Mother Earth Living

Reusable Christmas Tree Trunk Craft

Have an eco-friendly holiday by making this reusable Christmas tree trunk craft.
By Susan Wasinger
November/December 2003
Add to My MSN

This reusable Christmas tree trunk craft is a perfect project for the holiday season.
Photo By Mother Earth Living staff
Slideshow


Content Tools

Related Content

Aromatherapy Crafts for the Holidays, Part 2

Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady....

Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natura...

Post-Christmas Cleanup: Save the Gift Wrap, Recycle the Tree

Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out ...

Green Rookie: After-Christmas Cleanup

Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping pape...

Try making this green-themed reusable Christmas tree trunk craft for the holiday season.

Reusable Christmas Tree Trunk Craft

Is there such a thing as a guilt-free Christmas tree? Oh, the guilt. How can we live with hacking down a healthy living tree for our short-lived enjoyment? Artificial trees—even without pink flocking—are just so, well, unnatural. Here is a hybrid that can solve the dilemma. A reusable “trunk” is drilled and studded with one or two evergreen boughs trimmed from a live tree.

An environmental bonus: Culling branches from the lowest part of trees can make them less vulnerable to forest fire. If you don’t have a forest in your yard, try asking for culled branches at a Christmas tree lot.

Making the tree is simple, but it helps to study the size, angle, and position of the branches from the tree before you take them. One or two boughs from a spruce, fir, or pine should be plenty for a three- to five-foot “tree.” A frond positioned vertically out of the top finishes it off and gives you a place for a well-deserved gold star.

To Make the Christmas Tree:

The center “trunk” can be from a dead tree, last year’s Christmas tree, or a two- to four-inch wooden dowel set in a tree stand or rock-filled bucket. The trunk should be fairly thick all the way to the top to support the branches. This trunk and stand can be used again with new boughs for years to come.

Real trees have four or five branches that radiate from the trunk at four- to six-inch intervals. Drill holes straight or at a slight downward angle, using progressively smaller drill bits as you ascend. Insert branches. Masking tape wrapped on the insertion end of the branch can help it fit snugly.

The tree should be roughly a cone shape, tapering toward the top with smaller and smaller branches. Fill in sparse areas by drilling a new hole and inserting a branch. Your faux tree should last a few weeks, although it will drop needles over time. Use all the usual precautions you would with any tree to limit fire danger.


Read more about holiday crafts that are fun and simple to make: Easy Holiday Craft Projects.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.