A Lighthouse in Maine Shines with a Tree Classics Christmas Tree

Tree Classics has extended the spirit of Christmas in July to the coastline of Maine by donating a brand new 7.5-foot Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Parks and Recreation Department of York. The tree is displayed outside the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which is fondly referred to by locals as the Nubble Light. The evergreen comes decorated with our very own Champagne Ornaments for a total value of $1,228.

Tree Classics donates a Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine
Tree Classics’ Grand Fir Christmas Tree in Cape Neddick

The Grand Fir Christmas Tree was raffled off during York Days 2014 in an effort to raise additional funds for the Nubble Light. Raffle tickets were made available in the Nubble Light Gift Shop for $5 per five tickets. All proceeds go to the fund dedicated to the maintenance of the historic Nubble Light, which has been in use since 1879.

The evergreen was displayed fully decorated on the coastline. Tourists and locals had a chance to marvel at the spectacle. The tree was then moved to the gift shop on August 1, and transferred over the weekend to the craft fair in York, a popular summer destination. It remained on display at the fair until August 3.

Top 10 Easy and Delicious Christmas in July Party Snacks

After setting the theme and sending out the invites to your Christmas in July party, it’s time to create the menu. Make sure that your guests are happy and their tummies satisfied by serving them mouth-watering and nutritious party snacks. Tree Classics presents 10 of our favorite easy-to-prepare treats.

Christmas in July Celebration

Rice Krispie Christmas Ornaments

Rice Krispie Ornaments

Made from a healthy serving of toasted rice bits shaped into a Christmas ball, the Rice Krispie tree ornament is sure to be a hit with kids who love cereals. Dress up the ornaments by adding marshmallow crème laces and red or black licorice string so you can hang them on a Christmas ornament tree.

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s a holiday goody that even Santa Claus won’t be able to resist. Treat the whole family to some delicious and adorable Rudolph peanut butter cookies. Quick and easy to prepare, this simple recipe can be made by kids. Pair it with a glass of warm or cold milk for an awesome mid-morning party snack.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree

Create your very own edible mini forest with scrumptious ice cream cone Christmas trees. Grab a few sugar cones and decorate them with green frosting. Add some white frosting for the garlands and colorful candies for ornaments. Finish up by placing a gumdrop for the tree topper. You can also add “snow” to your ice cream cone tree by sprinkling it with shredded coconut.

Christmas Cheese Tree

Christmas Cheese Tree

For people who love cheese, here’s a cool way to enjoy your favorite dairy treat. Add a new spin on the classic cheese platter by turning it into a delightful Christmas cheese tree. Fashion a Christmas tree on the tray using an assortment of red and yellow cheeses and some green fruits or vegetables. This is a simple and healthy snack your guests can bite into.

Snowman S’mores

Snowman S'mores

Craving for some delicious fire-roasted marshmallows? Light up those bonfires and start roasting these Snowman S’mores. This kid-friendly recipe is an excellent after-dinner snack.

Bruschetta Christmas Wreath

Bruschetta

Decorate your Christmas in July dinner table with a bruschetta wreath for the centerpiece. Also try non-fat sour cream on rye to make a guilt-free version.

Snowman Pizza

Snowman Pizza

Give kids another reason to celebrate by adding this all-time favorite party snack. Turn ordinary pizza into a snowman pizza and top it with six different cheeses to make it even more delectable.

Santa Hat Brownies

Santa Hat Brownies

We tip our hats off to this sweet Santa hat brownie treat. It combines the rich flavor of the Vanilla-Mascarpone buttercream with the syrupy goodness of ripe strawberries, all on top of moist fudge brownie squares. Your guests will be coming back for more. You can also use Oreo cookies instead of brownies for quicker and easier preparation.

Christmas Pine Cone Cheese Ball with Almonds

Christmas Cheese Ball

Spruce up the traditional Christmas cheese ball with this quirky pine cone design. Sliced almonds on the cheese mimic the seed pods of a real pine cone. You can also cover the cheese ball with herbs such as dill and basil.

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

If you don’t have much time to cook before the party, you can try whipping up a batch of this quick reindeer chow. Simply mix different cereals in a bowl, add a few peanuts, pretzels, and candies, and pour in some melted white chocolate to bind the ingredients together. Let the batter cool off a bit then break it into bite-sized chunks for easy munching.

With these delicious treats, your summer party will be the talk of the neighborhood. Don’t forget to share your own favorite party snacks in the comment box below. Happy Christmas in July!

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Fun Easter Ideas for the Family

From Easter baskets to Easter brunch parties, Tree Classics gives you unique ways for celebrating your family’s favorite occasion for spring. Decorate your home in bright colors, get set for a fun Easter egg hunt, and wind down with a hearty meal with your loved ones. We have Easter decorating, gift, and party ideas for you!

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Egg Mini Planters

Fill your home with the loveliness of spring with these Easter egg mini planters. Transform eggshells into botanical planters by filling them with soil then planting in seedlings, such as these colorful alyssums. Create drainage by puncturing a hole at the bottom of the eggshell using a small knife.

Eggshell Votives

You can also repurpose hollowed-out eggs by turning them into lovely votives. After removing the contents, rinse the inside of the eggshell using vinegar. Dye the shells using food coloring and place them in a carton. Fasten wicks inside the eggshells and pour in melted wax. Let it dry for about one to two hours.

Flower & Eggshell Centerpiece

Recreate the beauty of nature in your home by adorning it with this delightful flower and eggshell centerpiece. Create the nests by reusing old holiday twine wreaths and filling them with artificial foliage for bedding. Next, place a few choice flowers planted in mini eggshell planters. Voila! An instant table decor!

