Artificial Christmas trees save a considerable money over fresh-cut varieties, but more importantly they save valuable pines. However, like almost every other manmade material, they do not last forever. The hardware eventually breaks down, and the branches end up looking worse for wear. They are still work saving and reusing. Try the following creative ways to recycle an artificial Christmas tree, and reuse it in a unique new way.
Recycle the Artificial Christmas Tree Branches to Make Wreaths
Finding parts to make homemade artificial pine wreaths is not always easy. Retailers want to sell expensive ready-made wreaths instead of parts. Recycle an artificial Christmas tree by using the branches for wreaths. Cheaper artificial Christmas trees have very pliable branches, and they are perfect for wreath-making. This is a great way to recycle an artificial tree that would otherwise end up in the trash.
Buy a wire form from a craft store or a discount retailer that sells craft supplies, and after removing the thicker wire ends with a pair of tin snips or wire cutters, wrap the branches around the form. The article entitled How to Make an Easy Pine Wreath provides creative ideas for decorating it when complete. They make great gifts too, and no one will realize they were made from a recycled artificial Christmas tree.
Recycle an Artificial Christmas Tree to Decorate Exterior Lights
When looking for ways to recycle an artificial Christmas tree, save some of the branches to decorate outside light fixtures. Intertwine two or three branches, and shape them into canes similar to the peppermint candy variety. Wrap the pine forms with red outdoor ribbon, and be sure to leave space in between to expose the artificial Christmas tree branches. Embellish the decorations further with a big red bow, and hang them from mounted light fixtures. Just make certain they will not come in contact with the light bulbs or any other hot surfaces that could result in a fire or melted material. This is a great way to recycle some of the branches. A single artificial Christmas tree can be turned into many new items.
Recycle the Branches to Make Pine Garland
Making pine garland from pine branches is another one of the best ways to recycle an artificial Christmas tree. Use a pair of sturdy tin snips or wire cutters to clip off the metal ends, and combine the branches to create a string of pine using dark green twist ties or zip ties. Decorate the artificial Christmas tree branches further using cinnamon or vanilla scented pinecones, and wrap them with strings of small indoor/outdoor lights. Use the garland to decorate a loft rail, handrail, or a doorway. If the artificial Christmas tree was weatherproof, it can even be used to decorate outdoors.
In any case, it is always best to recycle and reuse than to throw something away. Parts can be taken and reused in creative new ways. Recycle your old artificial Christmas tree, and give favorite old holiday décor new life in an original new way.