Yes, you can have a slimmer option with your Christmas tree, by not installing all the branches. I call this a corner Christmas tree, but in all actuality, it more of a "half tree". Keep reading, I think it will make more sense when you see why a full sized tree won't fit in my home.
I got a new couch and love seat! My former set was almost 13 years old and only seated three people. That made things a little uncomfortable when Jamie, Andy and Lucy visited for Thanksgiving. Now I have room for visitors to have a seat!
This is the side of the living room where I’ve only had a chair for years. The Christmas tree always goes in this corner. Over the weekend when I was putting up the tree I knew it would never fit with the new love seat. Enter plan “b”.
Remove lights from pre-lit Christmas tree
This is my tree in 2010. Pre-lit trees are nice until one strand goes out…
After Christmas I spent a whole day removing all of the lights. After all, it’s a really nice tree, and it's still in great shape!
This picture after I removed the pre-lit lights. You can see that a love seat would not fit in this area with that tree. you can also see what my old furniture looked like. I used some multi-colored LED lights on the tree that year.
How to make a corner Christmas tree for a tight space
So, now I have a much smaller space for my tree. I delivered a corner tree to my military family at Ft. Knox, and that gave me an idea. Now that I don’t have the pre-lit strands running all the way around my tree, why not leave off the branches in the back? I hauled the TWO BIG boxes that contain my Christmas tree up from the basement, then proceeded to put the tree up, but didn’t use any branches in the back. I made my own CORNER tree!
The best way to store your new tree
After I got it all set up I put all the unused branches into one box. Now when I take this corner tree down, I’ll put all of these branches in the empty box. Next year I will only have to haul one box up from the basement. This is the first Christmas in years that I have not decorated my tree with a bazillion sentimental ornaments. They are in many plastic storage totes that I drag upstairs and sort through to see which ornaments make the cut. Because of my shoulder I took the easy way out this year.
The clear lights are from an after Christmas clearance deal from a couple of years ago.
This is how the living room looked the night before I got my new furniture. The old furniture had been removed. There are some thin spots that I may fill in with some of the unused branches next year.
Had I not delivered the corner Christmas tree to the Lake family at Ft. Knox I never would have thought of this. For years I have left off the bottom row of branches to allow for the huge stack of presents, but I’m really loving the extra space I have by removing the branches in the back. Have you ever heard of a corner tree? Have you ever reconfigured your Christmas tree to make it fit your space?
Turn your artificial Christmas tree into a corner tree!
Let’s take one more quick look at how it looks now. It makes me smile!
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