Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Before You Throw Away Your Tree...

I'm always a little bit sad after Christmas has come and gone.  One reason being that my house no longer smells like a Christmas tree as soon as I walk in.  It's a shame to throw away that big, beautiful (expensive!) tree, so here's an idea to get one more use out of it before it hits your curb!  
How about making a sachet or a small pillow to capture that wonderful Christmas smell and enjoy it whenever you'd like?  

I discovered two techniques for picking up needles:  The first is better for more fresh trees.  Hold a bucket under the branch you would like to pull apart, then part the needles, pull both sides with equal force and drop them into the bucket.
Technique two is best for trees that are a bit more dried out.  Here I shook the tree allowing the needles to fall on the floor, then I used a paperback book to scrape them off of the carpet.  This technique is the one I found to be the most effective. 
Whichever technique you choose to use, make sure you dump your needles into a bucket with a spout to make it easier to fill your sachet.  
Didn't buy a "real" Christmas tree this year?  I won't tell anybody if you sneak out and snip a few of your neighbor's branches before the trash man comes!


Anne said...

that's a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Again, another wonderful repurpose and excellent way to extend Christmas. I feel the same way as you about tossing a tree out, but in the same breath, I LOVE to buy a real tree for Christmas.

Vakuoli said...

What an idea! Here in Finland we are blessed with evergreen spruces year round everywhere. I might make these sachets to freshen up the wardrobe. I never thought to save the scent beyond Christmas time.