Make a Fake Christmas Tree Look and Smell Real
Edited by abdoul sow, Robbi, Anonymous, Eng and 4 others
For many people, the Christmas tree is going to be one of the most important items that they will have during the holidays. This tree is most likely going to be the main focal point in the home. While some people will choose a real fir tree to decorate year-after-year, others may choose to save time or the environment and use an artificial tree instead. Artificial trees are known for not looking real, but there are ways to help it look genuine.
Tree Setup is Key
- 1Find a realistic looking artificial tree.Ideally, you may want to select a tree that has short needles mixed in with the longer needles. In nature, you don’t have perfect lengths, and the best artificial trees are those that don’t focus on absolute precision. Keep in mind, that larger trees will also look more realistic in comparison to smaller ones.2During setup, make sure to arrange the branches in a way that gives the tree the fullest effect.This may take a while but is important if you really want your tree to have an authentic look.3Camouflage isn't just for army men anymore.The base of the tree needs to be camouflaged to either look like a real tree's trunk or hidden well. Of course you can always do both.4Hang your choice of Christmas tree lights on your tree.Try to stay on the outer most branches away from what would be the trunk on a real tree. The closer you place the lights to the trunk the higher the chance will be of accentuating what you are trying to conceal. Fake trees almost always have thinner 'tree trunks' than a natural tree would.5Decorate your tree.You may want to ensure that any spaces or open areas have been hidden behind ornaments. It may be a good idea to use some of the larger bulbs to hide these areas, and remember that you should be placing your ornaments on the ends of the branches. This should help to further create an authentic looking tree by helping to conceal the tree trunk and make the tree look fuller than it is.6To achieve the fresh pine scent that people will be expecting, you can use Christmas tree spray that is designed for artificial trees, light some pine scented candles, or find some pine diffusers and strategically place them in the room.If you want to get really creative, you can take some real pine cones and drop some evergreen essential oil onto them and hang them on your tree.
Additional Tips and Suggestions
- Hollow out a piece of a tree trunk and slip it over your fake tree's trunk before you attach it to the stand. This way if looking from a distance they'll assume it's a real tree when they don't see the typical thin wiry trunk of an artificial tree.
- Use a thick tree skirt to cover up the tree stand and as much of the base as possible.
- Wrap the tree base in newspaper, to make it larger, then wrap a tree skirt around it.
- Print out a realistic looking picture of tree bark to place around the tree's base.
- The less lighting you add towards the base of the tree the less likely it'll be seen.
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