Two years ago I bought a tiny decorated live tree at Walgreens for $4.99. It had several tiny ornaments, and the pot was wrapped in colorful Christmas foil. I put it on a shelf with a few ornaments around it and enjoyed my tiny tree. After Christmas I re-potted him in a larger white planter and put him on the porch. (Yes the little tree is a he.) The Florida sun burned a few places until he adjusted. Last Christmas I wrapped a burlap and lace ribbon around the planter and made the tree a part of a vignette on a shelf.
Again last January, I repotted him in a larger container. I know if I planted him in the ground, he would be much larger. I don’t have space in the yard for a huge tree. When I bought him, I planned to use him in my home for as many Christmas celebrations as possible. This is my 3rd Christmas using my little tree. No need to cut a tree each year when I have a live one no matter the size.
This year he is terribly root-bound but looking healthy. I want him to be my tree – a small tree it’s true, but alive and healthy.
I bought a new little plant holder at Walmart for $4.99 last month. I put a piece of plastic in the bottom of the holder to protect the burlap against water spills. White metal with a burlap liner, this beauty can be used for any season. It’s a little short for the tree, but I knew I could make it work.
First I cleaned the planter. Then I taped brown paper from a grocery store bag around the planter top section.
I cut the edges of a used page of labels from the printer. I cut a slight curve on the border and the blank spot of a label. This gave me a little piece of backing to use to pull off the backing. Now I used the sticky side to attach to the top of the brown paper on the planter. With the top of the planter decorated with a curvy white detail, it fits the farmhouse look of the holder perfectly. From a distance you don’t even notice, and I only used a paper bag and a scrap from the label page.
I’m going really simple this year. My little recycled Christmas tree and a few old ornaments from the past decades. Some of these have been in a drawer for a few years. It’s like a little memory tree in some ways. A few ornaments I made back in the 1980’s when my mother came to stay with me for Christmas.
A few Peanuts ornaments my nephews made and gave me over 30 years ago.
A few ornaments made by friends.
I added a couple of angels and flowers I already had and my tree is finished.
I’m very happy with my little recycled Christmas tree – it’s pretty, and it’s eco-friendly. There is nothing new on the tree. The plant holder I got last month is the only new item used. The pine cones I’ve had several years since I got them at the thrift store. Faux flowers can be used for multiple years. I have a wreath holder that is large enough for my wreath and lots of faux Christmas flowers. I like knowing I have lots of choices and don’t need to buy flowers.
This January I will repot the tree into a larger pot. If he grows the way I expect, he will be too heavy for me to bring inside next year. I’m thinking in 2018 a decorated Christmas tree will be outside by the porch.
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