For years, we’ve put up an artificial Christmas tree. We got the tree second hand when Dave’s sister decided she didn’t need a second one in her shop, so my logic was that diverting this plastic tree from the landfill was definitely the greenest option.
The Trouble with Artificial Christmas Trees
Cut to earlier this month, whenÂ my pal Danika Carter wrote a post for Greenwalla about how unhealthy those PVC trees are! Gah! I don’t want all of that toxic off-gassing happening in my house.
Dave and I donated our plastic tree and have a real, live Christmas tree for the first time in forever. We got our tree at Whole Foods, and it comes from a sustainable tree farm in North Carolina. Our house is covered in pine needles, but it smells amazing in here!
A Handmade Tree
We have a tree trimming party every year, and this was no exception. Folks come over for snacks and drinks, and we have a crafty table set up where our friends can make ornaments. Most years, we end up needing a few store-bought ornaments to fill things out, but I think our tree this year is trimmed with 99% handmade ornaments! Our friends used craft supplies from my stash, reclaimed cardboard, and lots and lots of hot glue to make awesome ornaments that are rocking my socks.
The great thing about combining a party and crafting is that you don’t end up with any beer boxes in the recycle bin. They all get cut up for ornament-making instead! Wine corks tend to end up in the craft supplies instead of the trash, too. Very handy!
Since this year’s tree trimming party was mostly folks who come over on Mondays to watch old episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with us, we made lots of MST3K ornaments! Our friend Stephanie made a freaking fantastic Tom Servo. We have Cambot, the gun from Laserblast, the robot from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a miniature Swayze boardgame complete with tiny pieces, the wheel from Blood Waters of Dr. Z, and this awesome Rowsdower that Dave made out of an Incredible Hulk doll:
Not to mention all of the amazing, creative ornaments that our friends have made in years past.
I love our handmade tree so much! I feel like these DIY ornaments have more heart than anything you could pick up at Target. It delights me every time I see it. We have handmade ornaments that are from years and years ago, and it reminds me of good times with the people I love. No store-bought ornament comes packed with memories like that.