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How to Set Up an Artificial Christmas Tree

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Generic setup instructions

This is a generic example of how to setup a single pole Christmas tree. We do not have exact setup videos for each tree.

Important Points about Setup

1. Do NOT use a big knife to open box. You may accidently cut a wire!
2. Tree must be fluffed to create body.
3. Wear gloves and long sleeves
4. Not all Artificial Christmas Trees are shipped double boxed.


We’ve ordered the tree, it’s shown up. Early Christmas and now we’re going to set the Christmas tree up. These are going to be the important things that you’re going to make sure that you have.

1. We want to have scissors to open the box.

2. We want to have a good pair of gloves. Why do we want to have gloves? The tree is going to have lots of little needles. They’re very similar to paper cuts. If you don’t have gloves, you can get paper cuts.

3. Also you want to wear long sleeves.

And with that, let’s open up our new Christmas tree.

We want to be very careful as we’re cutting along, just to make sure that we only cut the tape and not cut into the box particularly if we have a pre-lit tree. If you’re not careful you can slice one of the power cords and your pre-lit tree is not going to work properly. As with many of the tree manufacturers, this tree is actually double-boxed so there’s a little bit of more work to do to get it out.

Let’s talk about the most important piece of your tree as far as the stability and whether it sits up perfectly straight is the stand. Most of the stands that you’re going to find are going to be an X style stand or they’re put together in some variant of this. And the most important thing that we want to do is set it down on a surface that we know is flat. We want test to make sure that we don’t have wobbly table syndrome. Go into a restaurant you sit down and the table starts to wobble and you try to stop it from wobbling, the same thing can happen with your Christmas tree.

I’m going to take this eye bolt and I’m going to insert it into the hole. Just get it started. And now it won’t fold back on itself. This is also the component that holds the tree in place while it’s sitting in the stand. And again we know the stand is level. The other important piece to inspect is to make sure that on the bottom of the tree that we have a little washer. The reason why this is important is that the tree will come through and a portion of the pole will stick out the bottom of this stand, maybe a quarter of an inch. What that is doing is that its making sure that the bottom of the tree is held tight and about 4 inches up is held tight. So now that we’ve talked about the stand, let’s go back and set up our tree.

We fluffed the bottom section, when you’re fluffing by making that starfish shape. Then we move to section C, did the same thing, fluffed, checked the lights and now we’re ready to put on section B. Again take in the “end cap” off and we’ll seat the tree into section C. The essence of the tree is beginning to come out. This tree is very unique, it has pine cones and it has grapevines.

We are very close to being complete. We have one last section, section A to put on the tree and then again I’m going to have the cords going to the back. The top section of all these trees is unique in general because on the top we need to be able to move the branches laterally rather than just moving it up and down. We need to move the branches laterally in order to fill up the space. Our tree is set up.

Now let’s talk about how to fill in the holes. We did a high level fluffing; now we want to go through and find particular holes and fill those up. We have a hole approximately here, so what we will do is we’re bending branches that are above the hole, to the side of the hole and bringing those branches directly into the hole. Now we’ve successfully closed our hole.

We have set up the Christmas tree all of our lights work, we got it fluffed. We’ve fluffed out some of the empty spaces. And as you see this is the kind of the essence style tree.

One of the many things that you want to make sure that you do after we’ve set up the tree, and we’re done with our gloves, make sure you go wash your hands with warm soap and water to get any of the plastic stuff that was in the tree off with your hands.

Next we ‘re going to talk about how to take down this Christmas tree and properly store for the spring, summer and fall months.