Easter Egg Nest and Easter Egg Wreath

Give your fireplace some rustic charm by decorating it with spring foliage and candles. Create a lovely base for your glass candle holders by placing them on top of a twine nest embellished with vines and Easter egg ornaments. For a more woodsy appeal, you can also use your beautiful Tree Classics Countryside Christmas wreath for the nest instead of using twine.

Add an elegant highlight to your outdoors with this charming Easter egg wreath. You can also reinvent your evergreen Christmas wreath, such as the Classic Fraser Fir artificial wreath, by placing spring blooms, such as pansies, lilacs, and daffodils. Add Easter items, such as colored eggs and bunny ornaments, to make your wreath more in tune with this sunshiny season.

Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas

Spinach and Cheddar Muffins

These spinach-and-cheddar muffins from Food Beam is perfection in every little bite. They combine sweet and savory flavors of greens and dairy in a buttery, milky, crumby texture. And it’s a complete meal in itself!

Multi-Grain Waffles with Yogurt and Pomegranates

A marvelous way to welcome Easter is to enjoy some crispy waffles with the family. This multi-grain recipe from Sprouted Kitchen guarantees a fruitier and more fiber-enriched brunch. It is also a healthy but yummy alternative to the classic breakfast favorite. This dish also comes with a dollop of thick yogurt and pomegranate seeds, giving this wonder an additional layer of acid and crunch.

Avocado and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

This recipe from Justina Blakney tops freshly baked pita with generous helpings of avocado and fried sunny side up eggs. Healthy and tasty, this power-packed pizza will have you coming back for another slice.

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Honey Glazed Glower Lamb Chop

For a delicious and satisfying main course, try My Little Welsh Kitchen’s honey glazed glower lamb chop in a sweet red wine sauce. This dish features a tender piece of meat made more delicious by a thick and complex sauce. This recipe guarantees an unforgettable Easter meal.

Lemon Garlic Herb Rubbed Chicken

Enjoy a delicious medley of flavors with Our Best Bite’s lemon garlic herb rubbed chicken. This recipe is not only perfect for Easter supper; it’s also a wonderful way to welcome the zesty and aromatic flavors of spring.

Easter Cupcake Ideas

Funny Bunnies

Funny Bunny cupcakes are guaranteed to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. And they’re especially fun to make with kids. Decorate any cupcake with white frosting to make the little bunny’s back. Melt white and pink chocolate to make oval shaped feet on wax paper. Moisten a mini marshmallow then dip it in white sprinkle dots for the tail.

Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes

To create a tasty treat that celebrates the classic Easter egg hunt, simply ice your cupcakes with green frosting to mimic grass. Top the grass with some jelly beans or candy-coated chocolate mini eggs.

Chirpy Chick Cupcakes

Kids will love the adorable chick faces. Begin with any cupcake recipe and pipe a swirl of butter cream on top. Make the little chicks by mixing yellow sugarpaste with some CMC. Cut out the circles using an Ateco cutter, and the wings using a heart cutter. Add the eyes and finish off with little flowers.

Easter Basket Ideas

For Babies


Contemporary Holiday Decorations by Other Metro Kids & Nursery Pottery Barn Kids

Welcome the newest addition to the family with a precious gift. Fill a simple wicker basket with a blankie, pinwheel, Easter egg, and plush toy. This small treasure will be useful to the new bundle of joy and appreciated by the doting parents.

For Kids

For children, get a sturdy plastic basket and fill it to the brim with candy, chocolate bars, and trinkets that they can play with. They will go absolutely crazy for this simple but exciting treat.

For Neighbors


Contemporary Holiday Decorations

Show how much you care for the people in your neighborhood with this lovable Easter basket. Fill this small but stylish container with tiny chocolate eggs and a large chocolate bunny. Your neighbors will love you for these little tokens.

100 Pinterest Ideas: How to Recycle Christmas Decorations All Year Round

While most homeowners have stowed their Christmas trees and decorations back into their storage room or closets, others simply can’t say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. They have found creative techniques to reuse their evergreens and ornaments. For this reason, Tree Classics searched all over Pinterest this month to find 100 of the most amazing ways to recycle Christmas decorations.

Christmas Cards as Gift Tags and Bookmarks

Find new use for old Christmas cards by turning them into colorful gift tags and bookmarks. Detach the cover of the card then cut it into two-inch by three-inch strips. Next, snip the corners of the strips. Lastly, punch a hole in the tags then attach a piece of string. You can also create three-dimensional trinkets using extra Christmas greeting cards.

Christmas Card Ornament Balls in a Jar

You can always prepare ahead of the next Christmas season by turning old Christmas cards into handcrafted ornament balls. To form one ornament, you need to cut out 20 circles from greeting cards and draw a triangle with equal sides on each circle, with the points of the triangle touching the edges. Fold along all the lines and join the flaps using glue. To display the ornament balls anytime of the year, place them in a tall hurricane jar.

Christmas Cards as Mason Jar Lid Designs

Add fun to plain mason jar lids by decorating them with old Christmas cards. Cut out circles and hot-glue them on the outer surface of the lid. Give them a quick coat of Modge Podge and you’ve got yourself a charming set of containers.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Coffee Can Planters

Brighten your home with these adorable coffee can flower planters. Turn old tin cans into reusable containers by covering them with leftover Christmas gift wrap. Choose a color pattern that highlights the beauty of the flowers placed in the cans.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Tuna Can Candle Holders

Another way to reuse excess Christmas gift wrap is by using it to cover empty tuna cans. When adorned with festive wrapping paper, these old tuna cans become stylish candle holders with a sparkle of autumnal elegance.

