If you’re buying an artificial tree, here are 3 things you need to look for before you buy.
the branch shouldn’t fall far from the tree.
The amount of branches along each stem is critical. The more a tree can fluff, the more real it will look. Be sure to look for trees that have a lot of branches close to the trunk that can be pulled out and fluffed for full dimension throughout the entire tree. You don’t want holes near the branch. Branches provide the gorgeous backdrop to your ornaments and less gaping holes for people to see through.
don’t let a tree fall in the forest.
Look for an artificial tree with a very sturdy base to handle the weight. The last thing you want is a tree that stands fine in the stores, but the second your child tugs on it it comes toppling over. A good tree should withstand the weight of ornaments plus some realistic love from your dog or toddler who may think the tree is it’s new friend! Shake the tree a bit and be sure the stand is strong enough to support the weight.
Don’t let this happen! (I’m pretending – it didn’t really – ha! What kind of advice post would this be if it did?)
the color of green jello.
Greens come in all sorts of shades. We’ve all seen those shades of green Christmas trees that look artificial from a mile away. If you’re going to invest in one, look for a shade of green that’s most realistic. They do cost more, but you’ll be much happier in the long haul, I promise. If it doesn’t look real in florescent lights in the store with no ornaments, it won’t look real decorated!
things to consider
If you’re buying a flocked tree, grab the branch and see how easily the flocking comes off. Good flocking should be well sealed on the tree and shed very little.
Does every branch bend well? When you fluff you’re going to want to bend every branch and the tips of each one in a mishap way. You’re recreating real so perfection isn’t the goal. Bend, move, twist, and flip each branch and tip to create a lifelike tree! Artificial trees should have flexibility on every stem, branch and all the way to the tip.