There are lots of renters who believe that the Christmas tree is a required part of celebrating the holiday. But then, bringing a fresh-cut tree or even a large imitation tree to your Pocatello home will be big problem – or even a bad decision.
As claimed 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. Information like this shows just how dangerous Christmas trees can be and may persuade you and your landlord to search for creative alternatives.
Safety aside, preferring for a low-cost, low-hassle alternative to the traditional Christmas tree just may give you a chance to get those creative juices moving. 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 an open area in your living room or another location, you could create a “tree” out of crepe paper or washi tape, adding ornaments that you can attach directly to the wall. And for the gutsier, 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, granting your creative side a chance to radiate 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 about what you can execute with a wooden ladder, a stack of books, or several large pieces of cardboard. Ever notice how a freestanding ladder sounds 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 adopt for home maintenance tasks the rest of the year.
While for the book lover, consider creating a “tree” on a small table by creatively stacking some books. You can also add ornaments on top to provide it with the true holiday feel. Or you might contemplate 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 give it the exterior and feel you want.
Some other creative options to consider consist of twine and twigs. It is easy to create a “tree” shape by wrapping an upside-down cone, tomato cage, or other items with twine, felt, or decorative ribbon. These outstanding creations can then be presented anywhere you have the space to demonstrate your handiwork. For a more rustic approach, consider trying different lengths of twigs together to create a tree-shaped twig ladder that can be fastened in a window or installed on a wall.
Visionary and cheap, these are the things that you can be included in your new go-to Christmas decoration. But if you do have any shadow of doubt about what decorations your landlord will allow, it is paramount to divulge quickly and regularly with your landlord or Pocatello property manager. In the end, they are your best answer to a safe and hassle-free holiday season. For more facts about how the team at Real Property Management Pocatello can help, contact us online or call us at 208-234-1000.
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