Category Archives: My Balsam Hill Christmas Tree

Everything you need to know about Balsam Hill’s line of artificial Christmas trees: from assembly and decorating to storage and troubleshooting

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4 Stunning Christmas Tree Looks with the Biltmore Collection [Video]

Inspired by the enduring beauty of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Balsam Hill’s latest line of Christmas décor lets you deck the halls in timeless elegance. Watch the video to learn how Biltmore’s vision was translated into holiday décor you can enjoy in your home.

The Vanderbilt home was first opened to guests on Christmas Eve of 1895. Today, Biltmore continues the family’s tradition of gracious hospitality and passion for Christmas. Every room in the house is lavishly decorated as the season approaches each year.
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Tips from the Pros: Make Your Own Christmas Tree Magic

animated GIF with multiple Christmas tree being decorated

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make sure your tree is decorated properly for the big day. The easiest way to achieve a stunning and cohesive look is to use a Balsam Hill decorating theme, complete with everything from Christmas ornaments to tree skirts. In the following videos, designer Brad Schmidt walks through four of our best and brightest collections.
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Home for the Holidays: 5 Gorgeous Christmas Tree Looks

Christmas is the time of year to decorate to your heart’s content with beautiful embellishments: shimmering lights, dazzling tones, and refined accents. This year, 4 of your favorite bloggers, along with our brand ambassador Courtney, dressed up their Christmas trees in their holiday best, as befitting the season’s decorating focal point.

Vermont White Spruce tree bedecked in swaths of ribbon and vibrant ornaments
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Balsam Hill teamed up once more with talented friends for our 5th annual 12 Bloggers of Christmas. We welcomed the festive holiday season with our Brand Ambassador Courtney and 11 other bloggers, as they decorated their homes with inspirational themes that highlight this joyous occasion.

12 Bloggers of Christmas

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Ask Mac: Which Balsam Hill Tree Should I Get?

‘Twas almost Thanksgiving
and all through the house,
none of my offspring were stirring,
not even my spouse.
And while I know I should get some rest,
I can’t help but write,
a note to all of you,
before I sign off for the night.
So many friends have asked,
“Hey Mac, what tree should I buy?”
I can barely keep up, in providing my replies.
So here are my thoughts, lucid and true;
I very much hope, they are helpful to you!

Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce

Vermont White Spruce

(Impatient friends who want an immediate “80/20” answer: buy the Vermont White Spruce.)

For everyone else, first, thank you for your interest in welcoming Balsam Hill to your home! I’m honored. I know there are a lot of trees to choose from. In fact, I’ve personally designed all of our 50+ tree families.

I must admit this exercise is a bit like having multiple kids and the hazard of picking a favorite. Even the trees you might find on deep discount aren’t “bad” trees – they are just ones that apparently our customers didn’t like as much as I did!

3 Questions to Answer When Picking Your Tree

1. Did you grow up with a real tree?

Balsam Hill BH Noble Fir

BH Noble Fir

If so, I’d suggest buying one of our replica trees from the region where you grew up as everything about them should seem familiar to you. If you grew up on the West Coast, I’d recommend the BH Noble Fir. If you grew up in New England or the Philly-NYC corridor, I’d recommend the BH Balsam Fir. If you grew up along the Atlantic Seaboard or in Florida, then the BH Fraser Fir. Anywhere else, I’d suggest the BH Blue Spruce.

If you didn’t grow up with a real tree, then I’d recommend the Vermont White Spruce (you just can’t go wrong with this tree – it is full, gorgeous, and versatile) or the BH Noble Fir (note it is a green-gray color). The BH Blue Spruce (a blue-green color) is pretty awesome, too. All three of these trees are terrific for hanging lots of ornaments, and easy to “fluff” to be super full and lush. Read This Entry

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An Unforgettable Balsam Hill Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

‘Tis the season of stellar performances, and you’re invited to join in the celebrations! This year, Balsam Hill partners up with multi-platinum artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith in a concert tour: An Unforgettable Night of Music: Christmas Featuring a Full Symphony Orchestra. The tour will include two memorable giveaways, so stay tuned ’til the end of this post for more details!

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A fully decorated Christmas tree is a sight to behold—a tree topper perched up high, ornaments, picks, and ribbons of different shapes and colors, and enchanting lights. However, an often overlooked detail in tree decorating is the tree base, which can be spruced up with a tree stand, tree collar, or even a basket!

Photo by Unskinny Boppy

Photo Courtesy of Unskinny Boppy

These three options are often confused for each other, but each adds something a bit different. Stands are the essential element that provides a stable base upon which the entire weight of the Christmas tree rests. However, these are often simple metallic or plastic structures designed purely for functionality, and can take away from the romantic “realness” of a Christmas tree. This is where a tree collar or basket comes in. Check out these festive tree base ideas that our designers have come up with!

Surround the Base with a Collar

Woven Tree Collar

A woven tree collar imparts a natural touch to your tree

Tree collars are often shaped as conical cylinders with the purpose of concealing the tripod base of the Christmas tree. They are most commonly made of natural materials such as metal, wood, willow fibers, cattails or jute. Installation is easy, too—tree collars have a slit opening on one side and often a hinged design that you can open to slip around tree stands.

