An artificial Christmas tree is a staple decoration during the holiday season. Many people prefer an artificial tree over the real ones because they are cleaner, safer, reusable. Also, their functionality makes them popular because they are available in a wide array of styles, colors and sizes. If you are planning to buy an artificial Christmas tree, or you already have one in your home, here is a practical guide on how to assemble it.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Artificial Christmas tree
- Christmas lights
- Step stool or ladder
- Christmas balls, candy canes, tree topper and ornaments
- Gift boxes
Step 1 – Build the tree
First, take out the tree parts from the box. Read the instructions carefully at least to times and once you are ready, begin building the tree at the bottom. Work your way up slowly. Most trees have three or four segments that need to be installed together. Snap these segments together first.
If the tree requires individual branch assembly, insert the branches one by one into the tree base. Once you have snapped all the branches in place, you can fluff the branches and leaves to give the Christmas tree a full look. It may take time to spread out the branches and leaves but will provide a great look.
Step 2 – Install the lights
Once your tree is standing, you can now install the lights. For trees that are pre-lighted, all you need to do is to plug the strings of lights that circle around the tree into each other. Check the manual for proper electrical wiring. If the your tree is not pre-lit, add lights on your own. Consider the size of the tree when adding the lights.
Generally, a 4 to 5 foot tree would need 200 to 500 lights and a 6 to 7 foot tree will need 500 to 700 lights, and so on. Don’t install the lights until you make sure they are working. Plug the lights into an electrical outlet to be sure that all of the lights work and secure the bulb into the light socket if it doesn’t light up. Have the lights repaired before you put it around the Christmas tree.
Step 3 – Adorn the Christmas Tree
Dress up the tree with decorative Christmas ornaments, such as balls, stars, candy canes, miniature Santa Claus, angel figurines and so on. It is best to have a common theme so that the tree has a unified look. For example, you can have a blue and silver theme so that all the decorative elements on the tree blend in with each other.
Or, you can have an edible Christmas tree theme so that everything you put into the tree are toy miniature versions of holiday foods like gingerbread, candy canes, holiday ham, and fruit cake. Don’t forget to add the final touches such as gift-wrapped boxes underneath the tree and a Christmas topper, such as a shimmering star or angel figurine.