WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FLUFF A TREE?
Until today, 'fluffing' a tree might have been a totally alien term. Maybe you've been doing it subconsciously, or perhaps it's something you've never done before. While you might have been happy with your tree all these years despite skipping this step, the aesthetic benefits aren't to be snubbed.
1. BE PREPARED
Unboxing your tree is a feeling almost as good as opening your gifts on Christmas day. Although you might be tempted to jump straight in, you should make sure you're prepared first.
2. WORK FROM BOTTOM TO TOP
When fluffing a tree, the idea is to make the branches look as full and bushy as possible. 'Starting with the bottom section of your tree, work your way up in sections,' says Mac. 'Tying up the branches above that you’re not working on with a piece of ribbon is recommended so they don’t obscure your view as you fluff the lower branches.'
3. FOR LARGER TREES, START AT THE TOP
Although the most methodical approach is to start at the bottom of your tree and work upwards, this is no use if you have a taller tree since you won't be able to reach the top branches. 'If you have a larger tree, it's a good idea to fluff the topmost section ahead of putting the tree up as it’s a lot easier to work on the ground,' notes Mac
4. SPREAD THE BRANCHES
When it comes to how to decorate a Christmas tree, it's a job that can't be rushed. The same goes for fluffing one. 'The biggest hack when it comes to making your artificial tree look fuller and more realistic is time; if you spend a good couple of hours on it, your tree will be all the better for it,' Mac notes.
5. DON'T FORGET THE INNERMOST BRANCHES
By now, your Christmas tree is probably starting to take shape. You might feel happy with how it looks after fluffing the most visible branches, but for extra depth and dimension, don't forget the smaller inner branches closer to the trunk. 'As you move away from the trunk towards the front of the branch, you may also find some separate sprigs that shoot off from the main branch,' Mac says. 'Ensure that these are also fanned out.' If you do this for every branch, big or small, you'll have a tree that looks abundant with foliage.
6. FILL IN GAPS WITH ADDITIONAL DECOR
Finally, if your tree is still looking a bit sparse (perhaps you've lost a few branches over the years, or maybe it has a slimmer branch style), don't be afraid to fill in the gaps with some complimentary decor. 'Consider adding foraged foliage in to make your tree feel a little more full,' says Luke. 'For a tree that will last all season long, dried branches or flowers like gypsophila - the perfect addition to a white Christmas tree - can make the tree feel super full and luxurious.'