Christmas Card and Gift Wrap Chandelier

Upcycle cards and wrappers from presents you received last Christmas by turning them into a cute paper chandelier. Begin by cutting out as many circles as you can from the cards and wrapping paper of different colors. Sew the circles together and drape them over an old lampshade frame covered with ribbons of a complementing color pattern.

Christmas Bow Wreath

Make use of leftover gift bows by turning them into a fanciful bow wreath. To create the frame for the wreath, carefully stretch out two wire coat hangers until they become circular. Connect the hangers using floral tape then start attaching the bows to the frame. Make sure you place the bows closely together to give your wreath a fuller look.

Christmas Cards as Wall Art

If the artwork on the Christmas card is simply too precious to cut up, consider framing the card instead. To ensure a more timeless appeal, choose a simple wooden frame coated in black to set off the holiday colors elegantly.

All-Around Christmas Card Garland

Make a festive pennant flag garland out of old Christmas cards. Start by cutting out triangles then punch two holes on each end of the top side. Assemble the garland by inserting twine or a colorful ribbon into the holes.

All-Around Christmas Ball Window Décor

This fun window décor has the appeal of paper mache ornaments, but the balls are actually made of old, rusty Christmas balls. Cover each bauble with a thick coat of Mod Podge and wrap a few strips of tissue paper around it. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball, and paint the entire ball with acrylic paint once the glue is dry.

Christmas Ball Wreath, Chandelier and Table Decorations for Romantic Celebrations

Reinvent Christmas baubles as you decorate for a romantic dinner. Gather your favorite holiday ornaments in pink pastel colors and hot-glue the pieces on a heart-shaped wooden frame. Tie a fancy ribbon and hang the wreath on your dining room wall.

You can also craft your own Valentine’s Day chandelier using red Christmas decorations. Hang crimson and heart-shaped ornaments using nylon strings to spread a message of love in any corner of your home.

Create a romantic tablescape by using red yuletide ornaments for your centerpiece. Place the decorations inside a tall hurricane jar.

Holiday candles can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day. Red candles are perfect for illuminating romantic evenings.

Christmas Ball Wreath for the Fourth of July

Show off your patriotism by creating a Fourth of July wreath. Take red, white, and blue Christmas ornaments and assemble them on a wreath frame of your choice. Add a few stars and, best of all, a small American flag to highlight your love of country.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Chandelier Accents

Display Christmas ornaments on any style of chandelier to add pizzazz to your home. Gold and silver baubles work well to usher in a classic, glamorous look. Opt for bolder colors and patterns if you’re going for a whimsical appeal.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Table Decorations

Mixing ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes is among the easiest ways to create a modern vintage table centerpiece. Make sure to feature as many complementary colors and textures as possible for a more striking effect. Place your collection in a glass jar and use this to add visual interest to any corner.

Christmas Star Ornaments as Colorful Birthday Decorations

Star-shaped ornaments are perfect for Christmas, but they also fit many birthday party themes, too. To reuse old Christmas ornaments as birthday party decorations, combine stars of different colors and add curly ribbons for a fun, cheerful effect. Hang the stars above the buffet table or doorway.

Christmas Balls as Event Keepsakes

Create the perfect souvenir for a special event by saving the wordings inside a clear Christmas ball. Place strips of paper with a special message that commemorates the celebration.

You can also inscribe the words on a colored Christmas ball that matches your motif. The best thing about using Christmas ornaments as a souvenir is that you will get a chance to display them afterwards as signature pieces on your Christmas tree. Because the ornaments serve as memorabilia, your holiday celebrations become all the more meaningful.

Christmas Balls as Place Card Holders

Use Christmas baubles as place card holders for a winter-themed event. You can also inscribe the name of the guest and the details of the event so the decoration can double as their souvenir.

Christmas Balls as Fridge Magnets

Liven up a boring old fridge with magnets made from Christmas ornaments. Just hot-glue a piece of magnet to one side of your Christmas bauble or any other holiday décor. These cute and fun pieces are also great gifts for any occasion!

Clear Christmas Balls as Minimalist Ornament Chandelier

Capture the sunlight in your room by using crystal Christmas balls as a quaint chandelier. Simply hang the baubles up a coil of wire using a nylon string and display by a window.

Clear Christmas Balls as Garden Globes

Reuse any clear Christmas ball as a terrarium. Easily make this by placing a handful of pebbles, a layer of charcoal, and some slow-growing miniature plants and moss inside your crystal ornament. Hang the Christmas ball by your kitchen window. You can also simply insert Christmas tree foliage into clear crystal balls.

Looking to start a garden in a small space? Try building a nursery first by converting old Christmas balls into indoor planters. Fill the globes with a little soil then insert your plant through the opening.

Floating Christmas Tree Garden

For a unique decorating concept this spring, try converting an old wooden boat into a floating garden. Fill the vessel with sprawling evergreens and flowers in planters then set it afloat on a lake or pond.

Fresh Evergreens as Miniature Indoor Topiaries

Extend the life of your favorite Christmas tree by turning it into miniature indoor topiaries. Cut off portions of your tree then place them into small ceramic jars or pitchers. Embellish your topiaries with monograms to highlight its pastoral charm.

