ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Storing An Artificial Christmas Tree

Updated on March 21, 2011

People choose artificial Christmas trees for many reasons. They last for years, are environmentally friendly, hypo-allergenic, and often less expensive in the long run than real pine trees. One of the biggest problems with artificial Christmas trees, however, is year-long storage. However, with careful planning and organization, storing an artificial tree between holiday seasons is easy and convenient.

The best storage container for an artificial Christmas tree is its original box. These boxes are heavy-gauge durable cardboard and often come with a handle for convenience. They are long enough to accommodate all the tree's pieces without overcrowding, and if treated properly, can last as long as the tree. When first opening the box, slit the sealing tape carefully to avoid damaging the cardboard.

Do not remove any staples or collapse the box, which would weaken its stability. When replacing the artificial Christmas tree after the holiday season, simply reseal the box with packing tape. Duct tape will not adhere well to cardboard and will loosen throughout the year. Use at least six different lengths of tape placed at equal intervals along the box's longest seam for a tight seal.

If the original box is not available, the best substitution is a large box or plastic crate that can hold all the artificial Christmas tree's pieces, including the trunk, base, and all the branches. Using separate containers increases the possibility of losing one container and therefore being unable to use the tree again.

If multiple containers must be used, be sure to label each one with the words "artificial Christmas tree" and the total number of boxes. This will insure that when you begin assembling the tree the next year, you have gathered all the materials together before beginning.

A prominent complaint that many people have about artificial Christmas trees is how difficult they can be to assemble when all the parts have become intermixed over several holiday seasons. Storing the tree properly avoids this dilemma. When disassembling the tree, work through one layer at a time and keep all same-size branches together.

Placing the ends of the branches into a single bag or wrapping them together with a wide ribbon or strip of cloth will keep them organized and will allow you to easily sort them the following year for quick assembly. The largest branches, trunk, stand, and top of the tree may be stored loosely in the box, since there is little chance of confusion among these parts.

Artificial Christmas trees often lose tips or parts of their branches through rough storage and handling. The branches are made of flexible wire, and must be flattened to fit easily into the box. When collapsing the branches, push the tines down flat without twisting or bending them. Excessive movement can cause metal fatigue that will weaken the branches and cause them to snap off.

If branches do become sparse because of missing tines, you can easily wrap broken tines around the main stem of the branch to fill in the gaps. The replacement tines may not be as long or flexible as the original ones, but once decorated the difference will not be noticeable.

With careful storage, artificial Christmas trees are a safe and economical substitute for real holiday trees. By using the original box or a comparable substitute, organizing each layer of branches, and carefully handling the wire tines, an artificial Christmas tree can easily become a lasting holiday tradition.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)