How to Fluff a Christmas Tree

Updated: Apr. 16, 2024

Fill your fake holiday tree to make it look like a real one. This genius hack shows you how to fluff a Christmas tree using garland.

Did you know that most Americans opt for artificial Christmas trees? We can understand why. Faux trees last for years, are less costly in the long run—and best of all, are entirely mess-free. Plus, getting that familiar pine scent to fill your home is as simple as lighting your favorite holiday candle. So what’s not to love?

One of the most common complaints about artificial trees, however, is that they aren’t as full as their real Christmas tree counterparts. Luckily, this genius Christmas tree hack is here to save the holiday.

How to Fluff a Fake Christmas Tree and Make it Look Fuller

TikTok user @Tnstyled gave us the greatest gift of all this holiday season by sharing her genius Christmas tree idea that makes an artificial tree appear more full. The tip is so simple: Wrap a separate garland around your Christmas tree.

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To get started, buy a few strands of your favorite garland. You can also opt for a DIY Christmas garland. For the most natural look, try to match the color of your tree. You can decide how many strands you’ll need by factoring in how large or small your artificial tree is. A standard Christmas tree required about three strands of garland. You can always add more as you feel necessary.

Next, begin to wrap the garland around your tree, starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom. Tuck it into the tree’s branches to make it appear more natural, and be diligent to keep the tree’s signature shape.

Once you’ve fluffed out the garland and tucked it in enough that it won’t fall out, it’s time for the fun part: Decorate your tree by hanging ornaments. And thanks to this Christmas tree hack, you’ll now have more space to do so.

How to Make It Your Own

Of course, you can also make your own unique twist on this trend. For instance, you can include pops of greenery or purchase a garland that comes pre-decorated. We love the idea of using a pre-decorated garland (like this one from Wayfair) that comes with woodsy accents like pinecones or twigs for a natural, rustic vibe. Or you could opt for a more colorful garland that has ornaments and lights already included.

And there you have it folks: The easiest Christmas tree hack that will help fluff up your artificial tree. Happy decorating!