For a good deal of renters, having a Christmas tree is an imperative part of celebrating the holiday. But then transporting a fresh-cut tree or even a large imitation tree into your Buhl house can be an overpriced predicament – or even poor idea.
As specified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are responsible for causing an average of 170 residential fires every year, causing an average of 15 injuries, 4 deaths, and $12 million in property damage. Facts such as these show just how dangerous Christmas trees can be, and may prompt you and your landlord to search for creative alternatives.
Safety aside, finding a low-cost, low-hassle alternative to the traditional Christmas tree may even force you to get those revolutionary juices flowing. A substitute Christmas tree can be constructed out of just about any material you can think of, giving you a creative new take on the traditional tree.
In case you have an available wall in your living room or other visible location, you could create a “tree” out of crepe paper or washi tape, adding ornaments that you can attach directly to the wall. For the more adventurous, why not make a tree out of post-it notes, using different colored notes to create the effect of green branches and colorful ornaments. You could even draw or paint a tree outline on a large canvas or chalkboard, showing off your creative side. By using removable tape or other materials, you can easily create an affordable “tree” on your wall that can then be quickly removed.
For renters looking for a more 3-dimensional option, consider what you can make with a wooden ladder, a stack of books, or several large pieces of cardboard. Ever perceive how a freestanding ladder resembles a triangle from the side? Wrap a string of lights around it and add a few decorative touches, and you have created a “Christmas tree” that you can use for home maintenance tasks for the entire year.
For the book lover, consider creating a “tree” on a small table by creatively stacking some books. You can then add ornaments on top to give it the true holiday feel. Or you may try crafting a multi-sided “tree” out of large pieces of cardboard inserted through each other. This freestanding tree stand-in can then be painted or ornamented to give it just the look and feel you need.
Numerous creative options to compare are twine and twigs. It is straightforward to create a “tree” shape by wrapping an upside-down cone, tomato cage, or other items with twine, felt, or decorative ribbon. These charming handiworks can then be paraded anywhere you have a spot to reveal your achievement. For a more rustic approach, consider trying different lengths of twigs together to create a tree-shaped twig ladder that can be fixed in a window or displayed on a wall.
Innovative and economical, each of these options can just be your new go-to Christmas decoration. But if you do have queries about what decorations your landlord will allow, it is pivotal to talk quickly and regularly with your landlord or Buhl property manager. In the end, they are your top indicator of a safe and hassle-free holiday season. For more insights about how the team at Real Property Management Magic Valley can help, contact us online or call us at 208-734-4001.
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