As someone who is considering an alternative to the ‘cut’ Christmas Tree, I salute you for having a mind that is open to creative possibilities!
Here are Ten Alternatives to Cut Christmas Trees, with some direct links to for each option whenever possible. I hope you enjoy creating a new tradition and welcome you to the special group of folks choosing against a cut tree.
1. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try a living tree, in a pot.
A living tree isn’t thrown out after Christmas, and can continue to oxygenate your surroundings making your air quality better. If you Tree Loppers Sydney choose to plant your living tree outdoors in your yard or garden after Christmas, you’ve now added value to your property and beautified your surroundings. More on how planting a live tree helps the planet at this link: http://www.joytotheplanet.com/3/default.html
Your local garden store or nursery is a good first try for locating a living Christmas tree in a pot. Or, try these links for more possibilities.
2. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try designating an existing outdoor tree as your Christmas tree.
Perhaps you have a lovely tall evergreen in your front or back yard. Choose one and give it some energy efficient lights set to a timer, and let your Christmas tree shine in to your living room. Your hardier ornaments and even popcorn garland also work nicely outdoors…and attract birds too.
3. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try an inflatable Christmas tree.
Inflatable trees are reusable and a treat to put away after Christmas, since they collapse into the size of a small bag once the air is released. With the potential for many decades of use, the inflatable tree can be used indoors and out, and inflates with a simple pump. No watering, and kids love these!
Inflatable tree options are increasing, so check with your local Christmas store for details. Otherwise, these links may prove useful:
4. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, make your own tree.
Making your own Christmas tree can become a great tradition especially if you get the whole family in on the fun. What recycled material will you use this year? When you succeed in building an especially great tree, you can keep it and reuse.
The only rule here is: use your imagination. How about a beautiful clear tree made from used water bottles, or a wooden tree from scrap lumber? Empty egg cartons, old computer parts, any kind of “junk” in your blue recycling bin can be made into a cool and
unique “tree.” Talk about your true meaning of Christmas!
5. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, use a Christmas tree wall hanging.
Christmas tree wall hangings are a new, and awesome alternative to cut trees. Simple to hang and ultra slick to store, these are works of art that can even sometimes be lit. Have a look at the sample photo and click the link to find the only source – so far – that I know of. If anyone else knows of another supplier, be sure to write me!
This is another super choice if your Christmas involves kids.
And oh yes, there’s always the option of making your own Christmas tree wall hanging, if you’re handy with a needle. Try this link to a pattern and some advice…