Philips Sonicare
 
|

Don't Throw Out That Christmas Tree!

I finally solved my love/hate relationship with my Christmas tree.

The dilemma: I love having a decorated Christmas tree in the house, but I hate to toss the tree in the landfill when the holiday is over.

The solution: Recycle it. Pass it down the food chain by making a tree for your friendly, neighborhood birds.

Make sure the tree is completely free of ornaments, lights, and especially tinsel. Then take it out to your yard, a school playground, or a park. Stand the tree up in a pail filled with stones, or sand, (or water for an ice-base if weather permits); or bring your indoor tree-stand outside.

Trimming a tree for the birds
The trimmings on this tree are limited only by your holiday leftovers and your imagination. These are the favorites of the birds in my back yard:

  • pine cones spread with peanut butter and rolled in bird seed (use only natural cones -- no paint or glitter)

  • orange halves, hollowed-out and filled with crumbs and seeds

  • popcorn and berries on a string

  • donut on a string (sandwiched between 2 plastic lids for stability)

  • stale bread cut into shapes

  • scraps of ribbon and yarn for nesting materials

This project provides a real feel-good closure for the holiday season -- it's fun, it's free, and even the littlest kids can get involved. And the birds (and squirrels) will have a feast they'll never forget.

HINT: For a slightly more manageable project: Do the same thing with your wreath.

More on: Christmas

|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!