If you have followed my site for a min, you know that I do not shop in the stores on Black Friday. Instead, my family has a “Green Friday” tradition- cutting down our Christmas tree. We love the trill of finding just the right Christmas tree, cutting it down and making memories as we go. If you get a live tree as well, here is a great – FREE – holiday decor idea for you.
Gather up all those Christmas Tree clippings! You can find them laying in the fields, still attached to some stumps or ask the tree farm employees if you can take some of the left overs they have after trimming up the trunks. Each year I come home with an armful of sweet pine smelling limbs to scatter around with our Christmas decorations. Here are a couple of my fave decor ideas for using Christmas Tree branches.
Ways to Use Christmas Tree Clippings in Holiday Decor
Use Tree Clippings in Front Porch Planters– A few years ago my mom gave me these beautiful red gazing balls for my birthday. Sure they look pretty in the garden, but I think they look even more fabulous as “ornaments” in my porch planters. Add in those free tree clippings for that perfect added touch. It’s super easy to do. I clean out the plant material from the spring/summer/fall and place the ball in the center of the pot.
Then trim the clippings to fit around the ball (you will want a pair of sturdy pruning shears for this task). You will have to watch which direction you place them in as the boughs turn a specific direction. They pretty much stay in place thanks to their natural shape. But I also tuck the ends under the lip of my pots for good measure.
Decorate Mantle with Christmas Tree Clippings– Sure My mantel would look super cute, handmade stockings and all, even without greenery. But to take it to the next level, I add in those Christmas tree clippings. I pretty much just lay them behind the stocking holders and amidst the other decor items. I even love when you can see a few pieces in the reflection of the mirror.
How would you use your Christmas Tree Clippings?