What type of tree do you have at Christmas time? Do you buy a live one each year? Will you be pulling out a family heirloom or are you thinking of replacing a tired-looking plastic one? Even if Christmas has no religious significance to you it’s a time of year when most of us start (literally) decking our halls with boughs of holly. Except all to often the holly is plastic and the spruce will be thrown in the bin without a second thought. Before you go ahead and buy something plastic that will fall apart after only a couple of years, but then take decades to biodegrade try these simple and creative ideas for a zero waste Christmas tree:
Attach your prettiest Christmas cards from previous years to the wall in the shape of a tree then place your presents underneath them. Try to combine the colours in a way that looks good to the eye. It’s a great space saver! But Christmas cards aren’t the only thing that can be repurposed. Everything from books and drift wood to garden rakes and coat-hangers can be repurposed into a zero waste Christmas tree. Check out my Pinterest board of creative ideas!
Attach LED fairy lights to the wall in the shape of a tree and pop the presents underneath. Solar powered outdoor ones will work indoors too as long at the sensor is in the right place!
(This one might not be as relevant to my Northern Hemisphere readers!) A small branch from a gum of some kind will give a distinctive Aussie look to your celebrations and have your living room smelling of Eucalyptus. You can decorate it just as you would a normal tree with tinsel and baubles. Alternatively, find a sculptural-looking dead branch without leaves and spray it silver or gold. Stick it in a decorative pot, steady it with large rocks or pebbles and decorate sparingly with baubles for a modern twist.
A fresh Christmas tree can be a zero waste Christmas tree too! It can be composted, mulched or used as fire wood next winter after you are finished with its Christmas cheer.
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