If you were following my blog last Christmas, you know that I'm completely smitten with the natural style of the Scandinavian Christmas trees foraged from their indigenous alpine habitats.
I love their simple aesthetic.
If your choice of Christmas trees are as limited as mine yet you prefer a more natural growth pattern to your tree, your only option is to trim away the excessive growth to expose the tree's natural silhouette. I know. It sounds a bit daunting. But if you're brave + have the confidence, you'll end up with a beautiful tree that looks much more like what you would find in an indeginous habitat.
Above is the fir tree I started with. And below is my end result.
As you can see, much of the excess growth was removed.
If you'd like to replicate the look, you can do what I do - choose the skinnest + sparsest fir on the lot (you may even luck out + find one marked down due to it's assymmetry). Once home, selectively remove the majority of growth from the interior of the tree, leaving only the most horizontal + symmetrically grown branches.
The end result is a tree that's open branched and more like what you would find growing in nature.
By opening the interior + creating a slightly more horizontal pattern to the branches, light is able to shine through to reveal the tree's sillhouette and there's ample space for ornaments.
And to keep with the natural aesthetic, place the tree in a worn bucket or wicker basket and fill the interior with burlap. Lastly, lightlty adorn the tree with ornaments that might be found in nature. On mine, I used a mix of pine cones, birds, glass icicles, antique Christmas spiders, and a vintage set of woodland elfs all in a color palatte of white, glass, + silver.