How to decorate a fibre optic tree

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How to decorate a fibre optic tree
Fibre-optic trees use plastic optical fibres to create beautiful displays of light. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A fibre-optic Christmas tree is an affordable, resuable alternative to real trees and traditional artificial trees. A fibre-optic tree's branches are made from plastic optical fibres which carry light from a central bulb, resulting in a tree that has a glowing light at the end of each of its "needles." In addition to its built-in light display, you can add decorations to a fibre-optic tree. It's important to choose the right decorations, however, as the tree's soft plastic branches can't hold much weight.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Baubles
  • Plastic icicles
  • Tinsel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the decorations you want to hang on your tree. You will probably not want to use as many decorations as you would for a traditional tree; too many will obscure the lights and bend the branches.

  2. 2

    Hang light silver or metallic-coloured baubles from the branches. The shiny surfaces will reflect the light from the fiber strands.

  3. 3

    Add translucent plastic icicles between the baubles. The clear plastic will refract the light, creating a sparkling effect.

  4. 4

    Drape strands of reflective tinsel around the tree. Coordinate the tinsel colour with the colour of your tree's lights.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful not to obstruct the air vents on the base of the tree. Doing so can cause the lamp to overheat.

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