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My Artificial Tree Changed Everything
I've never been big on Christmas. I stopped believing in Santa when I was four, and I spent my winter breaks passing the time reading and waiting for school to resume.
But that attitude changed when I became a mom. Much like Jim Carrey's dramatic scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, my heart grew three sizes, and it became suddenly important to foster the magic surrounding the holiday. Because Christmas is my son's favorite holiday, I love making crafts and décor items with him each year.
This year, we decided to purchase a new artificial Christmas tree. My son picked out a beautiful flocked pine and enjoyed putting it together. He did an amazing job hanging the ornaments, and it was the pièce de résistance of our holiday décor.
After all the gifts were opened, it became time to welcome the new year. I cleaned and packed up all the decorations, save for the tree. Our flocked tree presented a new challenge. This was an expensive tree, and I wanted to be sure to preserve as much of the chemical snow as possible. Taking it apart, bunching the branches up, and stuffing it back into its original box just wasn't an option. There was no way it was going to last with that traditional method.
There are many options when it comes to storing your artificial Christmas tree. I decided to make my own process using materials I already had on hand. Below, I break down my process step by step so you can follow along. Below the numbered steps, I've included a step-by-step photo tutorial.
How I Packed and Stored My Synthetic Tree Safely
- The first thing I did was remove the tree topper, ornaments, and candy canes. I left the lights on the tree, though.
- I gathered the plug and cord that were hanging, neatly securing them with a twist tie.
- I cut the length of a cardboard tube from a paper towel roll and gently stuffed the plug and cord into it.
- I tucked the cardboard tube into the tree and secured it to the branches using a twist tie on either end.
- I cut the top and length of one side of two industrial-sized garbage bags. I wrapped the bags around the tree, securing the ends with a piece of Gorilla tape.
- I opened up a regular-sized garbage bag and placed it gently on top of the tree, covering the rest of the branches. I planned to store the tree in a corner of my garage.
- I prepped my space, laying a piece of cardboard on the floor. I opened an industrial-sized garbage bag and laid it on top so that I could fold it over the metal legs of the tree.
- Carefully, I carried my tree out to the garage and set it in place.
Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial
My tree will safely stand in the garage until next November. When it's time to pull it out, all I will need to do is remove the bags, and we'll be ready to decorate!
This is an inexpensive way to preserve the beauty of an artificial tree. I hope this helps you as you take down your decorations and look for ways to safely pack and store your Christmas tree. Happy New Year!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on December 29, 2020:
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Haha! Happy New Year!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 29, 2020:
Very clever, and I would use it, but we haven't done a tree in the last four years, and doubt we will again. Talk about a couple of Grinches....that's Bev and me. :) Happy New Year, my friend!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on December 28, 2020:
Thank you Pamela! How wonderful to have your son and his wife to help out. :) I hope you and your family had a joyous holiday. Happy New Year!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on December 28, 2020:
How precious and magical the holidays must be with grandchildren :) Our previous tree I would stuff back in the box, in fact, that's where it still is. haha! Next year I'll probably repurpose it in a few crafts. I was just worried about ruining this new tree. There's no way it would still be flocked if I tried to cram it in the box.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 28, 2020:
You really finished cleaning up very neatly. I like your sep-by-step method. We only have a tiny tree, so I don't have any cleanup issues and my son with his wife help us. This is a very good article, Alyssa.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 28, 2020:
This is a great idea Alyssa. I’m not big on Christmas now that the kids have left home, but we make an extra effort if we are spending it with grandchildren.
Our tree is usually packed back in its box with difficulty, but this does pose a few problems...and all the lights and decorations have to be removed and added again next year. Your method is much better. Thanks for sharing.