For a bunch of renters, putting up a Christmas tree is a notable portion of celebrating the holiday. Although bringing a fresh-cut tree or even a large imitation tree to your Silver Lake home can be a pricey dilemma – or a poor choice.
As mentioned 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. Details like these demonstrate just how dangerous Christmas trees can be, and may influence you and your landlord to search for creative alternatives.
Safety aside, resolving for a low-cost, low-hassle alternative to the traditional Christmas tree just may give you a push to get those artistic juices flowing. 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.
In case you have a open space in your living room or other areas, you could create a “tree” out of crepe paper or washi tape, adding ornaments that you can attach directly to the wall. For the more venturesome, 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 even draw or paint a tree outline on a large canvas or chalkboard, allowing your artistic side to glow 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 residents looking for a more 3-dimensional option, consider what you can achieve with a wooden ladder, a stack of books, or several large pieces of cardboard. Have you ever witnessed how a freestanding ladder appears as if it’s 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 harness for home maintenance tasks the entire rest of the year.
On the other hand, a book lover can consider creating a “tree” on a small table by creatively stacking some books. You can then add ornaments on top to put a true holiday feel in it. Or you possibly try 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 present it with the illusion and finish that you want.
There are other creative options to consider that include twine and twigs. It is manageable to create a “tree” shape by way of wrapping an upside-down cone, tomato cage, or other items with twine, felt, or decorative ribbon. These magnificent formations can then be designated everywhere you have clearance to flaunt your creation. For a more rustic approach, consider trying different lengths of twigs together to create a tree-shaped twig ladder that can be attached in an opening or framed on a wall.
Decorative and at a bargain price, each of these preferences might perhaps be your new go-to Christmas decoration. Although if you do have questions about what decorations your landlord will allow, it is imperative to consult immediately and constantly with your landlord or Silver Lake property manager. In the end, they are your leading solution to a safe and hassle-free holiday season. For more advice about how the team at Real Property Management Vision can assist you, contact us online or call us at 818-233-8789.
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