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How to rebuild a Christmas Tree

12/23/2013
An artist reused driftwood to create this neat Christmas Tree

An artist reused driftwood to create this neat Christmas Tree

Maine is literally covered with Christmas Trees….they call it the “Pine Tree State” for crying out loud.

But just because you can walk across the street and chop down the perfect Tannenbaum doesn’t mean you have to do it.

I snapped a picture of this ingenious homemade Christmas Tree during the “Homes for the Holidays”  house tour organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor Dec. 7. Jen and I and UMaine colleagues Nate and Naomi toured five historic homes and picked up some decorating ideas during the annual event.

This little tree was one of the highlights for me. It’s made out of driftwood and perched between twin beds in a 19th Century home on Grove Street.

The project is so simple even Santa could do it without his elves.

It looks like the artist collected small, straight branches washed up on the ocean shoreline, brought them home and turned them back into a tree. Just drill holes in the end of each piece, arrange them from large to small and run a quarter-inch rod through the holes into a log base. The star on top is a nice touch.

I saw a similar project using wood slats from an old lobster trap at a downtown Bangor gift shop a couple of days later.

Maine doesn’t really need anymore Christmas Trees but I really admire the creativity in reusing all the old ones around here.

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One Comment
  1. What, no tree made of lobster or clams? 😉 Merry Christmas, you guys!!

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