I realize it’s February. Christmas is probably not first and foremost on anyone’s mind right now. You’re probably thinking about Valentine’s Day, maybe Easter…and if you’re like me, you may be thinking about ice cream or chocolate-frosted donuts. Maybe that’s just me. ANYWAYS,
Did you happen to catch our post about how we “spruced” up our cheapo fake Christmas tree this year? If you did, you know we improved the look of our artificial tree BIG TIME by using some real branches in it! Here’s how it looked when we finished decorating it…
Pretty, right? Side note: see what we used for garland this year? Winter scarves 🙂
Here’s a good close-up of the artificial tree with the sprigs of live pine clippings in it. The real branches added a lot of color, texture and a healthy dose of realism to what had been a pretty sad looking tree. But a lot of people expressed concerns about whether or not the branches would really last throughout the season. So I wanted to share with you guys a video of me taking the clippings OUT of the tree after the holidays were over.
We put this tree up 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. Yes, I realize that sounds a bit insane to many of you. But such is the life of a blogger. We celebrate everything early so we can share all these fun ideas with you guys before the holidays hit. So this tree was up for almost 10 weeks before we took it down. That’s a LONG time.
As you can see in the video, the branches are a bit crispy for sure, but they still look great after over two months. Now I did figure out that not ALL types of pine clippings hold up as well as others. I used clippings from two different species of pine we have on our property, and one of them lasted much longer than the other. But all in all, I’m still stunned at how well this simple and FREE DIY Christmas tree hack works!
If you’re considering this DIY idea for next Christmas, hopefully this will set your mind at ease a bit about how well it will work in your own home. PIN IT for next year: