It’s that time of year when all of the sparkle, lights and red & green glitz gets packed away for an extended sabbatical. With a fresh-cut tree, the tree tells us when it’s time to say goodbye by the number of pine needles on the floor. With each passing day, the tree’s built-in underwire of lights loses its perkiness as the branches droop. But hold up! I have a few ideas on how to upcycle the Christmas tree in January.
Because the longer we can hold onto a little bit of Christmas, the sooner it will be here next October, I mean Novemberish.
How to Upcycle The Christmas Tree
Here’s a key point on how to upcycle the Christmas tree. Don’t skip the next two sentences. When enjoying the fun of the upcycle, don’t pair the branches with red berry garland. No! Because then it looks like you have a co-dependent relationship with Christmas.
I start with trimming the freshest branches. You will know when you clipped the fresher ones by the lingering scent of pine. I gathered the fresh branches and sorted them on the table.
On a side note I love the contrast of the branches and the brown paper… packages… tied up with string.
I took a few bundles of branches and scattered them on the window planter shelves I made last summer for our backyard facing windows. These shelves are right under the kitchen sink so it’s a nice way to make the shelves look pretty until flowers replace the branches.
Denver has had almost no snow, so adding a little greenery outside is a way to at least feel like it’s winter.
I added the white-tipped pinecones from our Costco wreath.
From there I added some fresh Christmas tree branches inside our house. I picked up this red enameled oversized measuring cup at HomeGoods. I had my eye on it over Christmas and caved with a Christmas gift card in my bag! Thank you, mom and dad.
It was the perfect contrast to hold a few green branches. I have plans for the measuring cup for my farmhouse kitchen shelves for Valentine’s Day.
You know what I like about red accessories? They get maximum exposure during the year between Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and round the year out with Christmas.