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Holiday Design Tip – Alternative Christmas Trees!

Nov 10, 2010
By New England Design and Construction

When I was a child, my family and I would drive down to a local tree farm for a Christmas tree. It was a magical time for me and my siblings, we would run around and see who can find the biggest trees, but for some reason, my mother never seemed to like to. After another Christmas or two, we stopped decorating trees. My mom always thought it was a hassle to drive to pick a tree and then the tree would start dying and make a huge mess out of the house. Overall it was a huge mess. So maybe you’re starting to get tired of a real Christmas tree too. So maybe, instead of using a real tree why not make your own? Going green for the holidays!

One of the easiest way to make your own Christmas tree this season is to use things from the garden, like a tomato cage. You can find tomato cages very easily in any kind of home improvement stores or places such as Wal-Mart and Target (although they may be in seasonal isles) . They range from anywhere from 3 to 6ft plus and they are less than 4 dollars!

If you take one and flip it upside down you notice it already starts to look like a tree itself! Now, You can either place it into a pot with soil to give it more of a traditional look, or you can just leave it as it is. I suggest the pot because once you’re done, you couldn’t even tell it’s homemade! So, If you stick with a pot, use some metal wires or old clothe hangers and bend some pieces to secure the cage in. Once that’s all set, you can buy some garland and wrap it around in a spiral motion to cover each and every part of the cage. Then decorate it with some Christmas lights and some ornaments!

With these style of trees, they are very easy to clean up and look just as nice if you take the time to decorate them. With smaller ones, they give a unique feeling to the room. You can decorate small tables and areas where you would take time and relax. Make your special room in the house feel like Christmas!

Another interesting alternative is the Ladder tree. This is something I always joked around with my brother after we stopped decorating a tree. I never thought someone would actually do this but this is another easy alternative if you want to try something new last minute! Just don’t walk under the ladder ;)

So have fun with your Christmas decor this holiday! Spend some quality time with love ones and check out.

http://nedesignbuild.com/articles/?p=62 for our November Articles for more Holiday themed decor tips

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