Decorating with Branches Instead of a Tree

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Have a small apartment without a corner to spare for a christmas tree? Check out your local sidewalk tree lot. Many will give you branches from trimmings for free or for very cheap. The branches can then be used to decorate your place on the cheap and without taking up a lot of space. Plus, the use of the branches will bring that evergreen scent into your home. Check out branch decorating ideas after the jump...

  • Arrange them in a vase.
  • Fill a decorative firebox with them (and put some on the mantle, too).
  • Fill window boxes with them for holiday decor and warming of perennials. (We bought enough branches to fill our two windowboxes for $2.00.)
  • Bundle them up and hang them on your front door.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.