Cutting down a pine tree, turning it into a Christmas tree in the house and finally putting it out in the beginning of January as a pathetic heap of needles. These seven tips from vtwonen are great alternatives, and also sustainable.
Washi-tape is perfect for creating a Christmas tree, because it sticks well, but can also be removed effortlessly without leaving any residue or pieces of plaster from the wall. Moreover, it comes in all kinds of designs: in uni or with designs of stars and snowflakes, in all Christmas colors and with or without Christmas quotes. With that you can give a dull wall - but also a cupboard, blackboard or door - a quick makeover. And low budget too.
Adopt a Christmas tree
Want to pick up your own pine tree every year from a spot in the green? That is possible if you adopt a Christmas tree. At locations in Amsterdam and Groningen, Nijmegen and various places in between, you can pick a tree yourself, give it a home at Christmas and then bring it back again, so that the tree can go back into the ground until Christmas. Adopting a tree is possible via Adopteereenkerstboom.nl.
70What is better for the environment: a real or a fake Christmas tree?
Goodbye, hello fir tree!
With a large self-drawn Christmas tree on the window you can still see the cozy garden lights and / or lights of the Christmas trees near the neighbors, but you stay inside largely out of sight. In addition to the spray cans with snow on the window, there are also more environmentally friendly 'snow pens', with which you can also set clear lines, pasta such as Kreativ-Creme and white water-based window markers.
Making a Christmas tree from party garlands is easy. Have a white-primed 15 mm-thick wooden plate cut at 1.10 by 2.20 meters at the hardware store. Make a Christmas tree shape with a garland, for example with small golden flags, and secure it with tape. View from a distance if the shape is right. Put golden nails (available at the hardware store) in the Christmas tree shape in the plate and hang the garland over it. Or a pair of garlands for a casual effect.
Making a Christmas tree from party garlands is easy. (Photo: vtwonen, photography: Sjoerd Eickmans, styling: Kim van Rossenberg)
With a ball in the garden
You can put a Christmas tree with a ball in the garden after the frost period. With a bit of luck you can pull it up again in December. What to look out for if you want to do this? Buy a small tree with the largest possible root ball that increases the chance of survival. Do not place it too close to a heat source indoors and give enough water: both the root ball and the needles (with a plant sprayer). After two weeks in your warm house, let the tree acclimatize in a cold place (think: shed) and put it - if it no longer freezes - in the ground. He does not need fertilizer, but does need regular water.
Especially for those who live small or who want to unpack at different places in the house with Christmas decorations, there is the table model Christmas tree with branches in the form of pinewood beams on a sturdy 'trunk'. You can place such a tree flat against the wall, so that it really takes up little space (and after Christmas is also easy to store again for next year), or let the 'branches' fan out nicely.
A piece of green iron cord, a wooden plate, upholstery nails, a pear and half an hour; you don't need anything else to make a dual-function Christmas tree. The cord forms the Christmas tree, the pear becomes the peak. Always welcome, some extra mood light!