For those who opt for the fake Christmas tree, it can sometimes be a little disappointing when you still see the plastic and metal rods that make up the tree. Even though it’s more convenient to have an artificial tree, it dampens the mood as the tree gets worn and tattered!
Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods gets it; she bought her pre-lit artificial tree as a young and poor 20-something. Back then she was just excited to be able decorate her place for the holidays.
But a decade and a half later, Ashley’s tree has clearly seen better days. She set it up and discovered the sad state of the branches and that the top half of lights no longer worked. Ashley wrote, “It is definitely in need of a Christmas miracle.”
She spent 20 minutes fluffing up each branch, but it still wasn’t good enough for her. The tree had only cost her $39 and it showed! But she also knew buying a new pre-lit tree would cost close to $150 and that just wasn’t in the budget.
Instead, she came up with her own solution to make her tree last another year, for just a measly $10!
She went to her local discount store and at first, thought about using a Christmas garland to fill in the gaps. But Ashley didn’t like the thought of winding the garland in and out of the branches.
Eventually Ashley bought two 24” Christmas wreaths for about $4 apiece. At home, she separated the three sections of the tree.
She made sure the bottom portion of the tree was completely fluffed, and then added one of the wreaths she bought.
Fluff the artificial wreath in all directions, “making sure the branches twisted towards the outside and inside of the wreath,” she wrote.
Then she put the middle tree section in place and put her second wreath on top of that one. In order to make the wreath smaller to fit the circumference of the smaller middle section, she focused her fluffing efforts on the branches on the inside of the wreath.
Finally, she added the top section of the tree, and added more lights to brighten it up! Find more details here.