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Preserving a Piece of Our Christmas Tree Stump

My partner and I cut down our first Christmas tree and would like to preserve a piece of the stump. It's a blue spruce so the wood is very soft and sappy. We don't want to glaze it however we cannot figure out any other options. Please help!


By JaeLi from Hatfield, PA

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December 1, 20100 found this helpful

If you have a yard, why not take the whole tree out into the yard and let the needles fall off. In the spring you'll have a bare tree. Stick it in a large pot of soil and plant a climbing vine such as morning glories in the pot and let them climb all through the tree. You'll have a lovely display all summer and can use the tree the following winter to hang homemade bird seed ornaments on it...that way it'll last you for years.

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have seen where you can create a votive holder from a piece of stump. Route out a round portion in the top that is large enough and deep enough to hold a votive. It would look nice to maybe create a set of 3 in different heights and group them together. Good luck!

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

I would cut the trunk into slices, perhaps 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick, drill a hole close to the edge and use it as an ornament for next year's tree. You could decorate it, then write the year on the slice and continue to add to your collection each year. Imagine how cool that would be for your 25th anniversary! You could use a piece of velvet ribbon as the hanger part.

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December 2, 20120 found this helpful

You can cut slices from the trunk and soak them in Pentacryl to preserve the wood and keep it from cracking as it dries over time. It's non-toxic and easy to use. Once it's dry you can decorate, hang, whatever you want and the slice will stay pretty and intact for years.

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