Ways to Repurpose a Christmas TreeMost people will take the ornaments off their Christmas trees and then lug it outside, putting out on the curb to be picked by the local waste collection agency. Sure, it will probably put to use, or, maybe it will just be incinerated. You paid good money for your tree, and, it can stretch your dollar, if you know a few things to do. Don’t waste the opportunity to do more with your tree now that the holiday is over.
Whether you’re the type who can’t wait to get rid of your Christmas tree or the type who is sad to see it go, you can wrap up your holiday the green way by recycling your tree. You probably already reuse your lights and ornaments, so don’t skimp when it comes to the most important part. —Mother Nature NetworkInstead of throwing your tree out onto the street to wilt away until it’s picked up, put it to good use. Now, you might wonder just what it is you can do with an old, dying tree, but, there are some options, like the following:
- Saw it up into firewood. You can cut off the branches and then saw the trunk into several cuttings to make it into firewood. Use the needles and branches for kindling. Christmas trees are notorious for being a fire hazard, but, can be used to fuel your fireplace.
- Make it into mulch. If you have access to a stump grind or wood chipper, run the entire tree through it to create mulch to use in your yard.
- Create a temporary, natural habitat for wildlife. If you have birds and other wildlife in your backyard, you can create a temporary habitat. Just take off all the decorations and stand it up outside in an easy-to-access place.
- Cut it up and make it into drink coasters. Okay, so maybe you would like to get a bit crafty and turn your tree into drink coasters. Strip off the branches and then cut up the trunk. You can then lacquer or stain the cuttings for drink coasters.
- Make wreaths and garlands. You can wind the branches into wreaths and garland as another use for your tree. You can also fragrant sachets with the pine needles.