Wondering how to make a Christmas tree look fuller? You're not alone. We've all had those moments when we've invested in a promising artificial tree, only to be disappointed by the embarrassing gaps that highlight the tree's true nature — or lack thereof! Or maybe we've gone out of our way to pick up a real evergreen that looked lush at a Christmas tree farm, only to come home to skimpy branches.
If your Christmas tree looks like this, please know it doesn't have to.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It's a pain, isn't it? Almost as much of a pain overloading that one "bald" spot on the tree with tons of ornaments or a garish ribbon to cover it up. But what if we told you that you didn't have to do that anymore? Thanks to Corinna, the genius blogger at A Designer at Home, we now know that the real secret to making a Christmas tree look fuller is adding a little extra green to it — around the trunk and the branches. And by extra green, we don't mean more ornaments.
Corinna explained that after she fluffed out every last branch on her inexpensive Christmas tree, she whipped out a strand of cheap lighted garland, which helped add more green to parts of the tree where there were especially sparse branches.
Sample lighted garland. ($16.99, Amazon)
"Wrap it around the base to thicken it up," she writes on her blog. "Zig Zag it around each of the branches, working your way as far up the tree as your garland will reach."
Many users were impressed by her idea, and pointed out that the same could be accomplished by using cheap tinsel — provided it matched the color of the tree, of course.
Sample green tinsel. ($13.23, Amazon)
Her genius tips are meant for upping the ante on an artificial tree, but we think it could just as easily be applied to a real Christmas tree, too. But of course, anyone who loves decorating a tree won't call it a day after it simply looks greener; they'll also want to show off those beautiful boughs as much as possible. Luckily, Corinna has great tips for emphasizes every last pine needle.
According to her, the whole process involves some more serious fluffing, addition of realistic elements like pinecones, and extremely strategic placement of ornaments. If you follow all her steps, you just might get a tree looking as good as hers.
(Photo Credit: A Designer At Home)
See Corinna's page Make the Most Out of a Cheap Christmas Tree to get the full instructions to bring your tree to "life" this Christmas.