5 ways to decorate with your extra tree trimmings

If you read VE often, you might know that I do interior design for a living. That knowledge might lead you to believe that I am a great home maker – not even close. Yes, I like design but I don’t like to wander around my house trying to think of ways to make every corner feel like Christmas. I wish I did. Luckily, I have creativity and a minimal aesthetic on my side. I’m convinced that if you have a live Christmas tree and a lot of white lights you can do so many things to create a modern, minimal Christmas-y home.

Here are 5 ways that I use cuts from my tree to make my home feel more like Christmas.

1. If you have company coming over, whip out your dishes and cut a piece of your tree and lay it on your place setting. That simple.

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2. If you have an old flower vase and some twine, you can make an all natural christmas centerpiece.

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3. To add an organic touch to your gifts, slip a little tree branch into your ribbon or twine.

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4. If you have a bar cart, grab some of your taller glasses and slip a piece of pine into them. You will be ready to make this Juniper Champagne Cocktail Recipe by Martha Stewart.

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5. To your cake or cheese plate tray, simply lay your trimmings on the platters.

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Hope this helps all of you have a Merry Modern Christmas.

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