Fresh Evergreens in Winter Jars

Can’t get enough of that yuletide cheer? Make the spirit of the holidays last longer by creating these wonderful winter jars for your home. Fill mason jars with soil then plant a small Christmas tree branch inside. Add a layer of artificial flock (or even real snow!) to complete the wintry charm of this decorative piece.

Fresh Evergreens and Clove Oranges as a Table Centerpiece for Summer

This summer, fill your home with a sweet and refreshing scent with this table centerpiece of clove oranges and fresh Christmas tree foliage. Take sprigs of evergreens and arrange them into a small wooden box. Place the citrus fruits in between. To retain the aroma of your display for weeks, stud the oranges with cloves.

Fresh Evergreens with Rustic Accents as a Table Centerpiece for Autumn

Fill your home with the bounty of an autumn harvest by placing this lovely fall centerpiece on your dinner table. Collect Christmas tree foliage and arrange them in a wooden crate. To achieve a look of abundance, place some autumn vegetables, such as pumpkins and gourds between the foliage. Add cream-colored candles to complete the look of autumnal elegance.

Create this elegant countryside display that reuses evergreens along with a vintage crate and some mason jars. Simply form a bed of greens inside the crate and allow some of the branches to fall off the side. Place the mason jars with a votive candle in between the sprigs of pine and holly.

Complement the countryside charm of your home by adding this easy-to-create rustic centerpiece. Take a small galvanized metal tub and fill it with different foliage, acorns, and pine cones. Place two small candles to act as lighting for the centerpiece.

Evergreen Wreaths as Table Centerpieces All Year Round

Create a vision of a bountiful feast by placing Christmas wreaths as decorative accents for your dinner table. Complete the timeless look by adding cream-colored candles as ambient lighting.

Evergreen Wreaths as Wall Décor All Year Round

Strip your holiday wreath of festive Christmas embellishments so you can use it as a year-round wall décor. Evergreen wreaths easily complement any style of home. They provide a natural and refreshing appeal to walls with muted colors.

Evergreen Wreath on a Chandelier

Give your light fixture a completely new look by adorning it with a holiday wreath. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, the addition of Christmas evergreens brings a fresh, natural element to home interiors. You can also hang other ornaments and drape beaded garlands for a luxurious touch.

Evergreen Canopy Bed Draping

Use your artificial Christmas garlands and swags for a fairy tale-inspired bedroom makeover. Simply drape the evergreens in your four-poster bed. Feel free to add some dreamy ornaments and accent pieces to make your bedroom look like an enchanted forest.

Christmas Lights as Mood Lighting in Bedrooms

Sleep under glittering fairy lights. Add warm Christmas lights as evening sparklers in your bedroom by carefully lacing your canopy bed or ceiling with these ambient lights. Fasten each strand using small pieces of clear tape to make sure they do not get tangled.

Hanging a string of white lights in dim corners of your bedroom gives your private sanctuary a restful glow.

If you don’t have a canopy bed or the ceiling of your bedroom is too high, consider adding clear Christmas lights to your headboard instead. It creates the same subtle radiance.

Christmas Lights in an Unused Fireplace

Use Christmas lights to transform an empty fireplace into a visual treat. Set off the enchanting glow against the dim backdrop by choosing only one color of lights. Wind about 10 light strings around a plastic ball. Plug in the lights and enjoy the striking view.

Christmas Lights as Colorful Step Lighting

Light up a stairway with this glowing ribbon garland. Combine all of the season’s ribbon scraps to create the garland then tie the ribbons around a string of Christmas lights. Make the necessary trimming before placing the garland on the steps.

You can also use holiday tea light candles to add some glow to your pathway. Put sand or fine gravel in an old canning jar then place a tea light. Line several of these flickering lights outside a beautiful pathway.

Outdoor Christmas Lights as Fairy Lights

Spend an intimate evening with loved ones under the warm brilliance of these fairy lights. Take your outdoor Christmas lights from the storage and use them as ambient lighting during a romantic dinner. String them around your porch or patio to recreate the beauty of a starry summer night.

Wrap a tree with twinkling lights and spread some vintage lanterns for additional lighting. Set your dinner table under the tree and enjoy the atmosphere.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Planters

Turn your outdoor planters into festive highlights by adorning them with colorful holiday lights made for the outdoors. Make your yard stand out with these well-lit plant boxes and topiaries.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Vine Baskets

Dress up your porch or driveway during winter using these baskets adorned with outdoor Christmas lights. To create this starry accents, you need a coiled vine basket, a string of small outdoor holiday lights, and some clear plastic ornaments. Attach the holiday lights by pushing each bulb through the lining of the basket then place the plastic ornaments on top to act as fillers.

Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

Spruce up your outdoors no matter the season with these holiday balls made with grapevines and outdoor Christmas lights. Wrap vines around inflated beach balls. Make sure the vines hold together; fasten them using small wires. Next, remove the beach balls by deflating them. Lastly, coil the grapevine balls with white outdoor mini lights.

Outdoor Christmas Lights in a Mason Jar Chandelier

Create your own industrial chandelier out of outdoor Christmas lights. Just put the light strands inside mason jars and place them in an antique canning jar basket. Hang the chandelier outside using a sturdy chain and you’ve got the perfect lighting for a barn or garden party.

Christmas Lights in Glass Bottles

Make your parties more colorful with these easy-to-create glass bottle bulbs. Made from old wine bottles and multi-colored Christmas lights, these festive fixtures instantly add a whimsical feature to any celebration.

