Sometimes fake trees are just more practical: They won't die on you or (even worse) shed spiky pine needles on your carpet — ouch. But if you're thinking your faux pine is so pathetic it makes you feel like a Scrooge during the holidays, try some of these genius tips to give it new life.
Use an extra string of artificial pine garland and wrap it around your tree — it'll blend seamlessly into the branches and conceal any bare spots that make your festive tree look lackluster.
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This blogger bought a $20 fake tree, then added pine picks from the Dollar Store to fill in the holes. Behold: A full and festive decoration.
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All you need to make your tree look like it was just brought in from a snow storm is lightweight spackling and a stiff paint brush. Dilute the paste with a bit of water, then brush the top of the branches.
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One of the biggest giveaways your tree is fake? That unsightly metal base. But if you bring a stump inside your home, drill a hole in it, then insert the metal into the crevice, you'll get that rustic vibe you crave.
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Anything that mirrors the branches or bounces light around the room helps give the appearance of a fuller tree, as proven by this blogger. Excuse us as we pick out only the shiniest of ornaments this year.
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Instead of "mummifying" your tree and laying ribbon on branches like a "dead fish," as this blogger puts it, she uses the wire tree branches to cinch and hold it in place. Giving the red garland more body makes the tree look fuller, too.
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This trick is as simple as placing a few paint cans (in this case four) under the trunk of your tree, then draping the skirt over it to conceal your hack. Ta-da!
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If you want to hide your fake metal base, use wire cutters to cut the bottom out of a basket and remove the handle, then place your tree stand inside and you're all set.
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Loop bows are full of body, which is why they are essential when filling in spots that are sparse on your tree. Hang them in any spot that would otherwise reveal your fake tree status.
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One of the biggest allures of having a real tree is the smell. But you can easily recreate the scent by hanging a balsam oil diffuser or a cedar-scented ornaments on your fake tree!