Christmas is my favorite holiday. And it’s not just because presents are given and received. I love the fact that it is perfectly acceptable to drag a live fir in to your living room without questioning glances from neighbors.
The smell of a fresh pine and touch of the (soft) needles reminds me of when my family would go to the tree farm and cut down our own.
Regardless of if you cut down your own evergreen or pick one up at a grocery store parking lot, there’s always the struggle of getting it to stand up straight in the tree stand. And in doing so, extra Christmas tree branches from the bottom undeniably need to be cut.
Here’s what you should do with them instead of tossing them out.
1. Put a Pine Bow on Presents
Curling ribbon bows are a classic staple, but using an evergreen sprig is just as easy and requires arguably less effort.
Once you’ve got your gift, just pick out a wrapping paper, snip off a pine branch to the desired length, and wrap some curling ribbon around the package tying the pine bow down.
If you’re looking to get extra original, pick out a white craft paper and dot it spontaneously with silver star stickers before tying down a branch on top.
You can even sub out curling ribbon for kite string to give gifts that old-school convenience store wrap job vibe.
2. Spruce up the Bathroom
Bring an air of festivity to your bathroom by creating an arrangement with some of the branches.
To go ultra glam, spray some of them with a gold glitter spray paint and pair with a gold embellished vase or glass.
3. Go for Graphic Garland
This modern alternative to traditional garland actually says something and has a little more pep in it’s step. In four easy steps, you too can have a great looking garland.
- Lay out some string and arrange your triangle letters and pine branches.
- Tie the branches down while still leaving room for the triangles.
- Using washi tape adhere the top of the triangles to the string.
- Adorn across your door or fireplace to spread good cheer.
Note: Here’s our printable template for your decorating pleasure! Make sure to print this out on a heavy duty card stock or glue on to the back of Bristol board to ensure stability.
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