How do the rubber bands work?
If you would like the branches of your new tree to stay still, find your little packet of tiny rubber bands. Twist one rubber band onto the metal rod, in between each branch that touches another branch. An easy way to bring each wound rubber band down the rod is by using the next branch to push it down. It will keep the branches from touching each other, and everything stays put!
Check out this link for a video demonstration:
If you need to replenish rubber bands next year, they are available for purchase for a few dollars at any pharmacy or online-- they are just tiny hair tie rubber bands.