lit trees, turn the lights on one more time before adding ornaments.
Expert Tip: 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 a Christmas tree may be a challenge, but the results will definitely be worth the effort. Share this article and help your family and friends get their own tree into tip-top shape for Christmas!