When the presents are unwrapped and the family has all gone home, it’s time to put away the ornaments and take down the Christmas tree. But before you carry this holiday staple to the curb, take a look at a few of these fun and easy ways to repurpose your tree.
Create a relaxing fire by making use of the tree trunk and cutting it into logs that you can burn in the fireplace. A word of caution: don’t burn the branches of your tree – only the trunk – because the needles can cause sparks.
Many communities offer tree recycling programs, turning your tree into usable mulch to freshen up your flower beds. If this isn’t an option where you live, use the pine needles as mulch in your garden. They are a great alternative to traditional mulch because they dry quickly and decompose slowly. And, the best part is they are resistant to mold.
Another great way to give your garden a new look is by strategically placing the trunk of your tree to create a beautiful border in your garden.
Create your own bird feeder and habitat by placing your tree in the ground or leaving it in the stand and placing it outside. Next, decorate the tree with edible ornaments like dried fruit in mesh bags, stale bread or pine cones coated with peanut butter and seeds hanging from the tree branches. You can also cut up the trunk of the tree in slices to create a one-of-a-kind garden path.
If you prefer to channel your crafty side, you can repurpose your tree after the holidays. Whether you want to use the needles to make aromatic potpourris and sachets by stripping the branches of their needles or create wreaths using the boughs, there are many ways to create winter décor with the tree branches. Another DIY project that you can try is making coasters or ornaments by cutting the trunk into round circles. You can even get ready for Valentine’s Day by creating a heart-shaped wreath by gluing the round wood slices.
By finding new ways to utilize your piney tradition, you’ll carry the splendor of the season well into the spring!