Keep Christmas Trees Fresh All Season Long

Posted by: on December 9th, 2011 | Make A Comment

A Christmas tree


The aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree is a staple in homes all around during the holiday season. To keep the scent of your fresh cut tree strong and aromatic, you’ve got to take care to preserve the tree. The Home Depot Forums associate BostonRoots shares tips for keeping your Christmas tree fresh for the entire season.

1. Add preservative.

Your fresh cut Christmas trees will drink over a gallon of water within the first 24 hours. Add tree preservative to the water to keep the tree vibrant and fresh. Tree preservative sells quickly so buy it when you see it in the stores. You can also make your own tree preservative using Sprite or 7Up and tablespoons of bleach [recipe]. Be sure to label the bottle and store it at room temperature.

2. Don’t let your tree dry out.
Keep water levels above the trunk line. If the water level goes below the trunk line, the tree will dry out and the sap will seal up.

3. Use tree stands.

Tree stands have generous water reserves. They will make it easy to keep your tree in proper position and to keep it watered and fresh.

4. Keep your tree away from heat sources.

Heat will make your tree dry out. Do not put your fresh cut Christmas trees near fireplaces. Find a cool corner to place it, as this will help to keep the trees from drying out.

5. Keep pets away.

Place fresh orange peels under the tree to keep cats away. Keep dogs and puppies away by placing bells on the lower branches. The noise from the bells will act as an alert and keep them away.

Shop fresh cut Christmas trees at or at your local The Home Depot store.  Don’t forget to shop tree preservatives, Christmas  tree decorations, Christmas ornaments and more.

We have more advice and project ideas from our experts. Visit the Forums for DIY tips and and gardening advice from our store associates. From the Forums is our weekly column highlighting the best of The Home Depot’s Community Forums.


Photo by Laura Bitner under Creative Commons license.

Clever, Chalkboard Gift Tags

Posted by: on December 7th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Last week, we offered an easy, eco-friendly idea for making your own homemade gift tags using your computer printer and some recycled cardboard. Well, today, we’re back with another way to whip up some homemade gift tags in a jiffy.

Behold, Ashley’s post on 7th House on the Left for some easy, homemade gift tags made from chalkboard spray paint:

Clever gift tag made with chalkboard paint

Check out her simple step-by-step using card stock or chipboard, a hole punch, scissors, and some Rust-Oleom Chalkboard Spray Paint. So cute and creative!

See her post here!

[Editor's Note: DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden.]

Meet The Material: Spray Paint

Posted by: on December 7th, 2011 | 2 Comments

There’s no end to the uses for spray paint. And, as it turns out, you can even use it on food. However, PLEASE don’t try this at home – unless you’re using a spray paint safe for consumption like Essalack Food Spray. [via THECOOLIST]

What is spray paint? Spray paint, or aerosol paint, is paint that comes in a pressurized can that is released in a fine mist when you press down on the spray cap. And, those things that rattle around in the can when you shake it are called “peas”; they help stir the paint in the can as you shake it (just in case you were wondering). [via Wikipedia]

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Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Family Outdoor Enthusiast

Posted by: on December 6th, 2011 | Make A Comment

If you have a member of your family who would rather spend every waking hour outside – even with the cold temperatures during the winter months – we know how difficult it can be shopping for them this time of year. So we’re here to help you with gift ideas for the outdoor adventures.


5. 85-gallon Rain Barrel Kit- Capture rain water and save on your water bills with RESCUE’s Decorative Water Urn Rain Barrel Kit . It includes an easy-to-install downspout converter kit, connection hose and automatic diverter system that redirects water down spout when full.

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How to Hang Christmas Lights from Rain Gutters

Posted by: on December 6th, 2011 | Make A Comment

Hanging Christmas lights outside is a great way to let your holiday spirit shine. In this short video, we’ll show you how to hang Christmas lights from the rain gutters of your house. The Home Depot expert ChrisFixIt provides safety tips for hanging Christmas lights from your gutters.

Remember…The Home Depot has lots of Christmas lights, inflatables, trees and more to help you decorate your home for the holidays. Visit or your local store to find ornaments, lights, wreaths and a host of other seasonal décor products.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Real Christmas Trees Delivered to Your Door

Posted by: on December 6th, 2011 | 12 Comments
A Christmas tree ornament

The Home Depot is your fresh cut Christmas tree headquarters

We know that for some folks there’s nothing better than heading to the Christmas tree lot on a chilly evening and picking out the perfect tree. That’s why The Home Depot is your headquarters for real Christmas trees.

Most of our stores have fully stocked Christmas tree lots, complete with all the most popular varieties in all shapes and sizes–and always a great prices. In fact, The Home Depot is the largest sellers of Christmas trees in the U.S.

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A Casual Tablesetting Idea for the Holidays and Beyond

Posted by: on December 5th, 2011 | 5 Comments

Maybe it’s because red and green just does not ‘go’ with my living room color palette or maybe it’s because I like things that multitask, but in recent years, I’ve grown tired of the same old red-and-green color combination that appears all over the place this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these colors, I love them together, and I do love them at Christmas, some years I just want to go in a different direction with my own Christmas decor. This happens to be one of those years.

While hurrying through the parking lot of Home Depot, I spotted some bright purple-and-green ornamental cabbages that were so exquisite! The colors were vibrant and the vigorous, blooming shape of the cabbage head was so interesting and sculptural. I immediately knew that these cabbages were destined for my holiday house.

Ornamental Cabbage Inspiration
Aren’t the colors beautiful? See what I mean?

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Easy, Eco-friendly Gift Tags

Posted by: on December 3rd, 2011 | Make A Comment

Yesterday, I posted about how I’m already preparing hostess gifts for all of the parties I have planned this year (and also a few parties maybe I haven’t planned). I mentioned that I printed out homemade gift tags on recycled cardboard, and I promised you that I’d give you the download! Well, a promise is a promise.

Gift Tag How-To

Let’s walk through the step-by-step.

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From the Forum: Christmas Ornament Frame

Posted by: on December 2nd, 2011 | Make A Comment

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now the Christmas countdown is on. It’s time to get those holiday decorations up…if you haven’t put them up already. Be creative. Have fun. Make holiday decorating a fun tradition for the whole family.

If you need a little inspiration to put you in the Christmas spirit, check out this cool Christmas Ornament Frame project posted by SheCanDoIt22 in the Forums at Inspired by the Home Depot ornament commercial, it’s a fun project for the entire family.

This project was so inspiring other holiday décor DIYers have shared their pictures in the forum. The Christmas ornament frame project is a great project for couples. Marchisours and her husband made the following frame using 1x4s.

Cool Couples Project


This project is also cool for parents and children. DanielleS and her father made the frame below out of 1x2s.


make a christmas ornament frame

Christmas Ornament Frame


For a list of materials and detailed instructions, visit SheCanDoIt22’s forum post or download the PDF. Remember, you can get all of the supplies needed for this project at your local The Home Depot store!

Chic, Homemade Hostess Gift Idea

Posted by: on December 2nd, 2011 | 3 Comments

Homemade Gift Tags

With gift shopping, house decorating, and a whole lot of holiday cooking on the horizon, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the looming to-do’s on your list. But, remember that it is important at this time of year ‘to spend time with your family and friends. With all of those holiday parties and get-togethers, however, you may need some new hostess gift ideas, lest you show up to the festivities empty-handed. In an effort to avoid last minute rushing around, plan ahead and have a few hostess gifts ready at the helm!

Paper whites hostess gift

This one is just beginning to sprout, so hopefully it’ll be in full bloom with plenty of life left before it arrives at its new home.

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