As the holiday season approaches, so is the time to purchase a beautiful Christmas tree for your living room. If you are practicing to live sustainable, but still enjoy the festive season. Here are 7 sustainable Christmas trees you could consider setting up instead.
Kid-Friendly Sustainable Christmas Tree Ideas
1. A Recycled, Cardboard Laser-Cut Christmas Tree
If you have extra brown or white cardboard laying around the house, why not search a DIY design from the Internet and create your own Christmas tree out of it? Some school supplies stores and department stores also sell this holiday alternative at a much lesser cost. You can also ask your kids to help you cut the pattern or assemble the store-bought version and decorate it with as many ornaments it can hold.
2. Convert an Old Pallet to a Customized Tree
You don’t even need to do some carpentry with this option. Simply draw a Christmas tree outline using a stencil and ask your kids to paint the inside with either white or green. By then, it’s a simple matter of putting tacks on selected areas of the Christmas tree image and letting your kids hang the ornaments.
3. A Christmas Tree Ladder Showcase
Unless you choose to paint over a metal ladder, opt for a wooden one for that rustic charm. Place the ladder on a dedicated space in your living room and start decorating it with lights, shiny garland, those holiday-themed music boxes your Mom loved, and even early Christmas presents! Then, place shiny star standee on top of the ladder for that dramatic finish.
4. Draw Your Own Christmas Tree
First, you need to have a chalkboard wall big enough to draw your Christmas tree. You can purchase a large blackboard or create one using chalkboard paint over a large wooden panel. You and your children can decide then what your Christmas tree would look like. Add some decorations on your chalkboard tree by pinning Christmas lights, stockings, or a starlight ornament.
5. Have Fun With Washi Tape
And why not? Washi tape comes in crazy patterns, designs, and colors, and your kids will absolutely have a blast choosing which ones to use for your wall tree. You can also go crazy with Christmas-themed sticker decorations like balls, stars, and even Santa Claus to give your washi tape tree some character. See how to do it here.
6. Love Books? Create a Tree Tower
Books that are currently collecting dust at home can be a quirky solution to your Christmas tree dilemma. Make sure though that you first stack the heavier ones at the bottom of a solid foundation, and useless hardbound books near the top. To make the activity meaningful, ask your kids to collect books they love to read during Christmas. Place them somewhere in the pile that wouldn’t rock the foundation should they decide to read it.
7. A Tree Made Out of Christmas Lights Is Magical Too
You have the option to use just one color for that minimalist look or go all out with multicolored Christmas lights. You can also arrange your Christmas lights within the tree pattern in a certain way taking note of each string’s lighting or blinking effects.
You’ll find more of these Christmas tree alternatives when you watch this video by Go Lime Design:
Whichever sustainable Christmas tree alternative you choose, the most important thing is to educate your children on why you’re choosing to make your own tree. Creating your own Christmas tree with your kids is an opportunity for you to teach, reinforce and impart some values they might not have learned in the classroom yet. Moreover, it’s also an opportunity to create a memory you and your kids will cherish.
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