Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Your Artificial Christmas Tree Look Fuller

Have you ever brought out the holiday decorations and wished your Christmas tree was fuller?

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Let’s make our fake Christmas tree look fuller…it is easy!

We’ve got some holiday hacks that are SO easy you won’t believe it. Here’s a few simple tips on how to make your Christmas tree look fuller!

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How To Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller

One of the main reasons why an artificial tree doesn’t look like a real tree is because you can see the fake tree trunk of the tree through the skimpy branches. Our goal here no matter the size of your tree is to fill out your holiday tree to give it a natural look and visual appeal.

Don’t let your faux tree detract from the Christmas spirit!

Related: How to Make Your Fake Christmas Tree Smell Like a Real Tree

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This one Christmas tree hack can change everything!

1. Vary Your Christmas Light Size

The first trick is really simple — all you have to do is string two sizes of lights on your tree.

They can both be the same color scheme like white lights , but one string should be the mini lights while the other a more traditional size. I like the incandescent bulbs as one of the light strings just because it gives a traditional tree look.

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Look at the difference a strand of white lights can make…

We have a pre-lit tree, so I just added a couple of strands of these large bulbs around the tree and the difference is astounding! It gives the tree that looked sparse to begin with a lot more body.

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller
Before and After our two-size light makeover!

The second set of lights adds dimension to the tree, making it beautiful and bright. You could even do this with colored lights if wanted. The secret is in the bigger set of lights.

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Cheat a little by adding some additional greenery!

2. Wrap Sparse Areas with Garland

Another way to make your fake Christmas tree look fuller is to wrap your tree, particularly sparse areas, with evergreen garland.

If you just have a hole or two in the branches of your tree, adding a little fullness to the greenery can increase the natural elements look of the area and make a huge difference.

If you are filling in throughout the entire tree, consider using a slightly different shade of garland as a contrasting color to give depth. <–Just a little Christmas tree hack!

3. Wrap with Wide Ribbon

Another way is very similar, you can add a big ribbon throughout your entire tree to make it look fuller as it’ll take up the open areas of your Christmas tree branches. I love the look of wide ribbon because it just screams festive season!

4. Decorate with Larger Ornaments

Take inspiration from window displays for your faux Christmas tree decorations. Often you will find that retail and commercial shop windows and interior designer Christmas trees will have oversized ornaments.

In my living room, my holiday tree has a layer of very large Christmas balls that I hang on the tree first back inside the depths of the pine needles covering the thin tree trunk giving the branch tips even more contrast.

5. Add Floral Picks

If your tree is sparse, try adding pine picks in the more bare spots. It makes your tree look fuller and gives it a unique look. I also have a set of floral picks that have pine cones so they are part Christmas tree decorations and part branch filler-outer (totally a word).

6. When in Doubt, Let it Snow

Adding snow to your tree can also make it look much fuller as well. It doesn’t have to be a full flocking on the Christmas tree, but strategic placement of the white wintery look.

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Add a little sparkle to your tree!

7. Reflective Ornaments to the Rescue

Your ornaments play a big part in how fall your tree looks too. Shiny and reflective ornaments will make it look fuller.

8. Big Bows Make a Big Impact

You can also make your tree look fuller by placing bows in the sparse spots depending on the look of your Christmas decorations. I also like using several different sizes and colors of bows adding to the visual depth.

9. Cover the Bottom of the Tree

Use a tree skirt or liberal amount of fabric to fully cover the tree stand and the tree trunk at the bottom of the tree. Even expensive faux trees have thin tree trunks and it is very obvious at the base of the Christmas tree.

Even before Santa delivers the Christmas presents, you want this area fully covered!

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller

Sometimes we have to make due with what we have, but there is no reason we can’t make what we have look its best!

We can make our sparse slim trees, real or fake, look full and amazing with very little expense or effort!

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Do you have any other tips and tricks to making your fake Christmas tree look fuller? Please let us know in the comments below!