LED Christmas Lights inside Paper Lanterns

Recycle used or excess Christmas gift wrappers by turning them into beautiful paper lanterns. You can create additional designs by cutting out different shapes on the gift wrap. Take a used plastic soda bottle and cut off its neck. Make an opening at the bottom of the bottle then insert your holiday LED lights. Place a thin sheet of wax paper around the bottle to serve as a diffuser for the light. Finally, cover your DIY lantern with the gift wrap.

Christmas Lights in Miniature Paper Lanterns

Reinvent your holiday lights by transforming them into miniature paper lantern garlands. Take square pieces of paper and turn them into inflatable origami balloons. Attach the origami balloons to each Christmas light bulb. Turn on the lights and watch as these lanterns brighten up your summer evening.

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Add a charming highlight to any room with this shabby chic hula hoop chandelier. All you need is an old hula hoop, some glue, romantic lace, and a set of warm clear lights. Wrap the hula hoop in lace then fasten it using glue. Attach eight pieces of lace across the hula hoop to create a canopy for the chandelier. Finally, add the holiday lights by wrapping them around the chandelier.

Icicle Lights as Table Decorations

Transform dinner tables into a spectacular highlight at your party by placing clear holiday lights under table cloths.

Christmas Lights inside Twine Balls

Add a burst of color to your space with this twine ball garland that has Christmas lights tucked in the middle. This simple project is also a great activity you can do with your kids during weekends.

Christmas Lights as Vanity Lighting

Drape an oversized mirror with white Christmas lights to create your own radiant vanity area. The addition of twinkling lights instantly brings glamour and transforms your space into a pretty dressing room.

Glittering Lightscape

Fill your room with an enchanting atmosphere with this beautiful glittering lightscape. First, plot out your favorite design on a canvass then puncture holes through it using an awl. Next, insert the bulbs of your holiday lights into the holes then secure each one with craft glue.

DIY Votive Candles Wrapped in Vellum

Create a relaxing ambience for your children’s bedroom with these adorable vellum lanterns. The calfskin cover acts as an excellent diffuser for the holiday candles inside. You can also decorate your lanterns by drawing fairy tale scenes on the vellum cover.

Christmas Lights Photo Display

If you’re looking for a brilliant way to showcase life’s precious moments, then take out your cherished photos and Christmas lights. Create a lovely photo display by hanging white fairy lights on a wall and using wooden clips to attach your pictures to the strands.

Christmas Lights on Wedding Arches

Walk down the isle under the beauty of the stars. These wedding arches adorned with romantic clear Christmas lights create a dreamy backdrop to this special occasion.

Ice Lanterns as Path Lights

If you live in an area that experiences snow, you can make ice lanterns that use sprigs of holly and berries as embellishments. Get two buckets: one bigger than the other. Place the smaller bucket inside the larger one and fasten them with tape. Fill the gap between the two buckets with water then place the sprigs and berries in between. Leave the container outside to let the water freeze overnight. Once frozen, remove your ice lantern from the buckets.

Christmas Wreath as Easter Egg Nest Décor

Celebrate Easter by decorating your home with a rustic door décor made from an old vine Christmas wreath. Create a nest for Easter eggs by attaching a basin on one side of the wreath then layering it with dried twigs. For some pastoral charm, decorate your Easter egg nest with a few wild flowers and additional vines.

You can also arrange the nest by placing Christmas tree branches and berries in a glass bowl. Place a small wicker basket inside the bowl then add in a few feathers. Finally, tuck a pair of eggs in between the feathers and foliage.

Christmas Berry Square Wreath

Bring the elegance of the countryside into your home with this rustic red berry square wreath. Create the frame by collecting dried branches and tying them together at the ends. Add red berries, pine cones, and dried twigs from old Christmas decorations.

Candle Holders with Cranberries

Leave sweet notes for your loved ones on delightful candle holders filled with fresh cranberries from the holiday season. Make sure they get your message by drawing their attention using these luscious red berry accents.

Red Rose and Berry Centerpiece

Complete the romantic look of your Valentine display with this red rose and berry centerpiece. Simply place a few rose buds inside a crystal flask and surround them with red berry accents left over from Christmas.

Water Bottle Poinsettia Garland

Decorate your home this spring with colorful flower accents such as this water bottle poinsettia garland. First, you will need to cut the plastic bottles in half. Next, create the petals for the poinsettias by cutting vertical slits around the circumference of the bottles. Pull down the slits to create the shape of flowers. Using red and yellow crafting paint, coat the plastic flowers to make them look like poinsettias.

Angel Christmas Tree Topper as Table Décor

There’s something about angels that makes them the perfect figure to grace the top of a Christmas tree. After the holidays, you can also turn these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments into table décor. These winged creatures are wonderful decorative pieces at baby showers and other special occasions celebrating love and faith. Displayed on a console table at the entryway of a home, angel ornaments convey an atmosphere of peace.

Christmas Light Bulb Wreaths

If you’re looking for a quaint and minimalist take on the usual festive wreaths, try making this industrial-looking Christmas light bulb wreath. Use light bulbs with a clear transparent casing and a simple but sturdy wire frame. Hang the wreath on a twig using a sage ribbon to add a rustic touch.

If you’re looking for a touch of glamour, however, then this glitzy Christmas light bulb wreath is for you. Cover the light bulbs in glitter and let them dry. Afterwards, hot-glue the light bulbs onto a flat wood in the form of a wreath. Add a matching bow in the middle to complete the look.

