There are many ways to recycle your artificial Christmas tree. If it’s still in good condition, you can save it to sell at a yard sale or donate it to a second-hand store. If it’s not in good condition, rather than send it to a recycling center, you can still get more use out of it. Recycle your old tree by learning how to make wreaths from an artificial Christmas tree.
Why Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree?
If you make wreaths from your old artificial Christmas tree, you can prolong its life rather than just tossing it to a recycling center. You can then sell these wreaths at yard sales, flea markets or craft fairs. Also, you can give the wreaths as gifts for the next holiday season. If you plan to make wreaths out of your artificial Christmas tree, it’s best to start preparing now, as there will be a lot of wreaths to make.
Supplies Needed to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree
You will need a pair of bolt cutters or hand-held saw for cutting metal, green florists tape, a roll of strong wire, pliers if desired, rolls of ribbon of desired width, craft glue, a large craft bow for each wreath made and craft additions sold specifically to make homemade wreaths. Be sure you are able to bend the branches before attempting to make wreaths from your artificial Christmas tree.
Step #1 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Gather Supplies
Gathering supplies for your wreaths is best done early. Take advantage of holiday sales. Also, after the holidays is a great time to buy supplies when the items are reduced in price. Buy in bulk during sales so you can make a wreath when you feel like it.
Step #2 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Cut Off the Branches if Necessary
Many artificial Christmas trees offer the convenience of each branch slipping into the trunk. If the branches are connected to the trunk, you will have to use a pair of bolt cutters or a hand-held saw for metal. You may smooth the edged with metal files or extra-coarse sandpaper, if desired.
Step #3 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Prepare the Branch
There are many smaller branches on each main branch of the Christmas tree. You may choose to cut these off with bolt cutters or a hand-held saw for metal. You may just bend the smaller branches to lie flat against the main branch, some forward and some backward, securing with strong wire to the main branch, if necessary. In the alternative, you can bend each smaller branch around the larger branch to make it look fuller.
Step #4 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Bend the Branch
Cover any exposed metal from the tree branch with green florists tape. Bend the branch to form as close to a circle as possible. You may have to bend small parts of the tree branch at a time, working your way up the branch until it forms a circle. Bend one end of the branch over the other, and secure firmly with strong wire. This section will be the top, as it will be hidden by a large craft bow.
Step #5 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Double Branch Wreath
If the wreath circle needs more fullness, you can bend another branch into a circle and secure them together with strong wire. A nicer look is made if you wind a second branch around and through the first circle wreath made and attach as with the first circle.
Step #6 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: The Ribbon
Wind some ribbon around your circle wreath like the stripes on a candy cane. After, completing the ribbon all the way around, attach the two ends together with craft glue, making sure they meet at the back of the wreath.
Step #7 to Make Wreaths from an Artificial Christmas Tree: Decorate!
You can use store-bought picks made especially for making homemade wreaths, add other small craft items or secure other items such as pinecones. Use your imagination and decorate the attachments with sequins, ribbons or glitter if desired. Finish the wreath with a large craft glue attached to the top front. You may use additional strong wire on back to add a hanger, if desired, or you may just hang the wreath from the center with an over-the-door wreath hanger.
Recycle Your Artificial Christmas Tree by Making Wreaths
Making wreaths out of your artificial Christmas tree lets you get more use out of your investment. You can have fun, have homemade wreaths to give as gifts or sell them at yard and craft sales. Avoid finding other ways to recycle the old tree this year and make wreaths from your artificial Christmas tree.