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Published on December 3rd, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano

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Five More Crafty Christmas Tree Alternatives

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Mountain Dew can Christmas tree
Some hardcore environmentalists are giving up on the debate of real versus fake trees and opting for no tree at all. Have you ditched the Christmas tree in order to help save the environment?

Maybe this year you could consider a faux tree. No, I’m not talking about an artificial tree made from PVC and all kinds of nasty chemicals. I’m talking about a handmade tree made from scraps, upcycled materials and art supplies. Here are five more crafty alternatives to inspire your own Christmas creativity.

1. Soda Can Tree

First we’ll start with the most extreme handmade Christmas tree I stumbled across: it is made from empty Mountain Dew cans!

Perhaps a bit too much work for the average person but you have to admire the creativity and the end result is quite stunning

Next >> Yarn Tree

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including PlentyMag.com, EthicalWeddings.com, MyEcoChicWedding.com, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and Life123.com.



  • http://firstthingsfirst.myopenid.com/ Marsha

    Oh, I would totally use real candles on the wooden tree! We put real candles on our fresh tree, and the glow of candlelight is just amazing. As long as you use common sense–e.g., use sturdy clip-on candleholders that keep the candles vertical, light candles only when you’re in the same room, be sure to have a fire extinguisher around (which is something you should do in any season, I think)–having real candles on a tree can be just as safe as using light strings. Maybe even safer (every winter there are plenty of stories of house fires started by faulty wiring in light strings)!

    • Wenonawildrose

      True but I have unruly children and cats that like to climb the tree (the cats not the kids :-)

      So candles are a big no- I don’t even burn scented candles anymore unless my kids are not home (which by the way I pick eco-friendly soy wax and natural scents).

      • http://firstthingsfirst.myopenid.com/ Marsha

        Yeah, I can see how the cats could mess with that whole “use lighted candles safely on the tree” plan!

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