Artificial Christmas Tree Tips

ArtificialTreeDecoratingWe’re running late on that whole decorating thing this year!  Life has been really crazy!  Of course, it usually is!  Anyway, I thought I would post some tree tips for you.  Ours is old.  We got it from someone for free on Craigslist and I’m too cheap, oops, FRUGAL to buy a new one!  So, frugality creates lots of room for creativity!
Tip #1:  Cleaning Your Tree
(The Easy Way)
So my brother was cleaning out my garage, being the sweet brother he is, and had his not so wise friend helping him.  Said friend put my tree up in the attic.  What said Friend DIDN’T think anything about the fact that there was loose cotton ALL over the attic!!!  For some reason, they chose to insulate it with cotton!  Anyway, my solution: furniture vacuum extension!!!  Works like a charm!!!
 Tip #2: Marking the light strings!


If you have a pre-lit tree, or even if you simply use regular string lights, tying a bright piece of ribbon on the ends of the cords will help you be able to easily find them so that you don’t have to spend hours going through the branches trying to find them!  However, you will see that I used a gold ribbon—  don’t use gold!!!  It was very hard to find!  The orange worked great though!!!


Tip #3: Keep would-be helpers at bay!
 For the four legged friends, bones maybe???
 For the Monkeys, might I suggest busy work?  LOL
Tip #4: Fixing broken branches
 If you have an artificial tree, you know the pains of the infamous broken branches!  Obviously, you put them back in their place and use a screw to hold the branch up but we all know that won’t keep the branch where it needs to be!  So, made a chain with paper clips and hang it from the branch above where it’s supposed to be.  Just remember not to hang heavy ornaments from it!!!
I would love to show you the finished product, but I am waiting on my Monkey to get around to helping me!  She wants to help, but she keeps having to go to bed or do something else (stupid homework!).  So, whenever it gets up, I’ll give ya a peek!  In the meantime, let me know if you have any tips or tricks of your own!!!

This next one would be a great Christmas Gift!

DIY Jewelry Hanger
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  1. What great tips!! Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday!!

  2. My tree is in a box on the back porch. All my other stuff is still in the closet. I don’t like to put mine up before December anyway so I’m not stressed about it.

    I don’t have a prelit tree. I put different color ribbon on the end of each branch so I know which branch goes in which row as I put it together. It’s saved me a lot of time putting it together every year.

    Are you vacuuming or blowing each branch? I’ve thought about taking a swiffer brush to mine. things can get pretty dirty over time.

    Thanks for sharing.

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