As per many renters, celebrating the holiday without a Christmas tree is not the same. Nevertheless, be informed that bringing a fresh-cut tree or even a large imitation tree into your Rosamond home can be a costly problem – or sometimes even more severe.
As announced 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. Numbers like these explain just how dangerous Christmas trees can be, and may prompt you and your landlord to search for creative alternatives.
Safety aside, the readiness to go for a low-cost, low-hassle alternative to the traditional Christmas tree just may enable your artistic side to shine. 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.
For instance, if you have a free wall in your living room or someplace that is proper, 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 daring, consider making a tree out of post-it notes, using different colored notes to create the effect of green branches and colorful ornaments. You could also draw or paint a tree outline on a large canvas or chalkboard, allowing your artistic side to shine through. 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, think of what you can make with a wooden ladder, a stack of books, or several large pieces of cardboard. Ever recognize how a freestanding ladder looks like 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 utilize for home maintenance tasks the entire rest of the year.
For the book lover, consider creating a “tree” on a small table by creatively stacking some books. Next, you can add ornaments on top to equip it with the true holiday feel. You can even 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 enhance its appearance and feel to suit whatever you want it to be.
Further creative options to try to incorporate twine and twigs. It is not that complicated to create a “tree” shape by wrapping an upside-down cone, tomato cage, or other items with twine, felt, or decorative ribbon. These products of your creativity can then be displayed wherever you have space to do so. For a more rustic approach, consider trying different lengths of twigs together to create a tree-shaped twig ladder that can be dangled in a window or installed on a wall.
Original and low-cost, every one of these options might just be your new go-to Christmas decoration. But if you do have inquiries about what decorations your landlord will allow, it is important to communicate early and frequently with your landlord or Rosamond property manager. In the end, they are your best guide to a safe and hassle-free holiday season. For more information about how the team at Real Property Management Traditions can help, contact us online or call us at 661-266-1400.
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