101 Things to Do with a
Dead Christmas Tree
it is in the middle of the living room, the once live Christmas tree drawing its
last breath. Now some people may just want to leave it there for a conversation
piece until next Christmas. But most of us sooner or later figure we have to do
something else with that tree.
On television they suggested that you bring your tree to the
local park and let it be chopped up into mulch. That seems environmentally sound
and a good enough suggestion for the creatively challenged. But, if there are
101 things to do with a dead cat, surely there must be at least that many things
to do with a dead Christmas tree.
Naturally, I now have to list them:
Well, we might use it for a coat tree, or hat rack since itís
already in the living room and handy. If you live in the south, you can put it
on the front porch with the old couch and washing machine, or chop it up for
Of course, there are many, many other things. We could use it as
a planter and let it be covered with climbing ivy. We could use the branches to
fashion dried floral arrangements or winter centerpieces.
We can use it for a decorative money gift tree, assuming we have
any left after Christmas, or a shoetree We can chop it up and use it for
kindling, toothpicks, or a game of pickup sticks.
We could use it for a kitty scratching post, a perch for pet
birds, or a handy pet pit stop We could stick berries or fruit on the dry
branches and make a natural outdoor bird feeder
We could use it for an umbrella tree, recipe holder, mug tree,
or to hang towels in the bathroom. With needles removed, it would make a great
closet organizer. It could be used as a lingerie rack, necktie rack, or
organizer for belts.
Branches could be removed for numerous uses, such as, feather
duster substitutes, toilet brushes, pot scrubbers, toothbrushes, or back
scratches. Branches could be tied together and used as a broom, or bug swatter.
It could be taken outside for target practice, put in the lake
for fish beds, used as a fence post, or dressed up to become a scare crow.
Needles could be used to stuff cushions, pillows, or stuffed
toys to save the environment. They could be woven for floor mats, rustic place
mats or wall hangings.
Needles can also double as landscaping mulch around shrubs, and
provide nesting materials for birds and wildlife. But there we are being
How about making snowshoes from limbs, using the tree as a sled,
tying together branches for a hula skirt, or using the tree for a dancing
It could also be used to celebrate other holidays. In the spring
it could be used for a May Pole or an Easter egg tree. Branches would make great
torches for a party, or the tree could be used for a bonfire on Halloween.
If you live in the south, you most likely could add bacon grease
and cook up a mess of Christmas tree needle greens since we cook and eat about
anything else thatís ever been alive.
Now I know that isnít quite 101 things, which probably goes to
show that even a dead cat is more useful than a dead Christmas tree.
After Iíve listed all these ideas, I suppose you still intend
to haul your tree to the park and get it made into mulch?
Thatís certainly what I intend to do with mine!