This Christmas Tree Hack Will “Spruce” Up Your Sad Artificial Tree Right Now…
If you have a less-than-perfect fake/artificial Christmas tree you’re decorating this holiday season, this easy Christmas tree hack can take your decorating to the next level. And guess what, it’s so simple, easy and inexpensive, it’s almost too good to be true!
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Really nice, fluffy, full artificial trees come with a hefty price tag. And on top of all the other holiday expenses, it’s hard to squeeze in hundreds up to sometimes even a thousand extra dollars to buy a top dollar tree. So I have a scheme…a FREE one, to help make our cheap tree look tres’ chic.
Despair not, Charlie Brown, just like the Peanuts gang, we’ll have that tree spiffed up in a jiffy. The secret?? Boughs of holly…fa la la la la.
Here’s a short video of this Christmas tree hack being done…
Well, maybe not “holly”…let’s face it, though pretty, all those prickly leaves and poison berries make holly a pretty bad decorating garnish. But evergreen trimmings? FANTASTIC. AND FREE! If you’re lucky enough to have some evergreens in your yard, GREAT!
Here’s our sparse looking tree. Do you have a similar homely-looking specimen? The reality is, for most of us with our not-so-expensive fake trees, no amount of fluffing and pruning and preening will get rid of all the gaps and holes you see.
That’s where your yard clippings or tree trimmings from your local tree lot will come into play!
We’ve used this technique in our fake tree several times, and the branches, though cut, will last several weeks without looking too tired and forlorn. They’ll last almost as long as a standard, cut tree will last in your home, believe it or not.
How to use pine branches to “spruce” up your artificial Christmas tree:
Here’s the skinny…ready? Just stuff them in. That’s it.
Big branches, little branches, just keep stuffing them in til the treetops glisten (no sense wasting your time on the “children listening” part, however…just being honest). Ever notice kids don’t listen for the entire month of December?
I love how the fresh branches add some more variety of texture and color to our fake tree.
I feel like even though it’s a flocked tree, the natural branches help make the tree look kinda-sorta realistic.
I’m telling you, this branch augmentation procedure is a piece of holiday plastic surgery cake.
Give this Christmas tree hack a try! You’ll be rockin’ around that Christmas tree before you know it.
you may be asking. Believe it or not, they will last throughout the whole season (depending on how long you typically have your tree up). We usually put ours up the weekend after Thanksgiving and take it down the 2nd week in January. A couple of the branches will end up super crispy, so I just swap them out, but that happens with only about 5% of the branches. I honestly can’t believe how long they look good!
I did a post at the end of the season with photos and a video of how the branches looked at the end of the holiday season. Check it out if you are a doubting Thomas (which I wholeheartedly support ?)
No more blue Christmases with scrawny trees, friends.
Pin this Christmas tree hack for later! And if try it, leave a comment (or better yet, a photo) on the pin! That helps others know whether they want to try this project, too!
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