Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree

Edited by Maria, Eng

Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree 98077.jpg

Artificial Christmas Trees appear in recycling websites and thrift stores by the droves at the start of the Holiday Season. Each year it seems there is a better lighting option or new color style introduced which has people buying new trees and junking their old ones. The cost of garland can be outrageous, especially if you are looking for a full appearance. Thrift stores have artificial trees for less than half what it would cost for new garland. With just a few items and some imagination, you can have Christmas decor that will wow neighbors and friends.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Christmas Garland/Swags

Items needed:

  • Artificial Christmas Tree
  • Glue Gun
  • Ornaments or embellishments of your choice
  1. 1
    Lay out all the branches from your tree
    Arrange them from larges to smallest. Depending on the tree, you can use the smaller branches to fill in thin spots or attach them together to make one longer branch.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  2. 2
    Put your embellishments/ornaments on the assembled branches and do not glue them down just yet
    Create your look with the embellishments/ornaments you chose. This is the time to situate the ornaments and take a step back so that you can see if there are any blank areas that need to be filled. If you are planning on putting these outdoors, you need to use plastic ornaments.
    Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree 92344.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  3. 3
    Using your glue gun, apply glue to a portion of the ornament and press it down on the branch for about 15 seconds
    You want to glue around any loose items on your ornaments before your attach them. Once you have completed, go around and tug on the items you glued down to make sure there are no weak points.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  4. 4
    If you would like to use the top of the tree you can put it in an ornamental pot
    This top of the tree has the ornaments glued down to avoid wind damage. Make sure to weight down the bottom of the pot if the pot is plastic so that the tree does not topple over. A few rocks or bricks placed in the bottom would do the trick.
    Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree 10953.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

The images from this article are from one small 5 foot tree. To attach the garland/swag to the porch, you can use zip ties so that you can use the branches every year.

Referencing this Article

If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:

APA (American Psychological Association)
Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree. (2016). In VisiHow. Retrieved Mar 26, 2017, from

MLA (Modern Language Association) "Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree." VisiHow, Accessed 26 Mar 2017.

Chicago / Turabian "Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree." Accessed Mar 26, 2017.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Ask the author

Featured Author
33 Articles Started
5,030 Article Edits
193,430 Points
Repurposingdiva is a featured author with VisiHow. Repurposingdiva has achieved the level of "Colonel" with 193,430 points. Repurposingdiva has started 33 articles (including this one) and has also made 5,030 article edits. 139,000 people have read Repurposingdiva's article contributions.
Repurposingdiva's Message Board
Repurposingdiva: Hi, my name is Repurposingdiva.
Repurposingdiva: Can I help you with your problem about "Reuse an Artificial Christmas Tree"?

Article Info

Categories : Christmas | Repurposing Crafts

Recent edits by: Maria

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 762 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No