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Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree

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As the holiday season comes to an end, have you considered ways to repurpose your Christmas tree from this year? There are so many ways to keep the festive spirit of your tree alive and get your money’s worth from the Christmas tree.

Don’t throw yours away just yet! Sussex Tree has tips on how to repurpose your tree for enjoyment year-round. From home decor to garden helpers, get inspiration from these five ways to recycle and reuse your Christmas tree.

Bird Feeders

Want to make some friends in your own backyard? Christmas trees make excellent bird feeders and there are two easy ways to do it. First, cut off the branches, cover them in butter or peanut butter, and roll them in birdseed. Hang the branch in your yard and soon you’ll see birds swooping in for a treat!

The other option is to use the entire tree. Stick the tree in the ground or keep it in its stand outside. Add some birdseed, popcorn string, bread, dried fruit, etc. on the tree and you’ll make a nice shelter and dinner for the neighborhood birds.

Use in the Garden

There are many other ways to make the most of your tree in your yard and garden. Use leftover branches and tree stump wood slices around the area as garden decor, stepping stones, and borders. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly so they are great substitutes for mulch. Also, if the tree is in good enough condition, try replanting it and nurturing it well for use again next year!


This option is a common way to reuse your tree. If you often use your indoor fireplace or build bonfires outdoors, chop it up to use the trunk logs as firewood. Be careful if you use the branches because they can send sparks flying!

Home Decor

Let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities of home decor you can create from the branches and stump of your Christmas tree! The thinner you slice the stump, the more wood slices you’ll have to create things like wooden coasters, paintings on the wood canvas, handmade ornaments, wall hangings, and more. If the branches are intact, save them for decorative wreaths and garlands around the house.


Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree? Preserve that smell for months to come by simply saving the pine needles to crush up and add to potpourri or satchels to keep in your home and car.

We hope this gave you some inspiration on ways to repurpose your Christmas tree this year! For more tree service and landscaping tips, check out our blog and contact Sussex Tree for all of your tree care needs.