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What to do with your Christmas tree in January

Here are a few ways to recycle your Christmas tree in the New Year.


First of all, I take my Christmas tree out in the backyard where it can be used as shelter for birds. With your group, imagine a variety of snacks for birds and use them to decorate the tree.


Here is a simple idea for a delicious pinecone. You will need:

  • A pinecone
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed (mixture of wheat, sunflower, barley, oats, and millet)
  • String to hang the pinecone in the tree

Simply attach the string to the pinecone. Pour the seeds in a shallow dish. Spread peanut butter all over the pinecone and press it in the seeds. Hang the pinecone in your tree.


You may also cut a few branches off your tree and use them to create winter scenes. Simply arrange them in small flower pots filled with floral foam. This activity is very simple; it can be done with all age groups. Floral foam can be purchased at the dollar store. Decorate the branches with tiny objects you have on hand or items found in nature.


Remove the needles from a few branches and use them to fill tiny packets. These tiny packets will smell great and remind you of Christmas for many weeks.


Pine tree branches can also be used to protect your plants and shrubs in your flower beds.


Your Christmas tree can be used many different ways. Use your imagination and think before throwing it away.


Have fun!


Claudine Richard
Early childhood educator


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