Your Christmas tree brings so much joy around the merry season and is usually the centre piece for your festivities. When the festive season comes to an end, it can seem a shame to get rid of your real Christmas tree. However, there are lots of different ways you can repurpose it as you head into the New Year. Here at Spicers of Hythe, we’ve gathered some of our favourite ideas for making the most of your tree! Take a look.
Wood slice decorations
Use the base of the tree trunk and slice the wood into thin rounds, then drill a small hole in the top. Using paints and pens decorate the rounds as you please to create your own design. To finish, thread some coloured ribbon through the hole of the wood and hang in the garden to add a splash of colour, no matter what season.
Pine needle essential oil
Pine oil has many health benefits; it can be used for aromatherapy and is known for healing wounds and common colds. To make the oil simply wash, dry and gently bruise the pine needles, then add them to a jar of sweet almond oil. Keep the jar tightly closed for 7 days (shaking once a day), and then store in a cool dark space for a further 14 days, remembering not to touch. After this time strain and use when needed.
Pinecones aren’t just for Christmas - they can look stunning in a potpourri bowl all year round and they are so easy to make! Simply bake the pinecones on a baking tray for 30 minutes and leave to cool. Then spray the pinecones heavily with a fragrance spray or essential oil (we recommend cinnamon flavour!) and leave to sit overnight. In the morning, they will smell delicious and be ready to use!
Recycle your Christmas tree
If you’re busy this New Year and don’t fancy making crafts, you can still recycle your Christmas tree! Local councils have many designated Christmas tree drop offs, so be sure to find out in advance. Remember to remove all tinsel, decorations and any pots before recycling.