Gone are the days when artificial Christmas trees looked as sparse as the hair on Jeff Bezos’ head. Now, thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, they look as bushy and realistic as the genuine article. This goes some way to explaining why more and more people are buying them each year. In fact, according to Admiral, 74% of the UK population now owns an artificial tree. Snow kidding!?
If you’re thinking of getting an artificial tree, we’re here to help. Our artificial Christmas tree buying guide has everything you need to know about choosing, assembling, and decorating a tree, so you can create a perfect centrepiece at Christmas.
Why choose an artificial tree?
Choosing a size
Before you even think about buying an artificial tree, you need to decide where you want to put it. It’s no good choosing a 7-footer for a room the size of a portaloo. Likewise, you don’t want a tree that’s too small if it’s taking pride of place in a palace ballroom.
As a rule of thumb, a tree should be no more than a foot or two shorter than your ceiling, so you’ve got plenty of room for a topper. After all, that fairy you put on your tree each year? It’s going to look a very sorry sight if you have to chop its head off.
You also need to think about the shape of your tree. Our spruce trees have a wider shape and are stunning showpiece for larger rooms. If you’re decorating a smaller room, our pencil trees will make it look truly magical whilst taking up a minimal amount of space.
Choosing a type
Go traditional this Christmas with our classic spruce tree.
It may be slim, but our pencil tree doesn’t skimp on style.
Bring the outdoors inside with our luxurious Alpine Fir. Our most natural-looking tree doesn’t come in any other sizes because it’s truly one of a kind.
Assembling your tree
All our trees are easy to assemble and come with a stand for immediate display. Our 5-foot trees come in two sections whilst our 6-foot and 7-foot trees come in three parts. Each section has a pole for a trunk, so you can easily slot them together.
- Set up the stand and place it in your desired location.
- Pop the bottom section of the tree into the stand and secure it with the eyebolts included.
- Pop the second section of the tree into the bottom section of the tree by slotting the poles together.
- If you have a 7-foot tree, pop the third section into the second section by slotting the poles together.
Shaping your tree
Because your artificial tree has been squeezed into a box, it’s going to look a bit squashed and dishevelled when you first set it up. If you want to give it the wow factor, you’ll need to straighten out its flexible branches and fluff it up a bit. Trust us, this is the fun part – especially if you crack open that bottle of Bucks Fizz you’ve been saving for Christmas Day.
- Each tree has large branches with smaller branches branching off them.
- Grab one of the large branches and pull it down to straighten it out.
- Fan out the smaller branches like a peacock’s tail.
- Slowly work your way around the tree, shaping the branches as you go.
- We recommend starting with the base of the tree and working your way up.
Once you’ve finished, slowly walk around your tree, readjusting the branches where necessary until you’re satisfied with its shape. Looking good? Great! Then pour yourself another glass of the fizzy stuff because it’s time to jazz it up.
Decorating your tree
If you want your Christmas tree to sparkle, you’ll need a set of string lights. As well as making it look a million dollars, lights will help your tree stand out at night, so you can see it in all its splendour. We recommend wrapping it in LED lights which are more energy efficient than incandescent lights and will last for many years to come.
- Choose warm white lights to create a warm and welcoming ambience.
- Cool white lights emit a brighter glow to really make your tree stand out.
- For a contemporary look, choose a set of red or multi-coloured lights.
Once you’ve shrouded your tree in string lights, it’s time to decorate your tree. This is the part where you get to stamp your personality on it and really make it your own. Perhaps you prefer a traditional look or maybe you want to add a bit of glitz and glamour? Whatever style you’re going for, the first thing you need to do is pick a base colour for your decorations.
If you want your tree to look traditional, red is an excellent option. If you’re going for a more contemporary look, silver is a stylish place to start. Of course, it’s entirely up to you. You may prefer purple, pink, or blue!
- Decorate your tree with matte, shiny, and sparkly baubles in your chosen base colour. If they’re different shapes and sizes, all the better!
- Next, layer your tree with baubles in other colours that complement your base colour. Gold merges well with red whilst white blends beautifully with silver.
- Now add some of your special decorations. These are the ones you hold most dear and like to add to your Christmas tree every year.
- Perhaps it’s a papier-mâché Santa Claus you picked up at a Christmas market or maybe it’s a glittery pug your friend gave you as a present?
- Some people prefer to pick a theme for their tree, such as an arctic theme with sparkly snowflakes, fluffy penguins, and cute polar bears. Anything goes!
- Now stand back and examine your tree. If some baubles are too close together or parts of your tree look a little bare, move them around a bit. Perfect!
- Oh, and lest we forget, make sure you put a topper on your tree. We like to decorate our tree with a photo of Nicholas Cage’s face, but a star will suffice.
One final thing. You may think your tree looks the part but lower your eyes to the space beneath it. It looks a bit bare, right? Although it won’t be too bad when it’s filled with presents, there are some simple things you can do to make it look even more attractive.
A tree skirt is a stylish way to cover the stand of your tree and provide a backdrop for your presents. Wicker skirts have a more natural look whilst fabric skirts are a more colourful option. They’re often decorated with festive images, such as robins, stars, and snowflakes.
We’re also huge fans of sparkly light up presents which look beautiful placed beneath your tree. Sold as a set of three, each present is individually battery-powered and magnificently illuminated by warm white LEDs.
For some, spruce trees are a bit old hat. If you’re looking for something a little different, feast your mince pies on our alternative Christmas trees. Unlike our traditional trees, all are suitable for outdoor display. They’re great for adding a chic, contemporary look to your home or garden at Christmas.
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