Christmas Light Bulbs as a Glittery Centerpiece

For a fun and sparkly centerpiece, take old Christmas light bulbs, dip them in glue, and roll them in glitter. Let them dry before placing the shiny ornaments in a vase or a bowl.

Christmas Light Sun Catcher

This star-shaped ornament from burnt-out Christmas lights makes one lovely sun catcher that you can hang in the window of your home or office. Take 14 light bulbs, dispose of their caps, and cut off their wire. Glue together the bulbs in the shape of a cross then keep adding more bulbs in the spaces between until you form a star.

Christmas Light Casing as Teardrop Earrings

Upcycle burnt-out fairy lights into fashionable, wearable pieces. To make these teardrop earrings, wrap the top end of the light bulb casing in coiled wire and connect these to earring hooks. Have fun creating your own design by combining different colors and using various patterns when bending wires.

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Make your own fire starters out of pine cones. Wrap twine liberally around a pine cone, starting at the bottom. Leave a long wick near the top for easy lighting. After it is dipped in old candle wax, it’s ready to be used for kindling. Pine cone starters stored in a muslin bag also make great homemade gifts.

Pine Cone bird feeder

Help the little birdies this winter by making them this DIY pine cone bird feeder. Tie a piece of string onto the end of a pine cone, cover it generously in peanut butter, and roll it into seeds. Hang a few of these birdfeeders outside and watch your feathered friends enjoy their feast.

Pine Cone Potpourri

Make your own aromatic yet inexpensive potpourri by combining pine cones with cedar shavings and pine needles. Add a few drops of essential oil and seal the concoction in a bag for a week to let all the scents meld together. Pour the potpourri into bowls to spread this wonderful fragrance around the house.

Pine Cone Mulch

Recycle fallen pine cones as mulch instead of just throwing them away. Pine cones are the perfect bedding for an herb garden. They’re also a great way to keep household pets away from your plants.

Pine Cones as Table Centerpieces

Create your own vintage table centerpiece out of pine cones. Just dip the pine cones in pastel-colored paint or any other tint that matches your décor. Let the pine cones dry before displaying them in a bowl.

Pine Cone Candleholder

Craft stylish yet inexpensive candleholders out of large pine cones. Start by painting the pine cones in your choice of colors. Once dry, hot-glue the bottom of a soda can on top, and finish off by adding a candle.

Pine Cone Votive Holder

This pine cone votive holder looks beautiful on top of a coffee table. It’s also a breeze to make! Simply assemble a bunch of pine cones around a votive. Hot-glue the pieces and tie everything together with some burlap or twine.

Twig Christmas Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, redecorate your holiday twig wreath by adding green embellishments. Simply cut out and assemble flowers made of felt and add some shamrock buttons.

Lucky Christmas Tree for St. Patrick’s Day

Turn your Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree by adorning it with green ribbons and baubles. Give your holiday spectacle a lucky charm by adding shamrock decorations. You can also hang a rainbow ornament over a pot of gold coins for a humorous touch.

Tinsel Swizzle Sticks

Got some extra tinsel and confetti? Use them to make tinsel pom-poms. Cupcakes and cocktails look so much more appetizing when decorated with these festive swizzle sticks.

Tinsel Garland as a Disco Piñata

Add fun and glam to any party by crafting a disco piñata from tinsel garlands. Use a punch ball balloon to form the body of the piñata. Wrap the balloon in newspaper and apply paper mache before decorating it with tinsel.

Tinsel Wig

Create a funky wig out of your tinsel garland. Whether it’s for Halloween or just a fun night with friends, this accessory will add color and shine to your outfit. To make, just sew strands of metallic tinsel into a hair net.

At Tree Classics, we’re all about spreading the joy of Christmas throughout the whole year. If you’d like more inspiration for repurposing Christmas decorations, be sure to follow us on Pinterest where we have loads of surprises for you!

Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: Mouthwatering Peanut Buttery Delights

Peanut butter is a quintessential American snack. Aside from delighting our taste buds with its sweet and creamy flavor, the well-loved sandwich spread is also packed with nutrients that help build and repair muscles, and also boost energy.

The fiber-rich peanut butter aids in weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol levels with its high unsaturated fat content, and is a great source of antioxidants. It is also rich in potassium, which helps counter the dangers of salty food, paving the way for a healthy heart.

Savor the classic American sandwich spread with these mouthwatering peanut buttery treats.

1. Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Peanut butter cupcakes make a great snack, but you can double the pleasure with a chocolate frosting swirl on top. Moist and rich, these cupcakes are a sure hit among kids (and adults) of all ages, and they are completely worth the hype. You can use your favorite brand of chunky or smooth peanut butter; either way, they’ll turn out delish. Check out Sweet and Savory Tooth for the complete list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. Oh and don’t forget to add “pretty cupcake liners” in your shopping list!

2. Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie

Indulge in a decadent mix of chocolate and peanut butter with these peanut butter fudge brownie bars recipe. Perfectly chocolate-y, not too light and not too dark, with a heavenly coat of peanut butter goodness, these treats are a fulfillment of many a child’s confectionery fantasy. Get this easy-to-follow recipe from the chocolate desserts experts at Hershey’s Kitchens.

3. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Photo by Taste of Home

Who can resist peanut butter kiss cookies? For those who just love sweet and savory desserts, this tried and tested peanut butter cookie recipe is your holy grail. The best part, it’s super easy to make, using only four ingredients plus a kiss of your choice – you can go for dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds or even peanut butter. Follow this simple and scrumptious recipe from Taste of Home.

