Ashamed that you gave into the convenience of an artificial tree? Fool people into thinking you chopped it down yourself.
Step 1: Choose tree that looks natural Choose a flame retardant tree that looks as authentic as possible, meaning you can’t see the pole through the needles, the tips of the branches aren’t rounded, and the needles look natural.
TIP: If you’re buying online, make sure there’s a photo and zoom in on all the details before ordering!
Step 2: Fluff out branches Fluff out the branches by running your fingers against the grain.
Step 3: Curve tips upward Curve the tips of the branches upward so that they look fuller.
Step 4: Make branches asymmetrical Manipulate the branches so the tree isn’t too symmetrical.
Step 5: Use natural decorations Use natural decorations. Hang real pinecones and branches. Even real foods like popcorn and candy canes can make a tree seem more natural!
Step 6: Give tree outdoor smell Give your tree an outdoor smell with fresh sprigs of pine and evergreen. If you can’t find any, buy a can of Christmas tree fragrance, or hang an evergreen potpourri satchel. Now your secret will be safe!
FACT: Christmas trees are a German tradition; they gained popularity in England and America when Queen Victoria’s German-born husband, Prince Albert, wanted one at Buckingham Palace.