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Oh Christmas Tree…

December 8, 2012

I suddenly had a thought, and a bit of a moment, about a month ago, when I realised that we wouldn’t be able to buy a Christmas tree this year-arrrghhhh! We normally go up to Longleat and buy a cut one from there, and make a thing of going and picking one with the Smalls. We did try a living tree one year, the Christmas after BigSmall was born, and had the lovely idea that it would grow with him, and we could use it each year. But we managed to kill it. BigSmall is still safe and well though, so we must be doing something right..!

So I set about thinking about our options:

  • We could borrow my parents tree, which lives in their garden all year around, and they have managed not to kill. But this would leave them without a tree-not that fair
  • We could try and buy a secondhand artificial tree from the car boot or a charity shop. But I am afraid I am just not a big fan of artificial trees-sorry!
  • We could go without. Boooo
  • We could make one. Obviously. On Facebook, and Pinterest and Twitter there have been loads of alternative Christmas trees doing the rounds, so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you!

It seems, that with a little imagination, you can make your tree from pretty much anything that you might have lying around.

How about some bottles?

From packaginuqam.blogspot.co.uk

From packaginuqam.blogspot.co.uk

Or if you are partial to a bevvy or two (or more) you might have enough for this

From dzinetrip.blogpost.co.uk

From dzinetrip.blogspot.co.uk

We did think about something like this, but it is a little minimalist for us!

From abbytrysagain.typepad.com

From abbytrysagain.typepad.com

Books seemed to be a popular theme:

This is from Doanldist on Flickr

This is from Doanldist on Flickr

I can't find who to credit for this-sorry! If it's yours, let me know!

I can’t find who to credit for this-sorry! If it’s yours, let me know!

From swissmiss.com

From swissmiss.com

I absolutely love this lampshade tree!

From sarahmoorevintage.com

From sarahmoorevintage.com

And this is a great idea too:

I can't find whose this picture is, if it yours, step forwards and take the credit!

I can’t find whose this picture is, if it yours, step forwards and take the credit!

And it seems it doesn’t even have to a 3D structure:

Whose idea was this? It is awesome!

Whose idea was this? It is awesome!

Or just use some old planks:

By wood & wool stool

By wood & wool stool

If you remain uninspired by these beauties,and still want a traditional tree, but in a more sustainable way (and like us, don’t trust yourselves to keep it alive from one year to the next..) then you can always rent a tree! The lovely people at Start UK put me onto Trees for Rent when  I was doing some initial investigations.

And this, in case you were wondering, is what we are going (try and) do!

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I’m sure I had the details of who to credit somewhere for this, will try and track them down!

I am sure ours won’t be anywhere near as tasteful or pretty as this, but we are going to have a go. We have collected/been kindly donated a LOT of egg boxes, so now we just need to get painting..!

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17 Comments

  • Reply The tree!! « My Make Do and Mend Year December 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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  • Reply SKL New York December 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for this post! Here’s another idea for you – this is my twist on a traditional tree 🙂 http://sklnewyork.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/traditional-with-a-twist/ Happy Holidays!

    • Reply Jen December 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Looks great! Top marks 🙂

      • Reply SKL New York December 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

        Thank you!!! Stay tuned for (hopefully) more innovative creations!

        • Reply Jen December 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

          Will do!

  • Reply Anna Simpson December 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I hired a tree today as we wanted our option to be more sustainable this year I used a rent a tree link and am very happy with the result as they weren’t too far from us and the tree is lovely.

    • Reply Jen December 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      That’s great to know. Will definitely have a look at it again next year. Pressure’s on now to keep it alive 😉

      • Reply Anna Simpson December 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

        I know, we have put it outside for a couple more days and will be trying our best to keep it looking well until we take it back after New Year and I’ve been reading all the care instructions and tips. Don’t want to spoil our ethical attempt! ;D

        • Reply Jen December 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          I had a look on their website, and they basically said it would be difficult to kill it if you followed all the care instructions, so I’m sure you’ll be fine.. Good Luck!!

  • Reply Cheapchick December 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I saw the egg carton tree first on the blog Unconsumption..maybe that is where it is from?

    • Reply Jen December 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Oh thanks-I’ll check it out. I love that blog!

  • Reply HappyMum December 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    What a great idea! I love all these alternative ideas! I need to get cracking with my own make-do-and-mend decorations… Oh and our tree is my Mum’s but she’s having Christmas with us so I don’t feel quite so bad about it!

    • Reply Jen December 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

      What are you making? I am planning a paper chain making session soon! Check out these gorgeous ones from Scrapiana http://scrapiana.com I am going to try some of these too! Would love to see some pics when you’re done 🙂

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo December 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Im loving the egg box tree, and the fact that you can chuck it on the compost heap when your done with it! You will also be able to use wire (like the ties you get with sandwich bags) to put the decs on. Again, fab thinking outside the box Cant wait to see the pics. :o)

    • Reply Jen December 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Will post when done. We are having a painting party tonight whilst watching a film!!

  • Reply Hayley December 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Good luck! I’m making a willow Christmas tree at brookerswood with Mary Cross from Organic Matters. It can be used all year in the garden as a planter and it won’t die! My children are going to help make stars from twigs and we’ve collected fir cones from Longleat to hang on the tree too. Can’t wait for a child free morning tomorrow to get making!

    • Reply Jen December 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      That sounds fab Hayley. Is it going to be available for the general public to see? (I know Brokerswood have changed their admissions policy) Can you post some pics when it is done?

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