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Christmas has a lot of iconic symbols, but the Christmas tree itself is pretty high up on the list. Though there is a rhythm to the holiday season, there’s always a drive to try something a bit new. The catch? New always comes with a price tag. What if you could upgrade a cheap store-bought Christmas tree to look glamorous without straining your wallet?

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Yes, there is a way to circumnavigate the pricey holiday decorating, and no, it doesn’t wear down your patience. The YouTube channel FancyBlooms transforms a flimsy five-foot tree into a tree with some serious, elegant style.

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She does the time-consuming task of changing out the colored lights with white lights, but this isn’t essential.

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The tree puts on some extra weight with a dusting of fake snow. Called flocking, this readily available craft material is highly adhesive. You simply need to spray your surface with warm water and sift the snow on the branches. To get fuller branches, tilt your tree sections sideways and sift the flocking material deep into the interior of the tree. This adds bulk to your branches and gives them a more even snowed look.

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Tree skirts are classic, but they can look wrinkled and frumpy. However, there are ways to give the true base some added beauty. In the video, a soft golden-colored fabric pot is used at the base of the tree. This trick hides the plastic base legs and gives the tree a thicker-looking trunk base.

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When in doubt, add more lights! To add a more complex light display, extra strands of soft twinkle light give the tree both movement and visual interest. Glitter branches and wire ribbon fill out the space on the top and the sides.

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After tying the ribbon to the tree, Christmas ornaments are placed on the branches. Like professional tree decorators, the balls are placed at different spots on the branches. Placing some ornaments close to the tree center and near the edge gives the tree texture and depth.

Doing any one of these steps will give a ho-hum tree a kick of holiday cheer!

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