- Make sure that all of the branches are in their slots on the center post. There should be no big gaping spaces. This is a sign of missing or twisted branches.
- Untangle and straighten branches as needed.
- Start at the top row of branches on the tree. Each branch is made up of many tips.
- Grasp the branch close to the center post, and lift the tips off of the branch's core wire. This is essentially un-braiding.
- Working from center out, lift all of the tips off of the branch. They should form a radial sort of pattern, coming off in all directions. This should be quick moving and result in the branch taking up as much volume as possible on the tree.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all branches on the tree. You should move quickly and touch every tip on the tree, not just the ones at the end of the branch.
- Step back from the tree and see if there are any major problems. This is the time to fuss with the tree, not when it is still crushed from storage.
- Decorate and light tree as desired.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
How to Fluff
a Christmas tree. This is intended to be a primer for those who are unfamiliar with the concept of fluffing an artificial tree. Apparently, there are many people out there who don't know how to do it.