Fresh and vibrant, a healthy, fruiting citrus tree brings welcome cheer into the festive home. A lemon tree comes with its own yellow baubles – add a few of your own and you’re done! Pop it into a white pot to accentuate contrast. Position a live tree in a brightly lit spot, especially if you’re keeping it indoors for a few weeks.
An old ladder need not go to pasture just yet, and when it’s done being a tree, you could always use it as a towel rail. For a rustic “tree”, sit small pressies on steps and drape lights and stringed baubles. Before use, wipe down your ladder with sugar soap, rinse and allow to dry. Then give it a light sand and dust.
Sometimes nothing but a pine will do, but you can give a classic tree new life with some D.I.Y. embellishments. A fuller-figured tree keeps its shape best. Personalise your Christmas tree with handmade decorations and regularly top up the water at the base to help extend its longevity.
A tranquil tree for a Zen Christmas, a simple olive dressed with plain baubles brings a modern touch. Keep the decorations light, pared back and monochromatic for best effect, and keep in mind that delicate branches require light baubles. Water your live tree when soil is near dry and give it a boost with a diluted seaweed tonic every two weeks.
Have a go at our macramé Christmas ornaments.
Photo credit: Brigid Arnott