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Bringing some of That Festive Charm into Your Home…
Decorating my home for Christmas is my favourite thing to do during this time of the year. And part of that decorating process is making my artificial Christmas tree look real. You guys have been loving it on my Instagram feed. The process is something that I’ve fine-tuned over time. But each and every year it gets better and I think that this year, it might be my best one yet. The art of flocking can seem daunting. However, it’s the most cost-effective way of getting a fabulous looking tree, without spending hundreds of pounds on a quality artificial Christmas tree.
If you fancy getting a gorgeous looking Christmas tree that just shines in your home but have no idea how to cover up the patchiness of your current artificial tree, here are my top tips for getting an artificial Christmas tree look real…
WRAP GARLAND AROUND THE CENTRE.
The first thing you need to do while building your artificial Christmas tree is to wrap a garland around the centre. The centre of an artificial tree is what gives it away. So by buying a garland that you can wrap around and guests are none the wiser. Wrap loosely, ensuring it runs up at least two-thirds of the tree. You do not need to buy an expensive garland, so long as the colour matches your current tree.
FLUFF THE BRANCHES CORRECTLY.
The way you arrange the branches plays a vital part in how realistic your tree looks. It’s tempting to spread them, out, and fill all the gaps. However, if the branches don’t follow the same format as as a real tree, you lose the credibility of what you’re trying to create. You want them to be horizontal and spaced out from the others. Study real Christmas trees and take your time with fluffing. The effort you put in now will make such a difference at the end once the tree is completed.
FILL THE INNER PART OF THE TREE WITH LARGE BAUBLES.
Once you prep your tree, now it’s time to decorate with your baubles. The first thing I would recommend doing is filling your gaps with larger baubles. You want these within the tree, towards the back. The largeness of the baubles will distract the eye as to the fact that there is a gap and focus on the prettiness of the bauble. You don’t have to get expensive baubles for this section of decorating, you can get some affordable ones that just fill the space. Save your pennies to get some fabulous ones that will hang towards the front of the tree and make your tree sparkle.
ADD A BEADED GARLAND TO MAKE THE EYE DANCE.
Finally, you’ll want to add a garland to the outside of your tree, to make the eye dance. Now, I hate tinsel and I’d recommend going for something chic like a ribbon or a beaded garland. I’m obsessed with this beaded garland that I picked up for my Christmas tree. The neutralness of the beads goes with my interior style and brings some chicness to my own tree. You want to make sure the garland is draped and zig-zags across the tree. This will distract the eye, rather than focusing on certain areas of the tree.
USE SCENT TO MAKE THE TREE SEEM REAL.
The scent is key to tricking your eye into making your artificial tree look real. If you think you’re smelling a real tree, you’re going to think you are looking at one. I love investing in these scent sticks, they are so strong and fill the room with a festive smell. Simply hang them towards the back of the tree and people will be none the wiser.
SHOP MY CHRISTMAS TREE.