A few weeks ago, we told you how to pick out the perfect live Christmas tree. Hopefully the little feller made it through the holidays, but now what do you do with the spruce moose? Instead of hauling it out to the garbage, we have 11 suggestions that are kinder on the landfills and give your tree a second life.
Mulch love: Use slow-decomposing pine needles to give your garden some TLC.
Put a bird on it: Leave it in the stand and hang feeders from it.
Save your table: Saw the trunk into thin slices, then coat them with polyurethane and use as coasters.
Give it back: Lots of cities have programs to recycle trees, which are biodegradable.
Make your own kind of music: Here are instructions of turning it into a didgeridoo.
Fight fire: Burning Christmas trees can be dangerous, especially indoors, so proceed with caution.
Sachet, Shantay: Put the pine needles in a little bag to keep the scent of Christmas around a few more weeks.
Scratching post: After trimming away the branches and securing the trunk, surrender the tree to your cats’ claws.
Fir-ment: Turn your tree into spruce beer.
Put it in the ground: Done right, you can actually replant a Christmas tree.
It sleeps with the fishes: Donate your tree to a Fish and Wildlife department, so it can serve as a habitat for finned friends.
Rabbit fir coat: Give neighborhood bunnies some cover by creating brush piles with the branches.