7 Steps to the Best Shaped Artificial Christmas Tree

2020-04-14T16:26:17-05:00Holiday Season|
  • Artificial Christmas Tree

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about decorating the Christmas tree. With its many advantages, an artificial tree may be the perfect choice for you.

Once it is assembled, no additional care is needed. Plus, there is no mess! A pre-lit tree allows you to not have to worry about stringing, or dare we say untangling, all those lights! When stored properly, your artificial tree will last for years. Sounds great – right?

Once you’ve decided an artificial Christmas tree is right for you, start by purchasing a quality tree.  The number of tips and lights are important to get that full, natural look. Earl May’s selection of Christmas trees are custom built with stronger wire, more tips, and more lights.

Now, on to shaping your artificial Christmas Tree.

Following these steps will give you the most realistic, “straight out of the woods” tree as possible.

  • Make sure all the lights work by plugging in each section of lights. We suggest keeping them plugged in while you are shaping. This will allow you to quickly locate an issue, should something happen while you are shaping the tree.
  • The most common mistake made is not touching every tip, leaving bare spots in the tree and making it look sparse. Spreading and touching each tip allows the tree to look fuller and more natural.
  • As we all have our own little touches, we recommend having only 1 person shaping the tree. This will create a uniform look from all angles.
  • Put the sections of your tree together, but leave the top of your tree on the ground. Shape that section last.
  • Shape your tree from the lowest branches on the bottom section and work upwards. For ease, tie up the branches above the area you are shaping. This will keep them falling down as you work.
  • Shape the branches to make it look almost like a peacock’s fanned tail. Shape a few tips to look down swept. Shape most others to look up swept. Upsweeping tips is important because evergreens naturally curve upwards toward the sunlight. Repeat this process until the entire tree is finished.
  • Shape the top of the tree in your hand.  Once done, add it to the top and blend it in with the rest of the tree. We suggest shaping the top last because it can be hard to reach. As it is the most visible part of the tree, it needs the most attention.

Need some help? Talk to your local Earl May about our tree shaping services! For our latest seasonal items, shop online today!


  1. Deanna Anderson November 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Great question Mary. We do carry some replacement bulbs; however, not all artificial trees use the same ones so it is just a matter of seeing the tree. It is also possible that we can still get replacement bulbs from the vendor. If some sections are working while others are not, bring the non-working sections into your nearest Earl May Garden Center and they can test the lights for you and discuss whether or not you need to have the tree restrung.

  2. Mary Neuhaus November 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    We bought an artificial lighted tree from you some years ago. I do have some sections that are not working due to bulbs missing, etc. Do you sell the correct bulb and/or do you do restringing of an artificial tree?

    Thank you

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