When the holiday season is over and it comes time to take down those not so fresh Christmas trees and evergreen boughs, don’t just toss them out. Take a look below at these uses for fresh pine, and see how you can put those gorgeous greens to use one last time around the homestead. These are great ways to get a little more life out of the fresh pine trees and branches you may have around your home. Take a peek!
Uses for Fresh Pine
Provide animal shelter.
Pine needles can actually make great bedding, nesting, and shelter building supplies for your outdoor animals. Place the pine branches or needles in and around shrubs where they will provide a little extra warmth. Birds will also use the pieces for nesting supplies and to nest in, as evergreen branches shield them quite well from the elements.
Use them as mulch.
Place the pine boughs and branches around the base of your plants to help offer them a little more winter protection. Come spring, you can simply remove and discard them. They are hearty and sure to keep your outdoor plants warm.
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Make simple bird feeders.
Take larger branches and remove the pine needles. Drill holes into the wood and fill with a mixture of peanut butter and birdseed. Place these simple feeders outside and the birds are sure to flock to them. You might even see a squirrel or two.
Add them to your sensory boxes/tables.
Softer pine varieties are perfect for adding the your child’s sensory tables or bins. They will love the feel of the various kinds of pine as well as the scent. They can even use the piecesto craft with if you wish. Let them add glue, glitter, and other embellishments to help build those fine motor skills.
Make a winter fort.
Kids will love taking pine branches and boughs and turning them into winter forts. You can cover a large cardboard box with them, or use them to cover your special hide outs. Kids will find all sorts of ways to get creative. Just cut the tree or boughs up ahead of time so they have nice long branches to work with.
Make your own potpourri.
Take small snippets of pine branches or handfuls of the needles and boil them in water. Reduce the water to a simmer and see how quickly your house fills up with the scent of fresh pine. You can even add cinnamon sticks, cranberries, or other ad ins as you see fit.
Paint with them.
Snip off pieces of pine branches and give them to children along with paint. They will love dipping the branches in and creating a variety of effects. The branch will serve as their paint brush, and you will be amazed at how creative they can get!
Now that you’ve read these uses for fresh pine, comment and let me know of other ways or tips that you use to give a second life to your trees and evergreens around the homestead.