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Leftover greens useful in holiday decorations

Posted: December 18, 2011 - 1:05am  |  Updated: December 18, 2011 - 5:10am
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Scott Brown, from Snowy Mountain Christmas Trees on Washington Road in front of Kmart, sells trimmed Christmas tree branches that can be used in wreaths and other decorations.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Scott Brown, from Snowy Mountain Christmas Trees on Washington Road in front of Kmart, sells trimmed Christmas tree branches that can be used in wreaths and other decorations.

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Now that the Christmas tree is up and the branches have been trimmed, those leftover evergreens can become decorations themselves.

Bunches of clippings can be grouped together and put in a tall vintage floral bucket or planter and placed at the front entrance for a simple, elegant decoration. Clippings can be used on the backs of chairs for an understated chair covering, and garland can be hung in a guest bedroom to create a welcoming respite for guests.

Pam Lightsey, with A Very Merry Christmas Tree Farm, said tree clippings have versatile uses in the home.

“There are many uses for decorating,” said Lightsey. “We have garland that can be used around doorways, staircases, mantle pieces, draped around the house and even on fences.”

Bland staircases can become elegant showpieces when draped with fresh garland. Add some lights, bows or decorative ornaments for a spectacular effect.

Tree clippings can be pieced together with twine to achieve the desired length for swags or to create a garland effect. Simply use something that can be concealed when hanging the piece.

“Swags can be used on doors, light posts and around sconces,” said Lightsey.

Swags can be draped from mantles, doorways or windows to create a winter wonderland that is pleasing to the eye and inviting.

“Wreaths can be hung just about anywhere around the house or at the cemetery,” said Lightsey.

Small wreaths can be used for centerpieces. Simply place a candle in the center and use them to decorate a dining or coffee table.

“Many clippings are used in floral arrangements, too,” said Lightsey, adding that an oasis will keep the clippings looking fresh for longer.

One of the best things about using fresh greenery is the fragrant aroma that it gives off.

For individuals who have an artificial tree, but want to decorate with some live greenery, most Christmas tree farms will sell clippings.

“Usually customers take what we cut off of their tree to use around the house,” said Lightsey. “But we also sell clippings.”

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