Do any of you remember the free Balsam Hill Christmas tree that I found back in the spring?
The photo above shows my haul from the White Bear Lake Trash to Treasure Day, where residents leave items at the curb for anyone to take. The tree is in two boxes at the back.
At the time, I knew enough to know that the Balsam Hill brand is generally good quality, and I googled this particular style and found that it was their most popular seller.
And it was free. So I grabbed it.
It’s a pre-lit tree, and I had a sneaking suspicion that the lights wouldn’t be working properly. Why else would someone be getting rid of an expensive faux tree? So I can’t say that I was surprised when I got it all set up and plugged in and only about 1/3 of the lights worked (although I was maybe just a tiny bit disappointed). None the less, I still thought I’d use it in my living room until I dragged it in there and realized that it was really too big for my space. I’ve mentioned a few times here that our house is not large. It’s a 1904 farmhouse, and back in 1904 they didn’t see the need for huge rooms.
At that point I debated just boxing the tree back up and putting it at the curb with a ‘free’ sign on it, but then decided why not use it outside? I’ve done this before and really enjoyed having a Christmas tree in the garden. So I lugged it out to the garden and Mr. Q helped me weight it down with some sandbags (crucial for an outside faux tree, to avoid having it blown over in a storm).
I knew that trying to remove the non-functioning lights would be a frustrating, time consuming exercise, so I opted to just add new lights on top of the old. Then I set about decorating the tree with garden items that I already had on hand, including most of my watering can non-collection.
I didn’t attached the cans with anything, I just basically tucked them in between branches.
And by the way, I should throw in here that one of them has an IOD transfer, and one of them has a re.design with prima transfer, and both brands of transfer have held up perfectly on these watering cans that I leave outside year round.
Most of the decorations, including the big galvanized snow flakes, are just tucked in.
I harvested dried flower heads from the garden and tucked those in here and there too.
Along with some birch logs, vintage garden tools, and even some clay pots.
I topped the tree with a rusty crown that usually lives in the garden.
I really wasn’t sure how this haphazard approach to decorating the tree was going to hold up outside, but we had a fairly blustery storm a few days later and nothing fell down, or fell off.
So I think it’s good to go.
I do like the spot I put it in, it’s outside my kitchen window and it’s fun to see it out there, especially at night when it’s lit up.
All of the preceding pictures were taken before our big snowfall last Friday. Now the tree looks more like this …
Still pretty, but a lot of the smaller details have been lost under the snow. It does make me realize what a good choice those bigger items such as the watering cans and the big galvanized snowflakes were for outside though.
But I’ve been thinking that maybe next year I’ll put the tree in the photo cottage. If I left the top half of the door open, you could see the tree inside there all lit up. Hmmmm. Well, I have another year to think about that idea.
In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the tree where it is.
Do you put any Christmas trees up outside? Or decorate ones that are already there?