How to Thicken a Sparse Christmas Tree

Ever notice how sparse looking an old or cheap artificial Christmas tree can be?  I’m not a huge fan of artificial trees to begin with… So, the last thing I want to do is have a dejected, sparse, Christmas tree.  Fear not!  I have the simplest tutorial that can teach you how to thicken any Christmas tree.  It can take a sad fake tree and make it look fabulous.  With these easy steps you can breath new life into an old artificial tree or add pizazz to a cheap Christmas tree.  You are going to be shocked by how easy it is to thicken a sparse Christmas tree.

No More Sparse Christmas Trees

How to Thicken a Sparse Christmas Tree tutorial.

It only takes two things to make an artificial Christmas Tree look thick and lush. (Affiliate links to follow)

Supplies

  1. Fake Garland
  2. Something to cut wire

I try to pick up fake garland the day after Thanksgiving.  It is always dirt cheap and can be used as a base to make fabulous evergreen garland, teardrop swags, and thicken a Christmas tree.

Step 1

Put up your sparse Christmas Tree.  Step back and make a face at the lackluster branches.  Look online to see about buying a new, better tree.  Gasp at the prices and proceed to revamp your old artificial tree.

Step 2

Add some lights.  Everything looks better with lights! Fun fact, I had a brief job as a costume designer.  The motto of the theater is “Make it big.  If you can’t make it big make it red.  If you can’t make it red put lights on it.”  Seems legit.

Sparse Christmas tree in need of thickening
Here is a sad sparse Christmas tree. At least it has a little twinkle.

Step 3

Now here is the fun part.  Untie your garland and push in the end until it is near the tree trunk just above the bottom row of branches.  Eye ball where the branches end on the piece of garland and then cut that length.  Cut 4 or 5 more pieces the same length.  Fluff those pieces of garland out and place them right above the bottom row of branches.  You can use a piece of the garland to wrap around another branch or the trunk to secure the piece in place.

Cutting garland to thicken a sparse Christmas Tree.

Step 4

Repeat step three moving up the sparse tree.  You will likely need to fill in 3 or 4 ‘levels’ of tree.  Bonus points if you spend time fluff and twisting, and sprucing it all up.  Personally, I am bad to just shove the branches in and move things around when I decorate if need be.

before and after thickening a sparse Christmas tree using this tutorial.
So Much Better!

Yeah, this really is one of the shortest tutorials I have ever written, but it really is that easy!  Kind of cut, shove, and go!  So, get yourself some cheap garland and make that fake Christmas tree thick and fabulous.

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