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post #1 of 8 Old 12-26-2019, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Christmas Tree Craft Recycling

We cut our tree every year. Every year the tree ends up at the side of the road for the trash/recycling crews to pick up. The landfill then mulches them and sells the mulch to landscapers. That sounds like a fair plan.

But I'm wondering what you guys do with your trees. Do you craft them into anything cool?

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Disassemble it and store it up high in the garage for next year. We have had it for many years. After this year we plan to remove all the attached lights and restring it before putting it away, a huge, many-hour job. This tree is perfectly sized and shaped for where it goes. It would not be easy to find a replacement, so restringing the lights seems to be the best option.

I remember seeing someone who had built a huge hidden closet next to their fireplace. One of the floor-to-ceiling panels opens up, and they roll the fully decorated tree out for the season. Too bad we don't have the space to install a closet like that.

P.S. I recently saw a presentation where the speaker would take tree branch segments and turn them on a lathe "sideways" into what I would call a "banana bowl" (my term). You could do that with small pieces of your holiday tree, but most of the tree would still go to the street pickup.

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Disassemble it and store it up high in the garage for next year. We have had it for many years.
You're talking about synthetic. I'm talking about real tree.

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I remember seeing someone who had built a huge hidden closet next to their fireplace. One of the floor-to-ceiling panels opens up, and they roll the fully decorated tree out for the season. Too bad we don't have the space to install a closet like that.
Cool idea, but the wife would not go for that! She enjoys dragging out all the Christmas stuff and spending days decorating.

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P.S. I recently saw a presentation where the speaker would take tree branch segments and turn them on a lathe "sideways" into what I would call a "banana bowl" (my term). You could do that with small pieces of your holiday tree, but most of the tree would still go to the street pickup.
I don't turn (yet), but "banana bowls", though small, would be a cool idea. I thought about cutting "coins" from the trunk and letting wife use them to make ornaments. You're right about the rest of the tree. I can't think of any real uses, other than possibly potpourri.

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Yeah, I knew what you meant. Not all woodworkers get natural wood trees. Years ago, someone in our family lost most of their home to a holiday tree fire. That was the last year we had a natural tree. The artificial tree is a perfect fit for our needs.

A couple months ago, my spouse paid around $10 for a set of four drink coasters at some local store. The coasters were nothing more than bark-edged "coins" with a wood-burned "Made in Thailand" logo on one side. I call them "cookies." The "maker" didn't even bother to sand off the blade marks or apply a finish.

I didn't say anything, but to be honest, I was not happy. I could have made them in a heartbeat. I was happy with the small scraps of unfinished plywood that they replaced. Those plywood scraps were not useable for anything else, but they were highly effective as drink coasters. My spouse is very much into decorating. The purchased coasters was just her being her.

-> Convert your holiday tree into drink coasters at a huge profit. Just think of the markup!
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I switched to synthetic trees many years back and I'm convinced it's the way to go. I enjoy the fact that I don't have to vacuum around the tree every 2-3 days. I do miss the pine smell in the house though, there is nothing else like it!

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For some it is a tradition to save the trunk and turn ornaments to pass on to friends and family.
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When I was a tyke, some 60 years ago, a relative would do a relief carving of something on a cross cut piece of the previous year's Christmas Tree Trunk. I clearly remember a bear carved into one disc. When I had kids, I would save the bottom 5 or 8 inches of the tree trunk in the workshop until the following year. The kids and I would cut the piece into "cookies" and the kids would decorate them for the current years' Christmas Tree. My EX-wife hated it. She wanted only her fancy European Glass stuff on the tree, so the kids and I put a tree in the rec room with all the home made ornaments. Each year we saved the best of that years' ornaments to join the other saved ornaments from prior years. It was our tradition to make a few ornaments from the prior year's tress every Thanksgiving break from school. My neighbor would cut diagonal slices from the trunk so they came out like ovals and then he would scroll saw a cut out design of some Christmas figure.
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When I was growing up we mostly had live trees. We had a large yard so there was no problem for space for planting after use.


Cannot see much use for anything left from a cut tree.


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