Season of Savings: DIY Tree

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Having a festive tree does not mean a person has to spend a significant sum.

“First, you have to come up with a theme for your tree,” Renae Corvi said, a do it yourself expert.

Corvi said a baking tree is a good idea because it is stuff you likely already have.

“Kids are on school vacation,” Corvi said. “You’ll be able to take them right off and bake that week — give them something to do.”

For garland, Corvi uses ribbon with glued on gum drops baking tools.

“We got 100 of these for $2,” Corvi said, “and did a paper punch at the top.”

If baking is not your thing, there are still many potential possibilities.

“You want to look around your house, what do I like?” Corvi said. “What are my hobbies and interests? Take those items and put them on a tree.”

For instance, Corvi collects teacups and decorated a different tree with those.

If you are a runner, consider a medal tree. Or use things found in nature, like seashells and sand dollars.

“The cost would be zero,” Corvi said. “You can enjoy it year round or you can enjoy it for Christmas.”

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