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Ways to Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller

Christmas tree looking a little sparse? Make these twig and pinecone sprays. Plus, find out other ways to make your Christmas tree look fuller.

Last Christmas, my intention was to donate our artificial Christmas tree and purchase a new one. It’s not that it was overly terrible looking, but I love how realistic and full some of the new options are especially when they’re flocked.

Unfortunately, November snuck up on me. Most of my time was consumed with finishing up our house renovations. Shopping for light fixtures, furniture and other items meant I didn’t have time to look for a new Christmas tree. So, I convinced myself there was no harm in giving our old one a go for one more season.

I didn’t feel as though I was totally throwing in the towel. I’m not one to give up on things too easily and was determined to rectify some of our tree’s issues, specifically the unsightly gaps between the branches. With a little bit of brainstorming, I came up with the idea to make decorative sprays out of twigs.

Christmas Tree with Twig and Pine Cone Filler Branches

What’s a spray, you ask? Well, it’s something you’d typically add to a table centerpiece or floral arrangement as filler. I’ve used artificial evergreen sprays to decorate our staircase and front porch. Sometimes they’re known as sprigs or floral stems.

This time, I decided to make them out of twigs to place in between our Christmas tree branches. These DIY Christmas tree sprays definitely helped to fill in the bare spots and added another layer of texture and shimmer. Think of them as Christmas tree filler branches.

Decorative Twig Sprays

I picked up many of the supplies for this project at Dollarama and Michaels. I’ve also included affiliate links to similar items below. See blog policies for more information.

Supplies & Tools

Supplies to Make Decorative Twig and Pinecone Sprays for Christmas Tree

Tree Filler Directions

Before assembling, give the pine/spruce cones a light spray of adhesive followed by a dusting of glitter. They’ll catch the light and look so pretty on your tree.

DIY Decorative Twig and Pinecone Christmas Tree Filler Branches

To form your base, gather a few twigs together (I had some left over from my twig and pine cone wreath project), and wrap jute string around a few times, followed by a knotted bow.

To embellish the sprays, attach pine/spruce cones and clear beads with florist wire. Just form a loop at the end of a piece of wire to hold the bead in place before wrapping it on the twig. Easy peasy!

DIY Christmas Tree Filler Branches Made with Twigs and Pine Cones

I hung some mini silver mercury glass ornaments from the twigs. Aren’t they cute?

I like how the decorative twig sprays add a bit of nature to our tree and make it look fuller. Mission accomplished for next to nothing!

Christmas Tree Sprays Made From Twigs and Pine Cones

And, at night, the beads and pinecones shimmer like ice.

DIY Twig, Bead and Pinecone Filler Branches for Christmas Tree

Although I made these twig and pinecone decorations for our faux Christmas tree, you could also add them to a real one. Sometimes they can be a little sparse looking too.

Other Ways to Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller

  • For artificial trees, don’t leave the branches flat when you set it up. Most trees have wire, which allows you to adjust some parts up and some down.
  • Plan on using about 100 lights per linear foot of tree.
  • Wrap full-looking garland or wired ribbon around the tree from top to bottom or hang it vertically.
  • Hang large-scale ornaments where holes appear and fill in the remainder with a variety of smaller sizes.
  • Choose a variety of textures to decorate your Christmas tree.
  • Use light coloured tree decorations mixed with shimmery metals to give more visual weight to the tree. Darker colours tend to recede.

More Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

A mix of textures and large-scale ornaments do a good job of filling in the bare spots of this Christmas tree.

Vintage Inspired White and Silver Christmas Tree

Adding a touch of pink draping ribbon and ornaments totally switched up the look of this same tree.

Pink Christmas Tree Decorations

Want to add that white, snowy-look to your tree too? Find out what I used from the Dollar Store!

Be sure to pin these full Christmas tree decorating tips for later!

Full Christmas Tree Tips and Tricks

Have any of your own ideas on how to make a Christmas tree look fuller?

More DIY Christmas Ideas

I’ll be sharing more Christmas decorating ideas in the coming weeks! In the meantime, I invite you to check out these DIY ornaments and wrapping ideas.

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Happy Holidays!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Hi, I love your site and need some help. I’ve bought two 2’ fake cedar shrub “trees” to put in my outdoor cement planters but they look spindly and thinner than I had anticipated. Any ideas on how to make them look fuller? Thanks!!

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