Upgrade the Tree Base with a Tree Stand

Photo courtesy of Finding Home

This tree has a more stable and beautiful base because of its tree stand (Photo Courtesy of Finding Home)

Unlike tree collars, tree stands do not conceal the tree’s metallic legs but replace them with something more stylish and stable. The tree stand’s top surface sports an opening where an artificial Christmas tree “trunk” will fit into snugly.

Wooden Rolling Tree Stand

This wooden rolling tree stand looks like a rustic crate and has roller bearings on the bottom for easy maneuvering

Like the tree collar, tree stands are made from various types of materials, though they require more rigid structures to hold the weight of an entire tree. Tree stands are often weighted on the bottom for stability, while some include eyelets and rolling wheels or bearings as added features.

Oak Barrel Tree Stand

Wine lovers will love this oak barrel-inspired tree stand

Keep in mind that you can mix and match tree stands and collars with the overall theme of your Christmas tree décor. For example, a woven tree collar would suit a French country cottage style, woodland accents, or ribbons made from natural fibers like jute and burlap. A metal tree stand would blend in well with modern and sleek decorations like the Georgetown ornament set.

Beyond their functional purpose, tree stands and collars are elements to consider for style and design. Alternately, a tree skirt can also be a nice touch that lets you coordinate colors and patterns with your other Christmas decorations without completely covering the base of the tree. These functional yet beautiful Christmas tree accessories are just some items to consider for your holiday decorating this year. For more Christmas tree ideas and designing tips, visit Balsam Hill!

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How to Set Up and Take Down a Flip Tree

Assembling an artificial Christmas tree each holiday season can be a daunting task. The idea of arranging branches, attaching sections together, and stringing up lights can feel like quite an ordeal to most of us. But with a Balsam Hill Flip Tree, you can put together a stunning holiday centerpiece, with virtually effortless tree assembly.

The Flip Tree is expertly designed with a patented construction that makes it easy to move, assemble, collapse, and store. These trees are also equipped with automatic light string connections through Easy Plug technology, making them our easiest and quickest trees to set up. Flip Trees come with two main sections: a base attached to a rolling stand, and the treetop. Depending on the height of your tree, the treetop may come in two sections.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to easily set up your Balsam Hill Flip Tree. And to ensure a beautiful, full tree, be sure to check out our guide to shaping artificial Christmas trees as well.

How to Set Up a Flip Tree

Assembling a Flip Tree

Step 1

Roll the tree’s bottom section out of the shipping box to your desired display location. Unbuckle the storage bag, undo the Velcro lining, and slide the storage bag off the tree.

Step 2

Step down on the front wheels to lock the brakes. Find the flip path indicator arrow on the top of the flip pole to figure out which direction the tree’s bottom section flips. Clear the flip path by pushing the branches to the left or right of the tree trunk. Make sure that there is enough room for the moving section to flip without being caught by branches.

Step 3

Flip the tree by placing one or both hands on the top of the flip pole and pulling in the direction of the arrow towards you. Place one foot on the horizontal bar on the stand to make the tree stable while flipping. Lock the tree into place using the safety strap at the base, then plug in the lights to ensure they are all working.

Step 4

Take the tree’s top section out from its individual storage bag. Insert it into the pole of the tree base. The Easy Plug function automatically connects the light strings through the tree trunk. You only need to touch one light string during setup: the one you plug into the wall.

Step 5

Bring your tree to life by fluffing it: This includes stretching out the branches to fill any gaps and to give the tree its full form. Your Balsam Hill Flip Tree is now ready for decorating!

How To Take Down a Flip Tree

Step 1

Unplug the tree and detach the top section. Step down on the wheels to lock the brakes and unbuckle the strap located at the base of the tree.

Step 2

Spread the branches apart to make way for the Flip Tree path. Pulling the center pole toward you, flip your tree into storage position.

Step 3

Roll up the cord and place it neatly within the tree. Compress the tree and enclose it completely into the storage bag. Close the bag’s Velcro lining and buckles.

Step 4

Compress the tree’s top section and place it into its storage bag. Unlock the brakes and roll your tree into storage.


With Balsam Hill’s Flip Tree, you can enjoy the convenience of easy set up and take down in just a few simple steps.

Still having trouble with setting up or breaking down your tree? Feel free to contact our customer service at 888-552-2572 or via any other method listed on our contact page.

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5 Tree Shapes and How to Display Them

Every family looks for that ideal holiday centerpiece to take home and decorate. Christmas trees come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s sure to be one that will match what you want.

California Baby Redwood

A full-shaped California Baby Redwood fills wide hallways and wide ceilings very well

The right choice often begins with knowing the correct tree shape for your home. The tree’s shape, which also called its profile, is the triangular outline of the tree that tells how narrow or wide it is. This is important when you consider how a narrow hallway or small room can get crowded when a full-bodied tree is placed in it. To avoid these less-than-perfect décor choices, we’ve put together a helpful guide on the different artificial Christmas tree shapes and where it’s best to place them.

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