Christmas has come and gone and if you are like me you may be wondering what to do with our Christmas tree? For over twenty years we have had an artificial tree but in preparation for our eventual move we sold it and bought a real tree this year.Christmas Tree


Recycle Your Tree.

In many towns they offer curbside pick up for recycling your tree. Many providers will collect trees during regular pick up schedules on the two weeks following Christmas. Unfortunately this is not an option for us.


Take your tree to a drop off recycling center.

Most counties have free drop off locations. Usually you may take your tree to the drop off location for no charge.


Yard waste.

Cut up your tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container.composting, prudent living


Place the tree in your garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary.

Tie fresh orange slices or string popcorn to attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.Treats for the birds!



Cut up the branches and put them through a chipper and use as mulch in your garden. Rent a wood chipper and invite your friends and neighbors to bring over their Christmas trees for a wood chipping party. Distribute chips to everyone.Christmas tree

Create fish food and habitat.

If you have a lake or pond on your property consider dumping your tree into it. That old pine or spruce provides a natural and decomposing habitat for fish and will attract algae for them to eat.Mid Pond and original mansion.


DIY Coasters.

Use your band saw or hacksaw to cut your Christmas tree trunk into coasters and trivets. Make sure you sand down the surfaces and stain and seal them before using to prevent the sap from leaking. You can gift them next Christmas!Christmas tree


Make Firewood.

Chop up your tree and use it for fuel in your fire pit. While the needles will dry out quickly, you may need to wait a few months before the log is dry enough to burn.Christmas tree


Create a brush pile.

A brush pile often consists of leaves, logs and twigs so an old Christmas tree can make a great base. It directly benefits the wildlife in your backyard during the winter months because brush piles and dead trees offer food and needed protection from the chill.


Did you have alive tree this Christmas? What do you do with your old tree?

12 comments on “What To Do with Your Christmas Tree?

Margy on December 28, 2016 6:31 pm

In the city I use a small artificial tree. I set it up at Thanksgiving and take it down after New Years, so I don’t want a cut one to dry out. Plus, we aren’t in town enough to enjoy the smell of a real tree. At our cabin home I use one of the life trees I’m nurturing in a pot on the front deck. There isn’t room in our small cabin for a tree anyway. We light it with solar lights and can enjoy looking at it through the sliding glass front door. After New Years I’ll take the lights off and let it continue to grow to an even bigger and better tree for next year. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on December 28, 2016 10:06 pm

I love the use of a live tree on your deck!

Daisy Debs on December 29, 2016 11:08 am

I’ll be doing the bird sanctuary and feeder option 🙂
I also like the idea of taking the tree outside ..letting the needles all fall off and using it again next Christmas . A needle-less Christmas Tree ! I know it sounds crazy , but I, ve seen one decorated with pretty little white star fairy lights in somebody’s front window and it looked just so beautiful ! The only problem with this would be storing it safely until then .

Nancy Wolff on December 29, 2016 12:01 pm

What an interesting idea, a needless tree, I’ll bet it would be pretty decorated with little lights!

Susan on December 29, 2016 1:23 pm

We’ve always recycled our tree through our town’s recycling program. But I’m inspired this year by your ideas. I love the idea of making my own DIY wood coasters. Plus, I’ve seen crafts using wood rounds. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

Nancy Wolff on December 29, 2016 2:07 pm

Susan, there are some wonderful ideas on Pinterest using wood rounds to make ornaments!

Pam on December 29, 2016 11:42 pm

I always put ours under the bird feeder for extra protection for the birds. Then in the spring I take some of the needles and put them around my blueberry bushes.

Nancy Wolff on December 30, 2016 2:24 am

I’ll bet your birds just love you! And your blueberry bushes too!

Ava on December 30, 2016 6:23 pm

If you are in or around Bridgeport, Texas, this is a fun option – then stay and take a tour, which I can say from personal experience is well worth it! Surely other wildlife sanctuaries offer a similar option…?

Nancy Wolff on January 1, 2017 1:34 pm

What a wonderful way to recycle your tree!

Rhonda on January 9, 2017 3:21 am

I switched to an artificial tree several years ago. I sure miss a live tree it. These are great recycling tips.

Nancy Wolff on January 9, 2017 12:29 pm

I think there are pros and cons about each, after so many years of artificial trees it was fun to have a real tree this year!

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