How to Set up & Shape your Artificial Christmas Tree

You’ve bought the perfect artificial Christmas tree and now it’s time to set it up. Here at Charlies we have created a short guide to ensure you achieve an authentic looking tree every time.


Your tree has reached its new home safely and is still stored neatly in the streamline box; be sure to keep hold of the box as this is the best way to store the tree during the non-festive period. When you carefully unbox the Christmas tree you may notice that each section of branches are folded up and have been compressed for shipping purposes.

Spreading these branches out and shaping your tree can sometimes feel like the most tedious part to Christmas decorating, but once you get family and friends involved it will become a fun and festive tradition.

Stand Tall

Depending on what tree you have chosen, the stand and set up will vary so it’s also good to keep an eye on the instructions for the finer details.

All of our standard trees come with a sturdy metal fold out stand. Once the 4 feet are separated simply place the base of the tree into and secure it tightly with the small screw key.

Our Fibre Optic/Pre-Lit trees come with 4 durable plastic feet that conveniently slot into the Fibre optic base.

Once your base is securely balanced and fitted it’s time to move onto the tree.

Set up and Spread the Joy

Depending on the height of tree you have purchased, the set up could come in 1 to 3 parts; we find that if your tree is quite tall it’s easier to separate and shape your tree in sections before fully assembling it as it saves you trying to stand on the arm of the sofa or the edge of a ladder.

  • Before you begin shaping the tree ensure that you have an image of what it will eventually look like, as your reference.
  • Starting at the base and working your way up you should be able to depict the separate layers of branches. Ensure you only do one layer at a time so that space for each branch can be optimised.
  • Starting from the back of each branch manoeuvre each tip by pulling them out to the sides so that the branch starts to resemble a fan shape. Ensure that each tip is either offset from the one before it or is not touching another branch. This will help to hide the trunk and make the tree look much fuller.
  • Moving layer by layer up to the top of the tree each branch and tip should be straight and at a slight 10° angle.
  • Once this is done make sure to take a step back and look at your work so that if you can see any spaces you can quickly tweak the branches.
  • When it comes to decorating your tree you may have to slightly bend the tips to ensure that heavier decorations are securely hung

We hope you have fun & festive time decorating and enjoy a lovely Christmas too!