We put up our three-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving and decked it out with all sorts of random recycled goodies. Not a thing on it is new (repurposed glass beads, hand-me-down ornaments, and recycled paper chains), but what we wanted to point out was our tree skirt. Can you guess what the snow is made from?
While setting up our little tree, we wanted to hide the base, and we also wanted to evoke feelings of a snowy winter with our Charlie Brown-esque tree setting. We grabbed a leftover piece of fabric from a sewing project and thought of something that would make great "snow."
That's the innards of our dog's latest plush toy. We try not to buy those because this is what happens, but this time we were diligent about patching it up each time she'd rip a hole in it. That is, until one day last week, when she simply ripped it to shreds. We remembered thinking that she looked like she was sitting in a tuft of snow. So when we wanted snow for the tree skirt, the plush toy came to mind. We grabbed the stuffing (set aside for making her another plush toy) and fluffed it around the base of the tree, and voila! Snow-like tree skirt!
Sure, it's not the fanciest of setups... But it certainly works for us, and we're getting one more creative reuse out of something that might have just ended up in the trash!