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie

A throwback to everyone’s favorite childhood combination of bananas topped with chocolate and peanut butter, this Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie recipe from recipe from Let’s Dish is over-the-top fabulous! Though not skinny jeans-friendly, it is absolutely celebration-worthy. That said, you’d definitely want to make it as birthday pie for the chocolate/peanut butter lovers in your life. Don’t be intimidated by its amazing look, it’s actually easy to put together!

5. Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Photo from Kraft Recipes

A real crowd pleaser, this Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert is a great ice cream dessert for those who love the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Vanilla ice cream, creamy peanut butter, chunks of chocolate and finely crushed cookies mix together to make this frozen dessert extra delicious! Read the detailed recipe from Kraft.

Ah, peanut butter, it’s healthy, delicious, and goes well with many heavenly desserts. No wonder, we all love it!

5 DIY Snowflake Decorations You’ll Love

Delicate snowflakes are the perfect inspiration for winter craft projects. Be inspired to create a whimsical display at home as Tree Classics features five beautiful DIY snowflake ornaments.

Doily Snowflake Garland

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Create a sweet and romantic winter wonderland décor by crafting a lacey snowflake garland out of paper doilies in various sizes. Begin by folding a paper doily in half over and over until it resembles 1/8 of a pie. Snip designs into your snowflake and unfold the paper. Weave across each dainty snowflake to assemble your adorable garland. Check out the Doily Snowflake Garland here for detailed instructions.

Snowflake Wreath

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This enchanting snowflake wreath takes under 15 minutes and about $8 (minus the spray paint and ribbon) to complete! To make, apply a light coat of white, silver, or gold spray paint in a wreath form. Glue various sizes of clear, opaque, and glittery snowflakes onto the front and back of the wreath. Finally, hook one pretty hanging beaded ornament in the middle. Hang your wreath by tying in a knot or bow, or use a wreath door hanger instead.

Woodland Snowflakes

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Blogger Jamie Christina’s rustic and fragile snowflake decorations with thread-wrapped joints are simply endearing! Easily make them at home by cutting three sticks from twigs at about 4 inches in length. Create a snowflake by gluing the sticks together. Add more dimension by gluing V-shape twigs to the tips of the snowflake. Use bakers twine to give more stability, and embellish the final piece with glitter.

Crystalline Snowflakes

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With just a few simple things, you can craft your own stunning crystalline snowflakes and enjoy their sparkle all year long! Make the snowflake by twisting three pipe cleaners of equal length together at their centers. Add one little piece to the end of each side to form a prong. Tie the twine around the end of one spoke and tie the other end of the twine to a holder such as a pencil or stick. Submerge the snowflake in a jar of borax solution (use 3 tablespoons of borax to every cup of boiling water) overnight. Color it blue, if you like, by tinting the mixture with food color. Take it out in the morning and hang to dry.

Snowflake Lanterns

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Light up your space with a dainty snowflake lantern. This creation by Nikki embraces the winter season while giving your home a lovely sparkle. First, look for a snowflake stencil that you can tape around a jar. Make sure that the stencil is attached fully to the glass before taking the jar outside to spray with silver or white paint. Place Christmas lights or a battery-operated candle inside the lantern. Read Nikki’s post for more details.

With these nifty snowflake decorations, you can decorate your home with a touch of wintry charm!

How to Store Christmas Decorations

Storing Christmas decorations can be a tedious chore. To help you get through it and survive post-holiday stress, Tree Classics offers tips and tricks on how to store different kinds of Christmas ornaments and evergreen decorations to keep them looking new and gorgeous for the next holiday season.

Christmas Balls

Of all the types of ornaments, Christmas baubles are the easiest to pack away because of their shape. For these round ornaments, the market offers a lot of options such as boxes or trays with dividers, which can be stacked on top of each other. Just make sure to add padding between each layer to protect the ornaments.

Uniquely-shaped Ornaments

Ornaments with irregular shapes can be so unique that a special storage needs to be created. Use a box to make a container, then divide the spaces using recycled cardboard. To find out the width you need to allot for each compartment, measure the length of the ornaments. Slice the cardboard strips accordingly to create slits. Let the cardboards meet at the slits to create a grid. The grid does not need to be equal across the box so don’t worry about having different measurements. Wrap the ornaments with tissue or insert padding in each cell to keep the pieces from moving around. Create another cardboard grid if your box is deep enough to store more ornaments.

Icicles

Use tissue paper or paper towel tubes to store icicles. Position the tubes upright and glue them onto the box. To protect the ornaments, wrap tissue paper around them first before keeping them in the cardboard tube.

Bell-shaped Ornaments

Storing bell-shaped ornaments is just like storing icicles, only you have to use plastic cups, which can accommodate the bells effortlessly because of their conical shape. Select the cup you are going to use by fitting the ornaments inside. If they fit perfectly, layer a box with a few of these cups. Glue the plastic cups on a cardboard in the size of the box. After gluing, insert the cardboard with the plastic cups inside the box. Create another layer by making another set of plastic cups on cardboard if the box is deep enough. Wrap the bell ornaments in tissue paper before placing them inside the cups.

Breakable Ornaments

Fragile decorations, such as glass and ceramic ornaments, should be kept in a well-padded container. Egg cartons are perfect for these types of ornaments. Not only are they gentle with delicate items, they also come in ready with compartments for each piece of décor. Lay large cotton balls onto each hole, then place the ornaments on them. Add cotton balls on top of the ornaments for added padding. Secure the egg carton with large rubber bands to keep it from opening.

