It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the season when snow blankets the noise of the city, trees frost, and lights gleam along light poles and buildings. Even though it’s cold outside, vibrant shades of emeralds, golds, and ruby find a way to make it feel warm. The air is filled with traces of eggnog and gingerbread cookies and the Christmas spirit comes to life.
Decorating a Christmas tree is one of the most cherished and exciting family traditions during the season of giving. But you don’t have to limit yourself to an indoor tree. Decorating the evergreen trees in your yard is a fun way to add a little extra character to your home.
Here are nine natural tips to decorating an outdoor tree and attracting wildlife.
- Spray paint pinecones: Use non-toxic spray paint to make your pinecones pop.
- Cinnamon walnut bundles: Cinnamon is great for decorating because it looks nice, smells great, and wildlife enjoy it. Bundle three to four sticks together and string them with walnuts to create garland and drape it around the tree. Or hang the bundles alone as ornaments. Twine complements it well.
- Raisins, cranberries, figs: Use whatever dry fruit you have on hand and string them on wire around the tree to pair with garland.
- Orange/lemon pomanders: As an alternative to ornaments, cut slits on the side of an orange or lemon and let it dehydrate. The smell of citrus is refreshing, and the peels will decompose into the soil.
- Led lights: If you’re passionate about adding lights to your display, opt for an LED option. They’re more energy efficient. Better yet, go for solar powered. You’ll save on energy costs and eliminate the hassle of cords.
- Popcorn balls: Popcorn balls are fun and can be easily decorated with frosting. Birds and squirrels are fans of it, so don’t be surprised if they pop up among unexpected visitors.
- Gingerbread cookies: Gingerbread is a classic and it’s edible, so take advantage whether it’s frosting the tops or cutting it into shapes.
8. Apple slices: Cut thin slices of apple, let them dehydrate, and hang them around the tree.
9. Aluminum cupcake wrappers: If you’re still looking for that finishing touch, aluminum cupcake wrappers are a cheap way to add some glitz. The reflection of aluminum will shine and the smooth finish should hold up against snow or rain.
The best part about using natural materials to decorate an outdoor tree is that most of it will be eaten by wildlife or can be used to make compost. Happy tree decorating!
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