Don’t throw away your Christmas tree this year. Instead, try repurposing it! As a woodworking business, we cannot stand idle by and let perfectly good wood go to waste. Below are a few options to consider before you haul your tree to the curb this year,

1. TURN IT INTO MULCH: Between January 7th-26th, individuals in Chicago will have the option to recycle their Christmas tree and have it turned into mulch! To view site-drop locations and additional information visit: https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/brief/christmas-tree-recycling

2. CREATE RUSTIC COASTERS: Want a unique accent piece for your living room? Try this simple project to add some flare to your interior décor. To learn how to make Christmas Tree Coasters, follow the directions in the DIY Guide in the link, https://charlesandhudson.com/how-to-make-wood-coasters/

3. DIY CANDLE HOLDER: If you’re in the market for a few accent candle holders, do I have the solution for you! You can’t get much better than these beautiful tea light candle holders. Click the link to learn more about this fun project: https://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/diy-tree-limb-tea-light-holder/

4. CHOP SOME FIREWOOD: It may not be much to work with depending on how big your tree is, but why not break out the ax and chop some firewood. Use it for heat, or use it as winter décor- the choice is yours.

5. SOME STURDY ORNAMENTS: I suggest tackling this while also making coasters, because there’s a ton of overlap between these two processes! Gather family and friends round, and use trunk slices to paint your own ornament, or save them until next winter as a fun activity to help you get into the holiday spirit! I recommend turning to Pinterest for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=wood%20slice%20crafts&eq=wood%20slice&etslf=5540&term_meta[]=wood%7Cautocomplete%7C1&term_meta[]=slice%7Cautocomplete%7C1&term_meta[]=crafts%7Cautocomplete%7C1