Wreaths and Garlands

Don’t leave a wreath or garland bare if you are to store it in the same container as the other decorations. Cover with plastic or seal it in a box to maintain its quality. For decorated wreaths and garlands, wrapping them in plastic helps keep their embellishments intact.

Sarah Nielsen garland storage
Photo from Sarah Nielsen

These are just some of the clever ways that you can try to store your Christmas decorations. Just make sure to handle everything with care to keep the ornaments and foliage looking fresh and new for the coming holidays.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 5 Charming DIY Christmas Tree Skirts

Dressing up the bottom of your Christmas tree with a tree skirt is a great way to hide an unsightly tree stand. More importantly, tree skirts serve as a lovely background for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Here are five DIY Christmas tree skirts that can add a heartwarming feel to your tree.

The No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by The Johnston’s

This pretty DIY tree skirt is eye-catching with its lovely ruffles. What is even more interesting is how this was pieced together without being sewn! To recreate this project, you will need about four yards of fabric (to be cut into strips), a cutter, pair of scissors, a glue gun, a rotary board, and an old Christmas tree skirt.

No sew ruffle Christmas tree skirt Photo from The Johnston’s

Lay out your old tree skirt, or use a circular cloth as base. Start pinning the fabric strips along its circumference by beginning at the edge of the tree skirt. Pinch a portion of the fabric strip and press down to create a ruffle. After pinning, glue the strips on the base. Keep going until you reach the inner part of the circle. Check out Ashley’s post in The Johnston’s blog for the complete set of instructions.

The Simply Quilted Patchwork Tree Skirt by Sew4Home

holiday quilted patchwork tree skirt Photo from Sew 4 Home

This DIY Christmas tree skirt features vibrant garden prints that look perfect against a traditional green Christmas tree. For this project, you are going to need a sewing machine, colorful fabrics, see-through ruler, thick thread or yard string, lightweight paper, fabric pencil, regular pencil, scissors or rotary cutter, iron, straight pins, and bias tape maker. This project entails a number of steps but the end product is worth all the work. View Sew4Home to read detailed instructions.

The Ruched Tree Skirt by Teal and Lime

layered Christmas tree skirt Photo from Teal & Lime

This ruched tree skirt is as lovely as the ones sold in stores, but not as expensive. For only $12, Jackie from Teal and Lime was able to make a simple but gorgeous Christmas tree skirt made from two round table cloths of different colors. She made a simple and elegant color combination by layering light blue with a metallic fabric. A printed one on a plain fabric in a complementing color is also a good combination. Read Jackie’s post for more photos and instructions on the project.

Crocheted Tree Skirts

crocheted Christmas tree skirt Photo from Etsy

Brush up on your crochet skills with unique and special patterns. Crocheted tree skirt patterns like this Snowdrift Christmas tree skirt from the Beaded Bundles’ Etsy store adds to the warm feel of your tree. This design makes your Christmas tree look as if it’s standing on a snow-covered mountain. Add an inviting ambiance to your home by crafting a classic crocheted Christmas tree skirt. Visit Beaded Bundles in Etsy for more patterns.

The Felt Polka Dot Tree Skirt by A Happy Nest

polka dot Christmas tree skirt Photo from A Happy Nest

Getting inspiration from product catalogues is a great way to start a project, like this Land of Nod-inspired polka dot piece. This adorable Christmas tree skirt looks very simple, although hand stitching and pinning it may take longer, depending on the layout. Check out this post from A Happy Nest to learn how this charming Christmas tree skirt was created. A DIY tree skirt is worth all the effort. Add a personal touch to your lovely Christmas tree with a tree skirt you can make yourself.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Energy-efficient Christmas Trees

The warm radiance from a pre-lit Christmas tree is just what you need to make your home cozier and more relaxing in the cold winter evening.

But many home owners presume using pre-lit decorations would double their household electricity consumption. What’s the best way to enjoy the beauty and convenience of pre-lit holiday decorations without racking up your electricity bill? Tree Classics has the answer!

Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first. To help you find the ideal pre-lit décor to suit your holiday home, Tree Classics offers practical options that will not only give your space a heartwarming appeal but will offer you a safe and power-saving choice as well.

Power-saving LED Christmas Lights

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In choosing a lit holiday tree for your home, opt for one that has LED bulbs instead of regular lights for their energy-saving potential. These innovative bulbs are specifically designed to consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to ordinary Christmas lights. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials and produce less heat, making them safer to use as decorations on artificial Christmas trees.

Clear and Colored Christmas Lights in One

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Another feature people look for in power-saving pre-lit Christmas decorations is the color variation of the lights. It is important to choose a ready combination of clear and colored lights that can easily match different styles. The hassle-free combination will eliminate the need for stringing two kinds of lights. Having color-changing lights not only provides you with a versatile decorating option, but also lets you save money when using different light sets.

Tree Classics® Signature Color Changing LED Lights 

Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree

Tree Classics, the leading producer of high-quality artificial Christmas trees, has come up with a line of decorative trees that feature the latest LED lighting system. With their bulbs expertly strung together, these holiday trees are sure to create an excellent highlight for your home. They are also designed with Tree Classics Color Changing LED, which lets you have clear and multi-color lights all in one Christmas tree.

Choose from our collection of energy-saving and color-changing pre-lit Christmas trees, such as the Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree and St. Charles Spruce. You now have the choice of having warm clear lights or festive colorful lights much like a rainbow on your favorite holiday tree.

What’s the best way to enjoy the holidays? By using energy-efficient, hassle-free Christmas trees made beautifully by Tree Classics!