15 Beautiful Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Pinecone Bird-Feeder Wreath
As the cold winter season settles in, why not welcome your winged neighbors into the backyard? Balsam boughs can be cut and reused in a wreath, which is bedecked in edible treats for the birds. Simply spread peanut butter generously onto pinecones, roll them in birdseed, hang the wreath—then, settle in for hours of birdwatching.
Easy Evergreen Wreaths
Have a few trimmings leftover? Use the fresh boughs to make these sweet wreaths to transition you from the holiday season into the winter beyond. (Hint: We used embroidery hoops for the base.)
Hanging Pinecone Garland
Create a beautiful pinecone garland that can be enjoyed the entire winter by taking a few branches from the Christmas and hanging with twine. String on pinecones and handmade salt dough ornaments for an accent and ta-da! The garland can grace the top of your fireplace or hang from the side of a banister.
Using basswood sticks, a few crafting supplies, and your own foraged mix of cut greens—such as rosemary, cedar, juniper, and boxwood—you can create a flurry of seasonally festive stars that will last through the winter season.
Christmas Tree Reindeer
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen! Using logs of various lengths and widths, craft a family of festive reindeer. For smaller deer, use fallen branches to create ornaments. For larger deer, for use the same techique and unsplit firewood logs to create decorations on your front lawn.
Hanging Basket with Winter Birds
Give it back to Mother Nature, in a sense: Creating this charming perch is as elementary as gathering leftover branches and boughs.
Cedar and Brass Bells Door Decoration
Decorate your front door with this traditional door spray. You can make it using the branches from your Christmas tree and floral wire. Embellish with wintery accents, like pine cones and bells, or add a touch of an upcoming spring like miniature birds or small flowers.